Tourism is usually regarded as positive by tourist destinations, in terms of recognition and economic development. However, sometimes tourism can be detrimental to a place, whether from vandalism or the ravages caused by too many people being concentrated in an area that had previously been free of a human presence. Take this quiz to learn more about how tourism can kill a destination.
What causes damage or disrupts many recognized tourist destinations?
Exorbitant entrance fees are detrimental.
Cumulative effects of too many visitors.
Misbehaved visitors damage tourist destinations.
What is the estimated number of pleasure trips in the United States in a given year?
How much does tourism contribute to the economy?
Why was tourism described by scholars as a "devil's bargain"?
The more tourists there are, the less the locals can enjoy the sights themselves.
There is a price to be paid for the economic benefits.
The popularity of a particular sight cheapens its intrinsic value.
What is the attraction of the world's natural wonders?
scenery and wild, unspoiled magnificence
feeling of camaraderie with the thousands who have already visited
checking off another "must see" from the list of places to visit
What is probably the most controlled natural attraction?
Yellowstone National Park
How many snowmobiles a day are allowed into Yellowstone in the winter?
What is the single greatest enemy of a natural tourism attraction?
ravages of time
Who created Yellowstone National Park?
President Warren G Harding
President William McKinley
President Ulysses S. Grant
What happened to Yellowstone soon after it opened?
Companies illegally exploited the natural resources.
It rapidly became a popular meeting place for environmental preservation believers.
It was the first national park to be managed by the National Park Service.
What was done to remedy the situation?
establishment of the National Park Service
entry to park was tightly controlled
How has the popularity of Mount Everest affected the environment?
The thousands of climbers cause the snow to melt faster shortening the climbing season.
Cooking fires of the many climbers cause serious air pollution.
The visitors leave tons of garbage behind.
What is being done about this problem?
A special expedition set out to remove garbage.
Sherpa guides were given added responsibilities to monitor garbage disposal.
Many new garbage collection areas were set up and increased fines were instigated for improper waste disposal.
What is happening to the Great Wall of China?
The authorities began widespread restoration because of the increase in tourism.
The deterioration has increased with the influx of foreign tourists.
The vast numbers of tourists deter vandals who prefer less-visited areas to do their damage.
How was Angkor Wat, a Hindu temple in Cambodia, saved from certain deterioration?
limited access to small supervised groups of visitors