Tourism

The downfall of WOW Air is really going to harm Iceland

The downfall of WOW Air is really going to harm Iceland

Iceland-based WOW Air went suddenly bankrupt at the end of March, leaving thousands of passengers stranded throughout the world. But now we’re seeing how much the airline’s shutdown has impacted Iceland’s economy. The central bank in Iceland has announced that the previously predicted 1.8 percent increase in the economy will now be a 0.4 percent decrease, stating that the “deterioration in the outlook is due primarily to a contraction in tourism,” alongside a decrease in marine product exports.

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Tourist hotspots are charging new fees in an attempt at solving overtourism

Tourist hotspots are charging new fees in an attempt at solving overtourism

There’s thousands of places throughout the world that act as tourism hotspots — the Faubourg Saint-Germain district of Paris, the pyramid region in Giza and the massive sandstone hills in Uluru, Australia, to name a few — which cause an influx of temporary visitors and boost the local economy. But when a place becomes too much of a popular destination, it can become overrun with tourists and in turn, harm the way of life for the locals, negatively impact the environment and cause more strain on the infrastructure than normal.

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