Is ‘Tourism by All’ Destroying Tourism for All?

With tourism bringing in so much money and becoming much more accessible to a whole new category of people, no wonder so many places are starting to turn into tourist destinations. Historically, travel was reserved for the rich. They had the means and the education to travel. As the middle class developed, travel started to be recognized for its enriching and relaxation benefits, even though not all members could afford it. Today, travel is wildly accessible to an incredibly large number of people and there is no sacred ground left for those who could afford to do it in the past – unless you refer to insanely expensive places. Then, yes, those places are still off limits.

How Travel Plans Will Start to Change from Now On

1. Tourism – the bread winner of MANY countries

Gondolas with tourists in Venice
Countries like Greece live off tourism. And if they can do it, what keeps others from doing the same thing? Clean up some historical sites, brush the dust off some history books and make the importance of the place known, take some high-quality pictures and open up a restaurant near-by. The recipe for success is simple. Yet some countries manage to apply it and make wonderful thing, while others still prefer to cash in without a lot of investment. The later are decreasing in numbers, though.

2. Former main tourist destinations are suffocated

If you ever had to write an essay about your dream vacation abroad, then it surely was about Paris, London, New York, Rome, any of the Greek Islands, the Caribbean, Hawaii or Las Vegas. One of these destinations certainly made it on your list. And just like you, many other people, when they had the chance to travel, they opted for one of these mainstream destinations. The result? In 2017, you cannot call taking a trip to Paris a relaxing vacation, but being part of a stampede, crowd-surfing your way through any museum and tourist objective. And this is not a seasonal situation. It is a permanent one.
And only to give you a sense of how bad things really are for these places, now that the people in Venice are already staging protests, accusing the authorities of making their city unlivable. They are trying to ban mass tourism and to introduce something of higher quality and that would bring more value to the place. Truth be told, if you were part of the swarms of tourists squeezing through the streets of Venice, and any other major European destination, if you ever tried for minutes on end to take a picture without tens of other tourists in the background, then you know what we are talking about.

3. The current attacks make it less safe, yet this does not discourage travel

Current attacks have affected tourism, but not in the sense of people refraining from visiting the major Western cities. On the contrary, in England, for example, with a decrease in the value of the quid making prices more accessible, even more people are coming in. But while keeping up the way of life is a form of protest against the terrorist attacks that wish to create a climate of fear, this does not make it any less dangerous.
Therefore the Eastern destinations are now preferred. Sure, they are not as spruced up, there is a different mentality and a different attitude, even toward a paying customer, but it is still safer to travel.

4. Some countries have moved up in the top of Travel Competitiveness in 2017

Every year, the World Economic Forum asks for a Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Report. 2017 was a year full of surprises with some countries really improving their ranking. It took great efforts to make travel safe and comfortable and to live up to Western standards, but they did it. And this makes their effort even more worth our appreciation. The biggest leap forward was the one registered by Azerbaijan. The country currently ranks number 107, but it has moved up 13 places. Other countries that are on the list of top changes are Tajikistan, Bhutan, Chad, Albania and Vietnam. Of all the countries in the report, Japan has registered the biggest performance change, now ranking 4th in the top of tourist destinations.

5. A preference for peace and more breathing space

A couple of tourists
Gone are the days when you could actually get a picture of a world-famous monument without other people in the background. While right now some people are only happy to be able to travel, soon they will turn their attention toward something better as well. Those who can afford it have already done this and they have changed the status of exclusivist resorts and destinations from eccentric and whimsical, to a necessity.

6. A revival of local tourism

Boats with tourists in Venice
With local authorities having to look in their own backyard and to discover something to sell as being a tourist attraction, what is to say that locals cannot benefit from this as well. While you will not very likely spot a genuine New-Yorker visiting the Statue of Liberty or a Parisian at the Tour Eiffel, some new and restored historical monuments can still be visited and can help collect a pretty penny. If by comparison, everything seems nicer and more interesting because it’s abroad, local and inside the country travel can at least become accessible and exciting. More than just relaxation and a road trip, it can fulfil the needs of those who are just now getting on board with they travel trend.
We have travel guides, travel blogs and vlogs, travel review sites that tell people what services to use where and why. Travel is an important part in modern man’s life. Why? Just because he can and it is fun and refreshing. So, while nobody is saying not to go and see the biggest cities in the word, we still want to make you aware that, as of this year, your travel priority destinations will change. You might not expect it, but by the time you will have made your decisions, things will already be a bit better.

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