WHY THE CONFERENCE
In last decade some cities and sites, especially those listed by UNESCO as World Heritage, have become endangered by an overwhelming number of visitors that surpass their carrying capacities. Excessive crowds are causing: damage to monuments or sites, pollution, decay and deterioration of local communities, loss of identity and authenticity, uncontrolled gentrification and last but not least - diminishing the main value of tourism: experience!
Cities like Dubrovnik, Venice or Barcelona are already struggling with phenomena of Overtourism and Tourismophobia.
That’s why we all have to PROCEED WITH CARE.
A quest for sustainable solutions for overcrowding:
- first to recognize it, and then
- to prevent it, or
- resolve it
This problem is rarely addressed from the interdisciplinary perspective, especially from the perspective of planning and designing of tourism infrastructures.