World Tourism Backlash Hits Major Tourist Cities

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Hong Kong, Singapore, tWorld tourism backlash hits the world’s top tourist cities.

Today the world’s major tourist hot spots are curtailing tourist activities.

This latest trends is known as over-tourism.

It’s a trend that is gaining momentum,

Global tourism is highly concentrated.

A total of 100 cities in the world comprise this group.

This is where tourism grew 25 per cent faster than in the rest of the world.

The top tourism hotspots are: Hong Kong, Bangkok, London, Singapore, Paris, Dubai, Istanbul, and New York.

In 2016, New York City hosted more than 60 million tourists, up from 35 million in 2002.

In London tourism has grown by more than 20 per cent in the last few years.

And in Berlin tourism more than doubled to 31 million visitors in 2016, compared with 15 million visitors in 2005.

Local governments in these tourism hotspots are dealing with it in many different ways.

And the world tourism backlash is spreading.

Venice and Dubrovnik have sought to restrict cruise ships.

Amsterdam has tried to curtail tourist shops from selling over-priced souvenirs and waffles.

Reykjavik is getting tough on indecent tourist behavior.

And in food trucks and selfie sticks are temporarily banned in the local tourist hot spots.

Milan has temporarily banned food trucks and selfie sticks in one of its most-frequented neighborhoods.

Rome has prohibited people from eating or cavorting in public fountains, restricted drinking on the streets at night, and sought to limit tourists’ access to popular sites like the Trevi Fountain.

Venice, Barcelona, San Sebastián in Spain have seen anti-tourism protests.

Graffiti slogan such as – Tourists go home and Tourists are terrorists –  are aimed at tourists and cruise ships.

And in Auckland, New Zealand,  people are protesting double-decker sightseeing buses for clogging up the streets.

International tourism is growing by leaps and bounds.

But tourism makes a fortune for these major cities.

The royal weddings in England were a huge money maker for the British economy.

Last year tourism visits totalled 1.3 billion.

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