Third world tourism
Many developing countries have started to look towards tourism as a solution to their economic woes and this is even more-so accentuated by the fact that the idea of third world tourism is starting to become a thing in the developed Western countries.
The problem stems from the fact that these places are indeed considered ‘third world’ and this has meant that for decades they have been seen as unfit holiday destinations , many Western of ‘first world’ travelers being either afraid of, or just disinterested in, visiting these countries.
Now in some cases this fear was caused by civil unrest and maybe even civil wars in certain regions, but usually it was due to not enough correct information coming from that place.
Thankfully in recent years – the Internet helping to a large degree here – holidaymakers have started to look more into these third world tourism destinations and actually went there to discover beautiful, exotic and adventure packed locales.
Third world tourism can be a great boon when it is managed correctly. Upsurges in tourist traffic can result in an upward trend of development for some countries, the tourism offering that much needed economic boost. This boost in turn leads to more jobs being created, standards increasing and thus attracting more tourists.
One other benefit of third world tourism is also that many such countries or regions realize how their unique natural ecosystems and historical sites can in turn boost their tourism numbers even further, and such they actively start conserving and protecting them.
On the other hand, tourism can actually depress existing industries, such as farming – in third world countries subsistence farming is wide-spread, and the great majority of farmers are nothing more than peasants with a piece of land that helps them stay alive. The sudden and uncontrolled development of tourism can lead to economies that were once diversified and independent to become specialized and dependant. Not to mention the fact that it can become a huge load on a country’s natural resources, enhanced development meaning that they can go through more resources, faster, than they would’ve otherwise.