Selfies have taken over tourism. Visit any of the 7 wonders of the world and there are sure to be hundreds of people taking selfies. Selfie sticks taken over too, they are now the top item sold in the hottest tourist spots. A quarter of tourists admit that they travel to a destination or to a famous sight solely to take a picture of themselves there for social media. That’s a lot of selfies.
Believe it or not, there are still places in the world where you can’t take a selfie. Selfies have been banned in some tourist hotspots, and (thanks to the extreme selfie trend) some places have become infamous for selfie-related incidents that have taken place there. With people falling and getting stuck between rocks, accidentally destroying statues and millions of us walking backwards and distracted by our phones, selfies have well and truly made their mark on tourism.
Selfies are allowed inside all Disneyland parks, but selfie sticks have been banned from the parks in Paris, America and in Hong-Kong. Disney has prohibited selfie sticks in its parks from 2015 onwards, as they pose a threat to the safety of the guests, the staff and can be particularly dangerous if used on rides.
One of the classiest and most pristine beaches in the South of France banned selfies. The beach in Antibes has its own name for selfies, it calls them ‘braggies’ and says that visitors to the beach should enjoy that atmosphere instead of being preoccupied with bragging to their family and friends at home.
Tigers in New York
Tiger selfies were banned in New York’s parks and zoos, apparently too many people were using them as profile pictures on dating apps. To stop exploitation of the animals, a new law was enforced prohibiting posing for selfies next to the big cats.
Nippon Television Network Corporation of Japan has exclusive rights on taking pictures and videos of the famous art by Michelangelo on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, in the Vatican City. The corporation bought the rights for 3 million dollars in the 1980s when they assisted the restoration of the artwork.
In a bid to stop people risking their lives to take selfies with bears, Lake Tahoe in the United States banned selfies. In a statement they said that the decision was as much about protecting the bears as it was the safety of tourists visiting the lake.
Van Gogh Museum
Since photography was causing “tension between those wishing to photograph and those wishing to view the paintings”, the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam banned taking pictures. Since 2014 those wishing to enjoy the paintings can do so without being disturbed by selfie takers.
In places on the coastline in Mumbai, India there are no railings or barriers, which meant that the city now imposes a fine of one thousand rupees for anyone caught in the prohibited areas. The police began to patrol the spots after a rise in deaths related to photography of the area.
Selfies are also banned in the Forbidden City in Beijing, China, at the Hajj in Mecca, Saudi Arabia and at the Running of the Bulls in Pamplona, Spain.Don’t worry selfie lovers! There are still plenty of places around the world to snap a selfie! Share your selfies with your friends using SelfieCheckr Secure Messenger, available on iOS, Google Play, Amazon, Samsung Galaxy Store, Xiaomi and Opera.