750 inhabitants - 1 million tourists
Hallstatt, once occupied by the Celts, where salt mining was done for thousands of years and which even gave name to a whole era of the early iron age (Hallstatt culture), is now facing a very common modern problem: mass tourism. A million tourists visit this (60 km2) small village every year, often staying for just a short time. A problem surely not performed only by Asians and not restricted to this location but rather a large-scaled global problem. And social media alongside with its influencer is doing it's best to fuel this problem. Nowadays pictures are rapidly distributed among the whole world (wide web) and traveling is as cheap as never before.
No doubt that Halltatt is financially and economically profiting from tourists but how many tourists can be carried by residents as well as the environment? What are the effects on culture, nature and wildlife?
And what are the solutions to tackle these problems? Will we have restricted or limited entry everywhere, or do we need to pay entry for spots like this in the future?
Quality should overwin quantity resulting in less tourists spending more time at a location.
Would love to hear your thoughts on that!