Rome, Goa, Shimla Fall Prey To 'Overtourism'; Here's Where To Go Instead
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Indian cities Nainital, Shimla, Ooty and Goa, among others, have also complained of overtourism.
Here is how some cities are tackling 'overtourism', and a few alternative destinations you might want to consider:
India's Trouble Spots
With temperatures soaring in Delhi and the plains, people flocked to Nainital (bottom R). The over 4,000 vehicles streaming in daily caused huge traffic jams. Banners were put up to discourage tourists but it did not really help.
Rising temperatures in north India meant more visitors seeking refuge in the Himachal capital (bottom L), which was left to deal with choked roads and water shortage.
The Queen of the Hills (Top R), as the hill station in the Nilgiris was known, has been seeing a record number of visitors. A plastic ban has been in place for years, and vehicles coming in have to pay a green cess.
Long the favourite for a beach holiday (Top L), the state has also become a poster-child for overtourism. Locals are unhappy with the increasing numbers of visitors who are littering their beaches and fields, and misbehaving in public places.
The city has started a €3 levy on day-trippers, set to go up to €10 next year. It is also limiting the number of visitors at top sites like St Mark’s Basilica.
Annecy (inset) in France - known as the Venice of the French Alps, or the Italian city of Verona, 115 km west of Venice.
The deputy mayor said tourist buses would soon be banned from the city centre. Residents of Rue Cremieux, a picturesque cobbled street, have been demanding the city install gates to keep out tourists on weekends and evenings.
Montpellier for charm or Reims (inset) for the champagne.
Residents have been staging marches since 2017, and protesters have even slashed tyres of tour buses. Segway tours are now banned in the city centre, Airbnb has had to withdraw thousands of listings of unlicensed apartments and there is a moratorium on new hotel licences.
Seville (inset), the cultural capital of the Andalusian region.
The mayor is considering limiting the number of visitors to the Old City to 4,000 a day, from 10,000. Docking of cruise ships has been limited to two a day.
Rovinj, also a Croatian fishing port, but far less crowded.
The government is considering doubling hotel room tax and banning souvenir shops in the historical centre. Public drinking and littering in the city’s famed red light district will now attract fines.
Ljubljana (inset), the capital of Slovenia, which also has tulips and waterways.
The island was forced to declare a garbage emergency in 2017, after plastic trash piled up on beaches. Tourists may be banned from visiting temples unaccompanied. The government is planning more “Bali-like” destinations in the country.
North and East Bali (inset), over the more popular Seminyak and Ubud.
The once-pristine beaches are full of trash and about 80% of the coral reefs have been destroyed. The Thai government closed the island to tourists in 2018 for an indefinite period.
Islands off the Trang province on Thailand’s southwestern coast.
The local government has set some new rules for tourists: no snacking near tourist attractions, no walking around bare-chested or jumping into fountains. Don’t let your lips touch the spout if you’re drinking from a public fountain. Tour buses are not allowed near famous sites.
Padua (inset) for history and culture, Procida for island charm.
Residents of some districts have signed a memorandum demanding tourists mind their manners. They have established a “scenery preservation” committee. The government last year launched its first survey on overtourism.
Kanzawa, near the coast, which is known as “Little Kyoto”.
*Sources: The Telegraph, NatGeo, Conde Nast Traveller, Washington Post, Skift, South China Morning Post.