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How cities can fix tourism hell

By TechCrunch

A steep and rapid rise in tourism has left behind a wake of economic and environmental damage in cities around the globe. In response, governments have been responding with policies that attempt toRead full story

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  • Cities can take a cue on people management from places like Disney and their theme parks, where they use technology to manage entry times and incentivize people to modify their behavior. The goal- not only improve the lives of the city residents but also enhance the tourist experience. Pushing the tourists away could be an expensive misfire if the revenue goes elsewhere as well.. and the residents end up paying the cost- likely in making up the lost business in potentially higher taxes and costs of living.

  • Carlos Yescas
    Carlos YescasCheesemonger and Author

    While tourism should be better managed. Cities responsibilities are to create the infrastructure and public housing for long term residents. In areas of the city away from tourism corridors. Without investment in marginal and periphery areas cities are condemning their populations to be afflicted by the division of incomes that lead to social inequality.

  • Bill Riddell
    Bill Riddell

    I lived and worked in the Canadian Arctic for a bit more than 30 years (Baffin Island). The area is so vast that tourism is a natural phenomena for those who live there. What I learned is that the best tourists were those who live there. The have to feel welcomed by those who live in the community they are visiting and grow to love the place and are excited to share their tourist experience with families and friends. So the most effective sales people for tourism are the locals. Give these people

    I lived and worked in the Canadian Arctic for a bit more than 30 years (Baffin Island). The area is so vast that tourism is a natural phenomena for those who live there. What I learned is that the best tourists were those who live there. The have to feel welcomed by those who live in the community they are visiting and grow to love the place and are excited to share their tourist experience with families and friends. So the most effective sales people for tourism are the locals. Give these people a discount on hotels, restaurants, tours etc and they become a network of salespersons for new tourists.

  • Kurt Bateman
    Kurt BatemanConstruction Worker

    The Bill McKibben article was good. Getting back to the deluge of tourists. They seem to want to see the iconic cities while not realizing the other interesting places to see in a country. Technology surely can help now google maps is my traffic guide and what a blessing that it. If apps can guide us to see places and avoid the crowds then everyone wins.

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