Q:

What are the negative social impacts of tourism?

A:

Quick Answer

While tourism can bring money into an area, it can also bring overcrowding, criminal activity and limited community support for residential rights. A city that becomes a "tourist trap" often loses the feel of its local community. Tourists may engage in more risky behaviors, including excessive consumption of drugs and alcohol, which contributes to crimes. Hotels and attractions take over residential districts and parks.

Know More
What are the negative social impacts of tourism?
Credit: Betsie Van Der Meer Taxi Getty Images

Full Answer

Highly traveled tourist areas sometimes attract more people than what the local infrastructure can support. Local residents then have to deal with crowded roadways and businesses. It may take much longer to run errands or commute to and from work.

Community growth and development is often driven by cultural evolution. When a community is constantly inundated with tourists, it is more difficult for locals to form bonds that follow cultural norms. At the extreme, residents may feel like prisoners in their own homes or neighborhoods because they don't want to deal with the heavy congestion. Community leaders who emphasize tourist opportunities may neglect buildings and services that support residents.

Drug use, drinking and driving, and prostitution are a few crimes that are common in touristy areas. These crimes affect the development and presence of families within a community as well as local tax revenue.

Learn more about Social Sciences

Related Questions

  • Q:

    What is a negative sanction?

    A:

    A negative sanction is a punishment for an action a person performs when another person's actions aren't aligned with cultural or societal beliefs. An example of a negative sanction is to stop talking to a person because he is offensive.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    What are the negative effects of nationalism?

    A:

    Nationalism is sometimes used to get a population to support wars or other dangerous actions. It can also cause citizens to disengage from rational thought. Many wars and atrocities were committed by people acting on behalf of a nationalist leader.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    What are the negative influences of media?

    A:

    According to the National Institutes of Health, what the media show is not generally bad; however, its depiction of violence, offensive language, and sexuality can have a negative influence, especially on children and teenagers. Media often tends to offer unhealthy and sometimes even downright fictional portrayals of real life.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    What are the negative effects of prejudice?

    A:

    Prejudice could result in a part of the population being virtually disenfranchised, or poorly represented in certain industries. For example, gender bias may be to blame for the lack of women in the technology industry when compared with men; in 2014, Yahoo reported that its workforce consisted of only 37 percent women, and Google reported it had 30 percent women. Such bias is attributable to ingrained beliefs about women's abilities in computer science, according to Andrea Rees Davies, associate director of the Clayman Institute for Gender Research at Stanford University.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:

Explore