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Statue of Liberty changes rules to control overcrowding

As the summer travel season cranks up, New York’s Statue of Liberty is making changes in an effort to control overcrowding.

As a CNN report cited, the tourism destination has see an increase of six times over the last 10 years, so they are making a landmark change to ban private, commercial tours of the statue to remove congestion.

“Commercial guided tours add to the congestion in these identified areas and prevent the free flow of visitor movement and impact public programs and the visitor experience,” a representative for the Statue of Liberty Park, said to CNN.

This change will extend to the pedestal observation on the sixth-floor and the National Museum of Immigration at Ellis Island.

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“The new restrictions are no different to policies in place at highly visited cultural institutions in and around New York City such as the 9/11 Memorial and Museum and busy National Park Service sites across the nation including Independence National Historical Park in Philadelphia and Golden Gate Recreation Area (including Alcatraz) in San Francisco.”

Featured image courtesy: NPS.gov

Winston is currently a freelance technology and travel broadcast journalist, consultant, and is the creator and founder of Master Travellr—Canada’s destination for travel news, guides, and budget recommendations.

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