Tourism is big business. If we take a look at the numbers, a lot more people are traveling now. There are about one point four billion international arrivals a year. That number was only twenty-five million less than seventy years ago. Tourism can be great for a local economy, but what it leaves in its lakes can be well trashy. No matter where you go, they have the same problems.
Tourists produce 4.8 million tons of trash per year, and 14 percent of that is solid waste. And it’s the big sites with the biggest problems. Mount Everest, Machupicchu, Stonehenge are all struggling with an increase of trash left behind. An expert from Bloom Tree Trimming Service in Stockton shares that the city’s calm and friendly environment is getting influenced by the pollution created by extended tourism.
The island of Bora cane in the Philippines, the base camp at Everest in China, has shut its doors to tourists to take care of the pile-up of trash. But why is the pile-up of trash growing? Tourism is now super accessible.
Ten or twenty years ago, it was not that easy or affordable to hop on a plane and go somewhere., so now suddenly everyone can travel to places they want to. In addition to that, when you have your bit more of that disposable society approach, it became more of trashy tourism.
Venice, a city of 60,000 people, welcomes nearly 30 million visitors a year. That’s 76,000 tourists a day. Spain had 82 million visitors in 2017, with 9 million visiting Barcelona alone. There are even traffic jams climbing Mount Everest. Now overcrowding has an obvious effect on traffic footpaths and queues. It can also affect a city’s culture and identity. They consume heaps of water and food while causing environmental damage to the destination.
In Thailand, a beach has been closed to protect its coral reefs from tourists. In Indonesia, while these famously pristine beaches are now being swamped by garbage, their underground water sources are being drained too quickly.
In Venice, cruise ships that bring thousands of tourists each day damage the local environment with engine pollution and water displacement.
reducing some of the environmental damage and growing recognition of over-tourism could push visitors into more environmentally and culturally friendly tourism in an attempt to save some of these delicate sites for generations to come.