Over tourism is wrecking many destinations globally

Published on : Tuesday, January 9, 2018

indexThere are many destinations throughout the world now which are almost or on the point of getting ruined due to over tourism. There’s an alarming level of pollution in the Antarctica. The famous Taj Mahal, a monument of love from the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his wife, Mumtaz, has given its shining milky white marble a yellow shade. Mount Everest is strewn with trash from invading visitors. The Great Wall of China has been so mistreated by the massive invasion of tourists that it has started to crumble in places. The famous beaches of Bali are littered with trash; additionally, traffic is in a gridlock and roads and footpaths are in perilous conditions. Macchu Picchu has such a large number of visitors that archaeologists are worried about preservation of the site.


The famous Australian Coral Reef Barrier has already lost one third of the corals. The Galapagos Islands, where Charles Darwin conceived his famous theory of natural selection, has been placed by the UNESCO among its list of endangered World Heritage Sites. The wonders of Angkor Wat in Cambodia is suffering the same fate, together with the Colosseum in Rome, where every week somebody gets caught for chipping away pieces of columns, or graffiting the pillars. However, the best example of the negative impact of tourism might be in Venice.


The town has now officially 54.000 residents. Hordes of tourist are now making life impossible for the residents. The number of sweepers and cleaners employed by the city needs to be doubled. Giant ships continue to ply over the delicate microsystem of the lagoon and their lobby is very strong. Conflict is rife between those who live off tourism and those who have other jobs. Like in Barcelona, residents there are now staging demonstrations against mass tourism.


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