The Ultimate Tourism-Killing Destinations Quiz
by Staff
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?

  • 760 million
  • 1 billion
  • 1.4 billion

How much does tourism contribute to the economy?

  • $767 billion
  • $656 billion
  • $338 billion

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?

  • Carlsbad Caverns
  • Yellowstone National Park
  • Lechuguilla Cave

How many snowmobiles a day are allowed into Yellowstone in the winter?

  • 318
  • 225
  • 108

What is the single greatest enemy of a natural tourism attraction?

  • ravages of time
  • man
  • commercialization

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
  • military occupation
  • 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
  • massive national educational campaign
  • around-the-clock security patrols