European cities ranked worst for over-tourism 2017

Ranking of the worst cities for over-tourism in Europe in 2017*

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October 2017



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* The methodology states that the research involved an analysis of the top 500 destinations based on arrival numbers (according to UNWTO data). Overtourism was then calculated by analyzing the tourism carrying capacity of each city. The source adds the following information: "The following factors were examined: the number of licensed hotel beds in addition to the number of peer to peer available beds (per square kilometer), which indicates if the city has adequate tourist accommodation. Next we looked at the number of tourists during the peak travel season as compared to the number of residents, which indicates levels of overcrowding. Following this, we conducted a representative poll of 1,000 residents in each city asking them to rate how positively or negatively they feel impacted by tourists during the high travel season. Using all of this data, we then calculated a score which rates cities by how well they manage their tourism carrying capacity."

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