Slum Tourism Case Study

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1.3. The Objective of the study Slum tourism has a vast array of ethical issues and it aids the exploitation and comparisons of different cultures. Slum tourism is the interpretation and interpretation of reality, but in the light of power, poverty and ethics. Many tourism developers, tourism authorities and operators, together with tourists do not know the real meaning of poverty and what it is to struggle or have nothing, they are mostly interesting in making visiting slums part of their holiday and to create a photo opportunity to add to their travel collections. They fail to understand how the local residents of the slums feel and go through, the slum is seen as a tourist destination and the slum dwellers as the outcome of poverty. No respect…show more content…
Hammel (2010) further explains that the tours are exploitive to the people living in the townships and that the people are put on display, in a kind of living zoo for tourists who stare at them. Personally, is it hard to stomach the idea that people live in such harsh conditions and in most instances it creates a gap between the tourists' life and that of the slum people. Township tours fails to provide meaningful, value and cultural experiences. It should lead the tourist to awareness and self-actualisation, their experiences should go through a personal transformative cycle, where they learn about the environment, the economy, the socio-cultural elements, the society and eventually the individual (one self) to help sustain the cultures, the people and their surroundings. Slum tourism is seen as patronising and not as a social enlightenment (BBC News Report, 2012). International and local tour operators and tourism companies are profit driven, known as social businesses and people are ignoring poverty. Slum tourism generates a large percentage of money through large for-profit travel companies that started dealing with the rising demand of slum tourism (Hanrahan, 2013). The problem then remains that poverty get entertained and the tourist attraction does not serve as a mere

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