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The No-Nonsense Guide to Tourism

The No-Nonsense Guide to Tourism    
Format Softcover
Catalogue No. 978-1-897071-25-0
Pages 144
Language English only
Price $16.00
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Written by Pamela Nowicka.
Published in Canada in association with New Internationalist Publications™ Ltd. by Between the Lines, 2007.


We all like to take a break, relax on a beach or explore somewhere new. And we assume tourism economically benefits the host too. But this is often not the case – in the global south over 50 per cent of a tourist’s spending will leave the country in which it was spent. And what about the environmental impact of jetting off to exotic destinations?

The No-Nonsense Guide to Tourism demystifies the often invisible impact of global tourism, one of the biggest industries in the world (after oil and narcotics). From labour conditions to the role of elites and the cultural impacts on both the visitor and the visited, this book is an ethical starting point for travelers who wish to promote healthy and sustainable tourism. Accessible and thought-provoking, this guide examines the "happy smiling faces" syndrome and asks whether this is just a reworking of old colonial relationships.

Author Pamela Nowicka is a journalist and consultant who has worked with organizations such as Tourism Concern, a United Kingdom charity that works with communities in destination countries to reduce social and environmental problems. She has written on numerous tourism and ethics subjects.
“The No-Nonsense Guide to Tourism tells you 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 organization, Bangalore, India
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