There was an issue on the French news….about too many tourists on the beaches.
That’s a refrain echoing in a growing number of European cities. The neoclassical gems that once made up the grand tour have been stops on package tours since the 19th century. But it’s only over the past decade or so that the number of travelers to these and other must-see destinations risks subsuming the places. Around 87 million tourists visited France in 2017, breaking records; 58.3 million went to Italy; and even the tiny Netherlands received 17.9 million visitors. (Time Magazine)
dievca’s Dutch friend told her about how the tourists are really dangerous on the bicycles in Amsterdam and the older people are too scared to bike around the City and get out of their houses.
How much is too much? And how are people to live in the Cities they love?
dievca runs into this in NYC. she sighs and tries to remember that tourism brings a lot of $ to the City. It’s annoying though~ five people walking abreast, taking selfies, clogging the Subways and expecting you to be kind and pleased that they are spending time in NYC – all when you need to get the hell to work and are pissed that they are lollygagging around.
In France, dievca kept her mouth shut most of the time. Tried to speak her pathetic French and was very cognizant of the locals. she avoided the hot tourist areas and when she was there, she was polite – even when a Honfleur shopkeeper was exceptionally nasty immediately upon entry to a nougat shop. dievca’s friend, who’s French is superb — went after her. dievca just walked out — an 80 Euro loss to someone who was located in a very touristy spot and having a bad day. dievca felt bad — it was early August, just the beginning of the Holiday month in France. The Lady was going to have a tough month. (Menopause kicking in? maybe – it was that odd.)
A tough issue for Cities like Barcelona, Amsterdam, Paris, Palma, Venice, Dubrovnik, Copenhagen and more. And with Millennials wanting to travel:
Millennials will likely have more of an impact on travel and tourism than any other generational group, according to a new report from Resonance Consultancy. The report—the “Future of U.S. Millennial Travel”—studied the travel habits and preferences of Millennials, a generation that values experiences over material possessions.
It is going to be an issue for the future.