October 20 (TravelAndy): The tourism minister of Iceland has proposed limiting the number of tourists to certain sites in the island country, media reports said.
According to the Reykjavík Grapevine Magazine, minister Þórdís Kolbrún R. Gylfadóttir has furnished a report in parliament that says specific sites are reeling from the adverse affects of over-tourism and contended that these places couldn’t withstand more pressure from tourism.
The minister wants a pilot project in place to see how caps can be imposed on the number of tourists allowed in specific areas. The talks of such project have been doing the round over the past five years but nothing specific has been done to this effect. Continue reading Iceland mulls capping tourist numbers
October 1 (TravelAndy): An elephant trampled a German tourist in Zimbabwe last weekend, the second such incident in the country within a week, said reports.
The incident took place at Victoria Falls National Park on Saturday afternoon.
The elephant had left him for dead.
The man, who is in his fifties, is critically injured and currently undergoing treatment, said Zimbabwe National Parks and Wildlife Authority spokesman Tinashe Farawo. Continue reading Elephant attacks German tourist in Zimbabwe
September 20 (TravelAndy): The familiar view of tourists resting or eating on church steps or squares in Venice could be a thing of the past with the authorities considering a ban on it.
Such activities could be made illegal and fines between EUR50 and EUR500 slapped on offenders if the ordnances, which is now before the city council, is passed, Ansa reported.
Tourists could even be expelled from the city that sees millions of tourists every year in particularly serious cases of offending the city’s “decorum”, the report said, citing sources and added that such offenders could be banned from the lagoon for life.
September 8 (TravelAndy): Vietnam has recorded the biggest increase in tourist arrival in Asia as compared to the previous year, reports citing United Nations World Tourism Organization figures said.
Vietnam’s tourist arrival numbers climbed by 29.1 per cent. The country stands third on the list after Egypt (56.1 per cent) and Togo (49.7 per cent).
A major chunk of tourist arrivals in Vietnam are from Japan and representative of the both the countries’ tourism bodies discussed how to sustain and increase tourist flow between the two countries at the ongoing international travel expo on at Ho Chi Minh City. Continue reading Tourist arrival numbers soar in Vietnam
September 5 (TravelAndy): The UAE has announced that eligible tourists will be able to receive a proportion of the VAT as a refund when they shop at registered stores from November, the Khaleej Times reported.
Eligible retailers would be able to register for the Tax Refund Scheme from September 10.
Outlets and points of sales across the country will be connected for proper implementation of the tourist refund programme. Continue reading From November, tourists to UAE can claim VAT refund
August 28 (TravelAndy): A tourist from Alabama has been fined USD1,500 for touching a sleeping Hawaiian monk seal and chasing a turtle, said reports.
According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, monk seals and sea turtles are considered “part of the identity of the islands and hold a special place in the minds and hearts of the people of Hawaii”.
Signage is put up on touristy beaches asking people not to bother these endangered animals.
The man got into trouble after posting videos on his touching a sleeping seal and aggressively chasing a turtle while snorkelling on Instagram. Continue reading Tourist fined for touching seal & chasing turtle in Hawaii
August 9 (TravelAndy): Thousands of tourists are cancelling their holidays in Lombok following the August 5 earthquake that killed more than 100 people. But some reports claim the situation in many parts of the island is not as bad as the viral pictures make you believe.
“There are people in affected areas that can’t get food and water. But we have a site in the south where we are building villas and a hotel called Samara Bay and there was no physical damage,” hotelier Erik Barreto told The New York Times.
Tourism hotspot Bali, which is close by, has also taken a bit of hit in terms of tourism.
It is the simple houses of Lombok’s poor inhabitants that were hardest hit by the quake. While poorly built structures toppled rapidly, much of the island’s tourist infrastructure remains more intact than imagery would suggest, The Telegraph said. Continue reading Quake hits Lombok tourism, but industry optimistic
July 29 (TravelAndy): Bhutan pioneered a trend that the rest of the world is starting to replicate now to check the adverse effects of tourism, Bhutan Times claims.
In the recent past, the residents of Barcelona, Venice and Berlin have protested against mass tourism that have adversely affected their everyday life.
Tourists have also been known to damage historical structures in popular destinations such as Angkor Wat.
The tiny Himalayan country of Bhutan, on the other hand, have been taking measures to discourage mass tourism for quite some time now. The kingdom only saw 254,000 tourists in 2017 and consequently, its popular tourist destinations are hardly every crowded. Continue reading Bhutan pioneer in tourist-check trend: Report
July 1 (Notintown.net): Friday saw a lot of tourists stranded in Bali as the international airport was shut after a volcanic eruption resulted in ash and smoke in the sky, according to officials.
Nearly 450 flights were cancelled early morning at the Ngurah Rai airport after Mount Aging shot smoke and ash some 2000 metres (6500 feet) into the sky.
The shutters on the airport were brought down some early on Friday after a pilot flying overhead found volcanic ash at a height of 23,000 ft. Continue reading Mount Agung in Bali active again, airports shut
June 26 (TravelAndy): The Suspension Train in Wuppertal, locally known as The Wuppertaler Schwebebahn, has been included in a list of “10 odd tourist attractions in Germany you shouldn’t miss” by The Local, Germany.
The Schwebebahn station is right next to the Wuppertal hauptbahnhof. You see the stairs going up on the left just as you leave the station. The beautiful hanging tram, which runs over the river Wupper (from which the town gets its name), feels like a large cable car as it gently sways while running.
It is the world’s oldest railway of it’s kind — 117 years old and still in regular use, the report adds. [Also read: Ride the Schwebebahn in Wuppertal, Germany] Continue reading Suspension Train in Germany’s odd tourist destination list
June 23 (TravelAndy): “No selfie” signs were put up and red flags installed at prominent tourist spots across Goa on Friday.
This comes following recent tourist deaths, the video of one of which went viral on June 17, said The Indian Express. The deaths have occurred in seaside zones marked dangerous where the victims had ventured into despite warning signs being put up.
The new flags and fresh warnings went up at the most prominent tourist spots in Goa: Baga River, Dona Paula Jetty, Sinquerim Fort, Anjuna, Vagator, Morjim, Ashwem, Arambol, Kerim in the north. In the south, the signs have gone up at Agonda, Bogmalo, Hollant, Baina, Japanese Garden, Betul, Canaguinim, Palolem, Khola, Cabo De Rama, Polem, Galgibagh, Talpona and Rajbagh. Continue reading Goa: Flags and warnings to prevent tourist deaths
June 19 (TravelAndy): Thailand’s tourism growth slowed to 6.3 per cent in May as compared to around 10 per cent in the preceding months, Bangkok Post reported.
A representative of Thailand’s tourism ministry Pongpanu Svetarundra said the low season, Ramadan and World Cup were among the negative factors weighing on growth.
Of all visitors last month, a majority of 2 million hailed from East Asia, followed by Europe, South Asia, America, Oceania, Middle East and Africa, he said. Continue reading Thailand tourist arrivals slow in May