If You Read One Article about Tourism and Its Economic Impact, Read This One

If You Read One Article About Tourism and its Economic Impact, Read this OneTravel and tourism are among the world’s largest industries. Tourism promotes cross-cultural understanding and goodwill. The travel and tourism industry generates lots of jobs worldwide.

Different nations across the world realise the potential of the travel and tourism industry. In particular for delivering economic benefits and job creation.

Nigeria too is waking up to realise the potentials of its travel and tourism industry. Especially with the recent unveiling of our new national airline!

Positive Economic Consequences of Tourism

One of the most significant impacts is the revenue generated from tourists. Tourists spend money on travel, accommodation, products and services in various tourist destinations.

The government needs to take an active role in promoting tourism in the country. This role will make tourists feel more safe and comfortable in the country.

This feeling of safety and comfort can lead to tourists extending their stay in Nigeria. Thereby increasing the amount of money these tourists spend in the country. This revenue from tourists will have a significant impact on our local economy.

Negative Economic Consequences of Tourism

Unfortunate events like terrorism, political upheaval, the weather and so on can wreak havoc on the nation. These type of adverse events have a negative impact on travel and tourism in Nigeria.

Positive Environmental Consequences of Tourism

If You Read One Article About Tourism and its Economic Impact, Read this One

There is a need to educate tourist on the conservation of the environment. This education will help to place a spotlight on tourists being mindful of their impact on the environment.
The government needs to educate tourists to ‘take only photos and leave only footprints.

Negative Environmental Consequences of Tourism

The influx of tourist if not well catered for can have a negative impact on the environment.
 
We need to encourage tourists to take only photos and leave only footprints. Tourists must be mindful of the litter they leave behind at various venues.
 
Those involved in the management of the various tourist attractions must keep the venues clean and tidy.

Positive Social Consequences of Tourism

Tourism creates civic pride. By encouraging tourists to experience our local foods, traditions and festivals. This type of experiences goes a long way towards fostering better cultural understanding.
 
Tour operators in Nigeria need to focus on providing more authentic and engaging experiences for tourists.

Parks across the country are suitable also for replenishing both body and soul.

Negative Social Consequences of Tourism

But if not well handled, travel and tourism may also help to water down our cultures and festivals.
 
This adverse consequence is especially so through the commercialisation, and cookie cutter policy approaches.

Wrapping Up

At Fontt Enterprises we are firm believers and supporters in the potential of the travel and tourism industry in Nigeria.

These are my thoughts on tourism and its economic and social impacts. There’s a lot of potential in the travel and tourism industry in Nigeria. It’s left for Nigerians to invest in this industry to take it to greater heights.

What do you think? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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