Hoi An, Another Mass Tourism Victim

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Yet another victim of overtourism made the headlines. This time it’s Hoi An, a city on the coast of the South China Sea in the Vietnamese province of Kuangnam. The city is known as an exceptionally well-preserved example of a Southeast Asian trading port dating from the 15th to the 19th century. During the first nine months of 2019, the city welcomed 1.7 million tourists, including 1.4 million foreigners.

The old quarter of Hoi An, a Vietnamese UNESCO World Heritage Site, is visited by around 10,000 people on a daily basis. Small in the surface, it is not suited to accommodate so many visitors at once. The same goes for the rest of the city, where infrastructure and architecture are put to the test by mass tourism. The challenges Hoi An is facing are numerous in terms of waste management, traffic jams, noise pollution, but also those related to fierce competition from vendors and tourist services. With this in mind, tourism professionals recently held a meeting and discussed this concerning situation in order to find effective solutions. Several proposals emerged from this meeting, such as the development of a database on tourism, development of new infrastructure, facilities, and activities. The introduction of a 50% reduction on the city’s admission tickets during off-peak hours from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. was also suggested in order to better distribute the number of visitors, and thus significantly reduce the influx during the rush hours.

Source: Tourism Review 

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