Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Tourism is the new occupying force: A Librarian at Every Table. No. 305.

Although based in the UK the work of Tourism Concern --
To effect change in the tourism industry by campaigning for fair and ethically traded tourism--has meaning to those in the U.S. in the post-Hurricane era for New Orleans and the Gulf Coast.

Post-tsunami reconstruction and tourism: a second disaster?

Tourism is the new occupying force.
This report looks at the countries where the post-tsunami reconstruction plans involve the tourism industry. Research has not been easy. The issues are very complex and difficult. Nothing is static, the situations are changing constantly and there is often a lack of transparency. But there is no denying the worrying picture that emerges. Having suffered so much on 26 December, the local communities now find themselves disempowered and their rights and interests marginalised.
If we are not careful, only holidaymakers, governments and big business will benefit
from the new post-tsunami tourism. Our future ‘paradise’ holidays will be enjoyed at the expense of survivors who not only lost family, friends, their homes and possessions, but are also about to lose any hope of a future.

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