3 Popular Travel Destinations That are Now Limiting Tourists

Following Boracay’s six-month closure for environmental cleanup, other tourist spots are also introducing various measures to keep tourist numbers in check.

Taj Mahal, India.

1. Taj Mahal, India

Checking out India’s majestic Taj Mahal? Be sure to make the most of your time there as visits are now capped at three hours in light of crowd control. Tickets to the marble mausoleum will be time-stamped and manually checked by staff. The UNESCO world heritage site welcomes up to 50,000 visitors a day during peak season, and up to an estimated seven to eight million people per year, according to the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI).

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Maya Bay, Thailand.

2. Maya Bay, Thailand

Maya Bay on Krabi’s Phi Phi Island is one of Thailand’s most picturesque beach attractions. According to a report by The Nation, the bay will be closed to tourists for four months during the monsoon season from June to September this year. This decision was made due to the overwhelming number of tourists visiting the bay, which has resulted in harm on its ecosystem. The four-month closure will allow damaged coral reefs to regrow, as well as keep tourists away from rough sea conditions.

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Cinque Terre, Italy.

3. Cinque Terre, Italy

Cinque Terre, a rugged destination on the coastline of the Italian Riviera, received about 2.5 million visitors last year. To keep the number of tourists in check, officials have launched an online ticketing system, with hopes of also starting a tourist-only train system. These capped entry tickets are linked with a system, which provides real-time figures on the number of visitors in each village.

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