Tourism is an excellent way to develop a country, but it can also cause harm. How can countries ensure that tourism benefits the development.

Tourism is an excellent way to develop a country, but it can also cause harm. How can
countries ensure that tourism benefits the development.


[shc_shortcode class=”shc_mybox”]It is irrefutable that tourism has become the backbone of many economies of the world. In
fact many countries rely on the tourist dollar for their development. This has also led to
damage of the natural environment and at many places the tourist places have been so
much littered that they have ceased being a tourist attraction any more. In a way tourism is
killing tourism. In the following paragraphs, I shall discuss ways in which countries can
ensure sustainable tourism.

The first step towards sustainable tourism would be that tourists benefit the local residents
of the host country rather than the owners of the five star hotels where they normally stay.
The governments and tourist companies could educate the local residents to make a part of
their homes as lodges for the tourists. This way the tourists could stay as paying guests and
the local people could earn. This would be a win-win situation for both – the tourist and the
locals and there would be more chances of culture exchange.

Another cause of concern which goes against tourism is that tourists litter the place by
throwing plastic bottles and wrappers of eatables here and there. For this the governments
could ensure that dust bins are placed at regular intervals and are also evacuated regularly.
Neat and clean rest-rooms should be provided for the convenience of the tourists. The
government should also limit the number of tourists according to the capacity of the tourist
place.

Furthermore, it is sometimes the case that tourists don’t respect the local culture and
therefore the local people do not welcome them. This can be taken care of by the tour
guides and tour operating countries to educate the tourists about the important and
sensitive parts of the local customs. For example, when tourists visit religious places in India,
the tour guides could tell them to take off their shoes outside.

Then, some degree of pollution is inevitable as tourists travel by air, but while travelling
locally, the tourist could use a non polluting source such as a rickshaw. They could even opt
for an elephant ride instead of an automobile where available. This would ensure that even
the common man would welcome them with open arms. After all, the development of a
country includes better standards of living for the common man.

Finally, it is in the hands of the tourist to promote eco-tourism and take some responsibility
of the environment. It has been well said that, ‘a good tourist is one who takes away
nothing but photographs and leaves behind nothing but footprints’.

To put it in a nutshell, I pen down saying that, there is a negative side of tourism but it can
be checked with some simple steps taken by the governments, tour companies and guides,
the local people and the tourist himself. Tourism is an excellent way to develop a country, but it can also cause harm

Tourism is an excellent way to develop a country, but it can also cause harm

Tourism is an excellent way to develop a country, but it can also cause harm

Tourism is an excellent way to develop a country, but it can also cause harm

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