International travel is becoming cheaper than before, so more and more countries open their doors to tourists. Do the advantages of the increased tourism outweigh the disadvantages?

International travel is becoming cheaper than before, so more and more countries open
their doors to tourists. Do the advantages of the increased tourism outweigh the
disadvantages?


[shc_shortcode class=”shc_mybox”]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 travel is becoming cheaper than before, so more and more

International travel is becoming cheaper than before, so more and more

International travel is becoming cheaper than before, so more and more

International travel is becoming cheaper than before, so more and more

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