posted on Jun, 30 2004 @ 08:40 AM
Tourism to underdeveloped areas can indeed be both a blessing and a curse. It's the focus of the 2005 Society for Applied Anthroplogy's annual
meeting, in fact.
I'm not sure there's an extremely good answer, here. The area is very poor and the income has been a real boon to the economy. There has to be a
lot of thoughtful planning taking place to fix the problems that are already cropping up ... everything from improving roads to dealing with trash to
improving physical security... and beyond.
There's certainly no instant answer.
We're seeing problems like this in the US with the overcrowding of national parks. As I understand it, traffic in and out of Yellowstone makes it
very difficult to use the place. Denali (Alaska) seemed fairly well controlled, but I'm not sure about the status of other places.