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Economic Impact of Tourism in Hawaii From a sustainability perspective satisfying tourist fantasies and demands for familiarity and comfort is a costly business In a typical destination area the ecosystem is leveled paved and then re-landscaped with lawns and a handful or two of nursery-grown tree and flower species landmarks and neighborhoods central to the local communitys sense of place are being replaced by chains of hotel and recreation developments scarce water is diverted for swimming pools and tourists long hot showers Ecological balances are routinely ruined and in many destinations international human rights standards are daily violated Indigenous peoples are particularly vulnerable to tourism losing their customary land and resources religious freedom and ultimately their cultures and since for self-sufficiency Economic Impacts of Tourism in Hawaii Tourism is the worlds largest and fastest growing industry According to recent statistics tourism provides over 30 percent of total employment in Hawaii or 1 in 3 jobs By the year 2010 these numbers will increase to nearly 40 percent All considered tourisms actual and potential economic impact is astounding But there are also negative sides of tourisms economic boom In most all-inclusive package tours more than 80 percent of travelers fees go to the airlines hotels and other international companies not to local businesses or workers Large hotel chain restaurants often import food products to satisfy foreign visitors and rarely employ local staff for senior management positions preventing local farmers and workers from reaping the benefit of their presence Resorts and hotels often over-consume natural resources like water and power forcing utility prices up and causing blackouts and water shortages for locals Hotel shops often import or buy mass-produced gift items instead of those produced by local craftspeople and artisans Many tourists never leave the hotel grounds or cruise ship reducing the possibility of tourist income for local businesses Faced with limited economic prospects locals lose the incentive to preserve
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