EIRP Proceedings, Vol 12 (2017)

The Effect of Tourism on the Environment. Case of Study in the District of Pogradec, Albania

Denada Olli


Nowadays tourism is considered as a quality development of the tourist industry related both to the goods and to the services being offered and also to the organization and to the leading of the tourism itself. The increasing trend of the touristic flow and also the development of many tourist attractions have made it necessary the need of the use of the touristic tools in order to be successful. Therefore, tourism obtains a lot of meanings: it is a summary of relationships and occurrences of two different characters: the social and also the economical one; the last gets the priority. Regardless the aspect, tourism brings benefits. Nowadays it is closely connected to the environment where it operates. Even though they are closely related, tourism and the environment seem to be controversial to each other. The quality of the environment is an important part of the product that the tourism offers, but at the same time many activities which are related to this industry might bring undesirable effects on the environment. In this way the development should not be considered as something independent but as closely related to the environment. Tourism has the potential to increase the public awareness to the importance of the environment. This may lead to many activities done to protect the environment and to the consciousness needed on its benefits. In this way, tourism may contribute to the protection of the environment and also to the right use of the natural resources. 


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