Quality tourism means environmental destruction

Ballermann, concrete castles, cheap tourism. The Spanish vacation island of Mallorca wants to shed this image. Quality tourism has been used for years, but its impact on the environment is even more serious than that of mass tourism

Researchers from the Ruhr University in Bochum clearly deny whether quality tourism is more harmful to the environment than mass tourism. In a long lasting study they have analyzed the changes in Mallorca. For quality tourism in Mallorca. Ballermann was better, the researchers also compared aerial photographs over a period of more than 40 years and came to a frightening conclusion: Where originally the pine forests, olive or almond groves, steep cliffs and shrub heaths typical of Mallorca were to be found, so-called residential tourism has now spread into the interior of the island.

Quality tourism means environmental destruction

A comparison of aerial photographs of the Puig de sa Sirvi (municipality of Calvia) south of Santa Ponsa from the years 1968, 1990 and 2004 shows at first glance the shrinking of the natural and cultural landscape in favor of quality tourism. Pictures from the study "Quality tourism in Mallorca

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