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Tourists: How Our Fastest Growing Industry is Changing the World Hardcover – December 1, 1996


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 258 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber; First Edition edition (December 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571198937
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571198931
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 6 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,183,537 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

In the developed world, reports Krotz, travel for pleasure is the third-largest household expense, and this earnest set of dispatches offers a good introductory look at the tourism industry. A tourist himself, Krotz acknowledges some ambivalence; a trip to Germany to explore his roots leads him to wonder: "What is our obligation to our forebears?" He offers a quick history of mass tourism, from the savvy packager Thomas Cook to the all-inclusive Club Med. In Belize, recently a hot tourist spot, Krotz finds that tourism has made the country more homogenous and more menacing. In Kenya, he concludes that the postcard wildlife image bears no reality to the crowded streets and pollution he sees, and he recognizes that the tourist economy mirrors the old colonial economy. Because tourism often drives a wedge between visitor and visited, Krotz proposes, somewhat predictably, that we seek "the human and the experimental." So he reports on a few fledgling projects to support responsible tourism that will protect "the interests of the visited." Fine, but Krotz, who teaches creative writing at the University of Manitoba, has left out the generations of backpackers who have already changed tourism. And his tone might have been leavened by some irony.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

Krotz (writing, Univ. of Manitoba) has produced a very well-written book on tourism and its effects on the economy of visited areas of the world, such as Belize, Kenya, Manitoba, North Dakota, and Germany, and on the inhabitants of those countries. Having visited the areas and interviewed officials there, Krotz does not take the attitude of a snobbish traveler or a naive tourist but looks at the results of tourism as a whole. He finds that tourism is a mixed blessing, sometimes helpful to the economy but not always as much as the tourist industry would have one believe. He gives some historical background, beginning with Thomas Cook, the Englishman who started it all. Tourism, even so-called ecotourism, has had deleterious effects and has homogenized the world in an American image, the author asserts. He ends with a question: Can tourism be made responsible? His book should be required reading for all travel agents, tourists, and social scientists. Highly recommended.
George M. Jenks, Bucknell Univ., Lewisburg, Pa.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 6, 1998
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This is a very interesting text onthe meaning of personal travel and discovery in all it`s aspects. I have found Krotz to be a very refreshing writer, since I first came across his " Waiting for the Ice-Cream Man" in the late `70s.
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