Though Rapa Nui (Easter Island), Chile in is the most remote inhabited island in the world, more than five hours by air from the nearest continent, some 50,000 tourists arrived in 2010—compared to around 5000 inhabitants. The government expects this number to increase to 200,000 by 2020, and is expanding the airport and improving infrastructure in anticipation. Though this is good news for those who rely on tourism, the island’s top earner, the unprecedented traffic on this fragile island has taken a severe environmental toll.
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