Overtourism: the difficult equation between protecting and promoting destinations

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Published on 01/08/23 - Updated on 01/08/23


We are all other people's tourists, and yet the feeling of tourismophobia seems to be growing over time. This is because tourist flows are often poorly controlled, leading to surreal scenes of hundreds of visitors crammed into a single destination. This is particularly the case in France, where 80% of tourist activity is concentrated in 20% of the country. It's a phenomenon that attracts a lot of attention during the summer months every year, when major holidays are ideal for concentrated crowds. While initiatives to tackle the problem of overtourism are multiplying, more and more players are denouncing a "tourism bashing" that is damaging the image of their business.

Overheated tourist destinations Many destinations are victims of their own success and find themselves swamped by thousands of tourists every year. Overtourism, although not a recent phenomenon, seems to have taken on much greater proportions in recent decades due to the ever-increasing number of...

Alliance France Tourisme

Alliance France Tourisme

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Atout France

Atout France

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