Tourists to be banned from climbing Australia's most famous attraction

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Speaking at Uluru for the announcement, senior traditional owner and chairman of the park board Sammy Wilson said the site had deep cultural significance and was not a "theme park".

M - Uluru will be closed to climbers after the board of the Uluru Kata Tjuta National Park voted to close the climb to the summit of the rock, Sidney Morning Herald said.

Visitors to Uluru will not be allowed to climb the landmark rock after its traditional owners imposed a ban that will come into effect in two years.

Uluru now has around 300,000 visitors each year.

He added: "Closing the climb is not something to feel upset about but a cause for celebration". According to the board, only 16 per cent of visitors to the national park climbed Uluru from 2011 to 2015.

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"If I travel to another country and there is a sacred site, an area of restricted access, I don't enter or climb it, I respect it".

A park board made up of a majority of the traditional owners of the land where the rock - which used to be known as Ayers Rock - stands made the decision.

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is jointly managed by Anangu and the Director of National Parks, and was handed back to Anangu in 1985 by the then-Hawke Labor government. "Let's come together; let's close it together".

"Instead of tourists feeling disappointed in what they can do here, they can experience the homelands with Anangu and really enjoy the fact that they learned so much more about culture".

While there have been concerns over the ban's impact on tourism, the number of visitors who climb Uluru have steadily dropped, largely thanks to increased awareness and education.

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