The Overtourism Debate: NIMBY, Nuisance, Commodification

Jeroen Oskam
Hotelschool, The Netherlands

Product Details
14 Sep 2020
Emerald Publishing Limited
328 pages - 152 x 229mm
Many cities focused on tourist development and city marketing to keep their economies afloat during the financial crisis of 2008-2013, but the subsequent economic recovery saw a combination of growing visitor numbers, changing behavior patterns and price hikes, especially in real estate, that created the conditions for a 'perfect storm'. Anti-tourism protests have emerged and have even started to dominate the political debate in cities around the world, especially in Europe. Cities such as Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin and Lisbon have developed policies to mitigate the negative externalities of tourism growth for their residents. Jeroen Oskam's wide ranging work examines many of the most important issues in the debate on overtourism including:
  • crowdedness and competition between tourists and locals in the use of city services
  • displacement of services catering to locals by tourist amenities
  • cultural or physical alienation
  • protests against overtourism often associate the phenomenon with the presence of urban vacation rentals
  • measures against overtourism, e.g. restrictions on short-term rentals, access restrictions, economic measures and reconducting tourist streams.

The academic debate in this book spans multiple disciplines, such as Tourism, Geography, Urban Planning, Law and Economics. The approaches are equally varied: while many Tourism scholars try to save or justify tourism growth, Urban Planners may preferably seek to prevent gentrification, to minimize tourism externalities and to 'return' the city to its residents. The purpose of this book is to include the different positions in the debate; to give insight in the potential future evolution of the phenomenon; to propose policies and strategies and to identify underlying mechanisms of the massification of travel.

Chapter 1. Introduction; Jeroen Oskam
Chapter 2. Reframing the structural causes of overtourism: Open-source mass-tourism and the case for a paradigm shift in the management of holiday supply-chains; Alexis Papathanassis
Chapter 3. Debating the right to travel; Rasa Pranskuniene and Dalia Perkumiene;
Chapter 4. The will to travel; Jeroen Oskam
Chapter 5. Getting Over Overtourism!; Ian Yeoman and Una McMahon Beattie
Chapter 6. Overdosed, underplanned or what? Making sense of urban tourism's 'politicization from below' Johannes Novy and Claire Colomb
Chapter 7. The unhospitable city. Residents' reactions to tourism growth in Amsterdam; Jeroen Oskam and Karoline Wiegerink
Chapter 8. Tourism, gentrification and neighbourhood change: an analytical framework. Reflections from Southern European cities; Agustin Cocola-Gant, Ana Gago, and Jaime Jover
Chapter 9. The Impact of touristification in City Neighbourhoods - the case of Lisbon; Marco Martins
Chapter 10. Commodification of the 'local' in urban tourism: the Airbnb contradiction; Jeroen Oskam
Chapter 11. 'Authentic Seville': between essentialism and tourist commodification. The Feria de Abril; Javier Escalera Reyes and Macarena Hernandez Ramirez
Chapter 12. Cultural Heritage Resources in National Parks in North America - The Challenge to Maintain Historic Structures and Sites in the Face of Increasing Demand and Decreasing Budgets; Fergus T. Maclaren
Chapter 13. Growing... Growing... Gone: Tourism and Extinctions in Galapagos; Marc Patry
Chapter 14. Overtourism: carrying capacity revisited; Albert Postma, Ko Koens and Bernadett Papp
Chapter 15. Tourism Management in Berlin: from Destination Marketing to Place Management; Ares Kalandides
Chapter 16. Overtourism and Smart Cities: Present and Future; Alfonso Vargas-Sanchez
Chapter 17. Can the new hospitality model of Albergo Diffuso solve the overtourism issue? The case of Tuscany; Cinzia Vallone, Alessandro Capocchi, Paola Orlandini and Andrea Amaduzzi
Chapter 18. Conclusion; Jeroen Oskam
Jeroen A. Oskam is the Director of the Research Centre at Hotelschool The Hague. His recent publications include articles about the future of tourism and hospitality, and books about Innovation in Hospitality Education: Anticipating the Educational Needs of a Changing Profession (2018) and The Future of Airbnb and the ‘Sharing’ Economy: the Collaborative Consumption of our Cities (2019).

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