Palawan Daily News - - Travel & Tourism -

Tourism is one of the largest and fastest grow­ing in­dus­tries in the coun­try. Grad­u­ally, it has be­come more im­por­tant source of in­come and em­ploy­ment in many prov­inces es­pe­cially those with tourist at­tractions. Its rapid ex­pan­sion has also been af­fect­ing the so­cio-eco­nomic growth as well as the en­vi­ron­ment and so­cio-cul­tural im­pact in many tourist des­ti­na­tions.

In the next decade, tourism could be one of Philip­pine’s ma­jor em­ploy­ers and cap­i­tal ini­tia­tors, with the num­ber of Filipinos work­ing in the sec­tor. It is grow­ing at such a re­mark­able rate that in a few years it has the po­ten­tial to ad­vance busi­nesses to be­come one of our big­gest em­ploy­ers.

Fur­ther, tourism can be con­sid­ered as one of the most re­mark­able so­cio-eco­nomic phe­nom­ena of the twen­ti­eth cen­tury. From an ac­tiv­ity “en­joyed by only a small group of rel­a­tively well-off peo­ple” dur­ing the first half of the last cen­tury and grad­u­ally be­came a mass phe­nom­e­non af­ter the World War II pe­riod, mainly from the 1970s on­wards. It now reaches an in­creas­ingly larger num­ber of peo­ple through­out the world and can be con­sid­ered a vi­tal as­pect of global in­te­gra­tion.

On the other hand, tourism can be­come a vic­tim of its own suc­cess. If not care­fully planned, many prob­lems can emerge from tourism. These prob­lems, both so­cio-eco­nomic and en­vi­ron­men­tal can cause ten­sions be­tween lo­cal peo­ple and tourists and this pres­sure can re­sult in re­duced tourism and threaten the sus­tain­abil­ity of the tourism. In many cases, tourism and the re­sult­ing ur­ban­iza­tion, mi­gra­tion and de­vel­op­ment that comes with it threat­ens the en­vi­ron­ment and peo­ple that the tourists want to visit.

Un­less tourism will be taken more se­ri­ously as the most sus­tain­able way to di­ver­sify be­yond the re­sources econ­omy, the tourism sec­tor will risk miss­ing out on re­al­iz­ing its full po­ten­tial. Thus, it is highly rec­om­mended that tourist des­ti­na­tions should adopt poli­cies that reg­u­late tourism to make it sus­tain­able and eco­nom­i­cally vi­able.

With this, tourism must be every­body’s busi­ness!

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