Do Tourist Want to See Destinations ‘Improved’ by Development?
Dust from Santa Teresa, Costa Rica's dirt roads causes health problems for the town's residents. Laura Desobry / Flickr
Santa Theresa reflects a dilemma affecting much of the tourism industry: popularity erodes destinations, but rebuilding or developing them erodes some of their original charm.
Excerpt from New York Times
[Santa Teresa, Costa Rica’s] unpaved road, which feels very much like a simple path through a jungle, is now lined with eco-friendly lodges, yoga retreats and trendy restaurants serving organic food…
After years of unfulfilled promises and delays, the local municipality started preliminary work on paving a three-mile stretch of road through town in June and indicated that another four-mile section would be paved at a later date. But many residents are skeptical that the road will be properly paved…
“Travelers don’t want the places they love to change,” said Daniel Fesenmaier, a professor at Temple University’s School of Tourism and Hospitality Management.