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Leonid Bershidsky

Prepare for Another Summer of Overtourism

The accessible price of travel in Europe has become a problem for locals and visitors alike.

I can almost see the pope!

I can almost see the pope!

Photographer: Vincenzo Pinto/AFP/Getty Images

The high tourism season hasn’t started yet, and there are already signs that landmarks in Europe are bursting at the seams.

At the end of May, reception workers at the Louvre in Paris held a one-day strike complaining that they couldn’t handle the growing, and increasingly aggressive, crowds of visitors. The historic center of the Croatian city of Dubrovnik, known to many as King’s Landing in “Game of Thrones,” can’t fit more than 8,000 people at a time. Yet it saw a 53% increase in tourist arrivals, to 101,325, in the first three months of 2019 compared with a year earlier — even limiting the number of cruise ships that can dock there hasn’t helped.