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

PLEASE ACT LIKE YOU’VE BEEN THERE BEFORE.

FB_IMG_1501245516087I’m  sure that I’m  not  telling  you  something  that you haven’t  heard  before .

When  you  start  to  do a little  exploring  on your 30  Plus  Teams  Tour ,  please act like you’ve  been  there  before .

When  you’re  on the  escalator ,  no matter  if it’s  on the  subway  in New York  City ,  the Metro  in Washington  DC  or on “The T” in Boston  or Pittsburgh ,  stand to the right, so that people  can pass  on your left.

The  left side is for people who  want to  walk up or down  the  escalator  or stairs .

Please  don’t  block  their way.

Please don’t  stop  in the  middle  of  a  busy street  to take  pictures  or to look at  your map, no matter  what  city you’re  in.

Know where you’re  going  the night before and write the address  down.

Ask your  front desk clerks  the  easiest  way  to  get  to  your destination .

Find out what the weather  is  going  to  be  like when you go and dress accordingly .

I’m  sorry ,  but please  leave  the fanny  packs home .

No, seriously ,  really please leave them  at  home .

Use that transit pass to get around  town just the way the locals  do .

Find out  what  places they eat at and eat there instead of  that restaurant  where the the other  tourists go to.

If you aren’t  sure what train will get you to  a place, ask the person  in the train information  booth to help  you .

Write that address down.

Once again, you should  have  this information  BEFORE you get to  your destination .

Like your hotel or hostel  rooms .

Since this is a blog about going to  see your favorite  or not so favorite  team ,  no where  is act like you’ve  been  there  before more appropriate  than when you’re   attending  a sporting  event.

Just because  the Cleveland  Browns  football  fans are talking  a whole  lot  of  smack  about your beloved  Pittsburgh  Steelers ,  just let it go even though  your 30  Plus  Teams  Tour  has brought  you to  Cleveland ,  Ohio .

That’s  right, let it go.

Ignore, and  don’t  respond to  the  madness.

They don’t  call Cleveland  Browns  fans “The Dawg Pound  ” for nothing .

This is  YOUR 30  Plus  Teams  Tour ,  remember ?

Don’t  let the haters ruin it for you .

(Besides ,  you know who has the better  team anyway, so just zip your lip.)

Wear that green  and  gold or orange  and  black  colors of your team  proudly ., just like the hometown  fans  do.

Cheer on your team, but don’t  act like an ass about them.

Don’t  get into  a shouting  match with fans of  the  other team  if one of  them makes a comment  about your favorite  team or  player.

Think about  all that money you spent for those tickets.

It’s  not worth  responding  to  and ruining your stadium  or arena  experience .

What happens  if you or one of  your friends  acts up at a game and beer and fists start flying?

Guess who’s  going  to  get thrown  out?

That’s  right, you and your  besties  or you and the family .

Do you want  your 30  Plus  Teams  Tour  of  New York  City  to be remembered  forever as “The time that Daddy got us thrown  out  of  Yankees  Stadium ? ”

Just because  some fans are screaming  and  being rowdy ,  like  they  left their manners  at the front gate,  doesn’t  mean that  you  should  follow  suit.

Be loud  and  proud  for your guys if they make some three point shots, hit a home run ,  score a goal or make a touchdown .

Don’t let it get to  the  point  that you’ve  become  “THAT PERSON  “, aka The Obnoxious  Fan .

Please  act like  you’ve  been  there  before .