7 Beautiful Places On Earth Being Destroyed By Tourism
It’s always nice to go and visit places we have only ever seen in television and movies. And with tourism being such a profitable industry, it’s hard for many countries not to dedicate a portion of their time to it.
But tourism is also a problem affecting both the environment and the sometimes quiet lives of locals.
Here is a list of places that are suffering thanks to the tourism industry:
1. Venice, Italy
Geologically, the city of Venice is slowly sinking back into the Earth. Thanks to tourism, it is the social climate that has taken a hit. Even UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee has expressed concern about tourism’s impact on the various historical sites around the city.
There are now very strict rules in place to combat the problems. Things, like engaging in horseplay, going shirtless in public, and writing on or damaging trees in any way, are all things you can be fined for.
With the city having such an old and rich history, you cannot fault them for wanting to take precautions. And who knows, maybe the fines gathered can go towards maintaining the history that is so widely appreciated by the rest of the world.
2. Great Pyramids, Egypt
The Great Pyramids are indeed a wonderful sight to be old. It is one of the last of the remaining Seven Wonders still around today and is also the oldest. So much of human history revolves around the Great Pyramids and preserving them is of great importance.
In the last few decades, the influx of tourists has only served to speed up their decay. Tourists have caused massive irreparable damage.
Although they were built to last forever, the slightest attempts to repair the damaged caused has only been met with failure and further destruction.
3. Big Major Cay Island
An island in the Bahamas, this island is known for allowing tourists the opportunity to swim with local pigs. Yep, you too can swim in the cool, clear waters of this Caribbean surrounding this Caribbean island.
Unfortunately, tourists have caused quite a bit of trouble with the resident pigs and their owners. Many visitors to the island feed the animals on the beach and their poor stomachs fill with sand.
Aside from the sand they unwittingly ingest, tourists have been seen deliberately feeding rum and beer to the pigs. The government has begun to work with local animal owners to combat the problems caused by tourism.
Located in the Netherlands, it is considered one of the loveliest cities in the world. Much of recent tourism has been very drug-focused and the Centre district has essentially become the tourist hotspot.
In 2017, the government passed a law banning any new tourist-oriented shops from opening in the Centre district. With these new laws in place, there is hope that locals will be able to do their errands with more ease.
Airbnb has also been heavily regulated as the local housing crisis has reached a critical level.
5. Uluru- Australia
Out of all the places to see in Australia, this is the country’s most well-known location. It stands above the surrounding plane at a height of 1,142 feet and is considered a sacred site by the indigenous people known as the Anangu. The tribe members are considered the ‘traditional owners’ of the land.
This place gets over 250,000 visitors every year and with those visits comes a great deal of destruction. The local indigenous tribe has requested on numerous occasions that tourists not climb the large rock and individuals still desecrate the sacred monument.
Much of its destruction has been from tourists carving out ancient paintings of names for their own.
6. Easter Island
This island off the coast of Chile was made famous by the large stone heads that dot the landscape. Known as the Moai, these large statues were created by the Rapa Nui civilization. Each head is 30 feet tall and weighs 80 tons.
Every year the island receives about 100,000 tourists, and it has already caused problems. Visitors who’ve touched the fragile statues have caused irreversible damage.
The odd circle of rock has been dated to be around 4,000-5,000 years old. Until 1977, visitors were allowed to do quite a bit on the stones until it was observed to accelerate the rate of erosion.
The government has roped off the historical monument, but some tourists still welcome themselves to a piece of one of the stones.