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    Quote Originally Posted by The Man View Post
    Nobody would have bothered to create such for the locals lol
    That is no doubt a good side-effect of tourism, whether or not it becomes "overtourism" in the given location.

    What I see in Prague and what many say is also happening in other places is the other, bad side of the coin: shops and restaurants etc. are created for / focusing on tourists ONLY. The locals aren't getting anything (other than money, which may or may not go to the people affected) they'd lack without tourists, they are LOSING stuff that other locations, not so popular with tourists, take for granted. It makes life harder for them when they have to travel outside their neighborhood to find a regular grocery store or post office. There's no room for these things in their area because there are too many souvenir shops. As the article I first linked to says:

    “In recent years I’ve focused a lot on socially excluded localities, and Českż Krumlov strikes me as being similar to them in some ways.

    “This comparison may at first glance seem absurd, given that we’re talking about such a beautiful town.

    “But the elements are identical: There are buildings where nobody lives and shops nobody needs – you probably don’t need 37 shops selling jewellery in the centre of a town.

    “So I decided to approach it as if it were a ghetto and came up with this experiment.”
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    It would be a lot better for Mother Earth if there were a lot fewer tourists, particularly those flying to their destination:

    Comprehensive research shows that despite anticipated efficiency innovations to airframes, engines, aerodynamics and flight operations, there is no end in sight, even many decades out, to rapid growth in CO2 emissions from air travel and air freight, due to projected continual growth in air trave
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    Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Enviro...ct_of_aviation

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    I live in a tourist area and there are multiple problems. Traffic is a major one. Simply getting around becomes nigh impossible at times during tourist season. Second/holday homes put the local infrastructure under strain, and force up house prices to the point where locals are priced out of the housing market. Then there is the physical toll tourists take on the very places they visit. Yes, there's employment from it, but it's generally low wage low-skill temporary/seasonal work, often done (dare I say) by immigrants.
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    I also live in a tourist area and my favorite time is July and August, when most city dwellers are touring somewhere else.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dangermouse View Post
    I live in a tourist area and there are multiple problems. Traffic is a major one. Simply getting around becomes nigh impossible at times during tourist season. Second/holday homes put the local infrastructure under strain, and force up house prices to the point where locals are priced out of the housing market. Then there is the physical toll tourists take on the very places they visit. Yes, there's employment from it, but it's generally low wage low-skill temporary/seasonal work, often done (dare I say) by immigrants.
    Yes, all of this. As for traffic, similarly to Venice and some other places that are too small for how popular they are, most of the historical parts of Prague are really bad even if you walk, because the narrow medieval streets get clogged pretty easily whenever even a relatively small group of tourists led by a guide with an umbrella decides to stand around and look at the house signs. If I'm a nice girl avoiding tourists' cameras so I don't photo bomb their pictures, a walk across the Old Town Square takes me at least twice longer than it should. I could go on.

    BTW, I was a tourist in Bournemouth for about a week when I was 13. I loved it. Was surprised to learn that you can actually bathe and swim in the sea in the UK (I think I had imagined it more or less arctic).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dangermouse View Post
    Yes, there's employment from it, but it's generally low wage low-skill temporary/seasonal work, often done (dare I say) by immigrants.
    Oh, and this, too. It's not at all unusual in downtown Prague to encounter a waiter, shop assistant or hotel receptionist who doesn't speak Czech.

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    We live in a tourist area as well and there are pains that come along with it. When local leaders, not just city but regional, decided a few decades ago that they wanted to go after tourism dollars they probably had no understanding of the additional strains that would come along with the benefits.

    I'm still able to say that the economic benefits to our region have been great. Many locals are better off financially. I just wish that humans were better at long range planning. Building new hotels and laying out vineyards surrounding wineries is great... cool... awesome. So is promoting and building more campgrounds and hiking trails, as well as embracing the outdoor excursion industry. But... maybe set aside some money to add another lane to the highways or construct another roundabout or two or ten. We still have basically the same roads we had before the increased population and tourists came.
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    i think that it was insightful of the artist to highlight the perils of overtourism. Still, I find it ironic that her response was to bring additional people to the site in order to create an artwork that is yet another tourist attraction.
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    Speaking for the US, I'd just like to say... you're welcome.


    Where I am, in a sort of rural part of California we can generate plenty of traffic, pollution, and crime without tourism... but because we're a generous people, we like to help those less fortunate with these pillars of tourism. :P

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    There are approx. 80,000,000 tourists that come to the US each year. I'm sure 79mil are in Orlando and Disney during my 2-3 visits I have to make each year. I'm sure of it! And 78mil are on I-4.

    PS. Last year was the FIRST YEAR since 2009 (when the world markets cratered) that we have had a dip in tourism in the US. The Trump effect!
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