Positive and Negative Effects of Tourism in Africa

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The effects of tourism in Africa
Ever since the ability to travel over vast amounts of distances around the world became easier with the use of innovative marvels such as the aeroplane, tourism started to grow in certain countries that had enough places of interest. Africa offered much that cannot be seen anywhere else in the world; from the ancient pyramids of Giza to the spectacular wildlife migration in the Serengeti. Tourist from around the world would pay a lot of money to see and be a part of this almost untouched beauty. Thus tourism in Africa started to grow and became one of the most important sources of income for many countries. But the dilemma that we know face is whether tourism offers more benefits to the society to overcome
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Some plant and animal species may become extinct due to human encountering. A perfect example is the rhino that are being poached for its horn and are being sold as an aphrodisiac in other countries. Pollution also threatens the environment through increasing air pollution emitted by transport systems such as vehicles and aeroplanes. It is thus clear that most of the tourism industries are not concern and aware about their effects on the environment. But there are cases where some companies or organisations that rely on tourists as their major source of income can have a positive impact on the environment. Wildlife reserves and National Parks are examples of these organisations. They protect the wildlife against human encountering and assure that their natural habitat will not be taken away. These organisations also promote conservation and the importance of it. By doing so, they strive to make people aware of our precious environment.
In conclusion, it is certain that tourism has an effect on Africa’s social wellbeing, economic growth and environment. Through research it is clear that Africa relies on tourism in order to grow economically. This economic growth is needed to enhance the social wellbeing of the population. Without the income gained from the tourism industry, some countries will lead to recession thus effecting the population. More organisations and legal acts can be implemented in order to protect the


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