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Tourism- a global activity in the Third World
urism is a global activity, which had become the fastest growing industry throughout the world. The greatest amount of travel still takes place in the northern hemisphere European countries but increasingly travelers are being offered destinations in the less developed countries which have been categorized as “Third World”
Justification by the industry for such strong promotion of tourism to the underdeveloped countries is that it will bring the much needed foreign currency, create jobs and help create a better life for the host communities. In promoting these underdeveloped countries to prospective tourists, the emphasis of tourism industry is to promise the exotic and romantic aspects of the third world destination – the opportunity to discover a land of paradise. 
The influx of tourists, whether trekkers seeking glimpse of Mt Everest or sunbathers tanning their bodies on beaches of Thailand, has an effect on the countries visited and on the lively hood of the local people. Tourism does make money, the industry would not exist if it did not and creates opportunities. Unfortunately, because it is a part of competitive monetary system, which demands profits, tourism operates on the basis of marketing travel and people as other industries market products.
Labour drawn to the industry depresses existing industries such as farming. With sudden development of tourism and the monetary boom, formal trades and skills are lost. Economies once diversified and independent become specialized and dependent. In a country like Nepal, 400,000 hectares of forests are cleared each year resulting in devastating landslides and floods. The booming number of trekkers and mountaineers and the increased construction of hotels and lodges are speeding up the destruction of local forest.
Tourism as it operates today causes more concern than hope. Many still believe it is an activity that builds understanding and peace among different people of the world. For tourism to become a tool to build peace and harmony, change is needed in the current emphasis given by the industry.
 Ideally, tourism industry should provide service for people which keeps in mind the best interests of both traveler and host. It should place greater priority on ensuring that travelers are given adequate information which will enable them to be good visitors in the land they find themselves as guests. It should also ensure that no harm is caused economically, socially, culturally and environmentally in the destination countries. 

 

Tourism is a global activity, which has become the fastest growing industry throughout the world. The greatest amount of travel still takes place in the northern hemisphere European countries but increasingly travelers are being offered destinations in the less developed countries which have been categorized as “Third World”

Justification by the industry for such strong promotion of tourism to the underdeveloped countries is that it will bring the much needed foreign currency, create jobs and help create a better life for the host communities. In promoting these underdeveloped countries to prospective tourists, the emphasis of tourism industry is to promise the exotic and romantic aspects of the third world destination – the opportunity to discover a land of paradise

The influx of tourists, whether trekkers seeking glimpse of Mt Everest or sunbathers tanning their bodies on beaches of Thailand, has an effect on the countries visited and on the lively hood of the local people. Tourism does make money, the industry would not exist if it did not and creates opportunities. Unfortunately, because it is a part of competitive monetary system, which demands profits, tourism operates on the basis of marketing travel and people as other industries market products.

Labour drawn to the industry depresses existing industries such as farming. With sudden development of tourism and the monetary boom, formal trades and skills are lost. Economies once diversified and independent become specialized and dependent. In a country like Nepal, 400,000 hectares of forests are cleared each year resulting in devastating landslides and floods. The booming number of trekkers and mountaineers and the increased construction of hotels and lodges are speeding up the destruction of local forest.

Tourism as it operates today causes more concern than hope. Many still believe it is an activity that builds understanding and peace among different people of the world. For tourism to become a tool to build peace and harmony, change is needed in the current emphasis given by the industry.

Ideally, tourism industry should provide service for people which keeps in mind the best interests of both traveler and host. It should place greater priority on ensuring that travelers are given adequate information which will enable them to be good visitors in the land they find themselves as guests. It should also ensure that no harm is caused economically, socially, culturally and environmentally in the destination countries.