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First Venice and Barcelona: now anti-tourism marches spread across Europe

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Cruise ship visitors on the streets of Dubrovnik, where cameras now monitor the numbers of people in the old town. Photograph: muckylucky/Guardian Witness

 

Demos in San Sebastián and crackdowns in Rome and Dubrovnik as locals vent frustration at city-breakers and cruise ships

With the continent sweltering under a heatwave nicknamed Lucifer, tempers have been boiling over, too, as a wave of anti-tourism protests take place in some of Europe’s most popular destinations. Yet, as “tourism-phobia” becomes a feature of the summer, the World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) has defended the sector, calling on local authorities to do more to manage growth in a sustainable manner.

Read here about what caused the anti-tourism marches in Europe.

 

 

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How Italy Stopped Venice Being Put on UNESCO’s Heritage In Danger List

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The government lobbied the director of the World Heritage Centre, diplomats and national delegates.

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Uncontrolled tourism is killing the city. Wolfgang Moroder/lusenberg.com

UNESCO’s World Heritage Site Committee meeting in Istanbul this July voted not to put Venice on its list of World Heritage in Danger sites, but instead to postpone the decision until the 2017 meeting. This was despite the highly critical conclusions of Unesco’s own recent State of Conservation report on Venice, and appeals by the lobby group Europa Nostra and other civil society organisations. By by Anna Somers CocksRead more.

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