Is it ethical to take a luxury holiday in a ‘developing’ country?

Is it ethical to take a luxury holiday in a ‘developing’ country?

Thinking of booking a luxury holiday to a developing country so you can experience the authenticity of a culture untouched by Western influences? And are you hoping to help the underprivileged in the country to “lift them out of poverty” through your tourist spending? It’s worth exploring just how ethical such a trip might be.

International tourism numbers have risen year-on-year ever since the 1950s with the consistent increase expected long into the future. In employment terms, more and more people are reliant on the tourism industry. For example, in 2016, there were 292m people employed in the tourism industry, representing one in ten jobs globally.

This is an excerpt from an article first published by The Conversation. Read the original article here: Is it ethical to take a luxury holiday in a ‘developing’ country?


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