Tourism is something that generates mixed responses from locals and tourists worldwide, and in an attempt to raise awareness of “overtourism”, Responsible Travel have produced a short documentary, Crowded Out: The Overtourism Story, which provides an insightful account into the issues.
According to Responsible Travel, overtourism occurs when there are too many visitors to a particular destination. The Brighton-based travel company says: “When rent prices push out local tenants to make way for holiday rentals, that is overtourism. When narrow roads become jammed with tourist vehicles, that is overtourism. When wildlife is scared away, when tourists cannot view landmarks because of the crowds, when fragile environments become degraded – these are all signs of overtourism.”
This planet has some spectacular places to visit and while nobody is saying not to travel, there is a need to travel more consciously and with respect for the environment and the indigenous lifeforms – including locals, the flora and the fauna, and the wildlife.
Featuring interviews with residents, business owners and industry experts, Crowded Out: The Overtourism Story hears some first-hand experiences of overtourism and reveals what you can do to help stop overtourism. You can watch the film above.
Responsible Travel was founded in 2001, born out of “a love of holidays, a strong dislike of poor customer service, and a desire to make travel a bit more caring through our belief that treating local people and places better genuinely results in having more amazing holidays”.
The Responsible Travel website also provides information on how to combat overtourism, whether you’re a traveller, in government or a resident.
Rosa Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief. She writes about lifestyle including sustainable and green living. She also offers content services to businesses and individuals at Rosamedea.com