Most of you reading this have probably heard of Macau as it’s famous for a couple of reasons. First, it’s similar to Hong Kong in that it’s a former European colony (Portuguese) that was returned to China in the late ’90s and today functions as a special administrative region of China. Second, it’s known as the Las Vegas of Asia and gambling here is big business, and I mean BIG. For instance, the casinos in Macau brought in an estimated $28 billion (USD) in 2017, compared to the $11 billion by casinos in Las Vegas that same year. Third, and most relevant to this post is that the tiny territory of 33 square kilometers (12.7 sq miles) received an astounding 35.8 million visitors in 2018 placing it among the top destinations in the world.
Imagine you have spent months or even years planning, saving, and dreaming of the moment you arrive in Piazza San Marco Venice only to find it teeming with thousands of other tourists. Certainly not the experience you had dreamed of. Now you have to share this moment with hundreds or thousands of tourists, many of whom are getting in your way, preventing you from taking those Instagram-worthy photos, and ultimately disrupting the tranquility of the square.