During a trip to the Czech Republic this summer, Bret Love desperately wanted to escape the crowds at Prague Castle but couldn’t. He was stuck in a Vltava River of humanity.”There were thousands and thousands and thousands of people jostling for space,” said the co-founder of Green Global Travel. “You start to feel like cattle being herded.”No matter what you call it – overtourism, overbooked or a foreign invasion – it’s the same squeeze: A handful of destinations around the world are under siege by too many tourists. The stampede is having a deleterious effect on the culture, environment and spirit of these places. Locals are getting pushed out. Foundations are crumbling. Tourists are complaining about other tourists.”You try to keep these cities livable for the residents,” said Martha Honey, executive director of the Center for Responsible Travel, “but overtourism is killing these neighborhoods and the reasons we go there.”Former Washington Post reporter Elizabeth Becker examined the consequences of rampant tourism in her expose, “Overbooked: The Exploding Business of Travel and Tourism.” The book’s 2013 release coincided with a tourism milestone: For the first time, travelers had logged a billion international trips in one year.The issue is not the industry… Read full this story
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