The ethics of tourism in the UK: what it’s doing to the natural, quiet parts of Britain?
Unlike a lot of modern tourism hotspots, many people coming to the UK are often in seek of its most quiet, quaint and rural areas. This pursuit of peace has seen parts of the country, which were once home to only villages and farmland, become popular attractions for those travelling from another country. This tourism, while bringing money to the local area, is also having a wider effect on the surroundings and the populace that goes beyond any financial gain.
In this blog, we’ll discuss the ethics of tourism in the UK and what it’s doing to the more natural, quiet parts of Britain.
The UK is one of the most richly historic parts of the world, with many coming from all over the globe to discover it’s past. While cities boast artefacts of the industrial revolution, more natural parts of the country are home to ancient sites that have been left untouched by mass civilisation. Because of this, more and more of the world are learning of the lesser-known part of the UK’s history that hasn’t undergone a massive change.
Naturally, as more and more tourists visit these quieter, more natural areas of the country, the growing number of people will have more of an effect on the surrounding environment. In reaction to this, many travel organisations are ensuring their processes are becoming greener and more sustainable. This new form of ‘responsible tourism’ is showing that the industry is becoming savvy to offsetting carbon emissions. E-Voyages is a fantastic example of this, being an active member of the United Nations Global Compact group.
With increased tourism, many of these areas have had to build new infrastructure and amenities to accommodate all of the new people who visit the area. No longer can a traditional village play host to hundreds or thousands of tourists, resulting in established, national-level businesses coming in to set up shop. While this has brought in more income, it has also brought many modern aspects to areas that are steeped in tradition.