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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.
|Fastest Bird - 'The Peregrine Falcon'|
- 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.
|Six Yellow Bananas|
- 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.
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