“Tourists can be like everyone else and use gentler means of transportation or public transit.”

By Cailey Rizzo
July 05, 2019
Tourists travel on an opentop bus in front of The Eiffel Tower in Paris
Credit: Alain Jocard/AFP/Getty Images

Paris’s deputy mayor said in an interview this week that he wants to remove all tour buses from the city center.

Emmanuel Grégoire told Le Parisien he isn’t waiting for the French capital to reach the overtourism levels of Venice or Barcelona. He hopes to nip growing tourism numbers in the bud by banning large buses from the city center and redirecting tourists to other destinations in the city.

“Tourist buses are no longer welcome in the city center,” Grégoire said in the interview. “Tourists can be like everyone else and use gentler means of transportation or public transit.”

The giant buses drive through the center of Paris, mostly along the Seine, to pick up and deposit tourists at the city’s major sites: the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, Notre Dame cathedral.

The deputy mayor is exploring the possibility of creating a “parking desert” in the city center so the large coaches will have to park further away from Paris’s main monuments.

Grégoire also spoke about how Airbnb rentals are driving up rent prices in certain neighborhoods.

Paris is far from the only destination to implement efforts against overtourism this year. Earlier this year, New Zealand announced a new tourism tax that would fund sustainability and infrastructure projects to keep visitation from ruining the environment. And Indonesia’s Komodo Island announced that it would temporarily close to protect its Komodo Dragons, which people kept stealing from the island.

Last year, the European Parliament proposed a committee dedicated to studying overtourism and its effect on locals.