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WHAT IS DARK TOURISM? Dark tourism (also black tourism or grief tourism) is tourism that includes travelling to places associated with death and suffering. If you have ever been to the world war battlefields in northern France, the site of the 9/11 terrorist attacks in New York, a Holocaust museum or even a military cemetery, then you've participated — perhaps unknowingly — in dark tourism. This term was first used in 1996. For tourism researchers, The most attractive point of dark tourism is, it concentrates on personal characteristic of tourists instead of destination.
TYPES OF DARK TOURISM GriefTourism Poverty Tourism Disaster Tourism Suicide Tourism Doomsday Tourism
MOTIVATIONS TO DO DARK TOURISM To do somethingdifferent. To do somethingdark. Torelivetheexperiences of theirrelatives. Tobeaware of theimportance of thedisasters try tohelpwiththeincomestheybringtothe country. Inheritance ( theyvisitdarktourismdestinationsbecause of their personal past. E.gamericansoldierswhovisited Vietnam aftermanyyears of war.) Guiltinessdevotedtohistory
WHICH KIND OF CLIENT DOES DARK TOURISM? Opaque darktravellers:theyvisit places relatedtodeatheventuallye.gpyramids of Egypt Darktravellers: Theytravelto places relatedtowar. E.gCanakkale(Turkey) Verydarktravellers: Monumentstodeath. Like Graveyards.eg: Prague, JewishCemetery Veryverydarktravellers: Visit places wheremanypeopledied. E.gconcentrationfields in Auschwitz-Birkenau(Poland). Darkesttravellers: TraveltoseepeoplesufferOr die. Places thatsuffered a catastrophe and they’restillrecoveringfromit. E.gin New Orleans hurricane katrina.
DESTINATIONS FOR DARK TOURISM UnitedKingdomLondon’sDungeon RomaniaDracula’sCastle GermanyColditz ThailandTsunami Disaster UkranieChernobyl PolandAuswitchConcentrationFields Vietnam (VietnamWar)
GriefTourism: Basically, grief tourism can be define as being when you travel somewhere to visit a scene of some tragic event. E.g. ground zero NYC.
Poverty Tourism: Tourism based in seeing how the other half live: the very poor. Poverty tourism usually features tours to slum areas and poverty stricken towns. Some claim to help these poor by using profits.
DisasterTourism: It is a type of tourism related with natural disasters. Eg Visit south-east Asia following the 2004 tsunami crisis, or people traveling to New Orleans to see the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, are both examples of disaster tourism.
Doomsday Tourism: Refers to the thinking that you should hurry up and visit particular places which are under threat, usually as a result of environmental problems and global warming.
Suicide Tourism: This particularly dark side of dark tourism generally takes two forms. The first involves people traveling to a particular destination with the intention of committing suicide, often by jumping from a famous landmark.
A second form of suicide tourism takes into account the various laws related to euthanasia in different countries. For example, in several European countries like Belgium, the Netherlands and Switzerland, active euthanasia is not illegal, and terminally-ill people sometimes travel there to end their life legally
WHICH COMPANIES DO THIS? Sincethis type of tourismisvery new there are not toomanycompaniesyet. Packages are sold in anyagency to the main darktourism attractions but there are not anycompaniesdedicated to this type of specifictourism. Catacomb tours, 1 Place Denfert-Rochereau, 14th arrondissement, 75014 Paris, Tel: +33-1-43-22-47-63
THE 7 WONDERS OF DARK TOURISM Teutoburgoforests ( Sajonia) Castle of Vlad Tepes and tower of Nis (Serbia) Mayan city in Tikal ( Guatemala) El Alamo in Mexico White Chapel in London PearlHarbour in Hiroshima Auschwitz in Poland
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