Residents, authorities, hoteliers grapple with global sharing economy

World tourism and the sharing economy

Protests by residents and lobbying by hoteliers are forcing governments globally to toughen their stance on the accommodation sharing economy. Spain’s Balearic Islands has announced it will penalise landlords for illegally renting apartments to tourists with fines of up to 40,000 euros (~US$47,000). Renting apartments without a licence was banned in the Balearic Islands in […]

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Philippines tourism development & how to avoid more Boracays

Prominent Filipino writer and economist Dr Bernardo M Villegas is encouraged by the preliminary draft of the next Philippines tourism development plan because of its intent to develop low-density, community-based, and nature-based tourism and to promote the use of green technologies. However, in this “Good Tourism” Insight, Dr Villegas urges authorities to look to Spain […]

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Meanwhile, a young couple promotes authentic experiences

overtourism Venice

UNESCO and the World Bank signed a new MoU about cities last week to “advance sustainable development by investing in culture, urban development, and resilience in an integrated manner”. As the consultants and spin doctors of the world lick their lips—and institutional bookshelves and cloud servers standby to supply storage for their expensive output—in Venice […]

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Not so happy: Bhutan’s dysfunctional tourism strategy

Bhutan tourism is not so happy

The reality of Bhutan tourism is more gross dysfunction than gross happiness, according to Dr Rieki Crins, founder of the Learning Exchange Foundation and the Bongde Institute of Hospitality and Tourism, in this “Good Tourism” Insight. Bhutan, the small Himalayan kingdom famed for its Gross National Happiness development model—which was even mentioned in the American […]

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Cruise industry must help solve over-tourism

When this ship comes to call it dominates the landscape. Source: KarinKarin / Pixabay

Authorities in uber-popular destinations, such as Venice and Barcelona, often assert that the economic contribution of mass tourism dwarfs the disruption caused to public services and residents. However, residents with no vested interest in the travel & tourism industry regularly and vehemently disagree. What these places are experiencing is “over-tourism”, a term an article by […]

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