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Global tourism is a booming industry. But in a growing number of places around the world, the surge in tourism is too much of a good thing.

Venice has been depopulated as year-round residents have fled its historic canals – where they’re now vastly outnumbered by tourists. In the Philippines, the once pristine beaches of the country’s famed Boracay Island were closed for months recently to allow them to recover from the effects of 6 million annual visitors.

In Amsterdam, the crowds are so bad the Dutch tourism board has stopped promoting the city all together – and now encourages people to visit elsewhere.

On this edition of Global Journalist, a look at the spread of this problem – and how tourism sites around the world are trying to adapt.


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A year after Scots voted on whether to leave the United Kingdom, the regional parliament in Catalonia has approved a plan to secede from Spain by 2017.

Spain's constitutional court has ruled the plan illegal and most of Spain's major political parties have united against letting Catalans have a referendum on secession. That's wrought anger in a region where Catalans already see Madrid as hostile to their interests, and spooked investors in a country hit hard by Europe's debt crisis.