Rich tourists wanted: What's behind the rush for high spenders and will it reduce overtourism?

When the pandemic hit, travel stopped. Nearly three years on, most countries have opened up – but certain kinds of visitors are more welcome than others.

Countries are being more selective about the type of tourism they want, with nations like New Zealand expressing a desire for “high quality tourists” over budget travellers.

Earlier this year, the island country’s tourism minister reiterated a plan to attract wealthy tourists over those who campervan around the country “on $10 [€7] a day by eating dried noodles.”

Schemes to target rich travellers combat overtourism and safeguard the environment, the countries implementing them say. But does it mean budget travel is gone for good?

Here’s what countries

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