ETFI is changing the futures of islands

Sunday June 10, 2018 to Thursday June 14, 2018

During the 16th ISISA Islands of the World Conference 2018, our tourism experts Bernadett Papp and Stefan Hartman will be presenting the phenomenon of over-tourism as well as implications for island destinations and possible policy measures.

Overtourism takes a toll on island destinations

Cities such as Barcelona or Venice have been dealing with the consequences of over-tourism for many years already. However, island destinations show multiple similarities as they sometimes also experience a high influx of tourists. The unique characteristics, limited resources and spatial capacity make islands vulnerable to extensive tourism development.

Finding solutions for overtourism on islands

During the conference, we will explore the applicability of the main outcomes of our visitor pressure study. It focuses on finding the sustainable and non-disruptive development of urban tourism to island destinations. We believe that our findings are relevant, useful and applicable to many different destinations including islands because of the high degree of urbanisation of many islands, for instance, Bermuda, Malta, Virgin Islands, St. Martin and the Cayman Islands.

16th ISISA Islands of the World Conference 2018

ISISA conference organised in cooperation with The Waddenacademie, University of Groningen, KITLV/Royal Netherlands Institute of Southeast Asian and Caribbean Studies, Leeuwarden Cultural Capital of Europe 2018, Oerol and Sense of Place will take place in Leeuwarden and Terschelling. The conference will address following themes:

  • Identity and people;
  • Geography and nature;
  • Economic development;
  • Governance.