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Overtoruism is traditionally defined as a situation when the number of visitors and the impact of tourism exceed the ecological, social, economical, physical, and psychological capacity of tourism destinations (Mihalic, 2020). Among the main consequences of overtourism are traffic congestions, damaging natural places, overload of infrastructure, higher prices, and many other negative outcomes for destination communities (Milano et al., 2018). The recent rise of peer-to-peer economy accommodation, cheap air flights, and the dramatic increase of conspicuous consumption in tourism led to residents’ resistance, antitourism marches, and protests (Dodds & Butler, 2019). Among the recent examples of the problems caused by mass tourism are the cities of Barcelona, Venice, Prague, Florence, Dubrovnik, and other highly visited tourist destinations (González, 2018).


Dodds, R., & Butler, R. (2019). Overtourism: Issues, realities and solutions. Berlin, GE: Walter de Gruyter.
González, A. T. (2018). Venice: The problem of overtourism and the impact of cruises.  Journal of Regional Research, (42), 35-51.
Mihalic, T. (2020). Conceptualising overtourism: A sustainability approach. Annals of Tourism Research84, 103025.
Milano, C., Cheer, J. M., & Novelli, M. (2018). Overtourism: A growing global problem. The Conversation18, 1-5.