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The mayor of the city of Bruges is not so enthusiastic about the city and its thriving tourism industry.
In the medieval Belgian city has seen an influx of visitors in recent years, to 8.3 million by 2018, only, but, Mayor, Dirk De fauw said, the impact that they have on the city, it is almost the run of the “Disneyland resort.”
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The problem is, that The fauw said, is that the majority of tourists are day-trippers visiting from the cruise ships, or in any other European city, and they all want to be of the same specific regions of the city. As a result of this, a lot of the retail shops that are operating in these regions are replaced by ones that are only for tourists.
“So, what do they sell? Chocolate and beer,” De fauw said, the vrt (Flemish TELEVISION Network VRT, according to The Guardian. “The people of Bruges do not recognize as their own. They don’t see clothing stores, butchers, bakers. Only the chocolate and the beer.”
“The people of Bruges do not recognize as their own. They don’t see clothing stores, butchers, bakers. Only the chocolate and the beer,” the mayor of Bruges, he said.
De fauw is in the process of reducing the number of cruise ships that will be allowed to dock in the port of Zeebrugge in belgium, five a day to just two. In the last couple of weeks, and it has also been announced that the city would no longer act as a day-trip destination.
Some retailers, however, did not agree with the action, which claims that the square which is larger than the number of residents living in the centre of the town, are more interested in the purchase of a souvenir or a Belgian beer in the grocery, or local regulations.
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“The younger people are buying their food from large grocery stores, anyhow,” said the salesman, who originally sold the chickens, but now the peddles souvenirs, and beer. “This is the way it is now. A lot of people in this town lives off of tourism. OK, so not everyone has money to spend when they come in, but lots of people do that.”
“We should be in control of the cash and more if we don’t want to be that fit for a full-Disneyland here,” said the mayor.
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However, the new regulations are the result of the influx of tourists, it is necessary for The fauw said, in order to retain the charm that makes Bruges especially, in the first place.
“We should be in control of the cash and more if we don’t want to be that fit for a full-Disneyland here,” he said.