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Just so, too many tourists who visit the picturesque Cinque Terre in Italy, led the Italian government to make drastic decisions when it comes to access to the most visited tourist destination in this country. The government plans to introduce a system of tickets for visiting this place, to reduce the number of tourists who invade their streets. When the number of visitors reaches a certain limit, the roads leading to the site will be blocked.
While many of the world economies are doing everything in their power to attract more visitors from around the world, this nation is doing everything it can to protect its environment. For something like this you cannot hear very often, it is very rare, but it is worthy of respect.
Cinque Terre is a UNESCO-protected site, and last year it was visited by about 2.5 million people. A year before that, about 470,000 cruise ships visited this village. This type of tourism momentum has brought nothing but trouble for the population of the locality. Cinque Terre has narrow paths leading to the sea, and some of them are so narrow that people have to walk in single line.
Consequently, a large number of tourists, disturbs the daily life of the local population, their daily chores and peace. The President of this national park is aware that this will not go well with potential visitors, but stands firmly behind his stand that it was "a question of survival" of this city. We must admit that this man deserves all the praise and respect for this endeavor. The world needs more people like him.
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