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Protecting vulnerable sites from tourism damage

May 2015

Tourists are increasingly looking beyond the standard destinations and instead are favouring more unusual holiday activities in more distant places

Global international tourist arrivals increased by over three hundred percent between 1990 and 2012 (WTO, 2014), continuing the trend which sees tourism as the primary source of income for many countries in every part of the development spectrum. As more of the world opens up to this industry, tourists are increasingly looking beyond the standard destinations and instead are favouring more unusual holiday activities in more distant places. Areas with specific environmental or cultural and historical character are facing not only higher visitor numbers but in some cases conflict between the desires of the tourist industry and the specific needs of conserving the very thing that the tourists wish to experience. Venice, Italy and Brown Bluff, Antarctica are two examples of places where new regulations are being used to protect the unique character of their localities.

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AQA A Level
Unit 1: Cold Environments (optional)
Unit 3: Contemporary conflicts and challenges (optional)

Edexcel A Level
Unit 3: Biodiversity under threat (optional)
Unit 4: Cold environments – landscapes and change (optional)
Unit 4: Consuming the rural landscape – leisure and tourism (optional)

OCR A Level
Unit 1: Cold environments (core)
Unit 2: Managing urban change (core)
Unit 2: The growth of tourism (core)

WJEC A Level
Unit 2: Investigating settlement change in MEDCs (core)
Unit 3: Landforms and their management – glacial (optional)
Unit 4: Leisure and recreation (optional)

AQA A GCSE
Unit 1: Ice on the land (core)
Unit 2: Changing urban environments (core)
Unit 2: Tourism (core)

AQA B GCSE
Unit 1: The urban environment (core)
Unit 2: Investigating global tourism (core)

AQA iGCSE
Unit 2: Contemporary issues in urban settlements (optional)
Unit 2: Contemporary issues in tourism (optional)

Edexcel A GCSE
Unit 3: A tourist’s world (optional)

Edexcel B GCSE
Unit 1: Extreme environments (optional)
Unit 2: The challenges of an urban world (optional)

Edexcel iGCSE
Unit 2: Urban environments (optional)
Unit 3: Fragile environments (optional)

WJEC A GCSE
Unit 2: The changing nature of tourism (optional)
Unit 2: The impact of tourism (optional)
Unit 2: Sustainable growth of tourism (optional)

WJEC B GCSE
Unit 1: Planning issues in built environments (core)

In the Members' Area

  • Why is Venice vulnerable to the costs of tourism?
  • What measures have been taken to protect Venice?
  • What does the future look like for tourism in Venice?
  • Why is Antarctica vulnerable to the costs of tourism?
  • What measures are being taken to protect Antarctica?
  • What does the future look like for tourism in Antarctica?

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