Touristic differences between Amsterdam and Belgrade

I have a friend who’s living in Belgrade. Moved from Amsterdam, he tells me about the wonders of a city I had only heard of during the Balkan War. He thinks it’s all great. The parks, the quality of life, the food, the people… and at the end he told me a curious thing about all the’ wonders’ of Belgrade: “There are no tourists”.

The Dutch experience in Amsterdam had knocked him out. Herds of people everywhere. In flip-flops and shorts in summer, in winter. I’m sorry, but I understand all those anti-tourist movements. It’s unsightly, dirty, inhumane to put 1,000,000 people where only 500,000 fit.

The impact of tourism

The economic’ benefits’ of this invasion, in the case of the Spanish state, represent 125,000 million euros, which raises the contribution of tourism to the Spanish state economy to 11.2% of GDP. Of course here in these statistics everything is’ benefits’. 125,000 million is equivalent to ships loaded with oil, which the Spanish State does not have and will never have. However, their cost in quality of life for the inhabitants of tourist destinations is very high.

For example, in the 22nd century it became fashionable to visit private houses (collect) and see what they do and how their tenants live. While we watch TV or eat in the kitchen, a’ guide’ shows tourists what we do:”Look… this is the living room… now you are watching TV”. This uncomfortable situation in our own home will of course generate an income for us… but perhaps at too high a price, it is no coincidence that the richest are surrounded in their tourist destinations from no one.

Surely, the demand for sex and drugs is still too attractive for many people, but a change of model in European tourism must be considered or there will come a time when it will only be beneficial for a few.

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