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Is tourism beneficial to developing countries? Show more Show less

Everywhere is a tourist destination nowadays. With flights available every hour, the possibilities are endless. However, this combined with the internet's ability to help people plan trips anywhere means that many developing countries that previously had no tourism now are flooded with them. When tourists land in a country in the midst of developing, is it beneficial to that place? Or is it detrimental?

No, tourism is detrimental to developing countries Show more Show less

Tourism can severely negatively affect the people and nature of a country.
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The income doesn't always go to the locals

Major companies take away the income that would be going to the local people.
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Context

The Argument

Big name companies, often Western-based, often take advantage of the economic capital made off of tourists. When a location becomes a popular tourist destination, big-name companies often jump on the opportunity to turn a profit. These foreign companies provide hotels, tours, and airlines. The money often goes back to their country, rather than helping the locals who live in the area.[1] On top of this, tourists are more likely to book with companies they know, making money frequently pour into foreign-based companies instead of the local ones. This damages the economy as the country pours out precious money to accommodate tourists. This prevents advancement in development.

Counter arguments

We don't know exactly where the money goes. Companies may contribute to the locals, and tourists may contribute to local businesses more often than we think. The distribution is different for every country, especially in a day and age where people have access to rating systems such as Yelp.

Framing

Premises

[P1] Big name companies take money from tourists. [P2] This money does not go to the locals.

Rejecting the premises

[Rejecting P2] The presence of large businesses will not necessarily mean money will not go to locals.

Proponents

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References

  1. https://matadornetwork.com/change/lets-stop-pretending-travels-developing-countries-automatically-help-poor/

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