*“Should countries encourage tourism?*” Due to the curiosity and their taste for adventure, people travel all over the world. But it depends on us if we encourage this thing in our country or not. Tourism brings a lot of changes in a country, but are they really for the better? To begin with, the benefits of the tourism cannot be denied. On the one hand, it is an important source of income, which is convenient for all the countries, especially for the poor ones, but also for others that do not have other industries to develop. For example, Crete has recently developed this industry and, therefore a big percent of the island’s income comes from tourism. In addition, the desire to attract certain tourists to a certain area often encourages governments to improve local facilities so that they can cater for all tastes. This is an important element for many countries, such as Romania, Bulgaria because this helps them develop. Finally, tourism allows the locals to experience other cultures. Some of them may never travel out of their town or country and this is how they can get in contact with other cultures. On the other hand, there are also a few disadvantages that tourism brings. The over-development of some areas leads to ugly, crowded tourist spots and environmental damage. There are many exotic or picturesque places that can be dramatically damaged by the action of the tourists. Another negative effect is that the impact of tourism may destroy the local way of life. People can be influenced by the tourists in many aspects, such as giving up some traditions, not using the local goods anymore. Taking everything into consideration, it seems to me that tourism is a very important field in economy, but it needs a lot of careful attention, so that its effects do not damage the environment.