Yes, tourism is an economic support that keeps some areas around the world thriving — and authorities in some places will go to great lengths to keep visitors coming. But that concept doesn't apply everywhere. Indeed, officials representing some landmarks, regions, and indeed whole countries don't actually want anyone else to come trample their lands, despite the money that comes with them.
Conde Nast Traveler put a list together of places telling tourists to please simply stay home — and why. Here are some of them.
We've shared before the troubling news that Venice will one day be gone, and until then the city has to protect its infrastructure. By 2030, there may be no local residents because of tourists overtaking the area and raising rents. Residents have pleaded with the government to ban cruise ships here.
Everyone is dying to visit Santorini, and for good reason. While 10,000 people have historically come each day to visit Santorini via cruise ship, authorities have made changes to allow only 8,000 people each day from here on out.
Iceland is clearly the place to be right now, but as travel trends go, Norway and Finland are likely to be next. Norway has to limit adventurous travelers to its natural attractions due to the frequency of accidents, and having to direct their resources on rescue missions.
Iceland's huge influx of tourists comes thanks to epic shots on Instagram and cheap flights from the U.S.A. — and this year Iceland will have more American tourists than actual residents.
Some Thai islands' national parks are simply too full: Koh Tachai, an island that is part of Thailand's Similan National Park, has been closed indefinitely since October for being overrun with tourists. Other islands as well — Koh Khai Nok, Koh Khai Nui, and Koh Khai Nai — have also limited tourism.
Elsewhere around the world, Zion park in the U.S.A. is working to slow tourism due to land erosion, and Barcelona wants to add a tourist tax for day trippers. Even Antarctica and Mt. Everest have issues with too many tourists, with Everest banning novice climbers and raising the price, and Antartica limiting visitors to keep their land pristine.
The Seychelles, Cinque Terre,Lord Howe Island, Machu Picchu, the Galapagos Islands, and Bhutan were also listed among the places hoping to curb their number of yearly tourists, rather than increase it.
According to Forbes, "Seventy percent of millennials identified travel as their primary reason to work. The only thing that ranked higher was paying for basic necessities." And with travel becoming such an ever-increasingly more important part of people's lives, it's no surprise some of the world's most desirable destinations are taking some self-protecting actions... lest they disappear forever.
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