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Tourism Impacts

Tourism & Airbnb are forcing Barcelona residents out of popular neighborhoods.

Gothic Quarter, Barcelona — Photo by Anelale Nájera on Unsplash

by Soledad Morales-Perez, Lluıs Garay & Julie Wilson

Before the Covid-19 pandemic, tourism had already crossed into mainstream political debates in many cities. Overtourism, in particular, had created a stage for resistance and social conflict.

Short-term tourism rentals (such as Airbnb) brought conflicts and growing inequalities. These issues are being debated even more since the pandemic. Barcelona is a case in point.

Barcelona is one of the most popular tourist cities in Spain. It is also among the top ten cities worldwide for Airbnb rentals. (See our recent article in Tourism Geographies.)

In Barcelona, short-term tourist rentals have given rise…

Heritage Tourism

Coal museums in South Wales debate the legacy and potential of their defining resource.

by Mark Alan Rhodes II, author, cc-by

By William R. Price and Mark Alan Rhodes II

COAL helped pave the way for the Industrial Revolution. But the benefits of coal did not come without a cost; scientists recognize it as a main contributor to human caused climate change.

Environmentalists and scientists have called for an end to the use of coal in energy production. Yet, for those connected with coal mining, the resource is sometimes a symbol of prosperity.

Few places embody the latter view as much as South Wales, once the largest global producer of coal. Coal created income, infrastructure, and a sense of collective identity…

TG News

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This table was shared by a friend in China. Tourism Geographies is #10 in the latest 2020IF rankings.

“IF” is the Clarivate SSCI “Impact Factor”. Tourism Geographies ranks #13 on the Clarivate list, which include leisure, recreation, and sport journals that are not found on the China list.

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Alternative Tourisms

To make slum tours more helpful for communities, tourists should be educated with VR first.

Photo by Yogendra Singh on Unsplash

By Meghan Muldoon and Tom Griffin

Many tourists seek unique, ‘outside-the-box’ adventures in their travels. Over the past several years, the popularity of visiting a slum on a tour has grown. A form of tourism that brings wealthy people face-to-face with some of the poorest people in the world has drawn its share of criticism.

Views on slum tourism differ. On the one hand, it can be a voyeuristic and exploitative form of poverty porn. On the other, it puts tourism money directly into the hands of people who need it most. Further, it helps improve cultural understanding and awareness.

Academic Insights on Tourism from “The Conversation”

Now is the time for communities to prepare for the coming onslaught of post-pandemic tourists.

Photo by Sebastian Herrmann on Unsplash

By Johannes Novy

When COVID hit the Netherlands in 2020, Amsterdam emptied of visitors overnight. Long-term residents, inured to the permanent noise and litter and tourists peeing in the streets, welcomed the newfound tranquillity. The pandemic, they told the Washington Post, was “a blessing in disguise”.

COVID has offered a rare, if not unique chance to address tourism’s enduring problems. From how people reach destinations to how tourism is managed within the cities it floods, not to mention the way its benefits and costs are distributed to local communities, the burden of overtourism has long been a concern.

Amsterdammers aren’t…

Academic Insights on Tourism from “The Conversation”

Not knowing when live concerts will return is a financial burden that is unsustainable.

Photo by Edwin Hooper on Unsplash

By Patrycja Rozbicka, Adam Behr, & Craig Hamilton

As many as 12.6 million gig-goers attended live music events in 2019, generating £4.7 billion, according to industry body UK Music. With the arrival of the pandemic in March 2020, all of that was put on ice. There were no live events, venues had been shuttered, and for all those linked to the events supply chain livelihoods were under serious threat (around 45,633 full time equivalent jobs in the music tourism sector alone).

Following Boris Johnson’s announcement on Monday, some of those debilitating COVID-19 restrictions are set to remain for a little…

The Geography of Tourism

How to experience 3 countries in 3 minutes in the new Europe.

Photo by Priscilla Du Preez on Unsplash

by Marek Więckowski

“Tripoint” Borders As Tourist Destinations

Borders, ancient walls, and boundary curiosities play a significant role in tourism. Unique border locations around the world attract tourist interest (Timothy et al., 2016).

One such border attraction is the “tripoint” — where three countries meet at one point.

Tripoints often have symbolic meanings. They are special places that signify transboundary cooperation (or not) among the three countries (Więckowski 2021).

In Europe, the EU has special funds to support transborder cooperation. The aim is to better unify Europe. But these funds also create opportunities for new tourism spaces.

Academic Insights on Tourism from “The Conversation”

The benefits of personal interactions between monks and tourists may be the biggest loss from COVID-19.

Photo by Aaron Thomas on Unsplash

by Brooke Schedneck

INTERNATIONAL tourism dropped considerably to Thailand Buddhist temples as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The economies of countries dependent on tourism are clearly hurting, with visitor numbers plummeting as a result of the pandemic.

In Thailand alone, a country where tourism accounts for 11%-12% of the GDP, the number of international tourists dropped by 83% in 2020. During December 2020 — typically a peak tourism month — the country received just over 6,000 foreign tourists — a 99.8% drop from December 2019, when there were nearly 4 million foreign tourists.

The Thai government estimates a loss…

Academic Insights on Tourism from “The Conversation”

Overtourism has become a big problem in America’s scenic wonderlands.

Traffic at the south entrance to Yellowstone National Park on Aug. 20, 2015. Neal Herbert, NPS, Flickr, public domain

by Michael Childers

If you’re headed out into the wild this summer, you may need to jump online and book a reservation before you go. For the second consecutive year, reservations are required to visit Yosemite, Rocky Mountain and Glacier national parks. Other popular sites, including Maine’s Acadia National Park, encourage visitors to buy entrance passes in advance.

Limiting visitors has two purposes: reducing COVID-19 risks and allowing some parks to recover from recent wildfires. Rocky Mountain will allow 75% to 85% of capacity. …

Our Occasional Newsletter (Issue #1, May 27, 2021)

‘Tourism Geographic’ is taking flight so get on board!

Coming On Strong in 2021

Tourism Geographic (TGx) was soft-launched 3 months ago at the end of February of this year (2021). Our official launch on social media sites was around March 9th and 10th.

Photo by Markus Winkler on Unsplash

Since that time, we have published 23 full articles, plus about 15 “news and information” articles related to Tourism Geographic and Tourism Geographies. Collectively, those articles have been viewed 9,236 times, with viewers spending a total of 7,179 minutes (117 hours) reading them.

TGx averaged 52 visitors a day since its soft launch. That number increased to 70 daily visitors this past month. The publication itself has 101 followers. …

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