The town that inspired 'Frozen' suffers from overcrowding


The town that inspired 'Frozen' suffers from overcrowding



When the whole world of tourism works to increase the number of relevant tourists, the small community of Hallstatt runs the risk of being overwhelmed by the high number of tourists. This town is located in the municipality of Gmunden in Austria, about an hour southeast of Salzburg. Hallstatt, home to small boxes and covered in snow, is said to have served as a model for the Arendelle kingdom in Disney's "Queen of Deborah"


Hallstatt town, Austria , Hallstatt Town in Guangdong, China , the Arendelle kingdom in Disney's "Queen of Deborah" ,  Dachstein Mountain Massif
Hallstatt town, Austria  

This magnificent view, stretching between Lake Hallstatt and the Dachstein Mountain Massif (part of the Austrian Alps) has been part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1997. The town has only 780 inhabitants and is struggling to cope with the influx. of a million fans. The number of tourists visiting this "royal" site is reported to reach up to 10,000 visitors per day or one million tourists per year. That figure has grown since the first part of the film premiered in 2013, but the second part of the film premieres and premieres in November 2019, causing an almost unbearable increase for such a small town. Moreover this town is very popular with Asian tourists,

Local businesses that for years have been the main source of revenue from tourism, once open only in spring and summer, are now able to operate year-round. In 2019 the city was visited by 19,300 buses, while the mayor. Alexander Scheutz has spoken to The Times of London, which is working to cut the number of tourists by one-third by 2020, but concedes they have not found any precise methods that could stop tourists. "The advantages are that we have become financially independent," Scheutz told the British magazine Far Out in September 2019. "This was a place people abandoned and we couldn't afford our expenses, but now everything has changed. We can now develop our projects and offer much more to our residents. ”


Hallstatt town, Austria , Hallstatt Town in Guangdong, China , the Arendelle kingdom in Disney's "Queen of Deborah" ,  Dachstein Mountain Massif


One of the owners of the town's hotels, Ms. Verena Lobisser told the Washington Post that most tourists think they are visiting a theme park for a Disney movie rather than a small Austrian town. Scheutz wants to inform visitors that "Hallstatt is an important part of cultural history, not a museum, with salt mines dating back 1200 years to Christ." Now, the "fairytale town" is trying to devise a policy for managing the flow of visitors, focusing on quality tourism in the
future.

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