“Overtourism in Spanish Coastal Destinations. Tourism Degrowth Strategies” (RTI2018-094844-B-C31)
The aim of this project is to analyse overtourism in Spanish coastal destinations, define growth contention, and explore degrowth strategies. It will also develop a diagnosis based on social, environmental and economic variables:
- The theoretical development of the main research topics.
- The expansion of the tourist commodification frontier and its economic nature, particularly those aspects that concern housing.
- Evaluating the social conflicts that arise from overtourism in order to gain insights for the development of collaborative planning.
- The environmental dimension of overtourism, particularly the use of beaches and the supply of urban water.
- Growth contention and degrowth strategies by first exploring the territorial and tourism planning policies and toolkits available.
Departing from a collaborative task among research teams, maintaining a common transversality by implementing tests across the project, this inquiry will work on some of the most popular tourist destinations in Spain: the Canary Islands, Costa del Sol, the Valencian Community, Barcelona and the Balearic Islands.