THE National Trust has commissioned a world-first study, in a bid to address the threat of ‘overtourism’ on the North Coast.
The charity's proposed ‘Capacity Management Model’ has already prompted interest from authorities in Venice, who have for decades been struggling to cope with their own overwhelming visitor numbers.
Locally, a new wave of oversees interest in North Coast sites like Carrick-a-rede and the Giant's Causeway has led to peak-time traffic congestion, overcrowded car parks and long queues to see the attractions.
And with local communities suffering as much as the visitors, the Trust is determined to take action.
In next week’s Chronicle Heather McLachlan addresses the controversy over signage and rights of way issues at The Giant’s Causeway.
* For full story see this week's Coleraine Chronicle.