The Impact Of Tourism On The Economic Development Of A Country

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economic development of a country. It contributes to the fulfillment of significant societal growth and expansion. Over the past six decades, tourism has experienced continued expansion and diversification, to become one of the largest and fastest - growing economic sectors in the world. But Sharpley (1994); Wall and Mathieson (2006) argue that in developing countries major benefits generated by tourism do not reach to the poorer sections of the society whereas the host countries bear the environmental and social costs. Local residents ' support is essential for long term success in the tourism development process. Community participation is an important component of community development and reflects a grassroots or bottom-up approach to problem solving. Effective community participation may lead to social and personal empowerment, economic development and socio-political transformation. Each and every sector of the economy has some negative impacts on the livelihood of the community. As it is one of the most visible sectors of the economy, tourism sector bears the major blame. However, the local community needs to participate in tourism activities if they want to get benefits from the development of tourism. Though tourism is an important tool for economic development in developing countries, it is necessary to understand the impact tourism on local community and how they can benefit from it. Community participation in tourism is concerned with

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