Bad news for globe-trotters is tourists are currently unwarranted in Germany for over-tourism. So, no two ways, vacationers! Stay and live where you are now as it sounds unattractive for many. Even before the pandemic, the phenomenon of the beauty of a place was becoming a burden for inhabitants not only in Venice, Amsterdam or Barcelona, but also in Germany.
But the feeling of being welcomed with hospitality is a key factor in the attractiveness of a vacation destination.
To ensure that the debate is not only determined by perceived truths, the Tourism Acceptance Study of the German Institute for Tourism Research at the West Coast University of Applied Sciences is to provide empirical data. Representative surveys have been taking place throughout Germany for this purpose since 2019: What positive and what negative effects does tourism have on the place of residence, on one's own life?
"We are asking about perceptions, not about the actual effects," explains project manager Sabrina Seeler. Because there is no definition of what is "too much." It depends very much on the local conditions as well as on personal attitudes.
Mrs. Seeler presented some interim results. The more guests, the lower the acceptance - that, for example, cannot be said as a general rule. Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, a popular destination especially in summer with its Baltic coast, has "an extremely high level of tourism acceptance. In Bavaria, however, it is below the national average - 10th out of 16.
Most annoyance among locals is caused by traffic jams and overcrowded parking lots - and crowds of people thronging the same place at the same time. But: Only for ten percent of those surveyed in Bavaria are there actually "too many"; for 50 percent, on the other hand, it's "just the right amount" of guests.
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