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TOURISM

March 20, 2016 | Author: | Posted in tourism

_TOURISM : An Industry in Crisis

That the tourism industry in the world is in crisis today is a glaring fact that should be accepted hook , line and sinker . There are many factors why the decline of tourism statistics had to happen . When the Twin Towers of the World Trade Centre were reduced to dust by alleged terrorists , the global travel industry was hard hit . Ironically September 11 helped create awareness in government circles about problems facing the industry ‘ said Jean-Claude Baumgarten , president of the World Travel and Tourism Council . Unfortunately , that is [banner_entry_middle]

fading away because there are other concerns (World Tourism Industry , 2002

In Jinja , Uganda , 151 tourists aboard a boutique cruise ship awoke100 miles off the coast of Somalia , as a band of pirates careened toward the ship in inflatable boats , firing machine guns and a grenade launcher . A couple even found a grenade in their stateroom ‘s wall before the ship escaped

In the Philippines , foreigners and Filipinos alike – at least many of them – are already scared to set foot on scenic Mindanao where the infamous Abu Sayaff bandits are known to conduct random kidnap-for-ransom activities

On the other hand , in 2001 , The Independent reported that earnings from British tourism in the areas worst hit by foot-and-mouth disease have collapsed by up to 80 percent , prompting a desperate government attempt to save the industry from disaster (Foot and Mouth Disease , 2001

Indeed , security [from both man-made and natural disasters] is far becoming the number one problem facing the tourism industry in the world today . With the blitz of terrorist groups all over the globe – from Asia and America to Europe and the Middle East – many prospective tourists opted to stay home . In a study on the African Tourism Industry , it was found out that The major constraint to overseas tourism growth is the actual and perceived levels of ongoing violence and crime (Development and Promotion of Tourism in South Africa 1996 ) Occasions of crime involving tourists , which are published and broadcasted worldwide , drastically hamper tourism growth . Then again , so do natural disasters like typhoons , tsunamis and earthquakes

Today many countries depend on tourism as a major mechanism to contribute to their economic development . This is because tourism , per se , creates opportunities for small entrepreneurs . It likewise promotes awareness among diverse cultures . Along the way , it breeds a unique informal sector that helps save the environment . Economically , tourism creates linkages with agriculture and other industries , such as light manufacturing . The services sector also benefits from this , which paves the way to provide employment opportunities to people who would otherwise be jobless

In other words , tourism plays a strategic role in advancing the other sectors of the economy . The agriculture sector , for example , benefits from it through amplified requirement for new agricultural products and services , like organic agriculture and farm tourism . The manufacturing sector , on the other hand , may provide for the supply of furniture construction , and linens , among other things , that are necessary to promote travel and tourism . Unfortunately… [banner_entry_footer]

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