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Overcrowded cities you should avoid in 2018.
Overcrowded cities you should avoid in 2018.

THIS was the year holiday destinations across Europe became really fed up with tourists.

There were protests in several cities across the continent by disgruntled locals who felt they were being pushed out of their homes.

Governments in places like Spain's Balearic Island have already started to raise taxes, to discourage holiday-makers from returning next year.

Now a new report by the World Travel and Tourism Council, in partnership with McKinsey, has pinpointed some of the destinations struggling most with overcrowding, The Sun reports.

Mayor Virginia Raggi announced measures to protect Rome’s fountains. It is now forbidden to sit on them, wash feet, have water fights and allow pets to drink from them.
Mayor Virginia Raggi announced measures to protect Rome’s fountains. It is now forbidden to sit on them, wash feet, have water fights and allow pets to drink from them.

The report, Coping with Success: Managing Overcrowding in Tourist Destinations, considered a number of factors to determine which locations were worst hit.

They included factors such as local residents who felt alienated, degraded tourist experiences, overloaded infrastructure, damage to nature and threats to culture and heritage.

The seven cities with the highest scores in a combination of these different factors spanned the globe.

They included Amsterdam, Dubrovnik, Kuala Lumpur, Macau, Rome, Venice and Warsaw.

Venice is another Italian city crumbling under the weight of overtourism.
Venice is another Italian city crumbling under the weight of overtourism.

The report suggested the different locations should spread visitors out across the entire year, instead of dealing with huge hordes at certain times, such as the European summer.

It said: "While in some instances it makes sense simply to limit the number of visitors, for example, through a daily cap, we increasingly also see destinations establishing reservations and ticketing systems."

Tourists are being encouraged to visit lesser-known parts of popular holiday destinations in order to ease pressure on the busiest areas.

For instance, Iceland is promoting the town of Akureyri, which features waterfalls and hot springs, to ease the burden on other areas of the country.

Dubrovnik shot to fame after being one of the locations for Game of Thrones. Now the historic city is struggling to keep up with the sheer number of people wanting to visit.
Dubrovnik shot to fame after being one of the locations for Game of Thrones. Now the historic city is struggling to keep up with the sheer number of people wanting to visit.

Visit Britain has also been working to attract tourists out of London and into other parts of the country.

Certain places have attempted to introduce bans to deter any more holiday-makers - like a recent ban on any new tourist shops in Amsterdam.

But the report warned that should only be treated as an extreme last resort.

"Travel and tourism will only grow, creating new jobs, new opportunities, and new experiences, as well as being a force for peace in the world," the report said.

"But many destinations are struggling to strike the right balance of meeting the needs of businesses, local residents, and tourists."

This article originally appeared on The Sun and was reproduced with permission.

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