1st Edition

Overtourism Tourism Management and Solutions

    256 Pages 13 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    256 Pages 13 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Overtourism explores a growing phenomenon in tourism that is currently creating tensions in both urban and rural tourist destinations worldwide. This volume proposes a framework for a series of possible solutions and management strategies for dealing with overtourism and the various negative impacts that large quantities of tourists can impose.

    Questioning the causes of this phenomenon – such as increased prosperity and mobility, technological development, issues of security and stigma for certain parts of the world, and so on – this book supposes that better visitor management strategies and distribution of tourists can offset the negative impacts of overtourism. Individual chapters focus on a range of destinations including Venice, Barcelona and Dubrovnik, as well as UNESCO cultural and natural heritage sites, where local political actors and public authorities are not always able to deal with the situation effectively.

    Integrating research and practice, this book will be of great interest to upper-level students, researchers and academics in tourism, development studies, cultural studies and sustainability, as well as professionals in the field of tourism management.

    Part 1: Overtourism – Introduction to the topic

    1. Overtourism – The challenge of managing the limits
    2. Elisa Innerhofer, Greta Erschbamer, Harald Pechlaner

    3. Overtourism and resistance: Today’s anti-tourist movement in context
    4. Michael Clancy

    5. Strategy is the art of combining short- and long-term measures - empirical evidence on "overtourism" from European cities and regions
    6. Daniel Zacher, Harald Pechlaner, Natalie Olbrich

    7. Problem and solution awareness in overtourism: A delphi study
    8. Martin Fontanari, Berit Berger-Risthaus

    9. UNESCO, cultural heritage sites and tourism: a paradoxical relationship
    10. Marilena Vecco, Josephine Caust

      Part 2: Management concepts and possible solutions

    11. Development of core indicators for the assessment and analysis of sustainable city tourism
    12. Rainer Hartmann, Bernd Stecker

    13. Constantly adapting – approaches for effective visitor monitoring and adaptive visitor guiding in the Black Forest National Park
    14. Urs Reif

    15. Visitor management in highly-visited attractions: Lessons that practitioners can learn from the U.S. Theme Park Industry and the National Parks
    16. Ady Milman

    17. Key themes for tourism development management. Lessons from Venice
    18. Damiano De Marchi, Mara Manente

    19. Between seasonability and overtourism in seaside destinations. A multi-stakeholders’ perception of hosting music events during summer season
    20. Marika Gon, Francesco Marangon, Stefania Troiano, Laura Rizzi

    21. Management strategies for overtourism –from adaptation to system change
    22. Ko Koens, Albert Postma, Bernadett Papp

      Part 3: Governance, monitoring and outlook

    23. Overcrowding of tourism destinations: some suggestions for a solution
    24. Egon Smeral

    25. How to manage the threatening phenomenon of ‘overtourism’? Early detection measures in Vienna
    26. Petra Tschöll, Clemens Költringer

    27. Visitor management in world heritage sites: Does overtourism-driven traffic management affect tourist targets, behavior and satisfaction? The case of the Dolomites UNESCO WHS (Italy)
    28. Anna Scuttari, Giulia Isetti, Daria Habicher

    29. The end of tourism through localhood and overtourism? An exploration of current destination governance challenges

    Michael Volgger


    Harald Pechlaner is head of the Center for Advanced Studies at Eurac Research, Bozen-Bolzano, Italy and Professor and holder of the Chair of Tourism, Catholic University of Eichstaett-Ingolstadt, Germany.

    Elisa Innerhofer is a Senior Researcher at the Center for Advanced Studies at Eurac Research, Bozen-Bolzano, Italy.

    Greta Erschbamer is a Researcher at the Center for Advanced Studies at Eurac Research, Bozen-Bolzano, Italy.