In recent week reports about tourism and cruise ship pollution have come out from The Guardian and the BBC in England, as well as PBS, CNN, the New York Times in the US and also Reuters. The resoundingly negative coverage prompted Venice Tourism Assessor Paola Mar to suggest that the string of articles was somehow like a coordinated conspiracy to denigrate the image of Venice.
We’ll be posting some articles that call this notion of a ‘conspiracy’ in to serious question, but first, here is a list of links to the recent articles that have stirred things up so much.
July 5, CNN: Can Venice save itself from its own popularity? http://www.cnn.com/travel/article/venice-too-many-tourists/index.html
July 15, BBC: Cruise tourists overwhelm Europe’s ancient resorts. http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-40592247
July 22, The Guardian: ‘Imagine living with this crap’: tempers in Venice boil over in tourist high season. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jul/23/venice-tempers-boil-over-tourist-high-season?CMP=share_btn_fb
July 23, PBS: Climate change challenges sinking city of Venice http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/climate-change-challenges-sinking-city-venice/#.WXZGqHJ8uP5.facebook
July 31, The Guardian: Heading to Venice? Don’t forget your pollution mask. https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/jul/31/heading-to-venice-dont-forget-your-pollution-mask?CMP=share_btn_fb
August 2, The Economist 1843: Not drowning but suffocating. https://www.1843magazine.com/features/not-drowning-but-suffocating
August 2, The New York Times: Venice, Invaded by Tourists, Risks Becoming ‘Disneyland on the Sea’. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/02/world/europe/venice-italy-tourist-invasion.html?smid=fb-share
August 4, Reuters: Summer lovin’? Not in angry Europe’s tourist hotspots. https://www.reuters.com/article/us-europe-tourism-backlash-idUSKBN1AK24L
August 5, The Guardian: Only governments can stem the tide of tourism sweeping the globe. https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/aug/05/only-governments-can-stem-tide-of-tourism-sweeping-the-globe?CMP=share_btn_fb