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It’s a good idea to plan your trips to these bucket-list destinations well in advance. VENICE, ITALY Rising water levels in Venice have been accompanied by a flood of tourists, too. The city of canals has 55,000 permanent residents in comparison to its colossal tourist traffic of 60,000 visitors per day. Earlier this year, Venice’s city council introduced people-counters at popular attractions like the bridge of Ponte degli Scalzi. They also plan to promote lesser-known parts of the city. BARCELONA, SPAIN In January, the city approved a law limiting the number of hotel beds, freezing the construction of new hotels and restricting apartment rentals as an increase in accommodation dedicated to tourists (think Airbnb) has led to shortage of apartments for locals and a hike in rents. This follows the 2015 limit on tourist groups of more than 15 people at the famous La Boqueria market. SANTORINI, GREECE This stunning island has capped the number of visitors arriving via cruise ship to 8,000 a day (there are no restrictions on tourists by air). KOH TACHAI, THAILAND Last year, Thai authorities closed Thailand’s most beautiful island so its environment could recover from damage such as coral bleaching caused by snorkelling and speedboat activity. Tourism on three other popular islands off Phuket, Koh Khai Nok, Koh Khai Nui and Koh Khai Nai, has also been curbed. GALÁPAGOS ISLANDS, ECUADOR The islands bagged themselves a place on the UN’s list of endangered heritage sites. As a result, the Ecuadorian government restricted the sites tourists can explore – 97 per cent of the islands are a protected national park. The islands make it off the endangered list in 2010.