Par­adise (al­most) lost

Fa­mous tourist spots around the world that are in dan­ger of be­ing loved to death.

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The Philip­pines’ most fa­mous re­sort is­land Bo­ra­cay has re-opened af­ter a six-month clean-up in­tended to fix the dam­age done by un­re­strained mass tourism.

here are some other global hotspots that au­thor­i­ties have moved to pro­tect:

Bali, In­done­sia

Of­fi­cials on the holiday is­land, In­done­sia’s top tourist des­ti­na­tion, de­clared a “garbage emer­gency” last year af­ter the palm-fringed Kuta beach was swal­lowed up by moun­tains of trash.

In­done­sia, sec­ond only to China as the world’s big­gest con­trib­u­tor to marine de­bris, de­ployed 700 clean­ers and 35 lor­ries to re­move roughly 100 tonnes of de­bris each day from Kuta and two other pop­u­lar beaches to a nearby land­fill.

Easter Is­land, Chile

Known for its 900-odd hu­man fig­ures stand­ing up to 10m tall, the iso­lated Pa­cific is­land se­verely cur­tailed vis­i­tor num­bers in Au­gust this year due to con­cerns over the re­mote Chilean ter­ri­tory’s en­vi­ron­men­tal sus­tain­abil­ity.

Tourist stays on the is­land, be­lieved to have been set­tled by the Rapa Nui peo­ple around the 12th cen­tury, were cut to 30 days from 90, af­ter the pop­u­la­tion – along with the crime rate – dou­bled in just a few decades.

Those who wish to live on the is­land are now re­quired to be a par­ent, part­ner or child of the Rapa Nui peo­ple.

Dubrovnik, Croa­tia

Dubrovnik boasts an old walled city. It saw cruise ship ar­rivals shoot through the roof af­ter it was used as a back­drop in the smash tele­vi­sion drama se­ries Game Of Thrones, caus­ing con­ges­tion as tourists made a bee­line for the shoot lo­cales.

Mayor Mato Frankovic said the au­thor­i­ties plan to cut cruise ship num­bers com­ing into the Adri­atic port, while de­ploy­ing cam­eras to count the num­ber of peo­ple en­ter­ing the old town.

Venice and Florence, Italy

Venice au­thor­i­ties are tri­alling a sys­tem that forces vis­i­tors to make a reser­va­tion if they want to go to the pop­u­lar Saint Mark’s Square dur­ing peak hours.

They are also fin­ing tourists 500 eu­ros (RM2,390) for bathing or hav­ing pic­nics in the city’s fa­mous canals.

In Florence, of­fi­cials have re­sorted to hos­ing down pub­lic spots such as church steps where many vis­i­tors con­gre­gate to have pic­nics. This aims to pre­vent peo­ple from sit­ting on the wet pave­ment.

Machu Pic­chu, Peru

Peru­vian au­thor­i­ties in­creased sur­veil­lance at the 15th-cen­tury In­can ci­tadel high in the An­des moun­tain range in 2014 as nude pho­tos and streak­ing be­came in­creas­ingly com­mon.

Since 2013, tourists have been post­ing their naked self­ies on so­cial me­dia, which the govern­ment de­scribed as a “dis­re­spect­ful act” aimed solely at get­ting at­ten­tion.

Maya Bay, Thai­land

The glit­ter­ing Thai bay im­mor­talised in the movie The Beach was closed in­def­i­nitely on Oct 1 to al­low it to re­cover from the im­pact of mass tourism, af­ter a four-month respite failed to ease beach ero­sion and pol­lu­tion.

About 5,000 tourists had ar­rived by boat each day to the beach framed by lime­stone cliffs that was made fa­mous by the 2000 film star­ring Leonardo DiCaprio. – AFP Re­laxnews

Please don’t take naked self­ies at tourist sites like Machu Pic­chu in Peru. Be re­spect­ful.

Tourists at the flooded St Mark’s Square in Venice, Italy, re­cently.

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