I really enjoyed Joe’s contribution to this online forum with various “2020 Predictions” about “Sustainable Tourism.” If you’ve not yet seen his thoughts, do check them out at:
The forum focuses on what has been called overtourism, or too many people traveling to various (experience-rich!) destinations to the detriment of the environment. Some concerned with the issue have suggested remedies like charging taxes as a means to divert travelers from “overcrowded” places to more rural, economically depressed ones which might benefit from the economic stimulus.
As an alternative, Joe suggests charging admission. (Anyone who has taken Econ 101 knows that raising prices, as a market mechanism, most always reduces demand.)
I offer another solution: Don’t Go. Stay put. Take a staycation. Limit your travel to a 100-mile diet. Or 50-mile one. Better yet: have a “backyard” vacation; pitch a tent in your yard. City dweller? Think rooftop!
All tourism is what I’d call entropic tourism, inherently contributing to the alteration (of some sort or another, sometimes deterioration) of the toured environments. Cries of “overtourism” strike me as an expected reaction to, and evidence of, a fully arrived Experience Economy.
Societal questions have always emerged with great shifts in the fabric of advancing economies. The term overtourism now gains currency much like materialism and commercialism once gained currency with the rise of the Industrial Economy and the Service Economy, respectively.
What to do about it? I’d like to see more entrepreneurs create new experiences to take in right in their own hometowns. Create residence traps that compel more people to enjoy the experience right where they reside.
I predict: Like “factory towns” drew populations to places where goods were made, becoming homes for largely stay-local folk, people today are going to migrate to “venue cities” where they don’t need to travel as much to enjoy various places and events.