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Many countries are tired of tourists and are protecting themselves from their influx with walls and timers in toilets

'10.06.2024'

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Fed up with housing shortages, congested roads, noise, pollution and litter, many popular tourist destinations are replacing their previously popular "come visit us" slogans with opposing "please don't" strategies, reports Forbes.


The world's most ideal places are turning into backdrops for tourist selfies. Mass tourism transforms unique destinations into the opposite of what they once were.

In popular tourist spots, locals say they cannot bear the ravages of overtourism.

Residents of popular destinations even go out to protest against thoughtless tourism. During such protests in the Canary Islands in April, locals held banners reading: “Tourist: respect my land!”

More than 1000 angry locals took part in an anti-tourism protest in Minorca, Spain. The local backlash is due to overcrowding and drunken British holidaymakers. A massive demonstration at the Plaza de la Biosphere in front of the island's council building saw people come with sun loungers, towels and umbrellas to create a mock beach on the concrete.

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Similar protests were seen in Barcelona, ​​Athens, Malaga and other tourist cities in Europe.

Toilet by time

In China, in the city of Datong, displays with a timer were installed in toilets near a historical landmark, reports AsiaOne.

These timers were installed in the women's restroom near an ancient Chinese Buddhist temple. A large LED display can be seen at the top of each booth door.

When a person enters the restroom, the camera moves and scans the room, the display reading “No one inside” changes color from green to red. The timer starts counting down.

A tourist who visited the attraction said there was an additional display at the entrance to the restrooms. It shows the layout of the restroom, with the colors red and green indicating whether the stalls are occupied or empty.

“I thought it was very modern and would avoid queues and knocks on the door. But at the same time, I felt a little awkward, as if I was being watched,” she noted.

On the Internet, many expressed their disapproval of the innovation.

“This is truly unheard of. Would anyone sit in a public restroom at a tourist spot just to play on their phone? How was the budget for this project approved? This is a waste of money,” one user emphasized.

“What's wrong with someone staying a little longer in the toilet if they're unwell? Should he be publicly punished? – commented another.

Fence on Fuji

In Japan, a high metal fence will be built at a popular place with a beautiful view of Mount Fuji. This will be done to deter tourists, since visitors to the location irritate local residents, reports JapanToday.

Last month, a black screen was installed outside a convenience store that had an Instagrammable view of Mount Fuji. After this, tourists eager to take a beautiful photo began to take to the road to the Fuji Dream Bridge in search of the perfect shot.

Despite its loud name, the bridge is an ordinary overpass. It runs over the river. The narrow sidewalk is separated from the road by a waist-high concrete wall.

Tourists run across the road to reach the open space between two lanes of traffic. There they pose for photos, spin for videos, or simply relax.

To prevent such risky behavior, authorities have already installed low metal scaffolding and signs urging people to stay away from the paved area.

By the end of June, officials plan to erect a 1,8-meter-high metal mesh fence around the area.

Locals complain that tourists park illegally in the quiet area and shout loudly while taking group photos from afar.

Amsterdam is also against it

Amsterdam has voted to ban cruise ships from its main port. It comes on the heels of wider measures in the city. In addition, authorities prohibit smoking marijuana outdoors in the red light district.


These measures, as explained by Mayor Femke Halsema, are designed to control the influx of tourists and the damage they bring to the beautiful city with its picturesque architecture, incomparable museums, peaceful canals.

Amsterdam, with a population of less than a million people, attracts on average more than a million tourists per month.

Italy and big fines

Italy, which has banned large cruise ships from entering Venice's historic lagoon since 2021, has introduced measures in Rome to limit access to the Trevi Fountain and the Spanish Steps. The government began charging admission to the Pantheon to control the crowds and protect the famous architectural marvel.

Since June, the city of Florence has banned short-term private holiday rentals in its historic center.

In Portofino, one of the country's most charming seaside towns on the Italian Riviera, the local government has passed a new law. Tourists are prohibited from stopping for selfies in the city's most popular places. Fines reach $270.

Tourists stop in droves in the middle of the streets of Portofino to take photos, leading to huge traffic jams and closed streets.

Other fines and bans in Italy include: up to $2500 for walking on the trails above the Cinque Terre (five villages in Liguria) in flip-flops or sandals, no street snacking allowed in the center of Venice or on the four main streets of Florence, a fine of $250 just for that a tourist sat down on the Spanish Steps in Rome.

One beach in Eraclea even prohibits the construction of sand castles (maximum fine of $250) as they are considered “unnecessary obstructions.”

Spain and its struggle with naked tourists

One of Galicia's most popular pilgrimage sites, Santiago de Compostela, is planning to introduce a tourist tax as a way to combat overtourism.

"With the city receiving more than 300 tourists and pilgrims annually, authorities no longer want Santiago de Compostela to be a 'theme park,'" officials said.

Local officials plan to establish control over the number of tourists in the historical center of the city.

Mallorca, which after overcrowded Ibiza is the hottest tourist spot in the Balearic Islands, is becoming the site of anti-tourism protests.

“Mallorca has reached rock bottom!” said The Mallorca Daily Bulletin in an article about local outrage over scantily clad tourists roaming the shops and streets of picturesque towns.

“The laws of the municipality of Calvia now prohibit walking in the streets “naked or semi-naked.” The same applies to Palma (the capital of Mallorca) and Playa de Palma, and in recent years fines have been issued repeatedly in other resorts such as Magaluf,” the newspaper wrote.

A similar measure has already been introduced in Barcelona.

Portugal for silence

In Portugal, playing loud music on many of the most popular beaches can result in fines ranging from $200 to $36.

The list of prohibitions and restrictions in Portugal that travelers may encounter on beaches includes unauthorized ball games, camping outside designated areas, fishing in swimming areas and aircraft flying at altitudes below 300 m.

Croatia struggles with suitcases

As part of the Respect the City campaign, Dubrovnik has launched a bag drop system to minimize the noise of wheeled suitcases on the cobbled streets of the city centre. The municipality will install mandatory lockers at several points in this city, where traveling with luggage will be prohibited.

New measures to control overtourism include, among others, bans on sleeping and urinating in public places, climbing on monuments, appearing drunk, drinking alcohol near protected public places, including schools, and drug offenses. All these liberties are punishable by fines and even prison.

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