Support Local Businesses, but Who Gets to be the Local?

Responsible Tourism, responsible traveler, Tourist Money, travel

Gita Natalia

According to the Cambridge Dictionary, local as an adjective means “from, existing in, serving, or responsible for a smallarea, especially of a country

If you travel to another country and you have this passion to be an impactful traveler, the simplest thing you can do is track where your tourist money goes to avoid what is called the ‘Tourism Leakage’. It simply means that a huge chunk of your tourist dollar leaves the country to where you travel instead of doing its magic to the locals. According to the United Nations Environment Programme, 70% of tourist money in Thailand ended up leaving the country. That is also 80% of the Caribbean’s and 40% of India’s tourist money that left their countries instead of contributing to the local economy.

Why does this happen? World Travel & Tourism Council stated that the multinational company is mostly responsible for…

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