The article on Edinburgh (August 3) was timely. With estimates of a three- to fourfold increase in population in August, and several organisations seemingly intent on turning parts of Edinburgh city centre into a theme park, local goodwill towards the Edinburgh festivals is being continually tested. The impact of overtourism on the fabric of the city, both physical and social, is yet to be fully ascertained.
There are likely to be no easy answers, but it is an issue that the city clearly needs to address. A more balanced dispersal of events (both within and beyond the city, allowing areas such as Portobello, Musselburgh, Prestonpans and other neighbouring locales to share in the economic benefits), as well as considering whether growth at all costs is in the city’s best interest (there are three times as many Fringe acts as 10 years ago), might help in retaining local goodwill and ensuring that the Edinburgh festivals continue to thrive.