Impacts of Tourism

Disadvantages

Social

Tourists can frustrate locals and impede their daily lives

Traditional foods and way of life removed in order to cater for tourists

Economic

Many tourism jobe are seasonal, low skilled, part time and low paid

Profits may leak abroad from the country; the companies involved may be foriegn owned

Environmental

Tourists may disturb wildlife i.e. feeding and breeding cycles

Tourism areas may become run down and tacky looking, destroyng the natural beauty the area once had.

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Advantages

Social

Increases service provision for local people e.g swimming pools, cinemas thus making the area more enjoyable for locals as well as tourists.

Cultural exchanges between people leads to greater understanding

Economic 

11% of all global earnings are from tourism, around 258 billion pounds

Generates employment in the service sector- over 200 million people are employed in the tourist industy. This means people have more money to spend which benifits other buisnesses .

Environmental

Tourism income may help to conserve natural landscapes, wildlife and cultural heritage.

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