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Critically assess the potential and/or real socio-cultural, economic and environmental impact of mass tourism on an overseas des
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The Potential and/or Real Socio-Cultural, Economic and Environmental Impact of Mass Tourism on an Overseas Destination; Tokyo By [Name of Student] [Name of Institution] 2516 Words [Date] Introduction Tourism seasons are often characterised by crowded airports overflowing with travelers carrying heavy luggage and overfilled beaches implying that for many countries, tourism is described and considered the fastest growing as well as the largest sector of the economy (Singh, 2008).
Consequently, there have emerged two opposing sides to the debate on whether mass tourism is good or bad. In particular, mass tourism is shrouded in quite a lot of controversies and debates with one side opposing and the other supporting mass tourism (Wilkerson, 2003). Pope John Paul II once said that tourism is just a means of exploitation and added that mass tourism villages are merely exploitation places where visitors do not get into direct and meaning touch with the culture of the local populations (Lu & Lu, 2004). Those of the same school of thought as Pope John Paul concur that mass tourism has numerous and far-reaching negative implications for local cultures and environments with local communities rarely benefitting from mass tourism (Martin, 1995). Thus, the question many ask is whether mass tourism creates and increases exploitation or prosperity in the destination areas. By extension, questions are also raised about the possibility of responsible mass tourism and its effects on the culture, economy and environment of the destination areas (Nakagawa & Rosovsky, 1993). ...
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