Countries with ‘Overtourism’ Problem Revealed

Croatia is the top travel destination suffering from ‘overtourism’, a new index has revealed.

The first Adventure Travel Index by Australian travel company Intrepid compared the number of tourists to locals to create a “tourism density index”.

The data showed that Croatia’s tourists outnumbered the locals by 1,380.37 per cent. With a population of 4.17 million people, Croatia saw 57.58 million tourists in 2018. Iceland follows in the second position with approximately 5.6 tourists for every resident.

“When visitors outweigh locals, it can become an issue for their cost of living and therefore quality of life,” the report said.

The index also revealed places with the most undertourism – that is, destinations with the lowest tourist-to-population ratios. Tanzania took the top spot with almost 1.3 million visitors to its 55.5 million locals, followed by Papua New Guinea and Kenya.

The Top 10 countries for overtourism

  1. Croatia  (57,587,000 tourists to 4,170,600 locals – 1380.78%)
  2. Iceland (1,891,000 tourists to 334,250 locals – 565.74%)
  3. Hungary (52,890,000 tourists to 9,817,960 locals – 538.71%)
  4. Denmark (28,692,000 tourists to 5,731,120 locals – 500.64%)
  5. France (202,930,000 tourists to 66,896,110 locals – 303.35%)
  6. Czech Republic (30,915,000 tourists to 10,561,630 locals – 292.71%)
  7. Singapore (16,404,000 tourists to 5,607,280 locals – 292.55%)
  8. Cyprus (3,286,000 tourists to 1,170,130 locals – 280.82%)
  9. Greece (28,071,000 tourists to 10,746,740 locals – 261.20%)
  10. Spain (115,561,000 people to 46,443,960 locals – 248.82%)

The top 10 countries for undertourism

  1. Tanzania (1,284,000 tourists to 55,572,200 locals – 2.31%)
  2. Papua New Guinea (198,000 tourists to 8,084,990 locals – 2.45%)
  3. Kenya (1,340,000 tourists to 48,461,570 locals – 2.77%)
  4. Indonesia (11,519,000 people to 261,115,460 locals – 4.41%)
  5. Egypt (5,399,000 people to 95,688,680 locals – 5.64%)
  6. Mozambique (1,715,000 tourists to 28,829,480 locals – 5.95%)
  7. Iran (4,942,000 tourists to 80,277,430 locals – 6.16%)
  8. Colombia (4,048,000 tourists to 48,653,420 locals – 8.32%)
  9. Sri Lanka (2,168,000 tourists to 21,203,000 locals – 10.22%)
  10. China (141,774,000 tourists to 1,378,665,000 locals – 10.28%