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Is tourism beneficial to developing countries? Show more Show less

Everywhere is a tourist destination nowadays. With flights available every hour, the possibilities are endless. However, this combined with the internet's ability to help people plan trips anywhere means that many developing countries that previously had no tourism now are flooded with them. When tourists land in a country in the midst of developing, is it beneficial to that place? Or is it detrimental?

Yes, tourism is beneficial to developing countries Show more Show less

The impact of tourism benefits these countries by fostering independence and increasing quality of life.
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Tourism allows for female independence

Women are able to make their own money and develop their craft.
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Context

The Argument

In many developing countries, tradition takes a prominent role in society. Women generally take care of the children, create dishware, weave, and cook. The men provide for the family. Women are generally dependent on the men. Tourism changes this. Through tourism, women are able to take skills, such as weaving, which would typically only be used for domestic purposes, and turn it into a business to make profit off of the incoming population. Women are able to turn a profit, provide for their families, and even purchase for themselves.[1] Self esteem is improved, and independent working opportunities increase.[2] Tourism simultaneously creates independence for women and stimulates the economy by forming new methods of income.

Counter arguments

This can also go the other way. The new income could cause female suppression to a further degree, the influx of money simply putting more power in the hands of the men. Equality and independence may become even less of a possibility for the women in these growing countries.

Framing

Premises

[P1] Tourists purchase wares made by locals. [P2] Women create these wares. [P3] Women gain independence. [P4] Tourism leads to women's independence.

Rejecting the premises

[Rejecting P3] Women do not necessarily gain independence from tourism.

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References

  1. https://www.huffpost.com/entry/tourism-in-the-developing_b_500774
  2. https://www.usip.org/sites/default/files/tourism_developing_world_sr233_0.pdf

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