Mass tourism: when there are "too" many tourists ...

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The Phi Phi Islands in Thailand have suffered significant environmental impacts due to mass tourism. The famous Maya Bay, immortalized by Leonardo DiCaprio in the film The Beach and forced to close in 2018 to avoid an ecological disaster, must reopen on January 1 ... The archipelago has been healing its wounds since the start of the pandemic and the authorities are promising to invent another development model. Here are activities that will introduce students to the concept of mass tourism and its consequences.
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Apart from the pandemic, mass tourism affects several travel destinations around the globe. Even in Quebec, places like Old Quebec and some national parks attract people from all over the world, which has interesting economic spinoffs for the region. However, despite the positive aspects of having a large number of tourists, the negative effects on the environment and the pressure on waste management are not always worth the effort. 

This is the case in the Phi Phi Islands, in Thailand, which live with significant environmental impacts: 

“The archipelago has been healing its wounds since the pandemic and the authorities promise to invent another development model there. Time is running out: his famous Maya Bay, immortalized by Leonardo DiCaprio in the film The Beach and forced to close in 2018 to avoid an ecological disaster, must reopen on 1er January.

“The human impact, the overabundance of motor boats, the lack of regulation on these islands, despite being classified as a“ national park ”, combined with global warming, have led to an environmental disaster. "

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In order to be able to continue welcoming visitors while protecting the ecosystem, it is essential to create rules and educate tourists. It's all about balance! 

 

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The following activities will allow students to discover the concept of mass tourism and its consequences using a concrete example. 

The complete activity lasts approximately 75 minutes. It will probably take more if students are not already used to working with a digital tool like the iPad. 

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