The main adverse impact that wind farm development is likely to have on the economy of an area relates to tourism.
If wind farms threaten to destroy jobs in the tourist industry, they create few if any compensating jobs elsewhere. A typical turbine requires less than one day’s maintenance per year
– A National Tourist Board survey shows that 90% of British holiday makers who go to the countryside do so to enjoy it for its own sake and seek no further attractions like theme parks.
– Denmark has reported a 40% fall in tourist numbers where wind power stations have been established.
– Holland (survey by the University of Leiden in the late 1980s) found that the majority of those questioned felt that a landscape lost its interest as turbines accumulated in it.
– The Welsh Tourist Board’s policy on wind turbines reads: We consider that elsewhere proposals should be considered on their merits, the effects upon tourism being a material issue for consideration.”