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It is not the sheer number of tourists descending on Venice that bothers Italian food blogger Monica Cesarato so much as the type of visitor.SOARING NUMBERSMass tourism took off after World War II. Last year there were 1.4 billion tourist arrivals, up from 25 million in 1950, according to the United Nations World Tourism Organization, with Europe absorbing half of them.The nation generating the most tourists is China -- 143 million trips abroad in 2017, while France and Spain receive the most visits -- more than 80 million a year.CRUISE SHIPSNowhere epitomizes the problems as much as Venice, which attracts 30 million tourists a year to its magnificent canals and bridges.Paris has about 60,000 homes on Airbnb, Amsterdam 19,600, Barcelona 18,300 and Venice 8,500, according to Inside Airbnb, a website highlighting the company's impact on neighborhoods.Nor are problems confined to cities.
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