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Sunday, February 23

Socio-Cultural Impacts of Tourism

Tourism Impacts on the Culture and Social Environment of a place is by far mostly viewed on the more brighter side because of the foreign economy and the expenses that the tourists spend during their tour. Being the largest industry in the world, it is needless to mention the huge potential it has in developing a place in all aspects. Tourism can improve the quality and enhance the lifestyle of a local community through the active guest-host interaction.

Infrastructure improvements like utilization of public spaces, transportation, and recreational  facilities are enjoyed by international, domestic tourists and the local people as well. Another positive impact is the generation of employment. They are employed in hotels, car rental companies, travel agencies, professionals like craftsmen, local artists, restaurants and so on. Local community have the liberty to take active participation in the tourism framework and generate revenue for themselves. Artists and handicraftsmen once again are given an upliftment by selling their work in the form of paintings, souvenirs, handicrafts to the tourists. Local cultural shows can be staged and used to generate revenue by selling tickets to the tourists.

However, tourism do take a darker side and there are destinations who have face the wrath of poor tourism planning and failing to follow the sustainable concept. But how far does it really impact the people and the culture negatively?

A rapid tourism growth may lead to affecting the local amenities and other establishments. Quality may be compromised and quantity may suffer scarcity due to over-use. Local population may become resistant towards the tourists and may lead to crimes, hatred, vandalism, theft and other immoral activities. With their quality of life being compromised, they may behave negatively over the congestion and overcrowding.

In the third world countries or the developing nations, the local community tend to emulate the tourists behaviour, attire or even their speech. Lavishly spending tourists and their boundless freedom give the people a chance to imitate which we call as the 'SHADOW EFFECT OF TOURISM". Youths mostly happen to be the victims here and such lifestyles may disrupt or corrupt the host community. Cultural and reigious treasures like traditional dance and art become commodities. Cultural pollution and contamination are subject to arise here. Monuments and religious places loses their sanctity and are prone to damages because of excessive foot-fall. Rise in price of  commodity is one prime concern.

The impacts of tourism is overall a mix of both the positive and negative aspects. With the more favourable being the positive ones. To achieve it we need to bring in the sustainability concept. This can be achieved through sound Tourism Planning where all the joint effort of everyone comes to help; includes environmentalists, engineers, scientists, teachers, volunteers and the participation of host population as well.

For example: Controlling the inflow of tourists at a religious site, educating tourists about the local public and their culture beforehand, controlling fraud and misleading of tourists by strictly monitoring the activities of the hosts and above all maintaining the carrying capacity of a place are some few measures to be inducted during the planning process.

Monday, February 17

Why Tourism Planning is necessary in developing a tourist destination?

Tourism Planning is a core concept and one necessary pre-requisite before any Tourism Planning Team undergo any sort of tourism development at an area. It applies to all areas or Levels i.e., International Level, National Level, Regional Level, Destination Level or the Site Level. Tourism Planning is concerned with taking in consideration the benefits and negative implications it can bring about when tourism activity happens. These tourism impacts (negative & positive) can be broadly classified into: 1. ECONOMIC IMPACTS 2. SOCIO-CULTURAL IMPACTS 3. ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS As these impacts are bound to happen with the advent of the tourism activity, the Tourism Planners must put that extra effort to minimize the negative impacts and improve the positive ones. One great example is: The Nepal Government has recently slashed the mountaineering package price from $25,000 to $11,000 per individual to attract more mountaineers to climb the Mt. Everest from around the globe. The Mountain despite of suffering from serious environment threats and imbalances as described by environmentalists, poor tourism planning and decisions are taking the fate of the place to much worse or maybe till netherworld. This is one form of poor asset utilization of a country without looking into the Sustainability concept or for re-use by the future generations. Apart from it, the SHADOW EFFECT of the tourists to the local community has also left a number of probable undesirable changes in their behaviour and lifestyle.
Sunday, October 20

Fastest Bird in the World - The Peregrine Falcon

The Peregrine Falcon is the fastest bird in the world and is known for its amazing speed and agility. They are sometimes called as Duck Hawk and are known to perform steep dives at incredible speeds and catch prey mid-air.

Fastest Bird - 'The Peregrine Falcon'

Interesting Facts:

  • These birds can reach up to 322 kph (242 mph) : National Geographic Source
  • They have strong talons and hooked beaks with amazing aerodynamic body build.
  • They feed other birds. Their amazing speed chases other birds and tires them. Apart from only birds they also feed on reptiles, insects, rabbits, fishes and even rodents.

Bananas - Interesting facts you didn't know

Six Yellow Bananas

We all know bananas, maybe you like to eat them directly or mix them with milk for a shake. Banana slices can be also dehydrated and made into chips. Well there are also many other interesting facts about bananas. Some of them are:

  • Banana contains lots of calories and so gives lots of energy
  • Contains anti-oxidants, vitamins and minerals. Banana contains dietary soluble fiber that helps in digestion and constipation.
  • Potassium and magnesium in the bananas helps in keeping the blood pressure in check and keep strong bones.

10 Steps To Whiter Teeth

Woman Brushing Teeth
Woman Brushing Teeth

Whiter teeth always look better and attractive as well. White teeth give us confidence, and also is also a sign of good dental hygiene. If you have stained or yellow teeth and consider whitening here are a few tips that will help you.


1. Brush your teeth regularly and do floss. 
Brushing helps in removing stains from your teeth on a regular basis. Floss so as to prevent you from having bad breath and oral hygiene reasons.

2. You may use a little baking soda and mix it with water and salt to make a paste. Brush your teeth with it. Remember the quantity should be very little, or your gums may suffer irritation.

3. Hydrogen peroxide may be used like a mouth wash. It’s bleaching properties and antiseptic properties works well on the teeth. You may mix equal parts of it with water and use it like mouthwash. Do not swallow. Use of hydrogen peroxide is completely safe and dentists recommend it.

How To Save Yourselves From Lightning Strikes?

Lightning looks really beautiful but it is one deadly natural phenomenon that is said to claim more than 24,000 lives every year and about 240,000 injured every year around the globe. Such high voltage energy is enough to burn, injure or kill a person instantly. The chance of survival from lighting is relatively low if lightning strikes directly over a person. These deadly thunder strikes can be prevented if taken a few precautions; thereby saving the life of yourself or helping others around you. 

Lightning in Arlington (Source: Wikimedia Commons)

Follow these quick tips once you see a really bad weather or thunderstorms around.

1. Don't be out on the open. They can hit you from any angle. Run for shelter. Exposing yourself out on the rain can be deadly. Run towards a closed building, or anything that can prevent you from a strike. If you see a building that is lightning proof, go for it.

2. Do not stay in water. Try to stay out of water or nearby water. Wear rubber boots.


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