International tourism has become a huge industry in the world. Do the problems of international travel outweigh its advantages?

International tourism has become a huge industry in the world. Do the problems of
international travel outweigh its advantages?


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It is irrefutable that international tourism has taken mammoth dimensions. In fact it
has become the backbone of many economies of the world. This situation has both
pros and cons. In my opinion, the advantages outweigh the disadvantages.

International tourism can have many benefits for individuals. The most important
benefit is that tourism provides regular employment for many local people who might
otherwise be unemployed. They can find work in restaurants or hotels, or with tourist
agencies as guides or drivers, for example, and earn regular wages. This, in turn,
means that they may be able to save money and improve their standard of living. The
second reason is that tourists spend money in the country and this allows local
businesses such as restaurants, bars and taxi companies to flourish. In turn, other
businesses, food suppliers or petrol stations, for instance, may be established in order
to provide services to support the companies which cater for tourists. In other words,
the whole economy of the region develops.

A third reason is that in order for tourists to be able to visit remote areas, roads,
airports and hotels have to be built and local people also benefit by being able to use
these new facilities. Furthermore, when communications improve, it becomes
possible for other industries to move into the area, bringing with them more
employment opportunities and increased prosperity. A final reason why I am in favour
of tourism is that visitors from outside bring fresh ideas and different ways of doing
things to the local community. Consequently, local people may learn from tourists.
Likewise, visitors learn about the local people and culture, and return home with a
deeper understanding of the host country.

On the other hand, that there are some problems associated with international
tourism. Firstly, there is the increasing crime rate. Some locals see tourists as easy
prey because, not only are they in unfamiliar territory and therefore less able to take
care of themselves, but also they carry visible items of wealth, such as cameras and
jewellery which can be disposed of quickly for a profit. Another major problem is
health. With greater mobility comes greater danger of spreading contagious diseases
around the world. Also to be considered is the natural environment, which can be
seriously threatened by too many visitors. Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, for example,
is in danger of being destroyed by tourists and there are plans to restrict visitors to
some of the more delicate coral reefs.

To put it in a nutshell, I pen down saying that international tourism has both
advantages and disadvantages. However, the advantages outweigh the
disadvantages.

International tourism has become a huge industry in the world

International tourism has become a huge industry in the world

International tourism has become a huge industry in the world

International tourism has become a huge industry in the world

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