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Socio-cultural impacts of tourism on the environment

I am currently studying the socio-cultural impacts of tourism on the environment. I understand the impacts that are placed on a community- both positive and negative however I am having trouble separating some of these conflict into what the positive and negative socio-cultural impacts are on our environment. The issue I need help with in about the environment, Resources are a conflict
water, energy uses
-stress to local environment can also result from environmental degradation and increased infrastructure costs for local community
example: high taxes to pay for improvement to water supply or sanitation facilities

Conflicts for traditional land uses

Can you help me better define what the socio impacts of tourism are on the environment. Both positive and negative

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"Tourism is the temporary movement of people to destinations outside their normal places of work and residence, the activities undertaken during their stay in those destinations, and the facilities created to cater to their needs" (Mathieson & Wall, 1982, p.1).

Tourism is one of the world's fastest growing industries as well as the ...

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Tourism is one of the world's fastest growing industries as well as the major source of foreign exchange earning and employment for many developing countries, and it is increasingly focusing on natural environments. However, tourism is a double-edged activity. It has the potential to contribute in a positive manner to socio-economic achievements but, at the same time, its fast and sometimes has uncontrolled growth. This posting examines the socio-cultural impacts of tourism on the environment.

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