RR Tourism by Lau Ying Ru

I disagree with the author that mass tourism threatens to destroy a country’s culture and environment and affects the local people negatively. I believe that tourism is beneficial to the country as it allows it to prosper economically. Tourism such as theme parks brings in larger revenues than any other industries and contributes greatly to the economy.  According to the writer, “tourism has become an ubiquitous sector in the Philippine’s economy. In 2012, alone, it contributed 6.0%the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP)”. This shows that tourism plays a vital role in a country’s economy. It allows the country to prosper as tourists are attracted to come here for a holiday, thus spending money in the process. Likewise, tourism has also contributed about 3% of Singapore’s GDP, generating a sum of US$9.4 billion in 2007 and has a high employment multiplier in Singapore. This highlights the importance of tourism to a country’s economy as it is able to bring in high revenues and create more jobs than any other industries. With more job opportunities, more people will be able to work and have money to spend, thus contributing to the prosperity of the county’s economy. Therefore, I feel that tourism allows the country’s economy to flourish rather than bring disastrous impacts.

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