By Meghan Muldoon and Tom Griffin
Many tourists seek unique, ‘outside-the-box’ adventures in their travels. Over the past several years, the popularity of visiting a slum on a tour has grown. A form of tourism that brings wealthy people face-to-face with some of the poorest people in the world has drawn its share of criticism.
Views on slum tourism differ. On the one hand, it can be a voyeuristic and exploitative form of poverty porn. On the other, it puts tourism money directly into the hands of people who need it most. Further, it helps improve cultural understanding and awareness.
by Marek Więckowski
Borders, ancient walls, and boundary curiosities play a significant role in tourism. Unique border locations around the world attract tourist interest (Timothy et al., 2016).
One such border attraction is the “tripoint” — where three countries meet at one point.
Tripoints often have symbolic meanings. They are special places that signify transboundary cooperation (or not) among the three countries (Więckowski 2021).
In Europe, the EU has special funds to support transborder cooperation. The aim is to better unify Europe. But these funds also create opportunities for new tourism spaces.
INTERNATIONAL tourism dropped considerably to Thailand Buddhist temples as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The economies of countries dependent on tourism are clearly hurting, with visitor numbers plummeting as a result of the pandemic.
In Thailand alone, a country where tourism accounts for 11%-12% of the GDP, the number of international tourists dropped by 83% in 2020. During December 2020 — typically a peak tourism month — the country received just over 6,000 foreign tourists — a 99.8% drop from December 2019, when there were nearly 4 million foreign tourists.
The Thai government estimates a loss…
If you’re headed out into the wild this summer, you may need to jump online and book a reservation before you go. For the second consecutive year, reservations are required to visit Yosemite, Rocky Mountain and Glacier national parks. Other popular sites, including Maine’s Acadia National Park, encourage visitors to buy entrance passes in advance.
Tourism Geographic (TGx) was soft-launched 3 months ago at the end of February of this year (2021). Our official launch on social media sites was around March 9th and 10th.
Since that time, we have published 23 full articles, plus about 15 “news and information” articles related to Tourism Geographic and Tourism Geographies. Collectively, those articles have been viewed 9,236 times, with viewers spending a total of 7,179 minutes (117 hours) reading them.
TGx averaged 52 visitors a day since its soft launch. That number increased to 70 daily visitors this past month. The publication itself has 101 followers. …
By Denis Tolkach and Stephen Pratt
Globalisation is a term used to describe how trade and technology have made the world into a more connected and interdependent place. Globalization also captures in its scope the economic and social changes that have come about as a result.
— National Geographic
Travel and tourism are among the major drivers of globalisation and cultural change. Others drivers of globalisation include migration, geopolitics, technology, and popular culture. All of these are essentially shaped by the movement of people, goods, money, and information.
Globalisation is often perceived as a threat to the preservation of traditional…
Tourism Geographic (TGx) is pleased to announce that we are now accepting article pitches from graduate students based on their theses and dissertations.
Up to now, we were only accepting articles based on papers that had previously been published in the academic journal Tourism Geographies (TG). This limitation was due to the amount of work required by the TGx Editors to get the articles into shape for a more general audience.
by Juste Rajaonson & Georges A. Tanguay
INTERNATIONAL restrictions during the COVID-19 pandemic have prompted many travel enthusiasts to explore local and regional tourist destinations. However, communities have been affected very differently from increased numbers of homegrown tourists.
In Canada, the impact on international travel due to COVID-19 was immediate, with a decrease of 614,000 international arrivals to Canada in March 2020. That represented a 92-per-cent decrease over 2019 — a loss that has not yet been recovered.
By Stephen Schweinsberg, Po-Hsin Lai and Stephen Wearing
COVID-19 has had a devastating impact on the global travel industry. International border closures and passenger concerns over possible infections have threatened the economic viability of many dominant players in the aviation, hotel, and other service sectors.
Since the global shutdown began in early 2020, academics have debated what a ‘new normal’ for tourism should look like after the pandemic. Some have argued that host communities should have a more prominent voice in future sustainable tourism planning (e.g. Higgins-Desbiolles, 2020).
However, less attention has been given to the host community’s actual perspectives…