End the tourism mess

Ending the tourism mess


Some are delighted with the resumption of tourist activities around the world. We still have to agree on which ones.

In Quebec, from the point of view of some restaurateurs, the tourist recovery is an excellent thing.

However, who, apart from a few merchants, can rejoice that hordes of tourists are once again arriving in Old Quebec with the sole objective of strolling there behind the little flag of a guide?

Many cities around the world are ruined by poor quality tourism.

Several Quebec villages, such as Percé, are veritable tourist traps.

The case of Montreal

The tourist mess is also visible in Montreal. 

For example, La Ronde, which previously belonged to the City of Montreal and which was sold to American private interests, has become a hideous money-making machine that has completely disfigured the premises. Lac des Dauphins is no longer really accessible and seems to be in the process of being filled in. The prospects have all been shattered. Advertising is everywhere. The food is expensive, American and of poor quality. The music is almost exclusively English. The site has become frankly ugly, and even unpleasant, compared to what it was before.

The problem is that our leaders continue to conceive of tourism as we did in the 20th century, before the era selfies.

Talking about Montreal, a festive city, makes no sense in 2022. More and more peaceful neighborhoods of Montreal are invaded by various often mediocre tourist activities that disturb the tranquility of the inhabitants.< /p>

Sometimes, you would think that elected municipal officials had the wrong job and that they should have become animators in holiday camps. But citizens are not children asking to be amused. This contributes to driving inhabitants out of the big cities.


Solutions exist to counter mass tourism.

The first is to no longer encourage it with festivals that follow one another relentlessly.

Without banning cruise ships, fees could be imposed on foreign tourists who do not sleep on site, in several towns and villages, as is the case in Venice.

Some national parks could impose quotas on foreign visitors, as the creeks are doing near Marseille.

One of the lessons of the pandemic has been to show that Quebec's economy does not need tourism to be well. Not that tourism should stop or that it does not also contribute to the economy, but rather that it is high time to promote quality tourism as opposed to quantity tourism.

Du rest, the lack of manpower pushes in this direction. 

It would be in the interest of almost everyone if in the future there were fewer fast-food activities and more quality tourist activities. Salaries would be better and sites would be nicer.

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