Visit Flanders is taking resident opinions about tourism seriously. The Belgian destination management organisation (DMO) has released a report written by Vincent Nijs that describes resident perspectives about carrying capacity and the perceived value of tourism in the city of Bruges. Nijs conducted this study as part of his MBA thesis at MODUL University in Vienna.
The Resident Attitudes Towards Tourism in Bruges report begins with a nod to the extreme levels of visitation seen in some European cities like Barcelona, Berlin or Venice, where local uprisings have broken out due to overcrowding: “Worldwide visitor numbers in destinations are growing and even more growth is forecasted in the coming decades. More and more we see negative news about crowding and the pressure on residents.”
This is an excerpt from an article first published by Destination Think!. Read the original article here: How do your residents feel about tourism? Visit Flanders studies local perceptions of carrying capacity.