21st century gives rise to tourism & tourismophobia

Published on : Tuesday, November 7, 2017

globeWithin a decade, as per the predictions of the experts, 10,000 additional aircrafts will be added to the commercial fleet of the world. Visitors will spend over 630,000 million dollars only in air tickets this year. Tourism represents 10 percent of the world’s GDP.

But, this major growth does not take place without creating new problems and debates. Considering the whole, the increase in tourism could be one of the most exemplary phenomena of the 21st century. A quick consideration of the entire matter can throw some ideas about it.

Numerous reports show that over 5,000 cities are going through different reforms in order to lure as many visitors as possible. This shows not only in terms of infrastructure and urban planning, but also to the arrangement of historical and cultural stories, to the growth of local gastronomy, to training people to receive tourists.

These investments and reactions associated with it have, in contrast, harsh critics: architects, sociologists and historians, urban planners, who believe that the real city is shattered to put back it by stage devices that invested gastronomic traditions. They are nothing but false promises to attract tourists. For example, in La Rambla, Barcelona, a Pakistani street vendor can sell Mexican handicrafts made in China.

Whereas some cities seek to become poles of tourism attraction, others pose a doubt. One of the common reactions occurring against tourism, for example, the large cruise ships that disembark at ports in the Caribbean and Europe: travelers get off, explore the places nearby, do not drink a coffee, and return to their ship, where they travel under the all-inclusive mode.

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