From seashores to Bieber: 6 areas closing after tourism overload

Sherpas sit on the Mount Everest base camp in April 2014. Reuters/Phurba Tenjing Sherpa

LONDON:  Indonesia has unveiled plans to shut the island of Komodo to the general public from January subsequent 12 months in a bid to preserve the world’s largest dwelling lizard species – the Komodo dragon.

This was the newest in a rising record of areas to shut to vacationers to guard the setting and/or wildlife.

Listed below are 5 different locations which have not too long ago closed to vacationers:

1. Maya Bay, Thailand

This island cove made well-known by the 2000 movie “The Seashore” starring Leonardo DiCaprio was closed to vacationers final 12 months till 2021 in a bid to salvage the world’s coral reefs, which have been broken by hotter temperatures and a flood of vacationers.

2. Boracay Island, the Philippines

Boracay Island was closed for a six-month cleanup from April to October 2018 after being described as a “cesspool” by President Rodrigo Duterte. The island attracted 2 million guests the earlier 12 months however has now restricted numbers to 19,000 a day and banned seaside events, smoking and ingesting.

3. Mount Everest base camp

The Chinese language authorities closed its facet of the Everest base camp this 12 months to anybody with no climbing allow as a result of enormous quantities of garbage piling up on the website, in keeping with the Lonely Planet journey web site. The Chinese language base camp, positioned in Tibet, could be accessed by automotive.

4. Fjadrargljufur canyon, Iceland

The favored vacationer website, featured in one among Justin Bieber’s music movies, was closed to vacationers for about three months this 12 months as a consequence of injury from moist climate and foot visitors. The variety of guests had almost doubled after being featured within the singer’s music video “I will Present You”.

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5. The Faroe Islands, Denmark

Ten in style vacationers websites have been closed briefly this 12 months for upkeep by a world crew of volunteers after a ten% development in customer numbers lately.