Tourism - a good or bad thing?
There are many reports about how local people are starting to protest at having too many tourists ruin their cities; countryside that is becoming spoiled by too many visitors and the curse that mass tourism can bring.
Of course as the biggest industry in the world, said to account for up to 10% of employment globally, it is a very lucrative industry.
This beautiful mountain in Peru that was recently 'discovered' is paying the price however. Peru’s Rainbow Mountain could be in danger following a surge in its popularity, with up to 1,000 tourists visiting the colourful ridge every day. This influx of people is eroding the nature there.
What do you think can be done to solve problems like these? Do you think there should limits to the number of people visiting such places? How could this be administered? To limit the number of people visiting Upper Mustang in Nepal, you have to pay 500 USD for a permit allowing you ten days in the area. Is this a fair way to restrict tourism?