Most people would agree that the images of Atlantis are breathtaking and oh so very enticing. However, if you step outside of the resort grounds there is a drastic difference in scenery. Reality is outside of those gates. This is where all of the natives live in their small humble homes. The surroundings are very run down. Houses range from mere huts to small houses. The houses are set up close together and painted very colorfully reflecting their vibrant culture. This is how the majority of the people live, and they do not complain about it. This is a prime example of the difference in lifestyle. According to a salary survey the maximum annual income for Bohemians is around $35,000 and the minimum is around $1,900. The United States’ average is around $20,000 higher than that, but varies depending on amount of education received. Education is much more easily accessible in the United States than in the Bahamas, therefore more people go to work sooner and seek out low paying or easy jobs. This would qualify them for almost any job within the resort with opportunities to advance to more skilled and higher paying positions. This makes Atlantis the perfect place for any native to work.
It seems as though this week has been a wake up call for all college freshman. As the semester comes to an end final tests and papers are creeping up on us. This also means grades and all the material that we don’t actually know become very real. College can be the best time of our lives. There are so many new people to meet and things to experience, but on top of these more attractive aspects of college there is also the main purpose which is academics. College is where mere children decide and work toward what they will be doing for the rest of their lives. Many kids may think they know what they want to do but soon realize the harsh reality of how difficult it may be to obtain that degree, or they simply lose the passion they once had because it is not as glamorous as it once seemed. Now that’s stressful! Some kids have dug themselves such a big hole with their grades that they have no choice but to leave school. The only thing worse than doing poorly in school is not going to school and even worse not having a plan. Personally I am a very driven individual and can’t imagine not having a plan for my future. That would be more stressful than any amount of work a professor could give me. I want to be a nurse so badly and I know what I have to do to achieve that.
I have been to Nassau Atlantis Paradise Island Bahamas. Atlantis is technically in Nassau, but when you step off of the resort grounds there is a drastic difference in the way of life. The glitzy and spectacular surroundings fade into a much poorer and run down town. Nearby the resort however there is a market where many natives sell their life’s work in order to make a living for their families. The resort in the Bahamas provides jobs for natives as they manage the enormous resort. It also provides business for locals outside of the resort trying to make money off of the tourists. There are restaurants and markets in the surrounding areas that the resort advertise for and provide shuttles to and from. There is another job opportunity as well, all of the cab drivers that shuttle tourists anywhere they desire to go on their luxurious vacation. These drivers are not bitter about their jobs or life they always have a smile on and are more than happy to share their knowledge of the area and excitement of the energizing culture in the Bahamas. The natives are very welcoming people and do not treat tourists as outsiders, but try to share their culture with the tourists and show them everything that the Bahamas has to offer.
The creation of jobs also lends to the social benefits of tourism. Tourism allows for cultural diversification which is the diffusion of cultures from each of the parties into the other. The transfer of ideas and cultures can be seen in countries all around the world. Chain restaurants such as McDonalds are a form of physical evidence of diversification. In many countries, Costa Rica for example, the natives pick up English in order to relate better to their tourist customers and in turn make more money. Eventually this becomes a survival tactic for their businesses and therefore their families. It is very hard to find a business owner in Costa Rica that is not fluent in English. This is not the only social benefit however. Language is just one small part of what encompasses a culture. Tourists have the opportunity to experience specific aspects of the culture of the country they are visiting. They can make their own itineraries and most people will hit up the typical tourist locations. No matter what they are still in the midst of a whole new country experiencing a different culture which will make some sort of impact on any tourist whether it is big or small. Either way they are seeing the way these other people live and getting a whole new perspective. When people are able to have a new perspective they are less closed minded about the world as a whole. Unfortunately in today’s society there are still some very closed minded and judgmental people. Tourism is a great way to eliminate some of these judgments and allow for more acceptance and equality as should be the mindset of people living in the twenty first century.
