Geography: Analyse the Environmental, Social and Economic Impacts of an Economic Activity

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The economic activity that will be discussed is tourism. Tourism is a highly complex productive activity. The growth of global tourism has had pronounced social, environmental and economic effects. The economic impacts of tourism have been shown to be positive as it continues to bring a large number of economic benefits, generating wealth and employment. In contrast, however, the environmental impacts of tourism are generally negative because the growth of tourism has placed a huge demand on the biophysical and built environments whereas, the social and economic impacts have been both positive. The main positive social impact of tourism is that it allows an educational and cultural exchange between people. Illustrated will be Perisher Blue, on these impacts will be illustrated with Perisher Blue ski Resort, It is the largest alpine resort destination in the Southern Hemisphere. It is a single integrated ski resort incorporating four interlinked ski resorts (Perisher Valley, Smiggins Holes, Blue Cow and Guthega), the Ski Tube and hotels and restaurants. It is located within the borders of the Kosciusko National Park in the Snowy Mountains of South-East New South Wales, and is the largest Ski Resort in the Southern Hemisphere. , 5 ½ hour’s drive from Sydney, or 500 km away. P305 -Tourism affects the environment through its interaction with natural, human, and built resources. The environment is important in attracting tourism flows because tourism developments tend to be located near attractive or unique features of the biophysical environment. Unfortunately, however, exploitation for tourism often places a heavy strain on such natural resources. The greatest threat exists to those environments considered to be the most fragile. Considering Perisher, the development and operation of the resort has a substantial effect on the biophysical environment. These
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