• 'Tourism pollution': Japanese crackdown costs Airbnb $10m

    4 monthes ago - By The Guardian

    Kyoto is on frontline of clash that has spread to holiday lets, with restrictive law now in effect It has become a familiar scene: tourists in rented kimonos posing for photographs in front of a Shinto shrine in Kyoto. They and other visitors have brought valuable tourist dollars to the city and other locations across Japan. But now the country's former capital is on the frontline of a battle against “tourism pollution” that has already turned locals against visitors in cities across the world such as Venice, Barcelona and Amsterdam.
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