Tourism, one of Europe's most important economic sectors, experienced a profound decline due to travel restrictions to combat Covid-19. The crisis of 2020 came on the heels of a long trend that saw the most popular destinations suffering significant problems caused by overtourism.
Policymakers planning to re-launch tourism in the post-Covid age have a valuable opportunity to reset priorities in order to encourage sustainable tourism, direct visitors to lesser-known destinations, and implement innovative solutions to support local tourism.
The Policy Learning Platform has published Sustainable Tourism: Strategies to counteract overtourism, collecting ideas from across Europe to inspire policymakers and other stakeholders.
The partners of SHARE have studied and collected other good practices related to tourism and cultural heritage:
- The Šibenik Dark Side itinerary invites visitors to explore the popular day-tripping destination after dark
- The St. Francis Way attracts walkers and cyclists to rural cultural heritage sites and villages
- In Romania’s North East region, tourists can use the Piatra Neamț city app to plan their visit, while a grassroots initiative in Iași city mapped seven thematic walking itineraries around town.