Tourist congestion during peak seasons can have damaging consequences for the preservation of heritage sites and if not managed well can even destroy the heart of communities & the actual cherished attraction itself. At the same time, ‘low seasons’ can see businesses, such as hotels and restaurants, having to close putting a huge economic strain on local residents. Finding ways to manage visitor numbers better is a top priority for our DUNC team.
On May 17th, DUNC held a local community meeting in Nida, Curonian Spit (Lithunia). The aim of the meeting was to discuss off-season products / services and seasonality in general. Support from the local community of Nida was fantastic, in-fact the team from The Curonian Spit National Park Administration were truly surprised just how many people attended – around 70 in total – proof that this is a topic close to the hearts of many local residents. During the workshop, possible off-season events were discussed as well as options for the development of quality products and services that remain true to the region. Participants had the opportunity to see local sheep shearers in action and to try traditional stewed lamb.