Many Venetians believe that their city is at the centre of mass tourism. What do you think are other culturally interesting cities or places that are severely affected by mass tourism? What is the solution?

Dubrovnik and Plitvice lakes in Croatia.All of Croatia is breathtakingly beautiful, with old towns and Roman roads, and countless nature parks. But in recent years more and more tourism is coming.

Dubrovnik has become popular because Game of Thrones recordings were made there, and every season is packed.The only place where I could not find a hostel that had another spot.

The Plitvice lakes are equally beautiful, and very special ecosystems (lime-rich flowing water that is truly unique in the world by its composition).People should not come into contact because the oils on our skin would pollute the delicate ecosystem, and the animals that live in it would damage them. Maargoed, you recommend it already… Tourists go swimming in it, and some of the lakes are already heavily damaged.

From the big cities I found Prague and to a lesser extent Budapest not really fine anymore, both I visited several years ago and kept good memories of it, when I was there two years ago SAS they were a lot dirtier and busier.

Solutions are: Tourist quotas, heavy fines on pollution and destruction, and also.. Attract a different kind of tourism.No more party hostels, stricter rules on how to leave everything open, enter tourist tax in places where it is not. Also, as Amsterdam has already done, the souvenir shops stop and make sure that the centre still has shops for the local population. From me they can all be closed, a few after connected to attractions such as museums, and to the TOURIST offices.

The most important thing is that it is still viable for the population, and if that means there are only a fixed number of tourists in the city allowed to stay at some point, best.

Travel has become (too) cheap.In addition, herd behavior plays along. The tourists who visit massively manufactured “authenticity”, buy the same mess and eat and at attractions, sights and monuments especially shoot pictures where between the selfie shooting companions obstruct the view of the subject are very damaging to the environment and the environment.

Other cities like Barcelona, Prague and Amsterdam are also succumbing to the masses.

Ilja Pfeiffer has described it nicely in his book Grand Hotel Europa in which the mass tourist is classified as more devastating than the Barbarians who stormed Italy in the early Middle Ages.

The solution:

First, make traveling by airplane a lot more expensive.

Set a maximum number of overnight settings In cities.

Bring about a change of mentality.Just as smoking is now considered “pitiful”, the empty-headed trips should also be pathetic. Also, people need to learn to appreciate another interpretation of their free time.

And certainly not:

Tourists lure to places that are not yet ruined by tourism to relieve the tourist spots.No, tourists just have to stay home much more often.

I think Amsterdam is going to be the new Venice.Very difficult occasionally to escape mass tourism.

As far as Western Europe is concerned, I predict that in particular the old cities of culture, but also the history of proven landscapes such as the Swiss Alps, the fjords of Norway, the Ring of Kerry in Ireland, will be flooded in the coming decades.

The biggest masses that will be responsible will come from countries like India, China and Brazil; Countries with a million-new middle class that can travel abroad for the first time.The Netherlands is seen as very picturesque and therefore will not be spared in this influx. Giethoorn is now already a Chinese.

On the question: what is the solution, different answers are possible, depending on how you see the question.

A.You want to curb, control, slow down the streams of tourists. The obvious answer is then: more rules, so impose more restrictions on tourists: conduct stricter checking, higher entrance fees, more limited ‘ opening hours ‘, more visa provisions, odds etc. All not bad if you want fragile buildings and landscapes also about 100 years to be beautiful and to visit.

B.You will find that masses of ginnegating and babbling tourist consumers impair your travel experience. Advice: Imagine the height of important tourist attractions and Mijdrecht which are then like the plague. The world is large and there is a lot of tourism, but 95% only has beaten paths. Don’t be one of them if you’re looking for original experiences. There is still a lot of world where never a tourist comes. You will not see the highest mountain, but a high mountain. Not the most famous Renaissance city, but a city worth seeing. Etc.


The solution is to spread the tourist flow around the area, to address AirBnB and to promote other Dutch regions abroad

Amsterdam, London, Paris, Barcelona, Granada, Florence, Athens, Istanbul, Yangshuo (China), Xian (China), Tokyo, Kathmandu, Pokhara, Bali, Sydney, San Francisco, Marrakech, Berlin.To name a few.

As a fanatical holidaymaker or traveler who still wants to see a lot of the world I say: everything suffers from mass tourism.Vacations are actually bad for everything, the environment, the variety of cultures. I have heard the comparison between holiday advertisements and cigarette advertisements. Over a certain amount of time we would look down on holiday advertisements as we now judge cigarette advertisements. But a good way to make your own vacation lead to a favorable contribution: go where few people go. I’ve been to Iran and there they were very happy with me as a tourist (and I also loved it).

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