Slum Tourism

Is Slum Tourism Really All That Bad?

Is Slum Tourism Really All That Bad?

A Rio Favela. Picture by Brian Mier In June, Brazil found itself awash in tourists, ambling about like walking sacks of cash. Some 3.7 million visitors—including 600,000 (mostly white, mostly rich) foreigners—flooded the country for the month-long 2014 World Cup, spending an estimated 6.7 billion Brazilian reals ($3 billion). In Rio, tourists competed for just …

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7 slum getaways for the rich and tasteless traveler

7 slum getaways for the rich and tasteless traveler

WASHINGTON – When Marie Antoinette wanted to escape the confines and pressures of courtly life, she retreated to her quaint Petit Hameau where she and her companions donned their finest peasant frocks and pretended to be poor. A century later, fashionable Londoners took that pauper fantasy to a new extreme – nocturnally touring East London’s …

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Olajumoke Orisaguna & The Slum Tourism Debate: It’s Time To Rethink How We Portray The Beauty In Suffering

Olajumoke Orisaguna & The Slum Tourism Debate: It’s Time To Rethink How We Portray The Beauty In Suffering

An unlikely hero broke the Internet in Nigeria while most of the online world still recovered from Beyonce‘s invention of blackness. In a made-for-TV story, Olajumoke Orisaguna, a street-hawker, accidentally walked into the set of an ongoing celebrity photo shoot. The shot caught the eye of the photographer and she then became a covergirl. The …

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exhibitions on independence and partition to see around the world

exhibitions on independence and partition to see around the world

As the nations of India and Pakistan celebrate 75 years of independence—and commemorate the act of partition that brought them into being—cultural institutions are hosting exhibitions and artistic interventions to mark the moment. These provide not only educational information on an important period of history, but also a chance to reflect on the state of …

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Here’s what you need to know about Hawaii’s primary eleciton

Here’s what you need to know about Hawaii’s primary eleciton

Hawaiians will head to the polls on Saturday, with contentious Democratic House and governor primaries on the ballot. With a largely tourism-based economy still reeling from the pandemic, a state at the forefront of climate issues like sea levels and some of the highest housing costs in the country, the economy remains a top issue …

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‘Slum tourism’ treads fine line between aid and exploitation

‘Slum tourism’ treads fine line between aid and exploitation

One critic said the poor were being treated like ‘monkeys in a zoo’ and stripped of dignity, others say that only by seeing such poverty first-hand were they inspired to want to do something about it By Loic Vennin / AFP, JAKARTA “I decided to experience the real Jakarta,” said a tourist, stepping gingerly between …

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Little Rock Convention & Visitors Bureau reports positive outlook for tourism numbers

Little Rock Convention & Visitors Bureau reports positive outlook for tourism numbers

The Little Rock Convention & Visitors Bureau says the region is recovering from the pandemic as a travel destination. They are strving to return to pre-pandemic numbers to help Little Rock experience a full economic recovery. The organization published its 2021 report on Friday which showed the performance of the region as a destination during …

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Egypt paid great attention to achieve social justice, develop unsafe areas: ECSS study

Egypt paid great attention to achieve social justice, develop unsafe areas: ECSS study

Egypt’s development plans turn 6 Cairo slums into attractions – FILE CAIRO – June 14, 2022: The Egyptian Center for Thought and Strategic Studies (ECSS) reviews the state’s efforts to achieve social justice in a study, revealing that the state has paid great attention to develop unplanned areas and slums throughout the past years. According …

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