Economic Benefits of Adventure Tourism

Adventure travel does have its benefits.
Adventure travel does have its benefits. (Image: "Rafting on Labor Day" is Copyrighted by Flickr user: Zevotron (Scot Campbell) under the Creative Commons Attribution license.)

Adventure tourism has many benefits to the economies in which the businesses are located. Adventure travel companies provide significant opportunities for people all over the world, often in places where economic development is stunted because of lack of investment, education and access.

Ease of Development

The adventure tourism industry benefits from low capital start-up costs for entrepreneurs, enabling the development of new markets in virtually any economic area. These new developments often create opportunity for foreign and local investments.

Job Creation

Adventure tourism and new companies that support it bring development projects and new jobs, increasing the financial gains for local people in that location.

Environmental Awareness

Adventure travel fuels environmental awareness. Adventure tourism companies lead initiatives that raise awareness of activities and practices that have a low environmental impact.

Better Land Management

Adventure tourism gives communities a financial reason to take a second look at land usage.

Increased Education and Health Benefits

In addition to increased employment, local people benefit from the educational and health benefits that a sustainable economy brings. According to the Adventure Travel Trade Association’s 2008 Development Index Report, “The prospect of employment and participation in a growing economy encourages interest in education.”

Giving Back to Communities

Murray Bartholomew, membership administrator of the Adventure Travel Trade Association, stated in a news release that adventure travel companies “demonstrate ongoing cultural, social and economic commitment” by establishing foundations that allow the tourism company and its customers to give back to the supporting communities.

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