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popular vacation spots that have been damaged by tourism - luc van hecke


Any country’s economy is given a boost when an influx of people come from around the world to visit what the area has to offer. Some states, like the Maldives and the British Virgin Islands, rely on tourism and are dependent on that money as it makes up the majority of their GDP. While travel is keeping some countries afloat, it’s hard to deny how much damage has been done to natural and historical sites around the world because of the massive amounts of people who visit. The following places are ones that have been damaged by tourism, and that need protecting before they disappear or are destroyed.


Yellowstone Geysers

The Yellowstone National Park in the United States is home to spectacular geysers as the park itself is located on an ancient volcano. Unfortunately, over the years tourists have used the hot springs in the area to discolor metal objects they bring along as a souvenir. Others, litter and throw garbage in the geysers and hot springs, causing them to turn a yellow color because the litter has altered the chemical composition of the geysers themselves. There are steep fines and even the threat of jail time if found littering in the geysers, but this hasn’t been enough to deter tourists from using them as garbage cans.


The Great Wall of China

Located in the northern region of China, the Great Wall stretches at least 5,000 miles and is a marvel of engineering and construction. Over 10 million people visit the Great Wall every year, and the majority of tourists go to the portion of the wall near Beijing, and it’s heavily trafficked. Due to the drastic increase of foot traffic on the Great Wall, it has been damaged, and many people have taken bricks and parts of the wall to take home with them.



You’ve probably heard that Venice is sinking. Sea levels are rising, and scientists have discovered that Venice is also dropping and shifting toward the east. The beautiful city is known for their canals, picturesque bridges, and preserved historic landmarks, but the inundation of tourists have caused even more damage to this fragile area that is prone to flooding.



This Caribbean island has seen an increase in the number of tourists visiting the country each year, which has been great news for the economy, but there is a significant downside. There are so many visitors coming to Cuba each day that restaurants there have been buying more food leaving residents without a constant and reliable food supply.