By Kate Jackman-Atkinson, Neepawa Banner & Press
NEEPAWA, Man. — Have you dreamed of looking into the Mona Lisa’s eyes, sitting on the beach in Barcelona, or standing in St. Mark’s Square in Venice? Across the globe, many people are now making their travel dreams a reality and it’s creating unexpected problems, especially in historically popular destinations.
As ever-growing numbers of people rush to those popular destinations, both residents and tourists alike are experiencing what has been termed “over-tourism.” The unrestricted crowds of people swarming to a mostly fixed number of destinations have created resentment among both locals, who see their communities taken over by tourists and the souvenir shops and multinational businesses that have popped up to serve them, and vacationers, who complain of large crowds and poor visitor experiences.