According to a new study by the Malta Hotels and Restaurants Association (MHRA), Maltese beaches, like Comino’s Blue Lagoon and Golden Bay, are some of the most crowded in Europe.
The report entitled ‘The Carrying Capacity Study for Tourism in the Maltese Islands’ by Deloitte, found that every visitor to Comino could only ‘enjoy’ just 0.8 square meters of space.
This was not the peak tourism limit however, as the number would drop to a mere 0.5 when tourists and visitors start pouring in. With Blue Lagoon already in a worrying state, the situation is set to also worsen in other popular beaches.
‘Peak beach density for Maltese beaches are estimated to exceed the average for Europe (6.8 persons per sqm per day). Blue Lagoon and Golden Bay appear to be under particular stress’ the report reads.
Some of the top beaches which could see a worsening density per visitor ratio are Golden Bay, Mellieha Bay and even Gozo’s Ramla Bay.
Beaches are not the only areas facing such an issue, as the report claims that certain historic sites and tourism zones could reach peak visitor density rates. This could see the situation worsen in the same way Venice experienced.
Recently, demonstrations were held on Comino by activist group Moviment Graffiti, who protested against the takeover of the island by deckchair operators, aiding this increasing overload.