In some ways the pandemic has been a dress rehearsal for climate change, and it has made people more aware than ever of the need to reduce their carbon footprint. The industry has responded by aiming to reduce emissions and adopt new forms of power, and being more mindful of its impact on the world it is giving people access to.
The phrase ‘overtourism’ has entered popular parlance, but it’s too simplistic a term for such a complicated issue. Tourism largely remains a force for good, and the pandemic has given destinations an opportunity to rethink how they manage their spaces and the people who visit them in ways that are beneficial to local communities and environments
The clearance of Dale Farm travellers site began at 7am on 19 October after one of the most protracted legal battles of the year. Police and bailiffs were met by resistance from gypsies, travellers and protesters as they attempted to evict unauthorised settlers from the site. Long-standing Dale Farm resident Kathleen Maloney, 36, was there until the bitter end. She tells her side of the story.