Hawaii re-opened to tourists last year, and by mid-March the number of arriving domestic passengers exceeded 2020’s anemic levels by 400%.

A surge in visitors is undoubtedly good for the state’s hard-hit tourism economy. But is it good for Hawaiians? https://trib.al/7L5ymTd 
A year after Hawaii's borders were first shut due to Covid, many locals have embraced a new normal:

🏖️Uncrowded beaches
🚦Free-moving traffic
🌊Cleaner air and water

In a recent poll, nearly half of Hawaiians said tourists are no longer worth the trouble https://trib.al/7L5ymTd 
Around the globe, people living in tourist-dependent economies have spent Covid appreciating life free from the visiting hordes.

That is renewing a global debate about who exactly should benefit from tourism http://trib.al/7L5ymTd 
The travel industry has impacted climate change:

➡️Tourism accounted for fully 8% of global greenhouse emissions between 2009 and 2013
➡️Overcrowding of tourists contributes to environmental degradation and a steady exodus of locals http://trib.al/7L5ymTd 
Hanauma Bay in Hawaii was once a remote site enjoyed by locals.

By the time Covid hit, it was receiving 1 million tourists a year.

Those visitors trampled corals and left behind 412 pounds of sunscreen per day in the waters http://trib.al/7L5ymTd 
Diagnosing overtourism is easier than finding a cure.

Its contraction has been tough in smaller, emerging-market countries.

Some ecologically fragile regions saw devastating increases in wildlife poaching as tourists stayed home during the pandemic http://trib.al/7L5ymTd 
Recent surges of tourists in places such as Miami Beach have only added to worries that the end of Covid could mean a resumption of the old normal for communities beat down by too many visitors http://trib.al/7L5ymTd 
A first step to fixing overtourism should be reforming how to measure a “successful” tourist business.

Visitor numbers and GDP have been the gold standard.

But groups like the @UNWTO could establish new metrics that take sustainability into account http://trib.al/7L5ymTd 
✈️ Airlines and hotel chains could commit to sustainable tourism by:

➡️Reducing carbon emissions
➡️Improving waste management
➡️Investing in local communities http://trib.al/7L5ymTd 
Businesses should recognize that harmful overtourism isn’t in their long-term interests.

Social-media sites should think of ways to educate their users about overtourism and discourage excessive crowds http://trib.al/7L5ymTd 
Nobody wants a lecture about a post-Covid vacation.

But the message doesn’t need to be alienating: Traveling right just means thinking more like a local http://trib.al/7L5ymTd 
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