Some spots listing on the UNESCO World Heritage List had attracted more attention year after year. As a consequence of over eagerness of the media to report designated sites, they became popular destinations not only for domestic tourists but also overseas tourists. Although some of negative impacts occur in World Heritage sites, benefits outweigh the disadvantages in the long run.
On the first point, being granted World Heritage status leads to the enhancement of the image of the sites. Once they became well-known, lots of tourists surge there. This boom brings more foreign visitors over a long period of time.
Increasing the number of travelers would pose a threat to a region's natural and cultural resources. However, it brings the economic effects immediately. For instance, after Meiji industrial sites was endorsed for World Heritage listing a few days ago, the site was then crowded with tourist. There was more than fivefold increase as compared to last year. In addition, Tourism creates jobs, both through direct employment within the tourism industry and indirectly in sectors such as retail and transportation.
On the contrary, there are some disadvantages. Litters brought by sightseer sometimes mar the landscape of the sites. Since traditional buildings are strictly regulated by law not to repair without permission, this burdens residents financially. Notwithstanding, nature and scenery are preserved by inhabitant' efforts. Even their tradition which was slighted is expected to become a featured products and attractions.
For these reasons, designating as a World Heritage sites is an advantage in the regions. This can be an opportunity to know their history, tradition and even identity.