Is Tourism Is The Greatest Pleasure Of Life, A Country Without Tourism?

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My favourite voyage was when I was ten years old. I toured the whole of Costa Rica. From the lush jungle to the sandy transparent-water beaches. I discovered the most wonderful places of the country, such as the luxuriant Tortuguero thermal waters or the exquisiteness of witnessing a one and a half metre turtle lay eggs. However, due to my age I do not remember all aspects of this paradise, but there is one sentence that really stuck to my mind: To travel is the greatest pleasure of life, a country without tourism, is a dead country. (From native Costa Rican).
Now that I am older and have the possibility to research and study the topic that I have always been interested in, this phrase flashed into my head and I wondered, to what extent is it true? Is tourism truly beneficial for countries?
Tourism, strictly speaking, `is travel for recreation, leisure, religious, family or business purposes, usually for a limited duration.’ This definition covers most areas if tourism however not all because nowadays people travel for different reasons.
I don 't look down on tourism. I live in Hawaii where we have 7 million visitors a year. If they weren 't there, there would be no economy. So I understand why a tourist economy is necessary. — Paul Theroux
I believe that this statement is completely biased because it is referring to tourism from only one perspective, however this does not imply that it is wrong, it could not be truer. As it is obvious a state with the characteristics of

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