I’m not sure if tourism will be all that different 10 years from now. The means to get to the place of destination will likely not change, as most people with great distances will still fly to the location. Tourism has been a staple of the economic industry for a long time now, and change is a process that doesn’t happen overnight, or even over a decade, unless drastic steps are being done to make a difference. Right now, it doesn’t appear that much is being done to change the tourism industry. The only things that might change, are the things that you see when you visit somewhere; landscapes may be different, once native animals may be removed, weather may be slightly warmer, or economic and social conditions may be altered in some way.
In 10 years tourism will hopefully be based more on eco-tourism. This means tourist destinations will be more natural areas, with a more primitive daily schedule. For the luxurious resorts, sustainable practices will be incorporated in the daily operations of the hotel.
I have been reading a lot of articles in National Geographic Traveler about how tourism has been evolving and how it continues to evolve as an industry. It seems that people who travel now want more of an authentic experience in countries they visit, rather than stay at a cookie cutter hotel that could be anywhere in the world. People also value relationships they make with locals much more now than they did before, and I think this will continue on in the future.
I don’t believe the tourism industry will be much different in the next ten years overall, however, it can change dramatically in a few markets and places. Take for example tourism in the Rio Grande Valley. Tourism has always been a major industry for this South Texas area because of the special wildlife that can’t be seen anywhere else in the country. However, ever since the border fence went up their tourism numbers have decreased. Many people are concerned about how the natural wildlife will be affected by the presence of the wall and have opted out of visiting the RGV. For example, this one British birding company has canceled all future trips to the RGV because of the border fence cuts into parts of critical sightseeing areas.
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