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The damage over-tourism can do to a site when it joins the UNESCO list

The views of and from Skellig Michael on a clear day are breath-taking, and naturally it’s a big tourism draw to that part of Kerry. Featuring in one of the more recent Star Wars movies has helped. Or has it? Rosalyn Dee is a travel writer with the Irish Independent, and she’s been writing today about the double edged sword of being listed as a Unesco World Heritage Site, and asking if over-tourism is doing more damage than good.

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15.05 6 Apr 2023


The damage over-tourism can do to a site when it joins the UNESCO list


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The views of and from Skellig Michael on a clear day are breath-taking, and naturally it’s a big tourism draw to that part of Kerry. Featuring in one of the more recent Star Wars movies has helped. Or has it?

Rosalyn Dee is a travel writer with the Irish Independent, and she’s been writing today about the double edged sword of being listed as a Unesco World Heritage Site, and asking if over-tourism is doing more damage than good.


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