Why is tourism so economically important?• Rich and poor countries alike benefit from tourism because it boosts employment, as well as bringing in foreign exchange.• Tourism brings many spin-offs, which include: - increases in the number and variety of service sector jobs - improvement in infrastructure and public services - increase in local and government tax revenues
Activity 1 – 10 minutes.1.Cut round and stick in your book the ‘tourism tree’ handout.2. Describe how the tourism tree shows that tourism in developing countries can (i) increase the country’s income (ii) lead to better public services and higher quality of life for its people.
What is a ‘multiplier effect’?Tourism is a multiplier effect which encouragesthe growth of services and other businesses.Tourism can be seen as a much needed income insome countries and thanks to the developmentin air travel access has been allowed.What type of places in the world do you thinkhave really benefitted from improved airtravel?
Many small island countries in the tropicscould not see a way to increase their incomebefore as travellers could not get thereeasily.Islands in the Caribbean and Indian Oceanhave benefitted from the improved travel.Before they solely relied on exports ofproducts such as sugar cane or bananas,they are all subject to market fluctuations.So price is never a set one.
Activity 2 – 5 minutes.What are the:a)Similarities between the two pictures above?b)Differences between the two pictures above?
Research Task:Using the laptops create a fact file on Dubai and Jamaica and answer:• Why is the destination so popular with tourists? What can they do there?• How much does a flight cost to travel there?• Would you visit the destination? Give a reason for your choice.