Kincaid is selling the natives of all of these travel destinations short by saying they hate all tourists. There may be some places where the natives do not appreciate tourists, but many places thrive off of the money these tourists bring into their country. There is a travel season when people are more apt to travel and many countries take advantage of this season, making most of their annual income during this period. Tourists are a vital piece of the economy. When one stops to think about it people are leaving everything behind and they need to survive off of the resources provided by the country they are traveling to. This means spending money on shelter, food (breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks), plus all of the added pleasures that they want to experience on their vacation. So why wouldn’t countries welcome tourists? On top of all of these necessities there are the gifts that they bring back for friends and family along with souvenirs they buy for themselves in commemoration of the wonderful and relaxing trip they had. Most people will buy the mass produces souvenirs in the shops that cover any travel destination. Generally these souvenirs are easy to make which provides for a large profit for the store owners due to the fact that tourists are more willing to spend money because they have saved up and waited for their trip so they want to enjoy it and not worry about money. All of tourists’ needs that must be provided to them open up jobs for the natives. Especially in third world countries tourism can be very helpful. The fact that they help the economy far outweighs the fact that they may interrupt the flow of everyday life and annoy some of the natives. In most countries the natives do indeed appreciate and take full advantage of the business that the tourists bring to their country.
Tourism can be very beneficial for a society. The main benefits can be seen through the economic and social outcomes. Tourists are more willing to spend money, because they are going on vacations to relax and have a good time; not worry about money. Many economies thrive off of the money these tourists bring. Some even make their annual income during the busy tourist season. When one thinks about it Tourists are away from home therefore they need to buy all of their necessities such as food, shelter, and of course all of the activities that they planned for their vacation. Most of them also bring home gifts for their family and friends. They often choose the gifts that are easy and inexpensive to make so the sellers can turn a decent profit on each sale. All of the necessities of the tourists create a plethora of jobs throughout the area. From an economic standpoint tourism is a win win situation for all companies involved. The economy thrives and jobs are formed while the tourists have a great time. The social benefits include the cultural diversification. The diffusion of cultures from each of the parties into the other. One specific piece of evidence of the location that the tourists are visiting being effected by cultural diffusion is like I referred to in a previous blog almost all Costa Rican business owners speak english. This is something that the natives picked up from all of the tourists that visited their country. Eventually it became a survival tactic for their businesses and by default them and their families. The social diffusion that the tourists benefit from are the many different cultural experiences and sights that they see throughout their travels. The type of experience they choose is up to the tourist themselves. They can plan their own trips and itineraries, but no matter what they will be interacting with locals and experiencing a completely new place.
There are two young polar bears currently on display at the Buffalo Zoo. The first, named Luna, is a member of the Buffalo Zoo family and can be seen from ten in the morning until two in the afternoon (buffalozoo.com). The second, named Kali, is a rescue animal that was found in the Alaskan wilderness in May. He arrived at the Buffalo Zoo, his new temporary home, on May 15th. Since Kali’s arrival in Buffalo he has tripled in size and weight proving that the Buffalo Zoo is a more than sufficient home for the bear. The Buffalo Zoo is actually trying to build a whole new, eighteen million dollar exhibit for the polar bears. It will be featured at the entrance of the zoo and span on and a half acres. This is not only to improve the quality of life for the bears, or bring in more money. It is mainly to meet new AZA standards. The new exhibit will be very similar to the bear’s home climate. There will also be a viewing area under one of the two large pools allowing for guests to see the bears and their natural behaviors. Along with the exhibit there will be an education center to inform the public on conservation efforts, climate change, and what they can do to prevent the changes in the bears natural habitat. This public education is another part of AZA standards. By meeting these standards it will allow Buffalo to keep its polar bears. There is a campaign going on to keep the polar bears in Buffalo. The Buffalo Zoo is currently taking donations in order to fund the new exhibit for one of their most popular attractions. They value their polar bears very much and believe that they in fact belong in Buffalo. There are many different amounts and types of donations available, but every little bit helps.