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The perils of ‘overtourism’

14 5 24

Like “fake news,” the concept of “overtourism” has started to creep into our language. Although still in their “teething” stage, these two terms need time to be described fully in dictionaries.

But their impact is already strongly felt in our life and they are certainly here to stay.

The concept of “overtourism” has started to enter our life, especially those of us who happen to live in a country like Turkey, Greece, Italy or Spain, where governments have projected “tourism” as their countries’ “heavy industry,” a “strategic target” for the future.

And, when a country faces economic problems-like Greece- tourism becomes a safety net, a God’s given gift which can be used to bring money when everything has collapsed.

“As long as we have the sun and the sea, the history, tourists will come and bring money,” is a statement that we have often heard from our politicians.

The figures prove their optimism. Barcelona, a city with less than 2 million inhabitants, welcomes around 20 million tourists every year and employs 120,000 people in the tourism sector.

In Europe, where almost half the top........

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