Posted on 06-11-2009
Filed Under (Environment) by Rashtrakut

The giant statutes at Easter Island have long stood mute witness to its ecological disaster two centuries ago.  Now the crush of tourists to see the same statutes is raising new fears and calls to curtail the number of tourists.  Tourist destinations often face a tricky balance between balancing revenue and making sure the crush of tourists does not ruin the tourist experience or the sites people want to visit.  After seeing the degradation of tourist sites in neighboring Nepal, the reclusive Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan which opened up to foreign tourists only recently limits the number of permitted tourists a year.  With globalization increasing the number of people able to travel internationally, many other tourist hot spots will be faced with the choice Easter Island faces.

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