Tourism can have both a positive and a negative effect on an area, although in many cases only the positive effect will be obvious. In rural areas, the onset of tourism may have dramatic effects upon the local community, creating new jobs and providing a flow of cash which most inhabitants will be happy to take advantage in. However, the disadvantages of tourism can be equally dramatic, with towns changing their character and becoming too overdeveloped and crowded, as well as more expensive.
On a large scale, tourism can be very beneficial at developing countries. If tourists spend more money it means that the country can improve living conditions or its citizens, as well s create new jobs. Tourists are shown the way other people live, and leave feeling better informed about a different stile of life, that they otherwise might not have the chance to see. Perhaps, the most popular type of tourism is going away to a warm sunny place and lying on a beach for two weeks. People taking this kind of holiday usually have no interest in the culture of he place they are visiting and as a result it becomes like a “home from home”. Restaurants cooks tourists their native food instead of local specialities, and tourists mix together rather than with locals. This can destroy any character the area may have, and the area may lose part of its valuable culture forever.