People say that tourism can both be a blessing and a curse. No matter how you look at it, it’s true. Sure, tourism can significantly boost the economy of any country; however, tourism can also cause some disadvantages. Some of these disadvantages are the bad effects of over tourism on the environment and the uproot of local populations.
That’s why it’s no surprise to see that some locals get frustrated when there are too many tourists in their home city. Some people do tend to behave inappropriately while traveling. Whether intentional or not, some travelers don’t show enough respect and care for other peoples resources and properties.
Now, we see some locals trying to protest against tourism since it’s ruining their home city. There are actually cities and countries that are implementing caps on how many travelers can go to their country. Come to think of it, it’s a reasonable policy that can help them protect their city.
So, now, here are some of the places that were ruined because of over tourism and what you can do to help:
Amsterdam was projected to have 20 million visitors in 2018 alone. Would you imagine that? 20 million visitors when Amsterdam only has about less than 1 million residents. It was reported that areas like the Red Light District were under much strain because of their popularity. As a matter of fact, visitors also exhibited boorish behavior in those areas.
What the city has thought about as a countermeasure is to manage the flow of travelers; that is, limit Airbnb rentals and redirect tourists to other less crowded areas through live streams and mobile apps.
As a responsible citizen, what you can do is to visit less crowded travel destinations within the city that awaits your visit. You can also use the city card when using public transportation since it is included with the fee.
Boracay has always been a well-known tourist destination in the Philippines. Some would say that it is like a screensaver brought to life. The visitors would admire the gleaming white sand and crystal clear water of Boracay, not to mention the lush jungle backdrop.
However, throughout the years, the count of visitors just keeps ballooning up, from hundreds of thousands to millions of visitors per year. Because of so many visitors to accommodate, the locals – especially hotel and resort owners – seemed to disregard the appropriate care that the island needs, which includes the establishment of a proper waste management system. The once beautiful crystal clear waters are now covered with green algae.
As a solution to this problem, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte ordered a six-month closure in order to rehabilitate Boracay. Prior to the soft reopening of the island resort, all the establishments were required to apply for a new set of business permits, including one for sanitary and waste management.
When talking about travel destinations, who would want to leave out Santorini? It’s basically one of the most popular destinations in the world, which is probably thanks to The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants.
However, with too much tourism going on, the island has always had much to catch up to. Since there are always too many visitors, there’s a significant rise to water and energy consumption in the island, and it’s a concern that the locals have to constantly deal with.
In an effort to lessen the number of visitors, the city implemented a cap on visitors aboard cruise ships. In your own way, you can help Santorini by visiting during the lean season; that is, from September to November of each year.
So, before you actually plan your next trip, make sure that you know how your actions affect the places you’re visiting. You might not know it, but you are actually ruining one of the most beautiful places in the world.