Lots of European sites are enjoying a tourist boom, and while it is economically beneficial, there are growing worries about the impact of mass tourism on the environment and the need to control the so-called “overtourism.”
Cities such as Barcelona, Amsterdam, and Venice are among the worst overtourism destinations, with local governments under pressure from people dissatisfied with the disruption caused by the inflow of visitors.
Locals in Barcelona have organized protests in response to the rising number of visitors. In Amsterdam, tourist charges are already being raised, along with marketing efforts for outlying locations, in an effort to minimize stopover passengers and prevent overcrowding in popular regions.
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