If it's Tuesday Let's Not Go to Belgium


The Netherlands, yes. Belgium, and just about any other popular tourist attraction anywhere in the world, maybe not.

Tourist overcrowding is a global problem. The crowds have become so large and unruly at the Louvre in Paris, where the Mona Lisa is displayed with other priceless artwork, the staff went on strike, claiming it just isn't safe.

In Nepal, the long lines, and eleven fatalities, have grabbed headlines recently as a record number of people attempt to summit Mt. Everest. Nepal is coming under criticism for issuing 381 permits for this season, allowing 820 people to summit. Even some Sherpas are complaining. “It has become a death race there,” one says in an interview. “There is a massive traffic jam, and people are pushing themselves. We’re not even capable of doing it. They try to summit, and instead of summiting they end up killing themselves.”

The problem is a confluence of factors coming together to achieve critical mass just as the summer vacation season heats up. The number of discount airlines is increasing, Air B-N-B has made finding a hotel room as cheap as a hostel, plus the ubiquitous cell phones snapping shots to impress on social media are creating unprecedented crowds worldwide, and it's a nightmare for the people who have to come behind and clean up the messes. 11 tons of trash was picked up on Mt. Everest.

Thailand has banned tourists from Maya Bay through 2021 to give their ecosystem time to recover.

Venice, Italy is blocking visitors lining up for gondola rides because they say the crowds are unmanageable.

People looking to get away from it all are having trouble finding a place where there isn’t already a line waiting to get in.

Amsterdam, though, is taking the tourist population explosion in stride, using city cards to track tourists as they move around, directing people to the less occupied areas at the moment, and assisting with travel to areas outside the city center.


Sponsored Content

Sponsored Content