Grief Tourism

Travel to areas affected by natural disasters, places where people were murdered, etc.

Archive for June, 2006

Hurricane Katrina: fear and grief tourism

26th June 2006

The states along the Gulf Coast of the U.S. have a reason to fear the onset of hurricane season and the inevitable disasters that occur. Storm warnings had been issued from Florida to Louisiana and yet, many thought this would be just another hurricane. On August 29, 2005 Katrina came ashore, bringing a storm surge […]

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Hiroshima: Tourist Destination & Plea for Peace

19th June 2006

It was a cruel event that made Hiroshima the tourist attraction that it is today. The United States War Department, in accordance with the Manhattan Project, issued the final order for the bombing of Hiroshima, Japan on July 25th, 1945.  On August 6, 1945, at 8:15 a.m., the first atomic bomb in the world, flown […]

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What is grief tourism?

14th June 2006

Grief tourism occurs every day in places like Pearl Harbor (battlefield tourism) and Auschwitz (Holocaust tourism). Then there are people who visit places wrecked by natural disasters, people who attend funerals of celebrities, and people who visit prisons. In short there are many types of grief tourism and here we’ve tried to organize tourist attractions based […]

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Tourist destinations for grief tourism

14th June 2006

Grief Tourism is possible in many countries and our aim is to share some of the various tourist destinations that appeal to grief tourists. We are referring to tourist destinations associated with both natural and man-made disasters.

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Auschwitz: A Grim Reminder of the Holocaust

13th June 2006

Auschwitz, in the suburbs of Oswiecim, Poland, was a complex of three concentration camps, Auschwitz I for death, II for slave labor, and III for transport.  It was the scene of one of the world’s greatest tragedies, the mass genocide of over one million Poles, European Jews, and Roma people (the gypsies) in the darkest […]

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Tragedy at Soham & Tourism in Cambridgeshire, England

10th June 2006

The town of Soham in the English county of Cambridgeshire is a peaceful village of approximately 9,000 people.  Since 1944, crime of any sort was practically non-existent, and certainly, the media had taken little notice of Soham until August 4, 2002.  The disappearance of two local 10-year old schoolgirls, Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman and […]

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Tsunami disaster tourism: Phuket, Thailand

5th June 2006

On the morning of December 26, 2004, Phuket, the largest island of Thailand, felt the first shock of the 9.0 earthquake that brought the “Andaman Wave” to the shores of the Andaman Sea on the Indian Ocean coastline. Hotels along the waterfront were filled with tourists on vacation for the Christmas holidays, unaware of what […]

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Anne Frank Museum in Amsterdam, the Netherlands

1st June 2006

The Anne Frank Museum officially opened in 1960 to visitors from around the world, the curious, the incredulous, and the sorrowful.  In early 1942, Otto Frank and Herman Van Pels began preparing their office building in a nondescript old part of Amsterdam in the hopes of avoiding detection and capture by the German Nazis.  Their […]

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