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Imagine you are in Paris and your guide is telling you that there is a new site to visit in the city, the “Pere Lachaise Cemetery”. What would you do? Would you go? Or would you think it is for crazy people ….
In fact, millions of travelers worldwide, when they are in certain countries or cities for holidays, they feel the urge to visit certain places: a cemetery, a museum of horrors, the exact spot where a celebrity died, the site where they carried out an attack, a death camp….
What motivates this kind of tourism?
Experts define the ‘dark tourism or grief tourism’ as the fascination or curiosity that may attract ordinary people to visit places associated with death. It has nothing to do with mental or hidden perversions…. (good news, since my favorite place is the Jewish Cemetery in Prague) and I would say it is a lucrative travel industry!
And what we have to remember is that it is a new way of tourism, we have to adapt our facilities to make it easier for our clients to enjoy their stay. By this, I mean that our marketing campaign has to be directed to Dark Tourism, if we are in Cambodia we should give instructions to our future clients with, the history of the site, routes, weather, dangers, etc…
At the moment, the area is under-researched and the “Institute for Dark Tourism Research (iDTR)” hopes to become a global ‘hub’ of research on the subject. It will also help those who manage and promote dark tourism sites and exhibitions.
Some examples :
This type of tourism has supporters and detractors. The first claim that it is a new concept which motivates visitors tours to visit the monuments, while encouraging the preservation of spaces that keep an important historical, artistic and social.
Critics who reject this new form of tourism argue that visitor arrivals could damage the burial sites and reduce the protection of historical and religious monuments.
See you next week!
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