Spotted by Locals are looking to make a difference by encouraging visitors to popular, overrun cities to visit less discovered neighbourhoods. They believe others should too. Even better, they are looking to encourage travellers to visit different destinations altogether. For example, why not visit Prishtina, the capital city of Kosovo instead of Athens, or Bremen in northwest Germany, instead of Hamburg?
In 2018, the word over-tourism entered the mainstream after US-based media company Skift coined the following definition: ‘Overtourism is the phenomenon of a popular destination or sight becoming overrun with tourists in an unsustainable way’. Since then a lot has been said about it, but what is the industry doing about it?
The rise in total tourist numbers is not the problem. People in almost all countries in the world would be very happy to see more tourists. The problem is that too many tourists are converging in the same cities and go to the same places in these cities.
Take Venice, a city with a population of around 50,000, where 30 million people converge each year pushing the city even closer to sinking point. More people visit the city every day than there are people living there.