Research study on Overtourism: impacts and possible policy responses

Project: Research

Project Details


Client: European Parliament, Directorate General for Internal Policies, Policy Department B: Structural and Cohesion Policies, Transport and Tourism.

This study addresses the complex phenomenon of overtourism in the EU. By focusing on a set of case studies, the study reports on overtourism indicators, discusses management approaches implemented within different destinations and assesses policy responses. It concludes that a common set of indicators cannot be defined because of the complex causes and effects of overtourism. Avoiding overtourism requires custom-made policies in cooperation between destinations' stakeholders and policymakers.

Please find the full study below (download) or read the extensive blog by the European Parliament's Research4Committees.

The author team for this study consisted of researchers from Breda University of Applied Sciences' Centre for Sustainability, Tourism and Transport (lead), Stenden University of Applied Sciences, University of Brighton, the Ostelea School of Tourism & Hospitality, and Lund University.

Effective start/end date1/07/1831/10/18


  • European Parliament


  • tourism
  • overtourism
  • European Union
  • Case studies
  • CSTT
  • Centre for Sustainability, Tourism and Transport


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