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Digital Warlord.

Tourism enriches a country

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Digital Warlord.

I agree at some extent because :

 

# Tourism helps diversify and stabilize the local economy.

# It provides governments with extra tax revenues

each year through accommodation and restaurant taxes, airport taxes, sales taxes,

park entrance fees, employee income tax etc..

# Creates local jobs and business opportunities. These include those jobs directly related to tourism (hotel and tour services) and those that indirectly support tourism (such as food production and housing construction).

# The multiplier effect:

 

* Brings new money into the economy. Tourist money is returned to the local economy as it is spent over and over again.

* Helps attract additional businesses and services to support the tourist industry.

 

# Is labour-intensive.

# Earns valuable foreign exchange

 

However there are also economical costs :

 

# Tourism development of infrastructure (airports, roads, etc.) can cost the local government a great deal of money.

# May inflate property values and prices of goods and services.

# Leakages:

 

* If outside interests own the tourism development, most of the economic benefits will leave the community.

* Considerable amount of foreign exchange revenues leaks back out of the destination countries for tourism-related imports. more

 

# Employment tends to be seasonal. Workers may be laid off in the winter season.

# Many jobs in the tourism industry are poorly paid. This is a particular problem in LEDCs where the local workforce lack the skills to fill the better paid management positions.

# Tourist numbers can be adversely affected by events beyond the control of the destination e.g. terrorism, economic recession. This is a big problem in LEDC countries dependent on tourism.

# Tourism follows a "product life cycle", with a final stage of decline, where the destination no longer offers new attractions for the tourist, and the quality has diminished with the rise of competition and tourist saturation...

 

What are your views?

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Playstation_Loyalist

Yes. Tourism is one of the anchors of a great economy. Countries like the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, Maldives and Guam have heavily depended on it's tourism programs to boost their respective economies.

 

 

Tourism development of infrastructure (airports, roads, etc.) can cost the local government a great deal of money.

 

It would be no big deal, as long as demand for the area most visited in a country is sky-rocketing. Besides, the money used for erecting infrastructures will be returned because of improvement on a country's aviation and land transportation.

 

As long as tourism is not the only economy branch in a country's economy, then it would be fine.

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major underscore

The reason why property values may increase because of tourism is that tourism makes the properties more valuable. That's a good thing. The same thing happens if a school is built fairly close to your residential property - people like that and are willing to pay more to live there, thus property values rise.

 

Your argument about "leakages" is strange: the very fact that tourism exists is a form of "leakage" into the tourist attracting country.

 

Tourism creates productive jobs. This is a good thing, regardless of whether these jobs are seasonal or not. That's not a cost. Giving people more choices of employers is improving their lives. Just consider what would happen if the tourism in a country stopped: there would be downward pressure on wages as competition decreased for the (often low-skilled) workers from the tourism industry who would try to find employment somewhere else.

 

Being reliant on tourism is not necessarily a bad thing for a country. If the leaders of a country know that their future as leaders is dependent on keeping the tourism in the country stable, that, in itself, is a powerful incentive for them to not create instability in the region.

 

I further don't buy the argument about a tourism "product life cycle", as you put it. As long as a tourist destination offers something of enough value to tourists then that destination does not have to decline. There are plenty of examples in the world of places that have been "tourist destinations" for centuries without any signs of decline.

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bobgtafan

While I agree that tourism can do many great things for a country the country needs to have a have backup industry just in case thier tourism drys up because of something unforseen. Remember it's never good to keep all your eggs in one basket.

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Ziggy455

Tourism is a large keystone to economics, but there is also more factors which can make a country rich.Industry also brings in alot of income aswell, not to mention how developed the economy is itself.

 

But yes tourism is a good factor which can make a country rich, I mean look at Amsterdam or Rome.

 

Most Income comes from Tours of landmarks, also due to property value a country can have a higher income.

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Eminence
Most Income comes from Tours of landmarks

Really? I'm not basing it on anything but I'd assume it comes from travel/accomodation expenses combined with nightlife.

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cacarla
Really? I'm not basing it on anything but I'd assume it comes from travel/accomodation expenses combined with nightlife.

Agreed.That's the main source of foreign income to a country from tourists. Accomodation costs and in-land travelling charges will boost the nation's income but the gifts given to these tourists by local residents result in the effect being neutralized as that gifts go to the foreign government. Generally speaking, tourism does enrich a country's income. But, today's condition is resulting in a decline in the foreign income to the countries especially, India. FDI's enrich a country more than just foreign tourist money.

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Breaking Bohan

Tourism is just like turning your country/state/town into a whore. That way, people come to your country and do whatever they please, then chuck a few quid at them on the way out the door.

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Tourism is just like turning your country/state/town into a whore.  That way, people come to your country and do whatever they please, then chuck a few quid at them on the way out the door.

No, it's not.

 

Tourism happens organically because a city/region/state has something to offer visitors from other cities/regions/states. The only places that don't have tourism are those that are too dangerous, remote or just generally crappy for anyone to want to visit them.

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Tourism is just like turning your country/state/town into a whore. That way, people come to your country and do whatever they please, then chuck a few quid at them on the way out the door.

You really are brainless, aren't you?

 

I'm all for fleecing tourist of their money, and living where I do, I get that opportunity year-round. Tourism creates jobs and serves as a nice boost to my state's income.

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Mike Tequeli

One point I thought was valid was that one shouldn't completely rely on tourism, because then it doesn't take much to cripple your economy. I suppose it is easy for all of us to be positive about tourism because I'm assuming most don't live in tourist infested lands, where everything is too f*cking expensive. I for one think it's great, but I had a friend who lived in Niagara and thought the place was sh*t for it.

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One point I thought was valid was that one shouldn't completely rely on tourism, because then it doesn't take much to cripple your economy.

But that is not something that is unique about the tourist industry, it goes for any industry. Tourism can be an important part of an economy and the money that it generates can be used for further development.

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Mike Tequeli
One point I thought was valid was that one shouldn't completely rely on tourism, because then it doesn't take much to cripple your economy.

But that is not something that is unique about the tourist industry, it goes for any industry. Tourism can be an important part of an economy and the money that it generates can be used for further development.

Yeah I just mean tourism is unusually easy to destroy. It takes one minor incident to impact it. But yeah there really isn't too much else to say, it's a source of money like any other.

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Typhus

Tourism is great. Lots of nice new people come to your country, they give you money, it all helps create new job opportunities and famous landmarks get the respect they deserve.

I mean, take the Tower of London.

It's truly inspiring to see peoples of all races and cultures gather there to see what we used to do with scumbags.

Tourism, I believe, makes us appreciate what a sweet deal we've really got.

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kristasmith

Tourism is one of the anchors of a great economy. Countries like the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, Maldives and Guam have heavily depended on it's tourism programs to boost their respective economies. Tourism creates productive jobs. This is a good thing, regardless of whether these jobs are seasonal or not. That's not a cost. Giving people more choices of employers is improving their lives. Just consider what would happen if the tourism in a country stopped: there would be downward pressure on wages as competition decreased for the (often low-skilled) workers from the tourism industry who would try to find employment somewhere else.

 

 

 

 

yours,

krista

 

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