Changing South

Changing South: Overtourism

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We’ve never been so popular. Talk show hosts, royalty and 4 million visitors are beating a path to New Zealand.

In the last year alone, the number of international tourists has jumped to 3.9 million.  By 2025, it’s estimated there will be as many people visiting New Zealand as those who live here.

It’s not just in New Zealand, it’s a growing concern in many of the world’s favourite destinations:  how many tourists are too many tourists

This is the latest in a series Newsroom is running over summer, by Christchurch documentary-maker Gerard Smyth. The series, called Changing South, looks at life in the South Island – the people, the places and how events like the Christchurch earthquake have had a lasting impact.

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