‘Over tourism’ on the agenda for G20 ministers

Tourism ministers from the G20 economies have agreed to ramp up efforts to address “over tourism”.

In a declaration issued after a two-day meeting in Kutchan, Hokkaido, the ministers agreed to “work toward managing tourism for the benefit of visitors and local communities.”

Escalating division between visitors and local residents and the destruction of natural landscapes has hit the headlines recently, with some countries looking at ways to curb tourist numbers. Amsterdam and Venice in particular have suffered from over tourism issues.

“We must study measures to address friction between tourists and locals, as well as to protect the environment,” said Japan’s tourism minister Kazuyoshi Akaba.