The No-Nonsense Guide to Tourism (No-Nonsense Guides)

The No-Nonsense Guide to Tourism (No-Nonsense Guides)

by PamelaNowicka (Author)

Synopsis

This guide demystifies the often invisible impacts of global tourism, one of the biggest industries in the world, from labour conditions to development by stealth; to the role of elites and the cultural impacts on both the visitor and the visited. It also takes in themes like the gap year, the role of travel and vacations in western cultures, and examines the 'happy smiling faces' syndrome and asks whether this is just a reworking of old colonial relationships. This title offers a plain-speaking, independent view that gives examples of healthy, sustainable tourism.

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Format: Paperback
Pages: 144
Publisher: New Internationalist Publications Ltd
Published: 05 Apr 2007

ISBN 10: 190445660X
ISBN 13: 9781904456605

Media Reviews
The No-Nonsense Guide to Tourism tells you what the Lonely Planet does not - that there is more to your holiday than visiting the 'attractions', relishing local cuisines or enjoying a siesta on a hammock by a beach. Equations, advocacy and campaigning organisation, Bangalore, India Perspectives on history, politics, development and social attitudes. There is plenty of material to fuel interesting discussions. This book has a place in KS4 and also for college courses touching on tourism, business, economics and even modern history. School Librarian, UK The No-Nonsense Guide to Tourism makes us look inside the invisible world of exploitation and money-making that is modern tourism. Nowicka takes apart the myth that tourism is a desirable path to development for poor countries. Morning Star, London
Author Bio
Pamela Nowicka is a journalist, film-maker and activist. She has been campaigning and writing on social justice and environmental issues for many years and is particularly interested in the direct connection between western consumer lifestyle, the increasing rich/poor gap and the destruction of the planet. As well as her media activities she works with NGOs both in the UK and in India to raise their media profile and awareness of the work they do. Her campaigning BBC documentary, 'Let Her Die' highlighted the issue of female infanticide in India and won the Palme d Or, and she has also investigated child prostitution and trafficking in Thailand. Her extensive travels in India and South East Asia provided the initial source material and concepts for the No Nonsense Guide. Pamela believes that unless the current wholesale cultural homogenisation which is occurring is challenged and checked, in twenty years time the whole world will be 'globalised' in the image of the US/UK hegemony.