"The promotion of tourism is a bane, not a boon". Discuss.

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"The promotion of tourism is a bane, not a boon." Discuss.

Tourism is an industry which belongs to the service sector. It provides services which enables people to visit, explore and learn about another country. People are brought to see natural or man-made attractions, sample local cuisine and experience life in a foreign country. Tourism is also a fast growing industry as people are generally more affluent and are able and willing to pay for overseas holidays. People are also more interested in other cultures as different countries are getting closer as globalization is taking place. All these factors lead to a quick growth in tourism. Many developing countries are also developing and expanding the tourism industry as this industry is seems as one of the fastest ways in which the government can earn revenue.

Tourism is linked to and links many other different industries in the service sector. Tourism is one of the driving forces behind the food and beverage industry, as well as the hotel industry.

Tourism is partially built and these industries and is very dependent on them. Like wise, the other two industries are also dependent on tourism. Hence, when one of these industries is doing well, the other industries will benefit and flourish as well. For example, when tourism in a country is attracting more tourists monthly as compared to the previous years, the demand for restaurants (food and beverage industry) and hotels (hotel industry) will increase. However, due to these links, a decline in one of the industries will also affect the other industries adversely. For example, a decline in tourism will decrease the demand for restaurants and accommodation. Hence, the other two industries will decline as well. Links between tourism and other industries can have both positive and negative effects on the country.