By: Reilly Roggendorff

Tourism in Central America

Problems with Tourism

Tourism is an important source of income for Central America. However, with more than 20 million tourists each year, the environment is damaged.

Map of Central America

Negative Effects of Tourism

Tourists damage the area by using excessive amounts of the local resources. Large amounts of electricity, food and water are used causing shortages for the local people. Resorts and cruise ships pollute the air and water which threaten marine life.


Many organizations are working with local governments to find solutions to the problems. Businesses and travelers are making efforts to offset the damages.

The United Nations is hoping to increase environmental protections. Cruise lines are beginning to use recyclable materials and conserve fuel in an effort to protect the environment. Some travelers and organizations contribute to programs that plant trees and food resources in the region and improve the marine habitats.