The development of tourism and the increase in the number of travelers at the level of certain areas of touristic interest brings socio-economic benefits and also leads to the damaging of the quality of the environment. Transportation, as component of the tourism industry, has many side effects on the environment due to carbon dioxide emissions, pollution, etc. The work mainly emphasizes the way in which air, road, rail and water transportation influences the quality of the environment, contributing to global warming at the same time. Climate change, a consequence of global warming, is perhaps the biggest problem of the beginning of the millennium, representing one of the most prodigious forces that will affect the progress of humanity in the 21st century and later. In this sense, our paper tries to draw attention to the adaptation measures meant to diminish the vulnerability of climate change at the level of tourism, in general and transportation, in particular.
Transportation & Tourism
Think back to the last vacation you took. How did you get there? Did you drive a car? Fly on a plane? Maybe you took a ride on a train. Regardless, you got there through some kind of transportation.
Transportation is critical for the tourism industry. If there isn’t a way to get to the destination, people are simply not going to walk or swim there! And there’s more to it than that. Even if there is a way to get there, that doesn’t mean people will come. You’ll find out why in this lesson on transportation’s impact on tourism.
Transportation & the Destination
The entire tourism industry is dependent on transportation. A hotel in Paris, France, catering to tourists cannot survive if there is no way for the tourists to get there. The same goes for a nature reserve in Thailand, a snorkeling company near the Great Barrier Reef in Australia, or a meditation retreat in India. The tourists get there through various modes of transportation, such as:
Or, in many cases, a combination thereof. Only when the tourists get to their destinations can they spend money and prop up the local tourism industry, which includes companies that provide accommodations, food and drink, and entertainment of all sorts.
Once the customer reaches their preferred destination, the transportation doesn’t stop! For instance, if you could get a direct flight to a very remote city in a developing nation, you might still avoid going there. There could be many reasons why, but poor transportation within the destination is one of them. Why bother going to a place if you cannot get around easily enough due to a lack of transportation in a location?
Booming tourist centers around the world try to ensure that tourists have a very easy time getting around via numerous methods, such as bus, taxi, train, and rental vehicles.