Thursday, 23 August 2018

The West country struggling to cope with tourists

All those crowds...

It is possible to beat the crowds if you're a little curious:
There's a big difference between being a traveller and a tourist, and it is all to do with experience - i news

And the locals would appreciate it if you went elsewhere:
Futures Forum: Restricting parking in Sidmouth > residents against commuters and tourists 

And it seems to be getting just too much in the South West:

Cornwall stops telling people to come to tourist beaches after heatwave triggers severe overcrowding

Traffic so gridlocked in some areas it has caused safety concerns

Colin Drury
Sunday 12 August 2018 09:45


Kynance Cove in Cornwall has attracted many more visitors than usual this summer ( Premier Inn )

Cornwall is struggling to cope with an “unprecedented” surge in holidaymakers, the county’s tourist board has said. Visit Cornwall claims coastal areas have become overcrowded and traffic is so gridlocked in some areas it has caused safety concerns. It has even taken the decision to stop promoting two beaches because of the sheer numbers of visitors.

Both Porthcurno beach and Kynance Cove have seen an influx due to this summer's heatwaveand heavy social media promotion, it claimed. Drivers were pictured getting out of their cars as they waited in huge tailbacks at Porthcurno, while ambulance crews reported being unable to reach patients due to inappropriate parking.

Malcolm Bell, of Visit Cornwall, told the BBC: "Nobody wants to see this sort of mass tourism affecting the area, affecting the tourist experience and clogging the roads." He called for "redistribution" with more tourists visiting other lesser-known Cornish communities. Airbnb has gone ballistic so we've had about an extra 20,000 visitors from that every day - and when the weather is like this often relatives will come down and stay," he said.

Kevin Hall, who runs a campsite near Porthcurno, said deliveries were late because they could not get through the jams. "It's been unprecedented,” he said. “It got to the stage where we had to go down to the junction to stop people coming into the village and try to turn them around."

A spokesperson from South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust said: "This summer we have struggled to reach patients on various occasions due to vehicles being parked inappropriately. We urge people to park sensibly and to show consideration for emergency vehicle access.”

Deborah Hopkins, Unite union regional officer for Cornwall, said the increasing traffic created a "nightmare" for some health workers and trades people. "Each summer it gets a bit worse," she said. "We need to have a serious discussion about how we balance the need for tourism and the need for business to continue to run over the summer.

"We have a huge proportion of self-employed people in Cornwall who aren't able to make enough money in the summer as travel time isn't paid time if you're in self-employment. Our infrastructure is struggling to cope. The burden needs to be recognised and the government needs to invest in Cornwall.”

It is estimated visitor numbers to the county are up by about 20 per cent this year on the usual 4.5 million figure.

Cornwall stops telling people to come to tourist beaches after heatwave triggers severe overcrowding | The Independent

As tourism has its costs:
Futures Forum: Taming tourism
Futures Forum: World Tourism Day >>> too many tourists?
Futures Forum: Airbnb: tourists, local residents and the sharing economy
Futures Forum: Airbnb and irresponsible tourism
Futures Forum: How to deal with the Tourist Tide @ Radio 4's 'Costing the Earth'
Futures Forum: "Struggling to adapt to the challenges posed by a booming tourist sector: money comes in from outside, pushing prices up, forcing the locals out, second homes proliferate and the traditional activities that define a place become little more than window-dressing."
Futures Forum: "Objections to tourism are often contradictory"

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