The locals of Ibiza took to the streets in their hundreds, on Friday 20th April 2018, to protest against what they describe as, “unlimited, disrespectful and excessive” tourism. Organized by the pressure group Prou! more than 500 people gathered in Ibiza Town’s main square, Vara del Rey, to raise awareness of the damaging affect over-tourism is having on the once peaceful town.
Between 2016 and 2017 there was a five percent rise in the number of tourists visiting Ibiza with the total figure reaching just over 3,200,000 – the majority of which were British.
Over-tourism characterises potential threats to worldwide destinations, as the driving force of travel can often inflict unavoidable negative outcomes if it isn’t managed.
How do we contribute?
Ibiza has become well known for its association with nightlife and the peak season club scene attracts large quantities of tourists. This growth has created a major concern for noise pollution and the privatisation of beaches, not only in Ibiza but across the Globe.
With this in mind, what can you do to become a more sustainable tourist? Before heading away spend some time researching cultures, religions and the local etiquette in your chosen destination, this way you can enjoy your holiday without accidently disrespecting the locals or standing out as a ‘noisy tourist’.
Whilst away, consider your alcohol consumption and make sure you know your limits. Most travel insurance policies will not cover claims that arise as a result of you being under the influence of alcohol and although some policies are more lenient than others, medical bills abroad are costly – so it really isn’t worth the risk. For more information on how alcohol affects your travel insurance policy click here.
A few tweaks to your travel itinerary has the potential to make a huge positive impact on our environment and stop the stigma of ‘over-tourism’:
Take your own reusable cup
Research your destination beforehand
Take all litter back to your accommodation and dispose of it appropriately
Avoid using plastic bags and disposable utensils
Try to refrain from voicing negative opinions – particularly about the culture or locals – in public places
Don’t drink excessively or take any form of drugs (whether they are legal in that country or not)
What is changing in Ibiza?
All bars and clubs in West End have been instructed by Ibiza’s council in San Antonia to close no later than 3am. The new curfew will be monitored by authorities so if you are planning a trip to Ibiza, be respectful of the law.