Asia is tired of begpackers turists
Photo: Begpackers in Asia Facebook
In the face of increasing complaints from middle-class tourists, from developed countries, asking for money on the streets of Southeast Asian cities to continue travel and fund their stays, the Indonesian Government has announced that it will no longer assist visitors who stay without financial means.
“Abused” by visitors with higher purchasing power than the inhabitants themselves, some governments are beginning to take steps to curb the phenomenon that is spreading through their most touristy cities. “Foreign tourists who run out of money or want to pass for beggars will be taken to their respective embassies,” said Setyo Budiwardoyo, an immigration official.
Social testimonials also reveal that in addition to posters calling for help from locals, there are those who resort to other schemes such as “selling photos and hugs”.