Advantages and disadvantages of cultural tourism

Nowadays, cultural
is welcomed and encouraged in most countries, where it is seen both as an opportunity to display national treasures and achievements to visitors, and
as a source of income and jobs.
, in spite of these benefits, it can
pose severe problems for the specific sites which are visited. There are various advantages of cultural
for the sites themselves.
IN particular
, they may benefit from greatly increased income, part of which may be spent,
for example
, on improving museums and galleries and on more frequent and more ambitious exhibitions. Even though these may be designed primarily to attract tourists, they are
available for local people to enjoy. A
advantage is that local authorities recognise the value of their sites, which they
invest money in.
As a result
, monuments and historic buildings are restored and protected.
, visitors learn
hand about the
a politically organized body of people under a single government
, whose culture and the customs are
understood and appreciated better by both tourists and local people.
On the other hand
, cultural
has a number of drawbacks. The main one is that, in spite of protective measures being taken, the sheer number of visitors can cause serious damage to monuments
as ancient temples or cave paintings.
may mean that an important part of
country's national heritage
the country's national heritage
is lost.
, in a region which the monuments are expected to generate income for the local economy, the site may be
by being surrounded by ugly hotels and other tourist facilities.
, if too many tourists visit a site, it may
fail to keep or to maintain; cease to have, either physically or in an abstract sense
its cultural significance within the local community.
is particularly the case for monuments which religious or social importance makes them a central part of community life. On the whole, while cultural
is generally beneficial, the problems which it causes can only be avoided with proper planning and sufficient investment in the protection and preservation of the sites which tourists visit.
In addition
in general should not be discouraged, the number of tourists visiting certain sites should be restricted and tourists should be educated to respect them.
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