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Entrance fees, visitor zones and taxes: how Europe’s biggest cities are tackling overtourism

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🗞️ Driving the news: Seville and other European cities are implementing measures to tackle the negative impacts of overtourism
• These include entrance fees for tourist attractions, taxes, and visitor zone regulations to manage the influx of tourists and preserve local quality of life

🔭 The context: After a decline during the Covid pandemic, tourism numbers are surging, threatening the sustainability of historic cities
• Local authorities are searching for ways to balance the economic benefits of tourism with environmental preservation and residents' well-being

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: The measures being considered or implemented aim to mitigate over tourism's environmental impact, such as damage to historical sites and increased waste, while also attempting to distribute tourist traffic more evenly

⏭️ What's next: Cities are experimenting with various strategies, including limiting the number of visitors to certain areas, imposing higher taxes on tourists, and promoting less visited destinations to relieve pressure on popular spots

📈 One stat: In 2023, Spain received 85 million tourists, nearly 2% up on pre-pandemic levels, highlighting the resurgence of tourism and the challenges it poses

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