Fed up with Bad Behavior, Destinations Strike Back

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July 30. New ordinances passed in cities that are popular tourist spots are targeting what locals say is travelers’ bad behavior and inappropriate dress. 

The rules are prompting renewed discussions of responsible tourism among industry professionals and what it means to be a “good tourist.” 

Wearing bikinis and going shirtless may be fine when sunbathing at the beach, but it’s a no-no when walking the streets of Sorrento, Italy, and could cost offenders.   

Mayor Massimo Coppola signed an ordinance on July 6 prohibiting people from appearing in public bare-chested or in revealing swimwear with fines as high as 500 euros. 

In Spain, “antisocial” tourist behavior is top of mind for business owners and residents of popular party town Playa de Palma, where the hospitality industry has taken matters into its own hands.  

Eleven restaurants imposed a dress code in June banning customers wearing football jerseys or going shirtless. Palma Beach, an association of hotel and restaurants in Playa de Palma, has been vocal about the openly drunken behavior of tourists.  

Source: Travel Weekly

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