Introduction: Impacts of Travel and Tourism (02:24)
As flights, accommodation, and packaged holidays become more affordable, more British citizens are traveling abroad. This has environmental, economic, and social impacts on destinations.
Economic Impact (05:04)
Tourism is an export consumed at the point of production. The World Bank and IMF encourage tourism to pay off debt; nations often make concessions for tax free foreign direct investment. Few tourist dollars stay locally, but fair trade principles can be applied to home stays.
Socio-cultural Impact (03:33)
People visiting other cultures can foster awareness and respect, or exploit them commercially. Locals are often paid to perform sacred dances and songs at tourist resorts, degrading their meaning.
Environmental Impact (06:19)
Learn about degradation from air travel, high density hotel construction, and eco-tourism. Tribes Travel encourages ethical travel and positive environmental habits. Bringing money into an area provides incentives for ecological conservation. Responsibletravel.com urges reducing annual air travel miles.
Sustainable Tourism (02:24)
Long term thinking preserves environmental, socio-cultural, and economic benefits of the industry, and minimizes detrimental effects on destinations. Justin Francis explains why he markets responsible tourism, rather than sustainable tourism.
Improving the Situation (06:14)
Tourism businesses are beginning to operate responsibly and promote sustainable practices and behavior. Francis believes cruise liners are lagging in sustainability efforts. Trisha Barnett discusses green washing and encourages domestic tourism and ethical travel abroad.
Credits: Impacts of Travel and Tourism (00:41)
Credits: Impacts of Travel and Tourism
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