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Top 10 Most Controversial Tourist Destinations
« on: February 13, 2015, 12:56:53 PM »

List of Top 10 most controversial tourist places in the world

Tourism can be a boost for many places but for few controversial places it can boost controversy and exploitation of local resources and in some cases human beings also.


Lower Ninth Ward, New Orleans (USA)
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Controversy: Privacy Invasion

Hurricane Katrina devastated the whole Lower Ninth Ward in New Orleans. Residents saw hell broke loose when this natural calamity shook up their lives. After a month of devastation residents saw a new group of people started wandering the streets. Tour operators started organizing tours to this devastated town where the bad luck of residents was running as a slideshow for the tourists. Ordinances were passed to ban such tour groups but still many such bans are unenforced and still residents feel humiliated by these tourists.

Jarawa Reserve, Andaman Islands
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Controversy: Human rights exploitation

Have you ever heard of the term 'Human Safari'. Yes human rights are being exploited by tour groups in Andaman Islands. Jarawa tribe lives in Andaman and to save their identity and to save them from extinction, a ban is imposed to interact with Jarawa people or to film them but still many tours are organized on a daily basis and tourists on the vehicles force these tribal people to dance for few pennies or food. This is very sad that humans are treated like they are animals in a zoo.

Pripyat, Ukraine
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Controversy: Health Hazards for tourists

A township built in 1970 for the workers working in Chernobyl nuclear power plant. But a reactor exploded in Year 1986 and the explosion was equivalent to 400 Hiroshima. Many died in the tragedy and town was left as it is when it was at the time of tragedy. Not a thing moved. Tour operators take tourists through this devastated township and tourists are required to sign a waiver that tourists themselves are responsible if they develop some health concerns due to radiations after visiting the place

Padaung Karen Reserve, Thailand
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Controversy: Human Exploitation

There is a major population is Thailand, which is not blended into mainstream Thai population and still don't have many rights as normal citizen in Thailand has. One such community is  Paduang Karen, which is famous for 'Long Neck Women'. Here women wear brass rings across their neck to deform their chests and shoulders to give an ill-illusion of long necks. Many favor tourism by saying that they tourism is helping them preserving their culture but it all boils down to dollars earned by these tourism groups.


Machu Picchu, Peru
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Controversy: Damaging Structures

Machu Picchu in Peru is a major tourism destination and a mojor economic earner for Peru. It is 8200 m trek to the structure, which is getting damaged by each increasing footstep. The daily capacity limit imposed bu authorities over their is 2500 but still the foot count is increasing by 6% annually. This is eroding the structure with fear of landslides. This beautiful world heritage site is now endangered with extra human intervention.

Vang Vieng, Laos
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Controversy: Tourist Deaths

4Ds are associated with Vang Vieng in Laos in Southeast Asia. And if you are curious to know what are those 4 Ds, they are Drugs, Drinking, Drowning and Death. This river side party town is famous for tourist deaths due to excessive drugs and drinking consumption and people also getting drowned in the river. After a massive 22 death tragedy couple of years back in 2012, a major crackdown happened and most of the riverside establishments were forced to closed down but till when this enforcement will remain that is to be seen and when will the death party starts again.

North Korea
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Controversy: Funding tourism of 'North Korea'

We all know about North Korea and what the perception is about the nation by rest of the world. But still many tourists try to breach into the country to see the secret country from inside. No. 1 it is very risky and No. 2 it is like funding the tourism and the country 'North Korea'. and I am writing North Korea instead of an adjective and it itself is an adjective.

Antarctica
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Controversy: Environmental Damage

Once inaccessible, this uninhabited mass of Ice and Rocks is now a tourist destination. This place was only accessible for some handful scientists or explorers is now open for tourists for a certain period of a season and it is easier to get into the Antarctica than you think. But these tourists bring many diseases and disturb the fragile ecosystem of Antactica.

Dharavi Slum, India
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Controversy: Voyeurism

Dharavi is a biggest slum in otherwise financial hub of India, Mumbai. It is very inconvenient to visit for a tourist as it lacks basic facilities and also how ethical on part of tourist to click photographs and wander the smelly streets to see the inconvenient lives of people living there. It is like loosing a dignity with every photograph clicked.

This article is inspired by one of the International Business Times' article.


« Last Edit: September 19, 2015, 01:20:00 PM by Saurabh Soni »




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Re: Top Most Controversial Tourist Destinations
« Reply #1 on: February 13, 2015, 06:40:20 PM »
I completely agree with the list..but i do agree more with the overall theme of the subject... We people (read tourists) are not concerned with the disturbances we make by exploiting the resources, including living being, of the concerned places. And i agree that it also not ethical on our part to visit these places.
Leave the trail, wherever you travel.

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Re: Top Most Controversial Tourist Destinations
« Reply #2 on: February 14, 2015, 04:45:00 PM »
I also agree with you Saurabh... tourists are ignorant of these issues and hence these travel groups keep commercializing these places for making more money and eventually keep attracting more tourists.

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Re: Top Most Controversial Tourist Destinations
« Reply #3 on: February 15, 2015, 03:51:08 AM »
Its all about money... Very few care about nature

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Re: Top Most Controversial Tourist Destinations
« Reply #4 on: February 24, 2015, 02:52:35 PM »
These are really wonderful places to visit and are getting badly disturbed by various activities.

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Re: Top Most Controversial Tourist Destinations
« Reply #5 on: March 03, 2015, 03:14:37 PM »
yup wonderful but fragile
Leave the trail, wherever you travel.


 


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