Pressure groups help to ensure that tourism development does not harm the environment or the character of special destinations. Some pressure groups work within a specific destination, some work at the national level throughout the UK.
Other pressure groups, such as Tourism Concern, work in many countries throughout the world. Most of its work is in areas where the environment is threatened by tourism or where local people are being exploited.
The extracts below explain the work of the Ramblers – a pressure group which seeks to improve facilities for people who enjoy walking in the UK.