WHAT WOULD HAPPEN IF TOURISM WAS LIMITED IN THE UNITED STATES AND CANADA?

Recently ,  I read an article  in  one of  the  travel  magazines  that some  countries  were going  to  limit  the  number  of tourists  due to overcrowding . Some  cities  have  even  seen violence  against  tourists ,  telling  them  to  ”  Go  Home  ” ,  or even  being  physical  with  some of  the  tourists .

Rome has limited  the  number  of  visitors  to  some  sites  in  the  city ,  such as St. Mark’s  Square  and  Trevi  Fountain  because  some of  them  have  waded  into  the  water ,  rather  than  throwing  coins  in the fountain  like you’re  supposed  to  do .

There  have  been  street  protests  in cities  like  Venice ,  Florence ,  Rome ,  Dubrovnik ,  and Barcelona  most notably .

This  fact  not  only  saddens  me, but it also  has  me thinking .

Could  this  happen  here  or in Canada ?

What  would  it be  like  to not  be  able  to  do a 30  Plus  Teams  Tour  of  New  York  City  due to  overcrowding ?

OK ,  I  get it.

New York  City  is a  bad example  because  if 8 million  plus  of us can live together  in five boroughs ,  what’s  a million  or so visitors  trying  to  pour into  Yankee  Stadium ,  the Empire  State  Building  or One World  Observatory ?

But  let’s  say that New  York  City  Mayor  DiBlasio  suddenly  said that Central  Park  would  be  closed  due to  overcrowding  by tourists ?

Or that only  a  certain  amount  of  people  would  be  allowed  in  Times  Square  on New Years  Eve ?

What about  two somewhat  “smaller  ”   cities  like Miami  and Las Vegas ?

Suppose  the mayor of  Miami  said that they were going  to  limit  the  number  of  tourists  that go into  South  Beach ,  Little  Havana  or Petite  Haiti ?

Could  you  imagine  the  uproar  if the mayor  of  Las Vegas   were to limit  the  number  of  tourists  on the  Las  Vegas  Strip  due to  overcrowding ?

Could this even  be a possibility  here in this  country  or even  in Canada?

Too many tourists  in Montreal  or Toronto ?

Is there really  such  a  thing  as too much tourism  and  too many tourists ?

Could  it be  due to  some  other  reason  that  some these  countries  are taking  such  drastic  measures ?

Could  it  be  that  maybe  in spite  of  all  that  money  that’s  brought  into  certain  countries ,  the  local  people  aren’t  really  that  fond  of  foreign  tourists  taking  way  too  many  pictures  of  things  that they  shouldn’t  be  taking  pictures  of ?

The tourists  might  even be  taking  selfies  of places that  are  sacred   and therefore  basically  interrupting  the  day  to day  lives  of  the  locals .

Maybe these  tourists  aren’t  even  respecting  the customs  of the  locals .

(  See my two blog posts ,  sportsandtravelblog.wordpress.com  / 2017/03/09 please-act-like-you’ve-been-there-before  and sportsandtravelblog.wordpress.com  /  2017/  03/ 06 Capital  -Journey  -please  –  respect  -the –  monuments  –  and  –  memorials  -when – you  –  visit  -Washington  -DC)

What’s  really  fueling  this  suddenly  new phenomenon  of  “overcrowding  by tourism  “?

In defense  of the local  people ,  I can  understand  why  you  would  want  to  limit  the  number  of  tourists  just a little  bit .

Some  people  just  don’t  know  how  to  conduct  themselves  when  they’re  out  of  their  own country  .

That’s  right ,  it’s  the  case  of  ”  not  acting  like  you’ve  been  there  before  “.

Why are  you  wading  through  Trevi  Fountain  like  you’ve  lost your fool  mind?

Are you  for  real ?

That’s  not  only  disrespectful ,  it’s  wicked  rude  and  it shows  a lack  of  training  on your  part .

Everyone  should  be  able  to  see the  sights  of a place whether  they’re  going to  London  to see Big  Ben ,  Buckingham  Palace ,  or the London  Eye .

This also applies  to  Spain if people  want to experience  Flamenco  dancing  where it originated .

