Ethical / Religious: Tourists? No, Thank You!

Tourists move the world economy and governments usually care a lot to lure as many travelers to the country as possible. However, it is quite clear that tourism also causes quite serious side effects. Pollution, waste, lack of water, changed life of local communities, devastation of cultural heritage – the consequences are numerous.

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Tourism, Economy, & Environment

Tourism, Economy, & Environment

Justin N. Froyd

Today, tourism is one of the largest and dynamically developing sectors of external economic activities. Its high growth and development rates, considerable volumes of foreign currency inflows, infrastructure development, and introduction of new management and educational experience actively affect various sectors of economy, which positively contribute to the social and economic development of countries as a whole.
Mission: Save the Easter Island

Mission: Save the Easter Island

James Morris

Easter Island is the only island in this part of the Pacific that has regularly scheduled flights, a large choice of hotels, tourist guides, shops and a thriving souvenir trade. It thus attracts tourists coming from the direction of Tahiti as well as from Santiago. Most of the year tourism is manageable; the summer months (December - March) are, however, crowded and expensive. Many come for the Tapati festival, held around the first part of February. This is vacation time in the southern hemisph...
Travel Trends: From Hippies to Sex Tourism

Travel Trends: From Hippies to Sex Tourism

Richard Moor

The post-World War II increase in disposable income and leisure time in the West, the falling cost of air travel, and the introduction of faster, larger planes fuelled the growth of tourism. The tourism industry also began to get involved in independent travel. Agencies such as STA Travel began selling cheap, round-the-world air tickets, and guidebooks gave people access to almost any country...
Environment? Better off without Tourists

Environment? Better off without Tourists

Bill Alen

The quality of the environment, both natural and man-made, is essential to tourism. However, tourism's relationship with the environment is complex. It involves many activities that can have adverse environmental effects. Many of these impacts are linked with the construction of general infrastructure such as roads and airports, and of tourism facilities, including resorts, hotels, restaurants, shops, golf courses and marinas. The negative impacts of tourism development can gradually destroy the...
The Caribbean: Side Effects of Popularity

The Caribbean: Side Effects of Popularity

Daniel A. Tanner

Tourism represents the biggest industry in the world. The consistent growth of tourism receipts over the decades since international travel became accessible to the general pubic, has convinced many developing nations that they can profit from tourism. Caribbean countries, such as Jamaica and Barbados, have had a history of tourism development, and the region as a whole has seen much growth in the sector. Even with the global recession of the 1970s and early 1980s, tourist arrivals to the Caribb...
Green, Green, Greenwashing

Green, Green, Greenwashing

Sara Thopson

Many large industries are using greenwashing techniques to sell themselves these days and the tourism industry is no exception. Knowing the difference between "real" ecotourism and marketing hype can often be confusing...