To Americans Puerto Rico is an island destination where they can relax on the beach. In reality, Puerto Rico has deep social problems that have been hidden by tourism. It is easy to see pictures of magnificent beaches and assume the whole island is as beautiful and picturesque as that beach. There is no arguing that Puerto Rico is an incredible place with a thriving culture the disregard of its problems has created an American population that knows nothing of its commonwealth neighbor. The Rum Diary by director Bruce Robinson explores these issues, especially transparency regarding social ills. In the movie, Johnny Depp’s character, Paul Kemp is a freelance journalist who is only allowed to write about tourist life even though he wants to write about the poverty of San Juan. The film portrays the disconnect between American tourists and the local community. The way Puerto Rico is portrayed in the media and in entertainment is one sided, and that is the side that appeals to the public. No one wants to taint paradise with corruption. That is similar to many resort countries where tourists only know what they see within the confines of their hotel. That is unfortunate because serious issues need to be known especially since Puerto Rico is an American commonwealth that deserves the same opportunities that are available in America. In this essay I will use The Rum Diary to support the argument that American intervention and the media’s portrayal of Puerto Rico as a tourist destination has covered up deep social problems, which tourism has perpetuated.
When the word Miami is said, just about everyone begins to picture palm trees, the beach, and a variety of different people. Miami is frequently referred to as the “Tropical Playground” as well as the “Celebrity Playground”, both titles implying only a time for fun. The mass tourism that occurs because of this image of paradise and glamour is without a doubt a major factor in the city’s money flow, crime rate, and culture (Clery). The city of Miami has marketed itself in such a way that it is becoming more influential in the globalized world than ever before. This can be seen with the increased connections to Latin America, Europe, and the other states of the country.
Florida is a wonderful state that is located in a peninsula between the Straits of Florida, Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico covering on the three sides. Fascinating environments of the state have been richly multiplied with exotic plants and fantastic animals. The culture differs in this flat land of Florida and at present times Florida comprises of more than 1000 public and private airports that welcomes tourists and travelers from around the globe extensively.
In Sean Baker’s 2017 film, The Florida Project, one is introduced to six year old Moonee and her single mother Halley. Unemployed and living in the Magic Castle Motel juxtaposed with Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, Halley and Moonee live through the struggles of not having money. Halley and Moonee’s worlds are immersed in this hyper reality surrounding Walt Disney World;however, even that isn’t enough to shield them from the film’s theme that real life is a world where maturity wins against the immature. Halley’s consistent immaturity as a parent prevented her from making the necessary mature decisions that would result in better living conditions for her and Moonee. It isn’t until Florida Department of Children and Families, DCF, threatens
Did you know that for ever person that lives in Florida, four more people visit the state every year? Tourism makes up eighty-one percent of Florida’s gross state product. Also, “no trip is complete without tasting a fresh-picked orange or a slice of Key lime pie” (Heinrichs 11). The excellent weather and awesome beaches in Florida are irresistible to tourists. Florida’s early history, geography, climate, wildlife, and economy will be explained thoroughly in this paper.
A major indication of the overall benefit outweighing the cons within a society is governmental income and local employment rates within the nations. In particular, the Caribbean has seen a major boom in inbound tourism in these tropical nations. The amount of revenue generated from the receipts by destination to the Caribbean has increased by $12,000,000 since the year 1990. Generally speaking, this has such a large impact on their community because this means tourism plays a huge part in a source of income from residents and governments of the Caribbean. Another nation in the Caribbean that plays a huge role on the globe is the United States. A statistics done by United States Travel Association, “78% of all U.S. leisure travelers participate in cultural and/or heritage activities while traveling, translating to 118.4 million adults each year” (Hargrove). This means that while tourists are traveling they likely attend art museums, cultural events, music festivals, historical sites, and different ethnic
Tourism impacts can be generally classified into seven categories with each having both positive and negative impacts. These impacts include; economic, environmental, social and cultural, crowding and congestion, taxes, and community attitude. It is essential for a balance on array of impacts that may either positively or negatively affect the resident communities. Different groups are concerned about different tourism impacts that affect them in one way or another. Tourism’s benefits can be increased by use of specific plans and actions. These can also lead to decrease in the gravity of negative impacts. Communities will not experience every impact but instead this will depend on particular natural resources, development, or spatial patterns (Glen 1999).
The economy can be clearly identified as the most beneficial aspect of tourism. “According to recent statistics, tourism provides about 10% of the world’s income and employs almost one tenth of the world’s workforce” (Mirbabayev, 2007). In Australia alone, Tourism contributed $87.3 billion in 2012, and employed 908,434 (7.9%) people (Kookana & Duc Pham, 2013). Tourism is “one of the most profitable and rapidly developing industries in the world” (Popushoi, 2004). Every year the number of tourists increase dramatically and consequently the revenues from tourism will increase substantially.
Tourism is a typical activity of fashion that the public participate widely and it has grown in importance over recorded human history. Innumerable articles refer tourism as “the world’s largest industry”; policy-makers, analysts, and scholars often speak of the size of the tourism compared to that of other industries (Smith 2004: 26). These series of misleading statement, together with the mass media’s reports (out of context), make the idea that tourism is a single large industry branded into many people’s minds. However, in this essay I will demonstrate that it is a simplistic and misleading idea, which should be replaced by the plural term, “tourism industries”. Moreover, tourism is not the world’s largest industry, but largest service sector.
If a tourist visits a certain area and enjoys it, they will encourage peers and family to visit to therefore in the long run still increasing the income to the area and therefore increasing their real income per capita as more people are visiting therefore more money is coming in.