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Welcome to Zion, Now Take a Hike: What does Overtourism mean for Utah’s Rural Communities?

May 8, 2024 3:45 pm
2024 Spring Conference

Popular tourist destinations around the world are experiencing “overtourism” — more tourists than the local infrastructure can support. After years of promoting tourism as an economic development tool, many popular tourist destinations around the world are now realizing that too much of a good thing can actually be a bad thing. What is the state of tourism in Utah’s rural communities? And what can Utah’s rural tourist destinations learn from the growing trend of anti-overtourism policies in traditional tourist hotspots?


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