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Responsible Tourism: How To Preserve the Goose that Lays the Golden Egg.

Date Published: May 2015
Author: Ed McMahon
Source: Virginia Town and City Magazine
Tourism is a major American industry. Americans spend over 800 billion a year on travel and recreation away from home. Tourism provides communities with numerous benefits including, new jobs, an expanded tax base, improved facilities, and a new market for local products. However, tourism can also exacerbate crowding, traffic congestion, and haphazard development if not planned for correctly. This resource article provides tactics needed to maximize the benefits of tourism, while minimizing the burdens.

Virginia Town and City Magazine is distributed by the Virginia Municipal League, which is a statewide, nonprofit, nonpartisan association of city, town and county governments. 


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