Key Concepts in Tourist Studies provides a focused, quick reference guide for students exploring the fast growing and diverse field of tourist studies.Chosen by experienced teachers and researchers each concept defines, explains and develops a key topic in tourism and will act as a springboard for further reading and debate. This is an essential resource for all students of tourism.

Dark Tourism

Dark tourism

Dark tourism consists of tourist visits to sites associated with death, disaster, warfare, genocide and human suffering. These sites also include memorials to the dead and burial grounds.

As the name suggests, ‘dark tourism’ refers to tourist activity that is prompted by an interest in the more sombre aspects of the human experience. Lennon and Foley have popularised the term with their research in this area (2000), although other authors have written on the phenomenon in recent years, variously referring to this form of tourism as ‘thanatourism’ (Seaton, 1996), ‘Black Spots’ tourism (Rojek, 1993), the ‘heritage of atrocity’ (Tunbridge and Ashworth, 1996) and ‘sensation sites’ (Rojek, 1997). The places that come under these writers’ scrutiny include cemeteries, battlegrounds, sites of the deaths of ...

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