Tourism growth is seen as a positive sign for most countries, however, in certain destinations, this growth has been so abrupt that countries are already taking measures to restrict it.
According to CNN, these are the reasons why you should erase these 12 destinations from your travel list for 2018:
Isle of Skye, Scotland: The impact of tourism has been so negative that the island’s own residents have started to complain about noise, overpopulation and illegal acts. At the moment, the authorities advise tourists to visit the island outside the summer season.
Barcelona, Spain: This is one of the most visited cities in the world and this brings consequences that do not please everyone. Locals are protesting against tourism and increasing rents through graffiti and demonstrations. The local government has created a law to limit the number of tourist accommodation in the city.
Dubrovnik, Croatia: After UNESCO threatened to withdraw World Heritage status due to tourist overcrowding, the city began to take measures in order to limit the daily access of tourists, for example by limiting the number of cruises that can make the daily landing in City.
Venice, Italy: The exorbitant number of tourists visiting Venice, 30 million a year, and the constant invasion of ships led the local population to protest and the local government to create preventive measures, such as the access of the ships to the canals.
Santorini, Greece: The natural charm of the island is at risk of being lost due to the decharacterization caused by the excess of tourists and ships. Although many people visit the island by day, most only stay for a few hours.
Bhutan: This Asian country has already begun to take precautionary measures for the excess of tourists, such as the collection of visiting quotas, however, the negative environmental impact of tourism is starting to prove to be a serious concern.
Taj Mahal in Agra, India: Every year, 8 million tourists visit this monument, which is resulting in the deterioration of the materials of the mausoleum. Authorities have begun to consider measures to limit access to the site.
Mount Everest, Nepal: The access to the world’s highest mountain begins to have more restrictions for climbers due to overcrowding and the resulting number of crashes and fatalities.
Machu Pichu, Peru: After doubling the number of daily visitors recommended by UNESCO, the government has created a new site visit plan in order to reduce this number and to make the environmental impact less detrimental.
Galapagos Islands, Ecuador: One of the most famous natural habitats in the world is at risk due to the high number of visitors it receives daily. In order to preserve it, the local government has begun to design preventive measures so that its access is limited.
Cinque Terre, Italy: Although more and more tourists visit the 5 famous Italian villages, this is not synonymous with a long stay and investment in the area. On the contrary, the area has become mostly a place of passage where tourists tend not to spend money. Tourist overcrowding is also causing landslides and falling rocks.
Antarctica: Considered one of the last wild places on Earth, the growing number of visitors begins to raise questions about the environmental impact caused. In order to control their access, boats sailing to Antarctica have restrictions on the number of tourists they can carry.
If you are planning to visit one of these destinations this year, we advise you to do it outside of high season or else consider other places less known and visited by tourists. If you are already traveling to one of these destinations, we advise you to consult any laws regarding local tourism, respect the customs and traditions of the residents and make your ecological footprint as impacting as possible.
Have a good trip. 🙂