Tourism In Poor Countries

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There has been a significant number of tourists traveling around the globe in 2015, and it has been forecasted that this number will increase even more greatly in the next few years (United Nations World Tourism Organization, 2015). Tourism, which is known as the smokeless industry, has grown rapidly worldwide and has provided significant advantages and real potentials. Many countries, especially the developing countries tend to use it as a main instrument for their developments. More importantly, tourism has been considered as one of the important factors contributing to the development in poor countries for three reasons. Firstly, tourism provides plenty of employment opportunities for people living in a poor country. Khathi (as cited in…show more content…
Tourists may have spent their money in many ways when they visit other countries. If it is a kind of a long tourism, sometimes visitors spend their money not only for their visiting but also for their souvenirs or other basic requirements such as food, transportations, accommodations, clothes and also medical supplies. In addition, sustainable tourism also can contribute government revenues because tourists visit the countries for a long time that lead them to pay a lot for their own basic needs. Moreover, some tourists visit other countries for doing their business or making an investment in some companies. For such a business that related to import and export products, they have to pay taxes to the government. As a result, the government can get more benefits from their tax expenditures. By this way, it can generate more income or revenue to the country. Plus, as we all know that foreigners when they visit other countries, they have to change their currency to other currency. Thus, it will provide more profits to the local community when there is a change of exchange rate. Thus, the government also earns more income and it can lead the poor countries to have higher GDP than before. Roe and Urquhart (2001) showed that in 1998 GDP in South Africa reached 8.2% that is contributed by the tourism economy and visitors bring foreign exchange revenue to the economy directly at that…show more content…
On the contrary, when a proper management are planned for tourism, it can offers benefits to environment instead of destroying it. Rabbany, Afrin, Rahman, Islam, and Hoque (2013) stated that “tourism has the potential to increase public appreciation of the environment and to spread awareness of environmental problems when it brings people into closer contact with nature and the environment”. Moreover, natural environment such as mountains, beaches and forests are possibly valuable tourist destinations, which encourages conservation of these areas by local people and governments (Rabbany et al., 2013). All in all, there are many crucial advantages tourism provides to society not only in developed countries but also in developing countries. Tourism is a major force in developing in low-GDP countries by providing many advantages such as job opportunities, modernizing infrastructure, and economic growth. Since tourism is necessary for society, government should pay more attention on building up sense of protecting, preserving, advertising both natural and cultural

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