Pristine beaches, picturesque villages, centuries-old architecture- none of this will survive, as their existence is threatened by the ravaging hordes of tourists. With every single top travel destination getting suffocated by increased number of tourists every year, there are many places across the world that is taking strict actions to combat the problem.
They would rather thank you for not paying them a visit than you visiting them to enjoy what they have to offer. So check out some of the top travel destinations that have implied some of the strict laws or tax to curb the problem of heavy visitors:
Cinque Terre, Italy
Italy`s Cinque Terre is one of the top travel destinations, which is facing the increased number of tourist annually. The town is set to put a limitation to a maximum of 1.5 million people per year. Due to the increased number of cruises, more than 2.5 million tourists visited Cinque Terre, last year. These 14th century villages do not have the infrastructure to handle the dramatic increase in visitors. The pedometers will be installed to track the 1.5 million cap of visitors.
The whitewashed cliff-side homes of Santorini looks like a place straight out of the story book, which makes it one of the top travel destinations. But truth to be told, the beautiful Greek Island is usually overrun with cruise tourists. Now the Greece`s Hellenic Ports Association recently announced to reduce the number of cruise tourists to 8,000 per day, which is a 20% reduction from peak days.
Mogao Grottoes, China
This famous site in Northern China is considered as one of the top travel destinations which is why is has limit the daily number of visitors to 6,000, and during peak season, it has limit to 10,000, with tickets needing to be purchased in advance.
The city of beautiful canals and one of the top travel destinations is drowning in the sea of tourists. Venice sees upwards of 80,000 tourists some days, in addition to rising sea levels and increased flooding. According to the government, the tourist traffic is not only resulting in packed scenic locations and low tourist experience, but also threatening the canals, lagoon, ports and streets themselves. Venice hasn`t imposed a limit yet, but the collective demand of its people echoes in the news, whenever new rail lines and subways to handle the masses are produced.
Like many top travel destinations Iceland`s annual footfall of tourists is on a arise enormously in comparison to its population. Thanks to low-cost carrier, the visitor numbers have doubled even tripled in recent years. The country`s main concern is accommodating the sea of tourists and the Iceland Tourism Board have concluded that it would be wise to limit the number of visitors until they are ready with the infrastructure.
So before the tourism board and the government of these beautiful places ban or limit the number of visitors, pack your bags and visit these places. To book tickets, start planning early and to get the cheapest flights compare it at Smart Flyer.