Negative Social Aspects of Tourism and Sustainable Development: An Empirical Study


  • Amit Kumar Chakrabarty Department of Commerce, Chakdaha College Kalyani University


negative social aspects, sustainable development, growth of unscientific massage parlors, exploitation on tourists, over pricing, commercialization of country’s culture/customs, water pollution


This paper deals with the identification of negative social aspects of tourism that hinders the sustainable tourism development and well being, seriously. The identification is exclusively based on the opinion of sample tourist vis-à-vis the opinion of local people. A methodology has been framed to determine the major, minor and other negative social aspects of tourism. Appling statistical technique on respondents’ opinion, the author identified five major negative social aspects of West Bengal tourism: growth of unscientific massage parlors, exploitation on tourists, over pricing, commercialization of country’s culture/customs and water pollution, which seriously affects the growth of sustainable tourism development. The identified minor negative social aspects are littering, pick pocketing, theft and female prostitution, which also affect tourism. Apart from these, the author identified numerous negative social aspects which affect the industry occasionally, as per capacity. The author suggests that sound ‘Security Systems Management Process’ at operational level should be implemented by the government to arrest the growth of these negative aspects so that they can be nipped in the bud. Other wise the motto of ‘sustainable development and well being’ of studied area will be impeded.


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