Non-Academic Articles

Below is a list of non-academic publications (such as newspaper articles and news reports) describing steps destinations have taken to reduce negative visitor harassment.


EGYPT: Egypt may impose hefty fines on tourist harassers

By Menna A. Farouk
Published: May 22, 2017

Egypt has drafted a bill that would impose hefty fines on people who harass tourists as part of efforts aimed at attracting additional tourists to Egypt and reinvigorating the country’s struggling tourism industry.....more

EGYPT: Pyramid revamp fences out hawkers 

By BBC News
Published: August 12, 2008

Egypt's famous Giza Pyramids are being given a £14m ($27m) makeover, starting with a state-of-the art security fence to stop hawkers harassing tourists.  Visitors to the World Heritage site have for years had to fend off persistent peddlers, offering camel rides and trinkets……more


KENYA: Balala calls for laws to minimize tourist harassment

By Mathias Ringa
Published: January 14, 2016

Tourism Cabinet Secretary Najib Balala has asked Mombasa, Kilifi, Kwale and Lamu County authorities to formulate laws that would regulate activities at beaches to curb the harassment of tourists………more

TANZANIA: Tourism board warns guides over harassment of visitors

By Patty Magubira
Published: May 19, 2014 

Tanzania Tourist Board (TTB) has admonished tour guides in the northern circuit who demand tips crudely from tourists, saying the behavior taints their image and that of the country…….more

KENYA: Beach hawkers blot Kenya’s image as tourist destination

By Paul Wafula
Published: April 25, 2011

As the warm weather beckons tourists to the Kenyan coast on their arrival, most visitors are convinced they chose the right holiday destination......more


PHILIPPINES: Bill seeks to penalize harassment of tourists

By Delon Porcalla
Published: July 31, 2017

In an effort to make the Philippines “tourism-friendly,” a senior administration lawmaker has filed a bill in the House of Representatives to penalize individuals who try to solicit or harass local and foreign tourists in the country....more

VIETNAM: Street vendors still harassing foreign tourists in Ho Chi Minh City

By thanhniennews
Published: October 15, 2015

A street vendor approaches a foreign tourist as soon as he gets off a bus near the Saigon Notre-Dame Cathedral in Ho Chi Minh City....more

VIETNAM: Over 35 tourist harassment cases handled

By Travel to Vietnam
Published: June 30, 2015

Da Nang Police Department is carrying out its 764 programme which aims to stop the harassment of tourists in the city....more

THAILAND: Pushy Thai beach vendor arrested after kicking sand and pushing tourist who refuses to rent a sunlounger from him 

By Chris Kitching
Published: September 8, 2014

Thai authorities have arrested a beach vendor after he shoved and chased away a Russian tourist because she wouldn’t rent a sunlounger or parasol from him....more

VIETNAM: Vietnam: Officials Clamp Down on Ha Long Bay Tourist Harassment

By Larry Habegger and Laurie Weed
Published: September 26, 2012

Authorities have banned tour boats from stopping at “floating villages” in Ha Long Bay, a recently voted World Heritage Site, after receiving numerous reports of tourist rip-offs and harassment....more


INDIA: New regulations aim to end harassment of tourists by photographers at Indian monuments

By Goverment of Nepal's Department of Tourism

We would like to state that the Tourist Police is a special unit of Nepal Police, which is working under Department of Tourism. Our office is located at Bhrikuti Mandap, Kathmandu, Tourist Service Center Building, and also we have complaint counters at the Airport and Basantapur Durbar Square....more

NEPAL: Tourist Police

By dpreview staff
Published: May 31, 2017

The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) is amending its photography policy that aims to reduce 'pestering' of tourists at thousands of monuments by licensed photographers....more

INDIA: Police to crackdown to combat travel woes in Darjeeling this tourist season

By Amitava Banerjee
Published: October 18, 2016

With the advent of the tourist and festive season in Darjeeling Hills, vehicle woes have returned. Shortage of taxis and fare hikes has emerged as a major problem for both tourists and local residents alike. Reacting to complaints by tourists, Darjeeling Police has warned taxi syndicates of strict action in case of public harassment.....more

SRI LANKA: Tourism Ministry calls for immediate revamping of Tourist Police.

