We will be looking at trends, benefits and drawbacks in tourism today.

In your groups, answer the following questions;

  • Why do people travel? List at least 5 reasons.
  • What advantages does travel offer for tourists?
  • What advantages does tourism have for the host country or region?
  • What disadvantages does tourism have for the host country or region?

Exercise 1:

Download the UNWTO Tourism Highlights 2015 and answer the following questions:

  1. What were the top three countries in terms in international arrivals in 2014
  2. What were the top three countries in terms of international receipts in 2014?
  3. Explain the difference in patterns depicted by your answers of question 1 and 2.
  4. Describe the recent trends of tourism in Africa.
  5. Describe the changes in international tourist arrivals between 1950 and 2010. (p.14)
  6. In your opinion, why has tourism increased since the 1950s?

Hyperlink your answers here

Let’s discuss our answers as a group and try to understand the patterns we have found. 

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Exercise 2 : Presentations

In groups of 3 you will research one specific tourist destination that you have all visited and explain the impacts of tourism on the area.

  1. Include specific examples, statistics, pictures etc. of:
  2. A description of the main physical and human attractions at the location
  3. The benefits of tourism on the location
  4. The negative impacts of tourism on the location
  5. One management strategies put in place by local people or government to limit the negative impacts of tourism

Possible topics:

  1. A National Park
  2. A coastal resort
  3. A ski resort
  4. A famous tourist destination in an LEDC (specific attraction, village, town etc)
  5. A famous tourist destination in an MEDC

You will present next class

Hyperlink your presentations here