Crashing cruise ships, striking museum workers, degrading coral reefs -- these are all symptoms of overtourism -- a problem that's only going to get worse. The UN World Tourism Organization reported that 1.4 billion trips were taken in 2018. That number is expected to rise to 1.8 billion by 2030. We discuss how popular destinations are grappling with overtourism, and if and how tourists can help relieve it.
Coping with Overtourism
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A picture taken close to San Marco square on June 8, 2019 shows tourists visiting Venice. (A picture taken close to San Marco square on June 8, 2019 shows tourists visiting Venice. )
Annie Lowrey, staff writer, The Atlantic
Elizabeth Becker, author, "Overbooked: The Exploding Business of Travel and Tourism"; former senior foreign editor, NPR