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1. Posted by autumnreid123 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

Hiya everyone!
I am doing a project on dark tourism and I need to find out the public's opinions on the tourism type.
I have two main questions that I would appreciate being answered:

1- Do you think that dark tourism is ethical?

2- Would you/have you been to a destination that may come under dark tourism? If so could you tell me some more about it?

Thank you so much for your participation.

2. Posted by Andyf (Moderator 777 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

It's good to see for yourself and make your own mind up, rather than having your opinions formed by media companies. With this in mind I've been to all sorts of places, Chernobyl for example, or Auschwitz, the Palestinian territories, Vilnius kgb museum.

Why would visiting be unethical? Are we defining dark tourism differently? Sounds more like you mean dodgy regimes.

3. Posted by Peter (Admin 6166 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

I've visited Auschwitz, the 9/11 site and several war memorials with mass graves. These probably all fall in the category of dark tourism.

I don't see it as unethical, but I can see how some might view it that way.

I see it more as a way to bear witness to great tragedies. It is important that we as a human race remember these horrible events and learn from them. And visiting these sites really does give you a different perspective than just looking at it on a screen.

4. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3821 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

I've visited Auschwitz and the Killing Fields in Cambodia I've also visited the peace museum in Hiroshima and have seen where the A-bomb fell. I agree with Peter's points - I don't think it's unethical at all, and feel that it's important for people to understand what happened during those terrible events.

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7. Posted by Andyf (Moderator 777 posts) 1y Star this if you like it!

Daisy, you're breaking the forum rules which forbid survey links.
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