In the last quarter of the twentieth century, we can find many unconformed local residents. The reason? Endless tourist waves.
Before the ongoing pandemic, tourism was one of the world’s largest and fastest-growing industries. According to the World Tourism Organization, by 2020, 1.7bn people would travel each year.
Regardless of the destination chosen many of the largest and most famous resorts all around the globe are struggling during the high seasons, generating inexhaustible demands that range from swimming pools to golf courses. This becomes worse when the destination is in underprivileged countries; while tourists abuse water consumption, locals find themselves with a single tap at home where they have access to a scarce amount of it.
The connection is not always easy to make, as tourists do not need to be aware of local problems. However, the issue is massive and global. Tourists demand countless local goods, which are not always easy to provide, and the financial return almost always leaves the country ( foreign-owned hotels, consuming/buying few local products and almost no contact with local community).
On the other hand, we have great cultural centers that can not handle all the tourists they receive every year.
And the question is how to move tourism from places that can’t handle it anymore to so many poorer countries where tourism may offer hope for development? Many centers have been developing touristic master plans which, unfortunately, we never seem to hear about.
Apart from tourism plans, what becomes clear is that we need to be aware of the places we chose to visit and for which results in we want to collaborate. After a long period of confinement, this undoubtedly seems the right time to start rethinking.
What do you think about future tourism and tourists?