published in ecosystems
Sunset in the tropics
It is a common notion that over the last few years tourism has come out as one of the industries that can really boost local economies and drive the development of sideline businesses. According to a World Tourist Organisation survey, in the Maldives 83% of manpower is employed by the tourist industry, and other small island countries, such as the Seychelles or Jamaica, are also heavily dependent on this industry. Tourism can remarkably contribute to the preservation and protection of the natural environment, providing the incentives and the proceeds required to restore and protect historical monuments and to set up or maintain national parks or other protected areas. The use of natural resources for tourism can replace other, more harmful exploitation methods. In the State of New Brunswick, in Canada, expeditions are organised to see the Greenland seals of Labrador, which used to be hunted for their skin.