Published on : Tuesday, December 26, 2017
Although travel is a global industry, in 2017 it attracted a lot of resentment and retaliation towards tourists, which was not witnessed before. A growing global backlash against tourism extended from tropical rain forests to popular destinations like Rio de Janeiro and Venice.
Tourism’s social and environmental consequences were seen along the coastlines of Colombia, Costa Rica and Nicaragua, in the rain forests of Peru and Ecuador, on the islands of Fiji and the Galapagos and across the Savannahs of South Africa and Tanzania. More tourism is not always better. More visitors have generated profits for travel companies – particularly the cruise ship industry – but it has not always benefited local communities and environments where tourism occurs.
Once people become aware of the surprising ways in which their trips affect local people and places, it becomes easy to guarantee that their travel has more positive impact for the destinations that they visit.
Today tourism drives more than 1.2 billion tourists across international borders each year, generating 9 percent of global GDP and provides one out of every 11 jobs on earth. Recent protests in places like Venice and Barcelona against disturbances created by larger and more numerous cruise ships show the unfortunate consequences of emphasizing quantity over quality in tourism.