Overbooked The Exploding Business of Travel and Tourism

ISBN-10: 1439160996
ISBN-13: 9781439160992
Edition: 2013
Authors: Elizabeth Becker
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List price: $32.00
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Simon & Schuster, Incorporated
Publication date: 4/16/2013
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 464
Size: 6.50" wide x 9.50" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 1.342
Language: English

The largest global business in the world today is tourism. Employing one out of twelve people in the world and producing $6.5 trillion of the world’s economy, it is the main source of income for many countries.Elizabeth Becker describes the dimensions of this industry and its huge effect on the world economy, the environment, and our culture.Becker travels the world to offer lively portraits of far-off places: France invented the tour and is still the leader of the travel business; Venice is dying of over-tourism.In Cambodia, Becker watches tourists crawl over the decaying temples of Angkor, jeopardizing precious cultural sites.Costa Rica has abandoned raising cattle for American restaurants in order to protect their jungles for the lucrative field of eco-tourism.Dubai, in the Arabian Gulf, has transformed a patch of desert into one of the world's largest shopping malls.Africa’s safaris are thriving, even if its environment and wildlife are not; ocean cruise ships are spoiling the oceans and ruining city ports.China, the giant, is at last inviting tourists and at the same time sending its own out in droves.Becker’s investigation of global travel industry practices and their long-term ramifications is an eye-opening examination of this tremendous phenomenon. It is a staggering and unexamined element of the global economy.

Introduction
The Business
Tourism Becomes an Industry
Cultural Tourism: France, Venice and Cambodia
Les Vacances
Postcard from Venice
Getting It Wrong
Consumer Tourism: Cruises and Dubai
Cruising: Destination Nowhere
Desert Fantasies
Nature Tourism: Zambia, Costa Rica and Sri Lanka
Safari
Becoming Green
Postcard from Sri Lanka: War, Revolution, Tourism
The New Giant China
Golden Weeks
The Chinese Market
The Old Giant USA
America the Exceptional
Afterword
Acknowledgments
Notes
Index

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