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11. Posted by wouterrr (Travel Guru 3379 posts) 10y

Quoting james

If 80% of the city is destroyed and the tour takes place on a minibus, and the minibus is presumably travelling on a road, then I take it that you are travelling through the 20% of the city which has not been destroyed. Therefore, what is there to see?

OK I meant the fact that 80% is still inhabitable. I don't know about roadconditions in New-Orleans. The tour shows the devastation....

12. Posted by Desiree (Inactive 157 posts) 10y

perhaps they are driving those military vans? with that you can go offroad

but always you have people who want to see the situation after the diseaster, according to some studies, even to feel themselves better.

look what happened here, look how great it is that that didn't happen to me..

and it's now possible to travel to iraq as well..

it probably has it advantages, i think thailand is earning quite a lot of money on the family of the tourist who died there.. and without tourism, that part of thailand couldn't survive..
and now orleans used to be quite a populair tourism city right? so perhaps it's good that there again tourists who spend money?

13. Posted by chemukh (Full Member 132 posts) 10y

There is another kind of Disaster Tourism, one even worst.
I work in Search and Rescue with trained dogs to search living people. Twenty days after the tsunami in Indonesia my team received an offer to be sent to help there. We explained that there was no use to go at that stage of the tragedy, that other dogs teams were already there, but more dogs looking for alive persons three weeks after the tragedy was a waste of resources, we offered to contact them with the Red Cross to spend the same money in refugees and reconstruction, that we would going to be more a bother than a help to the people working there.
But I know other teams that I done it, they have gone to a disaster when they are not really needed, with not enough training and asking for resources to an actually colapsed local government because "they were volunteers and have the right to help". Then, they go back to theirs countries and say "We worked on XXXX Disaster" and they put it in theirs C.V.
That is called "Humanitarian Tourism" and, to me, one of the most unethical behaviours.

Catu

14. Posted by magykal1 (Travel Guru 2026 posts) 10y

I know this sounds a bit perverse, but one of the reasons that I went to Krabi and to Phi Phi in March was to see the effect of the Tsunami. You've just got to be fascinated by something so awe-inspiringly powerful.

However, We also went because they are damnably beautiful places and because we wanted to support the local people - we made sure we spent plenty of tourist dollar in a wide range of local businesses and we helped pick debris off the beaches.

Is that bad or not?

15. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 10y

It's a tricky question, isn't it? It seems to boil down to intention: does one go for the awe-inspiring enormity - humbled by what happened; or does one go just to say 'I was there!'? And does the why really even matter? Two people with two completely different intentions find themselves standing next to one another. Who's to say one is 'right' and the other is 'wrong'?

16. Posted by wouterrr (Travel Guru 3379 posts) 10y

Its indeed quite a difficult thing. At the one hand you are interested but at the other hand its just unethical. I mean I am honoust if I say that I would like to see New-Orleans after the disaster (after all its a surreal and unusual thing). But at the other hand if I think clear.....and think about the disaster, the people that died and the people that are affected......how could you have a good time (I mean be honoust...that is what you have)..in such place. Just after the tsunami (and I talk about one day after) ,I saw on the news, western people sunbathing on the beach (litteraly sunbathing between death bodies). Maybe they had a major nervous breakdown...but otherwise they were just acting like stupid animals.....

17. Posted by wouterrr (Travel Guru 3379 posts) 10y

Quoting magykal1

I know this sounds a bit perverse, but one of the reasons that I went to Krabi and to Phi Phi in March was to see the effect of the Tsunami. You've just got to be fascinated by something so awe-inspiringly powerful.

Is that bad or not?

No this is not bad!!! Things have build up properly and people there need your "tourist" money.....

18. Posted by Desiree (Inactive 157 posts) 10y

Quoting wouterrr

Just after the tsunami (and I talk about one day after) ,I saw on the news, western people sunbathing on the beach (litteraly sunbathing between death bodies). Maybe they had a major nervous breakdown...but otherwise they were just acting like stupid animals.....

I saw that too, *perhaps we are watching the same tv channels* and that quite shocked me, first of all, i dislike that kind of sunbathing, but doing that next to dead pleople, even if you don't have any feeling and just money, that must smell awfull and you could get really sick from it. Not to make it sound better or so, cause this behaviour is quite sick..

19. Posted by wouterrr (Travel Guru 3379 posts) 10y

Quoting Desiree

I saw that too, *perhaps we are watching the same tv channels* and that quite shocked me

Yeah they showed it on Dutch television but on CNN as well. It really made me feel ashamed that I am a westerner....

20. Posted by Desiree (Inactive 157 posts) 10y

Quoting wouterrr

Quoting Desiree

I saw that too, *perhaps we are watching the same tv channels* and that quite shocked me

Yeah they showed it on Dutch television but on CNN as well. It really made me feel ashamed that I am a westerner....

yes, but i have that feeling more often.. but it is a really strange situation