Study: No acceptance problem with tourism in Germany

Traffic jams and full parking spaces: Especially during the time of the corona restrictions, some excursion destinations were overcrowded. How do people assess the consequences of tourism?

Despite the great rush to some regions, especially during the corona pandemic, most people in Germany rate tourism for their place of residence positively, according to a study.

In the survey, almost 55.7 percent described the effects as positive or rather positive. 32.1 percent saw practically no consequences and only 7.4 percent negative effects, according to the study by the German Institute for Tourism Research (DITF). The rest gave no information. “Overall, we don’t have a nationwide acceptance problem with tourism in Germany,” said institute director Bernd Eisenstein on Tuesday.

In individual hotspots, however, it could look different. “It cannot be ruled out that the load limit will be exceeded in some areas. But this is not a widespread problem,” said Eisenstein of the German Press Agency. However, the balance of positive and negative mentions fell to plus 48 in the most recent survey last September. In the pre-pandemic year 2019 it was plus 58.

No “overtourism” – but too many day tourists

The balance of the assessments of the personal effects of tourism at the place of residence remained unchanged at plus 27. Accordingly, 34.2 percent of the 3000 respondents saw positive or rather positive consequences for themselves, more than half (54.2 percent) practically none and 7.6 percent negative impact. The rest gave no information.

“Overtourism is characterized by a majority of residents believing there are too many tourists in their locality,” Eisenstein said. He could not see this based on the total survey results in Germany. According to this, around half of those surveyed are of the opinion that the right number of tourists are out and about in their place. About a third would like more guests and just under a tenth is too many. “However, slightly more respondents tended to say that there were too many day trippers,” reported Eisenstein.

From his point of view, it is about better controlling the flow of tourists – also in the interests of the travellers. “If there are too many tourists in one place, it reduces the experience for everyone.” The managing director of the German Tourism Association (DTV), Norbert Kunz, recommended, among other things, to inform day-trippers and holidaymakers in good time about how crowded the destination is or whether there are enough parking spaces. “For this we need an appropriate digital infrastructure.”

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