Barcelona, Spain

Ada Colau, Barcelona’s first female mayor, has frozen licences for all new hotels and holiday rental apartments and gone after short-term rental sites. She says ‘We don’t want the city to become a cheap souvenir shop’.

Koh Khai Islands, Thailand

Thailand is mostly a tourist friendly country for most parts. However some parts are still off limits. The islands of Koh Khai Nok, Koh Khai Nui and Koh Khai Nai, known for their colorful coral displays have been strictly prohibited since May 2016.


The kingdom on the edge of the Himalayas has a policy of “high value, low impact tourism”. The result of that is the number of tourists is restricted. They want to preserve their unique culture and landscape.

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Amsterdam Marketing Chief Executive said ‘ Cities are dying from tourism’. They are not interested in having more people visiting, they are more interested in having quality visitors. They mentioned the city has over tourists and therefore they don’t need visitors that don’t respect the character of the city.

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Cinque Terre, Italy

The area once became highly popular and the increasing number of visitors, in February 2016 lead to Cinque Terre introducing ticket systems. The number of people once hit 1.5 million, which made this beautiful coastal area off limits. 

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