Overtourism is fast becoming one of the most hotly debated issues in the modern age of travel. Thanks to cheaper air fares, rising incomes and social media's ability to laser focus attention on specific destinations, more travelers than ever before are descending on places that can no longer cope with their own popularity.
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The British newspaper The Telegraph published an article on a very creative initiative that has just been launched in Amsterdam in order to improve the connection between tourists and the local community. Visitors are invited to ‘Marry an Amsterdammer for the day’.
Travelling to tomorrow also means looking differently at economic growth. In arrivals Europe has grown by 6%; Flanders has grown by 10% last year. Shirley Nieuwland shared an interesting piece on the application of Kate Raworth's 'Doughnut Economics' applied to Anna Pollock's ‘flourishing’ destinations.
Flanders is fortunate not to have experienced overtourism, yet recognizes that it is not immune and must take steps to ensure it develops a visitor economy that works for hosts as well as guests. To add to the discussion we’d like to share a link to a documentary made by the Dutch public broadcaster VPRO and aired last year.