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Industry views on capping visitor numbers

November 2, 2015
Harold Goodwin
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The WTM 2015 Industry Report published today includes responses to industry leaders about efforts to cap tourism numbers

More than 2000 senior travel industry professionals were asked about the controversial issue of tourism caps after a number of hotspots - from Machu Picchu to Angkor Watt via The Louvre - have tried to limit the number of visitors.

 

Caps

Nearly two-thirds (65%) agreed with the statement that "tourism caps are a practical solution to the problems of overcrowding". A further 18% were unsure with 17% disagreeing.

However, while the majority think tourism caps are a useful tool, the industry is divided about whether capping is actually a good idea in practice. When asked whether caps would be a good thing for their own city/company/destination, only 36% agreed with 34% disagreeing. The balance was unsure.

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