The phenomenon of mass tourism occurs when the influx of tourists to a particular destination is so massive that it begins to negatively affect the locals, but also the tourists themselves.
The most common consequence of mass tourism is crowds - the amount of tourists creates traffic jams on the streets, public spaces and in public transport. Also, there is the emergence of tourist gentrification, that is, the transformation of parts of the destination into luxury tourist spots, which often drives locals from certain areas. Furthermore, mass tourism often displaces local traditions and institutions that replace souvenir shops and similar tourist attractions, which ultimately has a negative impact on the environment.
Shading of countries on the map indicates which countries are most visited by tourists in relation to their population. Some destinations can handle millions of tourists, while others struggle with the slightest increase in arrivals.
The more “green” the country is on the map, the more likely you are to find yourself surrounded by locals even during peak season.
The map showing the number of tourists in relation to the number of inhabitants is based on the amount of tourists who have visited a particular country in the last 12 months.
Top ten countries with the highest number of tourists per capita in Iceland (6,52), Croatia (3,78), Bahamas (3,64), Austria (3,34), Cyprus (3,01), Montenegro (3,02), Greece (2,53), Estonia (2,47), Ireland (2,15) and Denmark (2,04).
Every city or place marked with a red dot is in a "fight" with mass tourism or is often mentioned in articles and research related to mass tourism.
Top ten cities with the largest number of tourists in relation to the number of inhabitants is the Cinque Terre in Italy (4.800), Hallstatt in Austria (1.283), Old town Dubrovnik in Croatia (1.000), Venice in Italy (364,64), Santorini in Greece (128,62), Salzburg in Austria (45,94), Kyoto in Japan (36,39), Palma de Mallorca in Spain (32,26), Jeju Island in South Korea (24,8) and Amsterdam in the Netherlands (22,5).
You can see an interactive map with drawn areas of mass tourism HERE.
Source / photo: Vivid Maps