By Daily Financial Times
Published: February 24, 2016

The Ministry of Tourism Development is concerned by recent media reports on the exploitation and harassment of foreign tourists. This is in a backdrop where the Ministry has also been receiving an increasing number of direct complaints from tourists.....more

INDIA: Tourists on Goa beaches to be under CCTV surveillance

Published: July 18, 2014 

The Tourism department which is in the process of reviewing the entire security arrangement on the beaches have decided to continue posting India Reserve Battallion (IRB) on the beaches, which will patrol the areas…….more

INDIA: ‘Tourist’ police for Rajasthan

By Geeta Pandey
Published: July 21, 2000

Police in Jaipur, capital of India's western state of Rajasthan, are being trained to be more tourist friendly....more


ITALY: Rome's modern-day centurions and legionaries return to Colosseum after ban is quashed 

By Nick Squires
Published: April 28, 2017 

Their plastic swords and daggers might not stand up to real combat, but Rome’s modern-day centurions and legionaries are celebrating after winning a red tape battle with the city council. …..more

ITALY: Rome bans 'gladiators' and rickshaws from tourist hotspots

By Matt Payton
Published: December 4, 2016 

Rome's mayor has issued a blanket ban on 'gladiators' from the Italian capital. Actors dressing up as gladiators and centurions near tourist hotspots offer to pose for photographs with tourists for money.….more

ITALY: Centurions clash with police at Colosseum 

By Reuters
Published:  April 12, 2012 

Roman centurions, complete with red skirts, tunics, armour, swords and feathered helmets, fought in front of the Colosseum. But this time it was with a modern enemy – Rome's city police….more

SPAIN: A closer look at ‘looky looky’ men

By Rund Abdelfatah
Published: July 15, 2012

Heralding from north Africa and sub-Saharan countries, the tens of thousands of ‘looky looky’ men, as they are pejoratively known, lead precarious lifestyles, living on the very edge of society....more


JAMAICA: Tourist harassment to fall

By Okoye Henry
Published: September 12, 2017

Godfrey Dyer, chairman of the Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF), is expecting a reduction in the incidence of tourist harassment in Montego Bay following the recent deployment of a new cohort of district constables to the city....more

ST. KITTS: St. Kitts Updates Port Zante Dispatching Process 

By Times Caribbean
Published: June 21, 2017 

The St. Kitts Tourism Authority and the Ministry of Tourism in response to continued concerns raised by the taxi operators regarding the dispatching process announced improved operating procedures for the dispatching process at Port Zante…..more

JAMAICA: Visitor harassment derailing tourism gains – Bartlett

By Jamaica Star
Published: November 25, 2016 

Tourism Minister Edmund Bartlett is urging stakeholders to assist in the fight against visitor harassment, emphasizing that the problem can no longer be allowed to persist.…. more

ST. KITTS & NEVIS: MIN of Tourism Seeking To Regulate Taxi Dispatching At Port Zante

By Loshaun Dixon
Published: November 11, 2016 

The Ministry of Tourism is seeking to change how taxi operators solicit business from cruise ship passengers at Port Zante and regulate to mirror what occurs at the Robert Bradshaw International Airport and the Deep Water Port.…..more

BELIZE: Tourism vendor vents on village

By 7News Belize
Published: February 18, 2016

A few weeks ago, local tour guides were complaining about the new regulations being implemented at the Caves Branch Reserve. The complaint was that the more stringent regulations and uneven enforcement were putting them at a disadvantage against their main competition: the big foreign owned tourism investors....more

ANTIGUA & BARBUDA: Picking up and dusting off

By The Daily Observer
Published: November 21, 2015 

First impressions are always lasting. Tourism is our main industry, we like to boast, but most also know that because it is a service-based business, we could easily lose our grasp if there is any decline in the quality of service we offer our visitors…..more

ST. KITTS: New policies to minimize tourist harassment in St. Kitts

Published: October 21, 2015 

Minister of Tourism Lindsay Grant disclosed that some cruise lines are indicating that their cruise passengers are complaining about tourist harassment whenever they visit St Kitts and Nevis and this has prompted the Ministry of Tourism to implement measures with immediate effect that will minimize this activity….more

JAMAICA:  Just Gimme a Little Look Nuh? (on page 12)

Published: October 7, 2015

It appears that craft markets no longer hold a special place in the hearts of Jamacian people. When last did you buy a piece of art or craft from your nearest craft market?...more

ST. LUCIA: New move to fight tourist harassment

By Micah George
Published: May 19, 2015

Prime Minister Kenny Anthony last week revealed a plan to stop visitor harassment and increase visitor safety, a situation that has worried hoteliers and other tourism officials for years....more

JAMAICA: Tourism Minister outlines anti-harassment measures being pursued

By Alecia Smith-Edwards
Published: April 15, 2015

The Government continues to put strategies in place to address visitor harassment, as it works to promote Jamaica as the ideal tourist destination, and foster a deeper appreciation of the industry among the populace....more

JAMAICA: McNeill hosts inaugural meeting of Craft Council of Jamaica (page 6)

By Hospitality Jamaica
Published: September 17, 2014

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ST. KITTS: Vendors in St. Kitts & Nevis rebrand their services to visitors 

By The St. Kitts & Nevis Observer
Published: August 14, 2014

Over 30 primate petting and aloe rub vendors have completed a mandatory seminar aimed at improving the quality of their service to visitors, states information from the St. Kitts Tourism Authority.…more

