Dark Tourism ……. A Fine Line Between Curiosity and ExploitationDark tourism (also black tourism or grief tourism) is tourism involvingtravel to sites associated with death and tragedy. The main draw howeverto these locations is mostly due to their historical value rather than theirassociations with death and suffering. This includes castles andbattlefields. It also includes other sites of human atrocities and genocide.
Grief TourismGrief tourism as being when you travel somewhere to visit a scene of sometragic event. The most common examples of grief tourism are war-related,like visiting the concentration camps and battle sites, seeing cemeteries,and tourists coming to see where tragic crimes or events happened.Examples:- Ground Zero in New York after the 9/11 terrorist attacks- Kargil and Drass after Indo Pak War
Disaster TourismAn onslaught of visitors following some kind of natural disaster, such asthose visiting south-east Asia following the 2004 tsunami crisis, or peopletravelling to New Orleans to see the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, areboth examples of disaster tourism. Some might say disaster tourism is asubset of grief tourism.
Poverty / Slum TourismPoverty tourism usually features tours to slum areas and poverty stricken towns.It’s a natural human trait to be interested in how the other half live. Touring asquatter camp in Soweto, South Africa, or similarly poor settlements in India, anddriving through the favelas of Rio de Janeiro all belong to this category.
Suicide TourismThis particularly dark side of dark tourism generally takes two forms. The firstinvolves people travelling to a particular destination with the intention ofcommitting suicide, often by jumping from a famous landmark.A second form of suicide tourism takes into account the various laws relatedto euthanasia in different countries. For example, in several Europeancountries like Belgium, the Netherlands and Switzerland, active euthanasia isnot illegal, and terminally-ill people sometimes travel there to end their lifelegally.
Doomsday TourismDoomsday tourism refers to the thinking that you should hurry up and visitparticular places which are under threat, usually as a result of environmentalproblems and globing warming.For example, there’s been a rush on visits to see Arctic glaciers becausemany travellers (nudged by their travel agents) are scared they’re going todisappear.