“Ocean and coastal tourism is widely regarded as one of the fastest growing areas of contemporary tourism. While tourism development has been spatially focused on the beach for much of the past 50 years, as witnessed for ex, the slogan of the four ‘S’ of tourism – sun, sand, surf and sex – the ocean and the marine environment as a whole has become one of the new frontiers and fastest growing areas of the world’s tourism industry…………. However, because of the highly dynamic nature of the coastal environment any development which interferes with the natural ecosystem may have severe consequences for the long-term sustainability of the environment” (Hall 2001: 601-602).
problem1. Define the concept of marine and coastal tourism using relevant exs to illustrate your answer.
problem2. In the light of the above statement and using appropriate evidence to support your arguments, critically discuss the different impacts of tourism on the coastal and marine environment.