Has the number of tourists in European cities reached intolerable levels?

In order to contribute to modern academic accomplishments to provide a greater global exchange of knowledge and the sharing of best practices, the European Scientific Institute (ESI) organised its yearly conference in Prague. As a part of the conference, our destination management expert Bernadett Papp addressed the problem of overtourism in European city destinations.

Overtourism concerns in European destinations

The growth in visitor numbers is not only happening in Prague but is also seen in other popular cities around Europe. Overtourism is a phenomenon that:

  • is disrupting communities
  • imperilling cultural heritage sites
  • harming the experience of both travellers and local residents.

Development of overtourism

Governments, tourist boards and cruise lines were encouraging the growth of tourism without thinking that their actions might have consequences. Only a few in the travel industry were acknowledging the fact that tourism actually can negatively influence the local residents and the destination itself. However, after a series of incidents where angry locals were protesting against constantly growing number of visitors to their towns and cities, slowly but surely those who are in charge were forced to finally address the issue.

Scenario planning to get a grip on overtourism

Bernadett was focusing on some of the main outcomes of our visitor pressure projects as well as the use of scenario planning and strategic foresight in destination management. The application of scenario planning as a tool in the tourism industry is rather rare. Thus it can be considered as an innovative approach in tourism policy planning and development. Bernadett had an opportunity to present various unique measures and strategies. These can help policymakers and other relevant organisations in preparing and managing the uncertainties of the future, and thus overcoming overtourism.

12th International Scientific Forum brings researchers and industry together

The European Scientific Institute is a global academic platform, that collaborates with numerous universities and academic centres from all over the world. The multidisciplinary conference that took place in Prague brought together researchers from a number of different countries such as Jordan, Croatia, Romania, Lebanon, USA, Turkey and The Netherlands. They organise scientific conferences, forums, workshops and joint projects representing various academic disciplines.