Overtourism: Searching for solutions

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Around the world, popular tourist destinations have reached a tipping point. A growing middle class, improved connectivity, and the desire of people everywhere to see the world means that these destinations are being saturated with visitors in a new phenomenon known as overtourism.

Overcrowding is disrupting daily life, degrading precious natural and historic sites, and impacting the traveler experience. This phenomenon, dubbed “overtourism,” has led to civic protects and residents demanding that tourists go home.

The Center for Responsible Travel (CREST) and The George Washington University’s International Institute of Tourism Studies is presenting a day-long interactive forum to discuss solutions to the global problem of overtourism on September 27, 2018 at The George Washington University, Jack Morton Auditorium, 805 21st Street NW, Washington, DC 20052.

The 2018 World Tourism Day Forum will focus on this increasingly important issue. The forum will feature five moderated panel discussions covering historic cities, national parks and protected areas, World Heritage Sites, coastal and beach communities, and national and regional destinations. Speakers will share innovative insights on how to protect these special places.

The forum’s distinguished speakers include:

• Albert Arias Sans, Head of the Strategic Plan for Tourism, Barcelona City Council

• Sarah Miginiac, General Manager for South America, G Adventures, to speak about ongoing measures to combat overtourism in Machu Picchu

• Kevin Schneider, Superintendent, Acadia National Park

To find out how to register for this event, click here.

For sponsorship opportunities, contact Kelsey Frenkiel at [email protected]