A new study shows why bringing tourism dollars to destinations like the Bahamas and Chile can be more impactful than Costa Rica or Ghana.
CHINA, BEIJING : Young Chinese tourists eat lollipops during their visit to Tiananmen Square in Beijing on October 3, 2013. Chinese tourists should not pick their noses in public, pee in pools or steal airplane life jackets, China’s image-conscious authorities have warned in a handbook in their latest effort to counter unruly behaviour. The National Tourism Administration publicised its 64-page Guidebook for Civilised Tourism — with illustrations to accompany its list of dos and don’ts — on its website ahead of a “Golden Week” public holiday that started on October 1. AFP PHOTO/Mark RALSTON
"in 2009, i planned to become a guest of 31 secluded and visually unique tribes. i wanted to witness their time honoured traditions, join in their rituals and discover how the rest of the world is threatening to change their way of life forever. most importantly, i wanted to create an ambitious aesthetic photographic document that would stand the test of time, a body of work that would be an irreplaceable ethnographic record of a fast disappearing world. i didn’t start this project anticipating that i could stop the world from changing. i purely wanted to create a visual document that reminds us and generations to come of how beautiful the human world once was." - jimmy nelson
the tribes seen here (in only ten of the over 500 photos found in his book) are: (1) the peoples of the vanuatu islands, found southeast of the solomon islands; (2) the samburu of northern kenya; (3) the maori of new zealand; (4) the kalam of eastern new guinea; (5) the huli of the new guinea highlands; (6) the maasai, who live in kenya and tanzania; (7) the karo, who live on the eastern banks of ethiopia’s omo river; (8) the himba of the kunene region of northern namibia; (9) the kazakhs of western mongolia; (10) the yali of the baliem valley region of papua indonesia.
Mainland Chinese have become the world’s biggest tourism spenders, but their numbers have also placed them among the most resented tourists.
Surrounded by so many foreign stimuli, many yearn for a taste of home while abroad. Xie Nuoyan, 20, a college student from Beijing, felt as much during a recent visit to New York. While she appreciated the drinkable tap water, she said Chinatown was a letdown.
“I was really disappointed to see it’s not like in the movies, where there are lots of lanterns and performances everywhere,” she said.
How do you feel about this? What about the Favela Tours in Brazil? Is it the same? What do you think?
Until recently, European tourists seeking poverty-porn have been crowding onto buses to ride through “a real New York City ‘GHETTO,’” i.e., the Bronx.
The controversy that erupted over the tour caused the operator, Real Bronx Tours, to drop it today.
But the NY Post tagged along last week as one tour guide, Lynn Battaglia,made snide comments and gazed at impoverished locals.
As the bus idled across from historic St. Ann’s Episcopalian Church, Battaglia launched into a description of the crime, poverty and violence that plagued the South Bronx during the 1970s recession.
As she spoke, a line of two dozen poor people — including one man visibly agitated by the onlookers — waited for handouts from the church pantry.
“I don’t know what that line’s about, but every Wednesday we see it,” Battaglia told the tourists. “We see them go in with empty carts, and we see them come out with carts full.”
Bronx Borough President slammed Real Bronx Tours last week:
“To have foreigners come and gawk at a long line of people who are less fortunate than they are and to make money off of that and to view them as they are some sort of entertainment is pretty disgusting.”