Editor's note

From Spain to New Zealand and Iceland to Yosemite National Park, heavy tourism is damaging many of the world’s most scenic destinations. Global travel generates jobs and revenues, but this year anti-tourism protesters took to the streets in Barcelona, Dubrovnik and elsewhere to say enough was enough. Penn State University’s Carter Hunt, who studies how tourism affects destinations, offers some guidelines for travelers about ways to avoid wearing out your welcome.

While many Americans have recovered from the job losses suffered during the Great Recession, one age group hasn’t: 16- to 24-year-olds, about half of whom aren’t working today versus 40 percent a decade ago. How can we get them back to work? It starts with a stronger economy, argues Ohio State economist Randall Olsen, who believes the Republican plan to cut the corporate tax rate is the right medicine to do just that.

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The view of Cartagena, Colombia from Tierra Bomba. Despite being one of the most visited cities in South America, Tierra Bomba remains highly impoverished. Why doesn’t large-scale tourism benefit such a community? Carter Hunt

The travel industry has sparked a backlash against tourists by stressing quantity over quality

Carter A. Hunt, Pennsylvania State University

At many popular destinations, residents are protesting against crowding, rowdy visitors and low wages. With some research, travelers can use their visits to enrich host areas instead of harming them.

House Speaker Paul Ryan talks about the GOP tax plan. AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin

Why the Republican tax plan can help put American youth back to work

Randall Olsen, The Ohio State University

Unlike other age groups, 16- to 24-year-olds haven't recovered the job losses they suffered during the Great Recession. Spurring investment and growth are key to getting them back to work.

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