Do tourists only care about themselves?
Replies: 13 - Last Post: Apr 4, 2012 11:16 PM Last Post By: tools4fools
Feb 16, 2012 5:38 AM
Do tourists only care about themselves?Over the recent years there has been a substantial increase in the popularity of all inclusive holidays coinciding with the recession. This has resulted in more all inclusive resorts being built at the dismay of locals who live in these destinations. Local restaurants and businesses are suffering as holiday makers no longer need to leave the boundaries of their all inclusive complexes as this means spending more money. Are tourists aware of the damage these resorts cause these local economies or do they only care about themselves?
Feb 16, 2012 6:34 AM
1I don't think you can generalize. Some tourists do care, those are the one who choose to book with ethical operators, who prefer small, local hotels, etc. Unfortunately there is a large mass of tourists who don't care - I think they choose not to care because it's their holiday. They don't want to feel guilty on their holidays, they want to get the maximum out of their hard earned money and deliberately close their eyes to what they are doing to environment, communities, wildlife, etc. I don't think those tourists are always as careless, many of them might be volunteering at local charities at home and care for their communities, but just want to shed all responsibility when they're going on holidays.
Feb 16, 2012 7:22 AM
2I suppose the question should be, do tour operators only care about themselves? It is them who create these all inclusive resorts and provide the customers with everything they need which has been prepaid prior to going on holiday. Leaving these resorts would only incur further costs for the consumer, so why would they want to leave. I just feel sorry for the local businesses who are losing out.
Feb 17, 2012 1:32 AM
3I don't think the locals/local businesses are losing out at all. After all, they are the ones who are hired to buld these resorts and they're the ones who will supply food and services.
The people who choose to stay at such places wouldn't go there unless they wanted to stay at an all-inclusive resort, so these places are getting more, not fewer, tourists.
Tourists/travellers who want to experience the reality of a place won't stay there - but might even be encouraged to visit, having first read about a place they'd avoid like the plague.
Feb 17, 2012 1:57 AM
4You may not think it is happening but the sad reality is that it is. Take the Caribbean for example. These islands economies are over dependant on tourism, they receive an abundance of visitors per year. The people who own theses resorts are big holiday chains from the US and UK who use there own worker to build these complexes. Then out of every $100 spent in these islands by a tourist only $5 remains within the destinations economy. Food is being imported because people want to see branded food that they recognise and local farmers cant supply demand.
Feb 17, 2012 2:45 AM
5Well, you've just said it, haven't you?
Food is being imported because people want to see branded food that they recognise and local farmers cant supply demand.
Such people wouldn't even go there unless that's what they could get. So even the extra $5 is money going into the economy that wouldn't otherwise be there.
Feb 17, 2012 2:48 AM
6And what about the mountains of rubbish they leave behind? What about all the ressources they use up? What about the land that is taken from locals to build giant resorts and sports facilities (that none of the locals will ever be allowed or able to use)? What about all those problems fragile enviroments are left with after the tourists have left? I doubt the $5 will make up for that....
Edited by: HimalayanUlrike
Feb 17, 2012 3:18 AM
7There are all-inclusive resorts in countries other the Caribbean islands. Just off the top of my head, Mexico and Turkey come to mind, I know that in both these countries some people use the resort as a starting point and then venture out to other part of those countries.
Ulrika, you say "What about the land that is taken from locals" to build these resorts. Can you give a link to some examples?
Feb 17, 2012 3:24 AM
8Sure, there are lots of examples, just google. Here's just the first one I found: http://toursustainably.wordpress.com/2011/01/18/displacement-of-local-citizens-in-the-dominican-republic/
Tourism Concern also explains more about this issue (where here all of tourism is included, not just resorts): http://www.tourismconcern.org.uk/for-tourists/the-issues/displacement.html
Feb 17, 2012 3:44 AM
9Thanks for that, Ulrike.
The first link is, IMO, better documented. It's not enough, as in the second link, to make bald statements without at least back-up links. And there are pluses and minuses in every situation.
For example, a couple of large purpose-built resorts in Tunisia have been instrumental in opening up the whole country to tourism which, like it or not, brings in much-needed foreign currency.
The world is moving on, and we can't keep countries from developing, just because we like their 'quaint' dress and customs.
Feb 17, 2012 3:54 AM
10I agree with you go_2 that people may use these all-inclusive resorts as a starting point however are these people likely to spend more money to go out for dinner etc when they have already paid for everything before hand. Take Spain for example its biggest industry is tourism and with all-inclusive resorts on the rise surely this is good? However Spain has one of the biggest unemployment figures in Europe. Is this because people are not using local amenities and attractions as much resulting in this unemployment or is it merely due to the economic state of the euro zone.
BBC report on all inclusive resorts
Feb 25, 2012 1:07 PM
11Try another perspective. Perhaps the people who stay at all-inclusives wouldn't have traveled to place X before. (Or they wouldn't have traveled at all before.) Having never thought much about X in the past, of course they're not contemplating the effect of a resort on small businesses in X. Meanwhile the independent travelers take 1 look at the all-inclusives and decide to go elsewhere. "Too built up!" they whine. "Too many people on package holidays!" they sneer. Etc.
Mar 31, 2012 2:58 AM
12I think that tourism can be a power for good but only if we adapt to the local climate. My pet peeve is tourists gawping along in countries with limited infrastructures carrying plastic bags full plastic crap moaning about the rubbish everywhere? lactic don't biodegrade. Once it is there it is there forever. This is why we backpack plastic free. We sterilise our own water, carry our own cutlery make our own suntan lotion and refuse plastic bags. Don't want to sound too perfect but do want to encourage. Check out our website for the plastic free backpack, check out our fbpage Planet trash for dirty pictures worldwide. feel free to jump into the pool of filth with your own nasty shots. Stay safe out there xx
Apr 4, 2012 11:16 PM
13The tourists, resort/tour operators and the locals are all the same - they are after the max profit for themselves.
It's entirely normal that the resort/tour operators tries to max its profit.
The tourists likes to get max out his money, hence goes for the 'all inclusive' resort.
It's entirely normal that the local business operators tries to max their profit.
They ALL think only about themselves, including the local business operators.
The resort attracts and promotes his place with an all inclusive offer.
If the local businesses want to compete they better promote their place to attract customers for themselves.
It's called competition. And after all it was one of theirs who sold the land to the big time resorts. And he was...right...like all of them...just after his max profit, for himself.
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