Tourism’s dirty secret: What is tourism leakage and how can you avoid contributing to it?

Sarah Faith is a content and values writer at activist travel company, Responsible Travel.

Almost 600 million tourists visited Europe in 2022, and this year is shaping up to be the busiest travel season since 2019.

But there’s a dirty secret swirling around the flood of tourists returning to Europe’s hotspots: tourism leakage.

Book that all-inclusive holiday in Greece and how much of your money will end up in local people’s pockets? Precious little.

In fact, for most all-inclusive mass tourism package holidays, 80 per cent of your cash heads overseas – away from local communities – according to the UN World Tourism Organization.

It’s called tourism leakage, and it happens when an international

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