Tourism has become of major economic and, therefore, social and environmental significance to islands around the world. Tourism does not just provide employment; its adoption usefully sidesteps some common island problems. Visitors boost demand, assisting economies of scale for everything from goods to transport services. A tourist economy is not constrained by the limitations of on-island capacities: tourists bring money from elsewhere and spend it on goods and services whilst on the island. Some goods may even be brought in on the very planes or ships that deliver the visitors, and thus the island might just be the stage on which transactions are performed.
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