Overtourism examines the increasingly important role of destination management and effective stakeholder engagement in order to maximize the economic contribution of tourism while avoiding the potential pitfalls of overtourism.

Rapid growth in international tourism has led to the emergence of the overtourism phenomenon. It is a situation where high tourist numbers start to cause tensions with local residents and communities owing to what they consider to be negative impacts on their quality of life including overcrowding, congestion, housing shortages, and changes in the retail sector. Overtourism can occur in any type of destination be it urban or rural in a developed or developing country.

The author does not consider a global reduction in international travel as a likely long-term solution to addressing overtourism. Rather, destinations should prepare for continuous growth in both international tourist arrivals and domestic tourism in the longer term. Overtourism can often be reversed or averted through effective destination management. This requires engaging with key stakeholders and the local community to ensure that the local residents’ quality of life is preserved while at the same time delivering a high-quality experience for visitors. The coronavirus pandemic has provided destinations with an opportunity to reflect and decide how they want to recover and become more resilient and sustainable in the long term.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Half-Title Page
  3. Title Page
  4. Copyright
  5. Description
  6. Contents
  7. Introduction and Overview
  8. Chapter 1 Introduction to Overtourism
  9. Chapter 2 Overtourism in the Time of the Coronavirus Pandemic
  10. Chapter 3 The Exponential Rise in Global Tourism Leading to Overtourism
  11. Chapter 4 Key Factors and Trends Affecting Tourism Growth Leading to Overtourism
  12. Chapter 5 Tourism Destination Development Evolution and Lifecycle
  13. Chapter 6 Measuring and Monitoring Destination Success to Avoid Overtourism
  14. Chapter 7 The Role of Effective Destination Management in Managing Tourism
  15. Chapter 8 Preserving the Quality of Life of the Local Community and Residents
  16. Chapter 9 Funding Effective Destination Management and Infrastructure
  17. Chapter 10 Maximizing the Benefits of Tourism at the Local Destination Level
  18. Bibliography
  19. About the Author
  20. Index
  21. Backcover