Does Tourism bring more benefits than drawbacks to developing countries?

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Does Tourism bring more benefits than drawbacks to developing countries?

The argument here is whether the tourism in developing countries brings more of benefits than drawbacks or not. Tourism, today, is most attractive way of business for development of any country as people prefer to travel and explore the world to enjoy their holidays and to be closer to their families. Even though, it is beneficial from many view points, it has few drawbacks, too. Both the benefits and drawbacks are discussed below in details.  

Developing countries are major attractions of tourists for visiting different places. The developing countries include Asian countries, African countries, and many countries of Europe and North America. Tourism has been the basis of economic growth and stability for many developing countries in the world. Tourism generates maximum of revenue for developing countries. Many places of Africa, such as pyramids of Egypt, the great rift valley of Eastern and Southern Africa, Great Zimbabwe, Table Mountain in South Africa, Mount Kenya in Kenya, and Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania are few of the attractions. These and other attractions contributed the arrival of total 124 million international visitors in the five years of 1990, 1995, 2000, 2002, and 2003. And they brought in approximately business of USD 52,891 million dollars in those five years. However, in developing countries other than Africa, the main attractions of visitors are mountains, wildlife, wetlands, and coastal areas. (Peter Saundry, , 25/08/2008)

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The tourism has also brought in foreign direct investment in the developing countries which has helped in developing these countries. The foreign direct investment has come in the way of large-scale projects such as luxury hotels and resorts, restaurants, development of local market for shopping to tourists, and so on. This has also helped in growth and development of social culture of that region and social life of people in that region. (Lucy Ferguson, Central America Women’s Network, 03/2010)

Tourism in developing countries has also helped in improving the relations with other countries. People from different countries visit different places ...

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