Who are these calls from?
Well the reworded ones above are from me and the team here.
Originally, BBC Scotland were telling us:
Travel agents, airlines and tour operators want clarity from the Scottish government on travel rules as England prepares to open up.
We simply cannot carry on with closure. If we want connectivity to be restored which is really important to Scotland’s economy we have to get going again.
Do we really need mass budget air travel to the Med to restart? Sure, those businesses think we do but do any other opinions come in to this?
As before, this will be more a starter than the finished article. Here at TuS we operate like a butterfly, always fluttering on to the next thing, so some ideas to question the travel businesses and their media lackeys:
However, tourism could also have a negative effect on the economy. Its boom may lead to a deindustrialization in other sectors (Copeland, 1991); this phenomenon is often called ‘Dutch Disease effect’. Despite contractions of the manufacturing sector are not found in the long-run period, the authors warn that the danger of this effect could still be valid in either short or medium run (Song et al., 2012). Furthermore, some prior studies brought to light other types of negative externalities driven by massive tourist arrivals, such as over-exploitation of natural resources (e.g. Capó et al., 2007; Holzner, 2005), increased cost of living and asset bubbles (e.g. Copeland, 1991; Sheng, 2016a; Sheng and Tsui, 2009a), environmental externalities (e.g. Briassoulis, 2002; Brohman, 1996; Saenz-de-Miera and Rosselló, 2014; Sheng and Tsui, 2009b) and social externalities (Castells, 1978; Harvey, 2008; Sheng, 2016b).
We find that, between 2009 and 2013, tourism’s global carbon footprint has increased from 3.9 to 4.5 GtCO2e, [gigatonnes of CO2 equivalent] four times more than previously estimated, accounting for about 8% of global greenhouse gas emissions. Transport, shopping and food are significant contributors. The majority of this footprint is exerted by and in high-income countries. The rapid increase in tourism demand is effectively outstripping the decarbonization of tourism-related technology. We project that, due to its high carbon intensity and continuing growth, tourism will constitute a growing part of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions.
At the same time, it’s clear that all the global travel that is such an integral part of our economic and social reality today is also one of the main risk factors in the spread of viruses and diseases around the world. Along with the growth in aviation, the world is getting more and more connected. A study by a team from MIT found that the links between regions created by the global aviation network increased by 140% between 1990 and 2012.
I recommend, Scotland.