This even  holds  true  if you’re  going  to  see all those  monuments ,  memorials ,  and museums  on that  30  Plus  Teams  Tour  of  Washington  DC .

There should  be  some  kind  of  happy  medium  between  tourists ,  locals ,  and the city  you’re  going  to .

No tourist  FB_IMG_1501857041654FB_IMG_1501510261303FB_IMG_1501940755403FB_IMG_1500913445983FB_IMG_1501595978629FB_IMG_1501324004596sites  in a city  should  be  off  limits  due to  overcrowding .

 

How do you  feel  about  some  countries  limiting  the  number  of  tourists  visiting ?

 

Do you  think  this  could  happen  in your own country ?

 

Why?

Tell me  what you  think by dropping  me a line in the  comments  section  .

 

Thanks

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SHUFFLING OFF TO WHERE ? – BUFFALO , NEW YORK . GOING TO BUFFALO AT THE LAST MINUTE .

FB_IMG_1501932149964FB_IMG_1501932123603FB_IMG_1501932194760FB_IMG_1501932147398FB_IMG_1501932168995FB_IMG_1501932166429You  and  your  cousin  are  thinking  about  doing  a  quick  getaway  for  your  30  Plus  Teams  Tour .

You  both  aren’t  sure  where  you  want  to  go .

Your  cousin  is  thinking  of  a quick  weekend  trip  to  somewhere  nearby  where  you  both  can  catch  a  basketball  or  hockey  game .

You  both  live  in  Western  Pennsylvania ,  not  far  from  the  New  York  and  Canadian  border .

Neither  of  you  have  a  passport  so Toronto  is out  of  the  question .

New  York  City  might  be  an  idea ,  but  you  cousin  doesn’t  want  to  go  there .

She  has  another  idea .

What about  Buffalo ?

You  think  your  cousin  has lost  her  mind .

It’s  early  December  and  your  cousin  must  think  you’re  doing  a  30  Plus  Teams  Tour  of  Miami ,  Orlando ,  Jacksonville ,  or Fort  Lauderdale .

Buffalo  is the  LAST  place  to be in early  November  or December .

Your

 

cousin  isn’t  worried  about  the  weather  though .

She reminds  you  about the  last  30  Plus  Teams  Tour  that you  all  did.

You know  the one  in Chicago ?

The  weather  was horrible  but you went to  that  Chicago  Bulls basketball  game  anyway .

How bad  could  it  be  in Buffalo ?

Since  the  two  of  you  live  together ,  it’s  a quick  trip  to  your  apartment  to throw  some  clothes  into  a  weekend  bag .

You  two  are  going  to  share  the  driving .

You’re  on the  road  to  the  second  largest  city  in  New  York .

As your  cousin  is beginning  to  start  the  car ,  you both  realize  that  you  haven’t  a clue  of where  you’re  going  to  stay ,  and  if  the hockey  team  in Buffalo ,  the  Sabres ,  will  even  be  in  town .

This  is  something  that  no  one  should  ever  do on a  30  Plus  Teams  Tour ,  let  alone  a trip  to  anywhere  else .

Never  go to  a  city  without  a  place  to  stay  and always  make  sure  that  the  team  that you  want  to  see  is going  to  be  playing  at  home  when you  get  to that  city .

Don’t  wait  until  the  very  last  second  to book  those  sports  tickets .

You  were  all  lucky  this  time  to get an inexpensive  hotel  and even  luckier  that  the  Sabres  have  two  games  while  you’re  in  town ,  and they’re  not  sold  out .

Remember  the  object  of  your 30  Plus  Teams  Tour  is to  see  the  sights  of  the  city  AND  most  of  all  to see  that hockey ,  football ,  baseball ,  or  basketball  game .

You’re  almost  there  and your  30 Plus  Teams  Tour  of  Buffalo  has started  off  shaky .

But not only  did  you get the  hotel ,  you all were able  to  get hockey  tickets  for Friday  night  and Saturday  night  as well .

You both are now thinking  of  Buffalo  Chicken  Wings  when  you  get  to your  hotel .