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Does tourism destroy the culture of a place ?

Asked by: DDhananjay
  • Tourism is the biggest threat to the culture of a place

    Tourists that come to a place bring in their own lifestyle ways and continue to follow the same in an unknown place where, however, they shall mix themselves with the culture of the place to really enjoy their expedition. Their traits sometimes insult the aesthetic views of the locals an thus I strongly feel that it has destroyed the cultural identity of many places including Bali, Indonesia.

  • Passively affecting it...

    Though both No-comments have some good arguments, we cannot truly deny that tourism doesn't destroy the culture. With Cambodia as the obvious example, we can see that tourism is ruining the culture of a place. Whether this was done passively (like the previous Yes comments stated) or actively, tourism effects culture on the most subtle level up to the strongest level. It may alter the way the native think or act, depending on how they interact. Exposing the natives to tourism gives them new ways of thinking, and while it may develop new ideology or promote development, the old culture have to be overwritten which, as the consequence, destroy the old and original culture and replacing it with the so-called hybrid culture.

  • Passively or actively, it still destroy the culture.

    Though both No-comments have some good arguments, we cannot truly deny that tourism doesn't destroy the culture. With Cambodia as the obvious example, we can see that tourism is ruining the culture of a place. Wether this was done passively (like the first Yes-comment stated) or actively, tourism effects culture on the most subtle level up to the strongest level. It may alter the way the native think or act, depending on how they interact. Exposing the natives to tourism gives them new ways of thinking, and while it may develop new ideology or promote development, the old culture have to be overwritten which, as the consequence, destroy the old and original culture and replacing it with the so-called hybrid culture.

  • Passively affecting it.

    Though both No-comments have some good arguments, we cannot truly deny that tourism doesn't destroy the culture. With Cambodia as the obvious example, we can see that tourism is ruining the culture of a place. Wether this was done passively (like the first Yes-comment stated) or actively, tourism effects culture on the most subtle level up to the strongest level. It may alter the way the native think or act, depending on how they interact. Exposing the natives to tourism gives them new ways of thinking, and while it may develop new ideology or promote development, the old culture have to be overwritten which, as the consequence, destroy the old and original culture and replacing it with the so-called hybrid culture.

  • It preserves it.

    Have you ever read something on the web that happened to be about a group of people or about a certain place? Have you ever thought it was cool and you wished you could experience it live? What about not understanding it fully? Tourism does not destroy culture, it preserves it. The only way to really know what something feels like is to experience it. Tourism is the doorway to that experience. Once you know the culture of the place you have been to you can share it. People will have a better taste of it if someone shares it with them. Tourism helps people know about the culture. Without it the culture could die off over time. Not to mention people are usually eager to teach and share. When one person knows it spreads and soon everyone knows about their culture and ways of life. There was an alaskan village all of their artifacts were starting to wash away with the tide. They called in archeaolagists and they helped them find proof of their old stories. If people from the outside did not come in they would have not known as much about their past and they would have nothing to back up their stories.

  • Adding Culture and Awareness.

    Although the first Yes-comment has a good point, we must also realise that tourism in Canada, Britain, and other places has added culture to the nations if anything. If not, the tourists might've explained their origins, helping us understand and grow as people. Tourism isn't the problem as much as the specific tourist and/or person speaking to the tourist.


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