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Does Tourism Have Disadvantages?

Updated: Jun 29, 2023

Tourism has been one of the fastest growing industries for many years. Many people see it as beneficial, however few claim it has drawbacks.


What is your opinion?



In recent decades, low-cost airfares have made international travel easier and many countries have, therefore, developed their tourism industries into key sectors of their economies. While it is clear that tourism brings obvious benefits to the countries that host tourists, it is also true to say it may bring disadvantages as well.


Undoubtedly, there are significant benefits that tourism brings to a country. First, a thriving tourist industry implies an increasing need for a variety of services such as hotels, transport, restaurants, and entertainment. This results in a considerable number of jobs being created for people who lack a college education and also the development of the infrastructure is needed to accommodate visitors. Moreover, tourism is a “green” industry that, unlike factories, generates a low level of pollution.

Despite the benefits, there are aspects of tourism that may prove harmful to a country. For instance, a country may suffer from the loss of its traditional culture. This is caused by people in a country changing their lifestyle, customs, and language in order to more effectively serve visitors or because they become influenced by foreign countries. This can cause stress in a traditional society and could even lead to animosity towards tourists. In addition, because tourists often carry expensive objects like cameras and are unaware of their surroundings, they make good targets for theft. Crime also increases as a result of the increases in drugs and prostitution that cater to some vacationers.


In summary, global tourism is greatly beneficial to an economy and environment of a country. However, it can be detrimental in several ways. To my way of thinking, a country should seek to develop its tourism industry because it can bring steady jobs to many people without their need for higher education and without the risk of environmental damages.


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