Effects of Tourism in India

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Gilbert Keith Chesterson once said, “The whole object of travel is not to set foot on foreign land; it is at last to set foot on one's own country as a foreign land (Proverbia)”. Essentially, what he means to say is that the purpose of travelling should not only be to learn about new cultures, but also to experience your own culture in a different light. Although the idea of travelling to a new idea may present such ideals for the traveler, it is also very important to consider the effect this may have on the natives that have been on the land for years. For example, when the Barbie manufacturers in Taiwan left the nation, not only did it have dire effects on the Barbie corporation, but also on the Taiwanese that worked for the company. Incidences such as these reveal the very diverse nature of travelling and tourism: while it may exhibit some very positive results upon everybody, upon close examination it is revealed that there are also some very negative connotations associated with it, regardless of whether it is the culture of the region or the foreigners that face the brunt of such an impact.

I have lived in India for ten years, and frequently visit my extended family that is spread throughout the state of Maharashtra. It feels as though every time I visit it, there is a new (and usually western) addition to the city. Thus, there are many instances in which I can personally say that tourism benefits the locals. For example, the monetary gains that come along with having a new company establish itself in an otherwise untouched reason are simply tremendous. This generally happens when these companies open up large factories and often hire locals to work for them. In doing so, not only do the natives receive a steady source of income, but economically speaking, the GDP for the nation as a well will also steadily increase. Another positive outcome of tourism is the spreading of culture from both sides, which may ultimately lead to globalization, the...
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