These favorite vacation spots don’t want tourists to come back after the pandemic ends

POPULAR holiday destinations in Europe have struggled during the pandemic, with UK tourists kept out by strict travel rules.

However, there are some hot spots that don’t want the British to come back even when the holidays resume – unless you are very wise.

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Many destinations, like Amsterdam, seek to deter bad tourists when Covid vacationers returnCredit: AFP
Spain, Italy and the Czech Republic are also looking for ways to revive tourism

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Spain, Italy and the Czech Republic are also looking for ways to revive tourismCredit: AP

Most popular tourist hot spots include Amsterdam, Prague, Barcelona, ​​and Venice, which have seen rude visitors as well as overtourism in recent years.

Hana Třeštíková, Prague Tourism Advisor explained how each of the cities gathered to discuss how to move forward after Covid: “We met representatives from Amsterdam, Barcelona and Florence during the pandemic and we all thought the same.

“Before Covid, over-tourism had become almost unbearable and Covid took a break to try to make some changes in what our cities stand for, how we promote ourselves and how we need to focus on the quality of the tours and not the amount.”

They want to stress that they don’t want to deter vacationers, but they don’t want “shoddy” visitors who break the rules and give destinations a bad name.

Instead, they want sustainable tourism, for those who want to visit the area for cultural reasons rather than anti-social reasons.

Here are some of the destinations that have already cracked down on bad tourists.

Amsterdam

Amsterdam has already cracked down on “badly behaved” tourists, applying new restrictions to the red light district and popular cannabis cafes.

Other measures include more police officers, especially on weekends, who can issue fines to violators, as well as additional restrictions on short-term rentals with an annual limit of 30 days.

Temporary bans on alcohol, loudspeakers and laughing gas will also be enforced if the crowds are too large.

City Hall said in a statement earlier this year: “We don’t want to go back to what we saw before the pandemic, where massive crowds in the city’s red light district and entertainment areas caused nuisance to residents. .

“Visitors who respect Amsterdam and the people of Amsterdam have always been welcome and will of course always be.

“Visitors who treat our residents and our heritage with disrespect are not welcome. The message we have for them is: don’t come to Amsterdam.”

Amsterdan Deputy Mayor for Economic Affairs Victor Everhardt added: “We focus on people with an interest in culture in the broadest sense. We try to persuade them to visit all these other beautiful parts of the city.

Prague

Prague has experienced a tourism boom in recent years, thanks to cheap flights and hotels.

The Czech capital, which once welcomed around two million visitors a year, peaked at eight million in 2019.

In 2019, the mayor of Prague, Pavel Čižinský, said: “Too many people come just for a very small number of purposes and buildings, and those who want to take advantage of the presence of tourists make the situation worse.”

Ms Třeštíková said she hopes to deter “low-quality” tours nationally, which includes price restrictions on low-cost airline flights, as well as on Airbnbs and the cost of beer.

Beer bikes have already been banned in the middle of town, with new calls to restrict cheap alcohol offerings and pub crawls.

Resorts in Spain introduce new restrictions

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Resorts in Spain introduce new restrictionsCredit: Alamy
Venice recently introduced new ceilings for day visitors

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Venice recently introduced new ceilings for day visitorsCredit: La Méga Agence

Venice

Venice recently announced new plans to tackle overtourism, which include a fee for day visitors of up to € 10.

Tourists visiting for the day will also need to book in advance, so the small town can handle the numbers.

In recent years, Venice has cracked down on ill-behaved tourists with strict fines.

Ahead of Covid, a woman was fined £ 225 for sunning in her bikini while two backpackers were fined £ 854 for making coffee on public steps.

Spain

Some of Spain’s most popular resorts with the British have cracked down on alcohol breaks in an attempt to clean up their reputations.

Javier Pascuet, director general of tourism for Calvia, previously told Sun Online that the pandemic restrictions are helping them implement changes to the image of the party town.

He said: “Normal Covid regulations will be in place for visiting tourists, so in bars there will be a limit to the number of people allowed.

“There will be no party boats, pub crawls or happy hours.

“That means whatever you can drink, offers like two-for-one drinks, there won’t be any of that. There will be areas of Magaluf that you cannot drink, so there will be quiet and family areas.

While Barcelona still have to grapple with the same levels of anti-social tourism, Xavier Marcé, city councilor for tourism and creative industries, said they wanted to inspire tourists who visit more than the beach.

In response, they created new bus lines to encourage visitors to visit other parts of the city – reducing crowds – and cracked down on short-term rentals.

Back in August 2020, Barcelona temporarily prohibits anyone from renting a room in their house to tourists for less than 31 days, which has since been extended until next month.

Armed police clean up the Magaluf party strip in Punta Ballena after the 1 a.m. curfew

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