As I posted up in the Z-News Commentary last Spring, successful tourism is rapidly sowing the seeds of its own destruction.
The other day, my friend Amir Eylon shared an article that highlighted Amsterdam's recent moves to halt new hotel construction, limit Airbnb and reduce its investment in its Destination Marketing Organization (DMO).
But, don't think this is only a movement in big, international cities. The California town of Ojai is in the midst of its own little midlife crisis, with the Mayor calling for reconsideration of a 3-2 vote to continue to allow hotels to voluntarily assess themselves to provide Destination Marketing funding.
Sadly, the local newspaper keeps its content hidden...but, it certainly looks like he was successful in keeping the conversation in play.
Destination Marketing Organizations (and the DMO pros that lead them) need to pay close attention. Not unlike the media in the Presidential Election...stop listening to your peers and supporters and start paying attention to the real people you serve.