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.
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.
Foreword by Equations (A tourism NGO in India) 1 What is tourism? 2 Tourism as 'development' 3 Inside the tourist 4 Trouble in Paradise 5 The new colonialism 6 Tourism as politics 7 New tourism Biliography Contacts Index