Describe and Evaluate the Negative Social, Cultural or Environmental Impact Caused by Tourism in a Destination of Your Choice. Analyse the Causes of This Impact and Judge to What Extent Sustainable Tourism Strategies

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Describe and evaluate the negative social, cultural or environmental impact caused by tourism in a destination of your choice. Analyse the causes of this impact and judge to what extent sustainable tourism strategies and methods could eliminate or ameliorate them and thereby secure the long term future of the destination.

The negative effects of tourism are widely publicised in a number of destinations worldwide; however it is often underdeveloped nations that are home to natural wonders of the world which attract huge tourism levels. This is significant as these underdeveloped nations often rely on the tourist industry as a main source of income and therefore a source of economic development. Increasing tourism levels often requires
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However the question is whether a sustainable tourism strategy focusing on carrying capacity can effectively be monitored to maintain the welfare of the temples in Angkor. In the case of the architectural temples in Angkor the concept of carrying capacity can be adapted so as to express an acceptable level of tourism development on the basis of the capacity of key resources or infrastructure in Angkor. The development of hotels in Siem Reap has led to potential collapse of certain temples, here carrying capacity can be used as a planning standard, and benchmark as the maximum level for tourism development in Siem Reap measured in terms of number of beds and densities.(Harry Coccossis, Alexandra Mexa (2004) The challenge of tourism carrying capacity assessment. Aldershot, Ashgate publishing’s Limited, P 152)

A Further strategy which would not eliminate, but certainly could help ameliorate the negative impacts in terms of damage to the temple which arises from the sheer volume of tourists is a visitor flow management system. This would aim to influence the amount, type, timing and distribution of use as well as visitor behavior. This strategy would involve regulating visitor numbers, group size and length of stay. One international destination that has had a visitor management plan put in place to restricted tourist numbers is Machu

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