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.
The Buffalo Zoo is part of an elite group of zoos and aquariums around the world that are certified by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. The standards to become certified are very difficult to achieve in fact “Fewer than 10% of the USDA-licensed wildlife exhibitors in the United States are accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums” (buffalozoo.org). So whenever you purchase a ticket to the Buffalo Zoo or make a donation that money is put toward the conservation programs as well as the maintenance and construction of the exhibits in order to keep them up to AZA standards. The association itself “with more than 200 accredited members, AZA is a leader in global wildlife conservation. Each year, AZA member institutions participate in about two thousand conservation projects in about 100 countries and invest tens of millions of dollars in programs to help wildlife” (buffalozoo.com). AZA is also involved in many, many more activities such as working with the government on legislation, regulations, and international affairs. Ensuring that all around the globe people are becoming more aware and caring more for wildlife. Many of the AZA members have published literature promoting the efforts of this association. There has been an increased interest in animals and their welfare which has boosted the moral of this association making them even more excited to share what they are all about in hopes of spreading the work even more in order to help these innocent animals. The AZA takes their role very seriously. Becoming an accredited member is a very rigorous process. According to the Buffalo Zoo website each establishment must meet standards for animal management, veterinary care, wildlife conservation, research, education and staffing.