Indonesia declared that it will be prohibiting tourist’s entry to Komodo Island from January 2020, in a move to preserve the world’s largest surviving lizard species. Apparently, the organizations have agreed to close the place for people at least for a year, as the quantity of dragons in the island has reduced in the past few years, evidently because of over-tourism and poaching.
Though the declaration of closing the park has disappointed the locals over there, administrators are of the belief that this is the only way to solve the problem and preserve the species. As of now, it is being expected that possibly the island may reopen again after a year. And just like Komodo Island, there are a few other locations that had been taking the burden of over-tourism, and ultimately had to be shut down to save them.
Here’s looking at some of the famous places that stayed closed for tourists.
Maya Bay, Thailand
One of the famous tourist destinations in Thailand had to be closed to avoid further damage. Last year, it had to be shut down for an uncertain period to deal with the issue of overcrowding. And to protect its ecosystem when news began stating that 80 per cent of the bay’s coral had died, the government department decided to step in and shut it down. The bay was, though, primarily closed for four months, which had been further continued after specialists suggested that the spot required more time to heal. In short, the bay will now continue closed until the aquatic life and resources come back to their normal condition.
Mount Everest base camp
China locked its Everest base camp to travellers earlier this year. China agreed to close the base camp on its side of Mount Everest to sightseers who don’t have climbing permits. Government Department had to ultimately make this move to deal with the growing waste problem on the site. The Chinese base camp, which is in Tibet, is famous, and is accessible by car, although the Nepalese camp can be accessed only by hiking of roughly two weeks
The Faroe Islands, Denmark
In the North Atlantic lies a secluded group of volcanic islands, which are well-known for their rugged beauty. They fall under Denmark authority and for their scenic beauty, they are preferred by holidaymakers and travellers alike. But this year, the Faroe Islands declared that they were briefly closing down for conservation and clean up.
Fjadrargljufur canyon, Iceland
Fjadrargljufur is a 1 m long, 330 ft deep canyon situated in the southern part of the country. The river that runs all through it is shallow enough to hike in, thereby making it a famous travel spot for those wanting to encounter Iceland’s geology up close and personal. Though, in recent years, this location turns out to be too popular among visitors, ultimately leading to the over-tourism issue. Apparently, the canyon recorded a footfall of 150000 in 2016 and 282000 in 2017, which pushed the site to close down for recovery a few times since then.