A Systemic Analysis of Overtourism and Tourismophobia: And What Destinations Can Do About It

In my last contribution as Observer, I analyzed the root causes of undertourism and imagined some remedies. This time around, I am going to focus on undertourism’s evil sibling: overtourism.

The two terms “overtourism,” and “tourismophobia” are used interchangeably by many experts. While those two problems are related, they are not exactly the same. Therefore they deserve to be imagined separately.

“Problems are simply the dense outer shell in which fantasies are wrapped,” says James Hillman. Now, let’s peel those layers one by one.

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