Overtourism and Underemployment: A modern labour market dilemma.

Andreas Walmsley

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This paper is the first of its kind to analyse the relationship between overtourism and employment. Despite frequent claims of the importance of employees to organisational success, poor working conditions in the tourism sector continue to be widely reported. In light of the severity of the impact of poor working conditions on individuals and by extension communities, the paper argues this is an aspect of responsible tourism that remains under-researched. In fact, there is a danger that overtourism will exacerbate what is already a key and growing concern in modern economies characterised by a slow trudge to the bottom for some sectors and occupations in terms of pay, and working conditions. From an employment perspective, the paper looks at the implications of overtourism on three groups of stakeholders: employees, employers and tourists.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 29 Sept 2017
EventResponsible Tourism in Destinations 13 – Tackling Overtourism – Local Responses - Hannesarholt, Reykjavik, Iceland
Duration: 29 Sept 201730 Sept 2017
Conference number: 13


ConferenceResponsible Tourism in Destinations 13 – Tackling Overtourism – Local Responses
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  • tourism employment
  • overtourism


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