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Tourism Management and Solutions, 1st Edition

Edited by Harald Pechlaner, Elisa Innerhofer, Greta Erschbamer


238 pages | 13 B/W Illus.

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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.

Table of Contents

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


About the Editors

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.

About the Series

Contemporary Geographies of Leisure, Tourism and Mobility

The aim of this series is to explore and communicate the intersections and relationships between leisure, tourism and human mobility within the social sciences.
It will incorporate both traditional and new perspectives on leisure and tourism from contemporary geography whilst also providing for perspectives from cognate areas within the development of an integrated field of leisure and tourism studies.
Also, increasingly, tourism and leisure are regarded as steps in a continuum of human mobility. Inclusion of mobility in the series offers the prospect to examine the relationship between tourism and migration, the sojourner, educational travel, and second home and retirement travel phenomena.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Industries / Hospitality, Travel & Tourism