It was not too long ago reported that French Polynesia plans to keep away from overtourism by limiting the variety of guests to 280,000 per 12 months by 2027.
This South Pacific nation is way from the one one – different locations standard with travellers have, in these previous months, taken steps to manage their vacationer numbers, or are getting ready to introduce comparable restrictions.
No official measures have but been taken, however the famend Indonesian diving vacation spot is taking a look at methods to raised regulate its vacationer numbers. In July, Bali welcomed 541,353 guests, up 13.21% on June, in accordance with figures from Bali Administration Villas.
For the reason that begin of the 12 months, virtually three million vacationers have strolled by means of the rice paddies and brought a break from the hustle and bustle, significantly in Ubud. Along with the inappropriate behaviour of some vacationers, similar to a Russian traveller posing with no pants on a sacred Hindu website, Bali additionally intends to raised protect its setting.
In accordance with Lonely Planet, the authorities are at the moment crunching the numbers to set a restrict on the variety of travellers that may be accommodated: the island’s governor, for instance, has recommended an annual determine of seven million. For comparability, Bali welcomed 6.3 million travellers in 2019.
As well as, a tax for worldwide travellers, set at US$10 (RM47) per particular person, is to be launched beginning subsequent 12 months.
Mount Fuji, Japan
Restrictions is also within the pipeline at Mount Fuji, as Japan units out to protect its iconic landmark revered by the nation’s inhabitants, which older generations even regard as a deity.
In Japanese tradition, everybody should climb Mount Fuji at the least as soon as of their life – and lots of worldwide guests are additionally eager to rise to the problem.
Certainly, there have been loads of overseas guests since Japan’s borders reopened post-Covid: the bottom station from which the Mount Fuji hike commences welcomed 4 million folks this summer time, a rise of fifty% from 2013. 1 / 4 of them have been non-Japanese.
The authorities are, due to this fact, contemplating limiting the variety of guests to assist protect the Unesco World Heritage Website.
This summer time, the chic Italian island took motion to guard its turquoise waters and golden sandy shores. First, on the east coast, which many travellers have singled out lately as the brand new place to find in Sardinia, the municipality of Baunei has determined to restrict the variety of each day guests wishing to take pleasure in a number of of its native seashores.
The choice covers 4 magnificent seashores, together with Cala dei Gabbiani and Cala Biriala, which have been restricted to 300 vacationers a day.
In the meantime, the bigger Cala Mariolu seaside, the best-known within the space, now solely accommodates 700 folks. An extra measure was taken to protect Cala Goloritze, which might solely be reached by boat or on foot (after an excessive amount of effort!), with an entrance charge of €6 (RM30) now charged.
Summer season guests must plan their go to at the least 72 hours prematurely to order their place by way of a devoted software referred to as “Cuore di Sardegna”.
On the opposite facet of the island, the place vacationer crowds have been noticeable for a few years, the Italian authorities have additionally taken issues into their very own arms, notably within the village of Stintino, the place the problem of discovering a parking area displays how a lot its pink sandy seaside attracts many guests.
At La Pelosa, the variety of guests is now restricted to 1,500 per day, with an entrance charge of €3.50. What’s extra, you’re not allowed to convey your individual towel – as a substitute, you’ll want a seaside mat, fabricated from straw or fibre that received’t choose up sand, not like moist towels.
The Acropolis, Athens, Greece
As of this month, entry to Greece’s iconic vacationer website is restricted: a quota of 20,000 guests per day has been set, with the intention of guaranteeing each their security and preserving the Acropolis.
This determine stays very excessive, nevertheless, since it’s estimated that the location at the moment receives as much as 23,000 curious guests daily.
Nonetheless, the brand new coverage includes limiting the variety of guests by allocating them time slots. Given the warmth, it’s solely logical that many vacationers come within the morning, making a teeming anthill of vacationers throughout the location.
Initially, that is being launched as a trial part, however the Greek authorities intention to formally roll out the reservation system from April.