Rethinking the tourism model
The tourist industry is desperate to reopen:
But there have been troubling consequences of things reopening a bit too explosively:
And there have been other consequences:
The council is doing its best meanwhile:
As are the police:
The Telegraph (paywall) is suggesting something East Devon might be quite good at:
Whilst a long read from the Guardian suggests “Tourism isn’t the right that many holidaymakers, whatever their budgets, seem to think it is. It’s a luxury that needs to pay its way:”
Meanwhile in Spain, there is a rethink going on:
Spain Looks to a New Kind of Tourism After COVID-19
On the island of Majorca, in the Balearics, the resort of Magaluf has for years been famous for its free spirit tourism.
Xavier Pascuet, director of tourism for Calvia council, which oversees Magaluf, said authorities have been trying to move away from the type of tourism which has made the resort notorious and instead to encourage families to holiday in the resort.
“COVID-19 could be an opportunity for us to change from the type of tourism which involves for some promoters using ‘booze cruises’, all-in-one deals and using semi-naked women to promote alcohol,” he told VOA by telephone from the island. “We will introduce a “tourist journey” in which all stages of the visit will be governed by regulations to make it safe from the airport to the hotel and the beach.”
The Balearic Islands regional government has introduced fines for tour operators offering booze cruises or other ‘all-in-one’ promotions. Calvia council is to introduce an app so people can find beaches that are not too full.
In Barcelona, an elaborate system of video sensors, barriers and apps will help keep the Mediterranean city’s beaches from becoming congested.
However, not all will welcome the return of tourists. Barcelona, like Venice and other resorts in Europe, has been the scene of protests among local residents who complained their home had been saturated by overcrowding all year round. “I don’t think anything is going to change. We will have the same problems as before. The council will not re-think their tourism model,” Albert Mallol, of Poblenou Stand Up, a residents’ group, told VOA in a telephone interview.
Everywhere’s having a rethink: