Overtourism as a perceived threat to cultural heritage in Europe

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According to a 2017 survey, approximately two in five European residents believe that the number of tourists poses a threat to the continent’s cultural heritage. In order to investigate the determinants of this perception, the data from this survey of 26,000 residents was used to estimate ordered probit models. The results from these reveal that the probability of overtourism being viewed as a threat to cultural heritage is significantly lower for residents living near historical monuments, sites or festivals. The perception of overtourism as a threat is generally higher in cities in comparison with rural areas.




Adie, B. A., Falk, M., & Savioli, M. (2020, July 17). Overtourism as a perceived threat to cultural heritage in Europe. Current Issues in Tourism. Routledge. https://doi.org/10.1080/13683500.2019.1687661

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