Tourism affected India over the years, economically, ecologically, and social. These three categories are the bases of tourism, and are intertwined like the roots of grass: you cannot assume one stands alone with no involvement from the other. Tourism has benefited India economically, negatively impacted it ecologically and faces the problems of cultural insensitivity. These categories play a role in a traveler vs. a tourist, and ties bad to how India is affected by visitors. The difference between a traveler and a tourist has a lot to do with the social and cultural side and, in turn, the economical and ecological side
India’s tourism has positively impacted the nation’s GDP by a 6.6% in 2012. Tourism is also responsible for 39,420,500 jobs in 2012 – 7.7% of the employment of India. According to the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) of the United Nations, the impression on the GDP is going to increase, while the effect on employment is going to decrease. WTTC reported the forecast to be due to the intensification in “international demand as appetite for travel beyond national borders, from leisure and business visitors, remains strong,” in their report of Travel & Tourism Economic Impact 2013 India.
The ecosystem in India is unique and diverse. Therefore, people desire to see everything from the Goan beaches to the Himalayas. There are positives and negatives regarding tourism in India. Consequences include depletion of natural resources, pollution, and the destruction and alterations to ecosystems. Devastating water and local resources as well as land quality, air and noise pollution, solid waist, littering, sewage, and the destruction and alterations to ecosystems are the main atrocity tourism has on the environment of India. On the other hand, positive impacts include financial contribution, improving environmental contribution and planning, raising environment awareness, and the protection and conservation of the environment. Evident in the evidence previously stated, tourism is both positively and negatively affecting India.
Social, or cultural, aspects of tourism are the least studied of the three branches. A basic lack of cultural awareness of places being visited could lead to violations of cultural aspects. There is going to be an impact on the local community when there is a tourist.
The difference between a traveler and a tourist has a lot to do with the social and cultural side and, in turn, the economical and ecological side. Traveler Vs. tourist is a question with no right or wrong answer, rather a question of opinion. The opinion not only involves the first person, rather the opinion of the second, third, fourth and continuously. Traveler is one with a basic to in-depth understanding of the region being traveled. With a traveler there is an understanding of the effect on the economy, ecology and culture. Tourists revolve around a centerpiece, being themselves.
“Annual Reports of Ministry of Tourism | National Portal of India.” Annual Reports of Ministry of Tourism | National Portal of India. N.p., n.d. Web. 25 Nov. 2013. <http://india.gov.in/annual-reports-ministry-tourism-0>.