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Overbooked: The Exploding Business of Travel and Tourism Hardcover – April 16, 2013
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Many of the problems she writes about are not new - Americans have been traveling en masse since the 1950s, the days of If It's Tuesday, This Must Be Belgium, when the focus was on buying souvenirs and cramming as many sights into two weeks as possible. The difference now is that instead of fifty tourists on a big bus, it's four thousand tourists of all nationalities on a massive cruise ship. While that is a lot of welcome tourist money spent on trinkets and ice cream cones, the ships create noise and air pollution, as well as the human waste that gets dumped. Suffice it to say - yecch.
It's fair to ask whether it's right to travel in such a way that significantly, and possibly irrevocably, changes the places you are visiting. Some governments limit the amount of tourism - visits to the Galapagos Islands are restricted, otherwise there would be no Galapagos for anyone to visit. But other destinations are unrestricted, such as the Caribbean islands and some of the South Sea Islands. Venice, already at risk from rising waters, has changed drastically since giant cruise ships have been stopping there.
As awful as the prospect of destroying pristine beaches and historic squares is, even worse is the human toll.Read more ›
One billion international tourist trips were taken last year. Tourism is the main source of income for more than a few cities and countries. Becker does an excellent job of elucidating travel as " one of the world's biggest businesses, an often cutthroat, high risk and high profit industry. However the profits of tourism go to large business, illegal organizations, and dictatorships. There are significant risks to the host country in ecological damage, property values inflated past the means of native citizens, exploited labor, and below board activities. For example, the sex tourism of Cambodia and Thailand is a true entity. In fact Cambodia is considering a "genocide trail" featuring the killing fields. Dubai has been built for tourists on the backs of "guest laborers".
Travel is exhilarating and educational. I believe that the pressure of the numbers of tourists have created the "last person on Martha's Vineyard origin. Each person buying into that culture wants no one else accepted for fear of overcrowding. This is a well written book that points out the dangers of unregulated tourism without condemning it as an industry. I did find the writing slow moving at times, but I think this is because multiple nations have made similar mistakes. One of the amusing facts, to me, is that US tourism has gone flat and that Americans are known as the surliest and least welcoming of people. That fact actually never occurred to me.
Overbooked is a comprehensive study of the state of tourism. She hails its successes and points out its failures. She also gives concrete solutions to some of the issues concerning recreational travel.Read more ›
Kudos to Elizabeth for building on years as a keen observer in the field to produce a fantastic tourism resource. Anybody traveling to Angkor Wat or Venice (or anywhere else she covers) should read this book BEFORE they go.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I am in the travel business and she knows what she is talking about. I am in the midst of reading it but I do recommend it.Published 1 month ago by Barbara Osman
The book explains really well the current situation, but it is quite basic. If you are just getting introduced into the topic is perfect, but if you already have some background... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
This a well written book. It is well-researched and also provides good anecdotes. It lets you see outcomes of the tourist industry that your rarely have in your mind. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Doctor Doctor
Living in Macau, I see the anger of the locals and the negative impact of the 'tourist boom' here. The same is in Hong Kong. Read morePublished 9 months ago by TTW
I found this book at the library after visiting Florence, Italy in March. I had lived in Florence 20 years ago while in college, and I was stunned at how much it had changed. Read morePublished 9 months ago by sojama
I was disappointed to see Somaly Mam being used as a source for information on Cambodia’s sex trade since she has been exposed as a fraud and forced to resign from her foundation. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Adam
So much information and has been of great value for my university classes.Published 15 months ago by Rafael
If you do some independent research, you will find that this book presents a biased perspective, and at times, entirely false information. Read morePublished 17 months ago by G. Green