Tourism, in which whichever form and way you look at it, uses and destroys the environment and it keeps growing because it is just another lucrative industry! About 65 per cent of the total tourism expenditure belongs to the top 10 tourism outgoing countries that only have 15 per cent of the world population.
Maybe it is about time we ask if travellers should hold tourism permits equal to the value of their travel consumption units so that non-travellers would be compensated for not travelling, and the third world nations would gain financial sources due to their lower travel propensity on the account of western countries with a higher propensity to travel ?
Kind of tourist certificate trading programme where the more frequent traveller would have to buy permits from other travellers who travel less! Polluters pay! (Read: the carbon credit thing!).
Let us not forget that we are into the fourth stage of mass tourism will happen throughout many Asian countries in the 2010s with the irresistible trend of globalization. The 21st century will be “the century of tourism.”
The 21st century will be “the century of tourism.”
I like the sound of that, century of tourism.
But I cant reacted to what you posted, I am not so aware of this issue and I am on my lazy backpacker mode.
Quoting Swept Away
... I am very careful that my presence or my behaviour does not rob the place of its natural beauty or ruin its culture.
Relax. No-one is that important.
In general I'm all in favour of protecting culture and stuff, but some people take it too far. For example when I went on a hillribe trek from Chiang mai we were told to have as little influence on the people as possible in order to preserve their way of life. But the way I saw it was that their way of life involved having virtually no medical facilities, very little education and having a really low life expectancy.
Preserving ancient cultures is a noble cause but the downside of it is that the people following the ancient way of life quite often have a very poor standard of living. In my opinion the Maori attitude to culture should be the benchmark to follow. Maoris have embraced the benefits of modern life but held onto aspects of their old culture, such as the haka. It's all about getting the balance right.
Basically, what I'm trying to say is that western society is allowed to progress, so we should also allow less developed societies that privilege, i.e. it should be acceptabele to hold onto your traditions but at the same time improve your standard of living.