Environmental problems caused by tourism

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Environmental problems caused by tourism
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Tourism has an impact economically and environmentally. Just how much that impact is remains a point of debate. Tourism does have an impact, but whether it is causing the problems by itself is the question.

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The most obvious impact is on the environment through increased pollution, such as from littering. Scenic land is sacrificed for roads, car parks and hotels. More vehicles also cause pollution. Interaction with the environment has an impact, often negative, on plants and animals.


Tourism can benefit a community through providing business opportunities and jobs. Some say that the financial beneficiaries are the investors and developers instead of local people. However, the money brought in could help pay for some environmental improvements.

Natural Resources

Tourism creates pressure on natural resources, especially upon water. In some less developed areas, golf courses use up more water from watering than thousands of villagers would. Deforestation is also a major concern when it depletes the natural habitat in an area.

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