Many of the places we promote and love have seen the harmful effects of overtourism growing over the years, as homes bought for holiday lets drive out locals, and overcrowding puts pressure on infrastructure, elevates traffic levels and causes disastrous environmental damage.
This is a tough, tangled issue, but we feel the travel industry has a duty to face up to it. We know that we are part of the problem, but believe that we can also be part of the solution by taking action that we hope others will follow.
We will be capping the number of places we represent in three UK locations severely affected by overtourism – the Isle of Skye, Snowdonia and the Lake District. In each of these, the seasonal population surge of tourism causes real harm not only to communities but to the land itself.
We acknowledge that, given our size as a company, capping our places won’t eradicate overtourism at a single stroke, but we hope that it will make other brands and travellers resolve to consider their choices more carefully. We believe in a better way of travelling and that any limits placed on our own income are a right and proper part of doing what we can to encourage it.
It’s time for the travel industry to come together and start #travellingbetter.
Mike Bevens, Managing Director Canopy & Stars
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