CUBA: Chatting with a tourist could land a Cuban national in jail

Published: March 10, 2014

Tourist harassment is a state law that prohibits contact between Cubans and tourists. The law is intended to deter prostitutes and hustlers from approaching foreigners, but policemen from the island can arrest any Cuban on site if they are seen interacting with tourists on the streets....more

ST. KITTS: St. Kitts is #2 in overall visit ranking among 21 Caribbean cruise destinations in 2012

Published: September 3, 2013 

While St. Kitts and Nevis’ Minister of Tourism, Sen. the Hon. Richard “Ricky” Skerritt is elated with the improvement of St. Kitts’ cruise tourism ranking among the 21 Caribbean destinations in 2012 compared to 2009, there are “worrying signs” in some categories…more

BARBADOS: Harassment of visitors puts tourism at risk 

By Sherieholder
Published: March 8, 2013 

Harassment of visitors on beaches continues to be a major problem as does the sale of illegal drugs in places frequented by tourists. That’s according to president of the Barbados Hotel and Tourism Association (BHTA), Patricia Affonso-Dass.….more

BAHAMAS: Tourism specialized training course

By Tommy Turnquest, M.P.
Published: November 14, 2011 

I am pleased to participate in this Opening Ceremony for the Tourism Security Specialized Training Course, facilitated by the Inter-American Committee on Terrorism of the Organisation of American States (CICTE) and the Government of The Bahamas, with the financial support of the Government of Canada.…..more 

CUBA: Cuba ‘apartheid’ as Castro pulls in the tourists

By David Rennie
Published: June 8, 2002

It takes a short stroll round Havana to realise that Fidel Castro has pulled off an extraordinary ideological feat. In less than a decade he has created one of the world's great playgrounds for the rich while standing by his Socialist principles....more


MEXICO: Chichen Itza may soon be free of vendors and hawkers: sources

By Yucatan Times
Published July 19, 2017

Yucatan state government could soon announce a lobbying agreement with tourism service providers to evict the crafts vendors and hawkers who have occupied the archaeological zone of Chichen Itza for more than a decade....more


USA: NYC may regulate Times Square costumed performers seeking tips

By BBC News
Published: March 30, 2016 

New York City's council is considering legislation to restrict where performers dressed as characters like Elmo and Spiderman can solicit business. The costumed performers now roam freely in Manhattan's busy Times Square, the heart of the theatre district…..more

USA: Task force looks to end tourist harassment at Staten Island

By Rachel Shapiro
Updated: February 25, 2016

The harassment of tourists around the Whitehall Ferry Terminal has gotten to be too much for one Staten Island man, who is putting together a team of concerned people to tackle the issue....more

USA: Times Square Batman arrested for walking around the Crossroads of the World

By Anthony DelMundo
Published: February 10, 2016 

A Times Square performer dressed as the caped crusader found himself on the wrong side of the law Tuesday for WWB — Walking While Batman.  Dejected Dark Knight Jose Escalona-Martinez was stopped outside the American Eagle Outfitters on Broadway and W. 46th St. about 2:30 p.m., handcuffed and detained for 30 minutes after he was seen walking toward Father Duffy Square — a forbidden zone for costumed characters — a source said….more

USA: New York police form special unit to combat panhandling topless women

By Agencies
Published: August 26, 2015 

The New York Police Department is creating a new unit to patrol Times Square amid growing complaints over panhandling costumed characters and topless women.  Chief of Department James O'Neill said Wednesday officials will recruit 50 additional officers to the Crossroads of the World, bringing the number there to 100 by this fall ……more

USA: Bill de Blasio launches 'city task force' to deal with topless women and costumed characters in Times Square

By Hunter Walker
Published: August 20, 2015 

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is launching a "multiagency City task force" to "address the growing problem of topless individuals and costume characters in Times Square." De Blasio announced the move on Friday following days of headlines noting women who are making money by soliciting tips in Times Square while wearing nothing but body paint…..MORE 

USA: Las Vegas attempts to tame rowdy Fremont Street experience

By Kimberly Pierceall
Published: July 30, 2015

A bawdy gauntlet of street performers and tip-seeking costumed characters crowding Las Vegas’ Fremont Street have been driving tourists away, city leaders said as they moved toward imposing new rules to rein in the rowdy atmosphere....more

USA: City to Elmo: Get your paws off the tourist lady

By Emily Laermer
Published: June 29, 2015

Elmo, Spider-Man and other costumed characters parading around Times Square need to be taught a lesson, lawmakers say....more

USA: Locals fed up with aggressive Empire State Building ticket hawkers

By DNAinfo Staff
Published: June 27, 2011

Aggressive ticket-sellers hawking an Empire State Building ride have grown more brazen since a court order halted a police crackdown, residents and office workers complain....more

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