Many nations have become increasingly dependent on tourism

Published on : Saturday, July 29, 2017

globePolynesia, Latin America, the Caribbean, Asia and Africa have all become increasingly dependent on the seasonal influx of tourists coming from Western Europe and North America.

In Egypt, one of the world’s most visited tourist destinations, tourism contributes about 9.1 percent of the country’s gross domestic product and is its largest foreign exchange earner ahead of petroleum products. The Sphinx has been reconstructed seven times since 1925. However, three of these major restoration projects are now said by archaeologists to have contributed more to the harm of the monument than to its preservation.

In Botswana, the Okavango Delta is fast becoming the Safari capital of the world. It offers the affluent tourists the rare opportunity to spend their $4,000 nights in the belly of the bushlands. Tourists are taken on patronising voyages through the ghettos and the shantytowns under the auspices of an authentic South African experience.

In The Gambia, one of the poorest nations in the world and the former epicentre of the Trans-Atlantic slave trade, tourism is the exploitative export of the day. The small West African nation is popular among British and Scandinavian tourists for its affordable beach resorts.

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