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'_The No-Nonsense Guide to Tourism_ tells you what the Lonely Planet does not – 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 organisation, Bangalore, India.

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'Perspectives on history, politics, development and social attitudes. There is plenty of material to fuel interesting discussions. This book has a place in KS4 and also for college courses touching on tourism, business, economics and even modern history.' - School Librarian, UK.

'_The No-Nonsense Guide to Tourism_ makes us look inside the invisible world of exploitation and money-making that is modern tourism. Nowicka takes apart the myth that tourism is a desirable path to development for poor countries.' - Morning Star, London.

This No-Nonsense Guide demystifies the often invisible impacts of global tourism, one of the biggest industries in the world. From labor conditions to development by stealth; to the role of elites and the cultural impacts on both the visitor and the visited.

It also takes in themes like the gap year, the role of travel and vacations in western cultures, and examines the ‘happy smiling faces’ syndrome and asks whether this is just a reworking of old colonial relationships.

  1. What is tourism?
  2. Tourism as 'development'
  3. Inside the tourist
  4. Trouble in paradise
  5. The new colonialism
  6. Tourism as politics
  7. New tourism

About the Author: Pamela Nowicka is a journalist and consultant with the charity Tourism Concern. She has written on numerous tourism and ethics subjects.

Read Pamela Nowicka’s New Internationalist blog post about The No-Nonsense Guide to Tourism.

Format: Paperback
Dimensions: 180 x 110mm
Page extent: 144 pages
Publication date: April 2007
ISBN-13: 978-1-904456-60-5

Date added: August 16, 2010

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  1. #1 Katie 13 Jan 14

    I consider this book now in many ways outdated. Since being written in 2007, many of the ideas are no longer representative of global tourism as it is today, although some issues raised are still present. As well as this, having conducted primary research and widely studied the impacts of tourism, this is a very biased and one-sided book that does not fairly discuss the issues AND merits of tourism. Although some criticisms are valid, it does not present them in a 'no-nonsense' fashion, but instead preaches 'tourists-and-tourism-are-bad'. I am generally disappointed with the book. Although it could provide a basis for critically examining the industry, there are much better materials for this that take into consideration wider opinions and also suggest realistic solutions and alterations to behaviour that might improve the industry. The pessimism of this book makes it difficult to take the criticisms seriously.

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