As more regions and countries develop their tourism industry, it produces significant impacts on natural resources, consumption patterns, pollution and social systems. The need for sustainable/responsible planning and management is imperative for the industry to survive as a whole.
•880 million people travelled internationally in 2010 and this is expected to reach 1.5 billion by 2010 •The average international tourist receipt is over US$700 per person •Travel and tourism represents approximately 10% of total global Gross Domestic Product (GDP) (if it include tourism related business (eg catering, cleaning) •The global travel and tourism industry creates 10% of world employment (direct & indirect)
•At least 25 million people spread over 52 countries are displaced by violence, persecution and/or disasters - tourism receipts in every country are affected by this. ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS:
•The average Canadian household used 326 liters of water per day....a village of 700 in a developing country uses an average of 500 litres of water per month AND a luxury hotel room guest uses 1800 litres of water per person per night... •The average person in the UK uses approximately 150 litres of water per day - 3 times that of a local village in Asia •A species of animal or plant life disappears at a rate of one every three minutes •70% of marine mammals are threatened
•The Western world (with 17% of the worlds' population) currently consumes 52% of total global energy. •1 acre of trees absorbes 2. 6tonnes of CO2 per year
•58% of the worlds coral reefs are at risk
•Seawater is expected to rise 70 cm in the next 10 years
•By 2050 climate change could have directly led to the extinction of 30% of species, the death of 90% of coral reefs and the loss of half the Amazon rainforest. •Since 1970 a third of the natural world has been destroyed by human activity •Half the world's population lives in urban areas and this...