Did you know that more than 11% of humanity lives on the tourism business? But beyond the economic factor, tourism brings benefits such as the exchange of ideas and crossbreeding. However, like everything in life, it also has its cons. In this sense, it is important to take into account that the uncontrolled arrival of tourists can destroy the local culture, make rents more expensive, multiply tourist apartments, transform urban centers … For this reason, in many parts of the world hatred towards the tourist.
The Independent has put together a list of eight places that hate tourists. And although it seems strange, Venice, a city that has already demanded on different occasions that visitors stop arriving, does not appear in the ranking of the British newspaper. The one that does appear is Barcelona, which is already beginning to reject tourists. We tell you about all the places on the list below!
Koh Khai Islands, Thailand
First of all, The Indpendent tells us about the Koh Khai islands, which are located in Thailand. Since May 2016 excursions to this territory are strictly prohibited. And it is because of the presence of tourists, the islands presented a high degree of environmental deterioration . In fact, one of the main goals of the Thai government is to protect coral reefs.
In Bhutan they have also made the decision to regulate tourism, which began in 1974, with the aim of preserving the unspoiled landscape and its unique culture. Thus, not only is the number of tourists restricted, but most visitors have to pay $ 250 a day. Of course, this price includes accommodation, transportation and guide.
As we have mentioned before, Barcelona is also present on this list. When Ada Colau, the first female mayor of Barcelona, came to power in 2015, she made it clear that she did not want the city to become “a cheap souvenir shop”. In fact, during his tenure he is freezing licenses for all new hotels and rental apartments. In addition, the mayor has proposed limiting the number of visitors and introducing a new tourist tax.
As The Independent explains, Frans van der Avert, Amsterdam’s chief marketing officer, commented the other day that "cities are dying for tourism." Of course, he was also referring to the Dutch capital. In reality, what they want in the city is to increase quality tourism, "people who are interested in the city, not who want it as a backdrop for a party."
Japan hot springs
Onsen, traditional Japanese hot springs, also appear on the list, as most of them prohibit entry to people who wear tattoos, something that is frowned upon in Japanese culture.
We return to Europe to tell you about Santorini, one of the most visited cities in Greece. In 2016, too many tourists arrived via cruise ships, so the authorities have limited the number of visitors to 8,000 (last year more than 10,000 tourists arrived).
Cinque Terre, Italy
Another European corner that appears in the ranking of The Independent is Cinque Terre, a beautiful coastal area that was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO . Authorities apparently plan to limit the number of tourists to 1.5 million a year.
Arlington, Texas (United States)
Finally, we must talk about Arlington, a city located in Texas, United States. The British newspaper has included it in this list because a study carried out in 2015 by the aviation company Stratos Jets , concluded that in this place the citizens were very hostile towards visitors.
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