Dark tourism can help shine a commemorative light on the pandemic that has gripped society.
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A series of films made between 1927 and 1952 shone a light on the convict ruins of Port Arthur and helped develop dark tourism in Australia.
The ruins of Nepal’s Gorkha district after the 2015 earthquake that killed nearly 9,000 people and injured 22,000. Tourism helped lead the way back.
It isn’t always good advice for tourists to stay away. Often their money can help, as well as their skills.
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Performances of prison life are commonplace nowadays in gulag museums. Visitors can vividly imagine it all – the tears, pain and despair.
Is it ethical to use former prisons, with long histories of death, suffering and wrongful incarcerations, as entertainment venues?
Rockin' the Big House
What does it mean to hold a party in a place with a long history of death and suffering?
African diasporans visit forts and castles in Ghana as the material embodiment of death, violence and subjugation during the slave trade.
For Africans and diasporans, learning about their heritage is important. But it remains to be seen how this will translate into a sustained continental and diasporan engagement.
Climbers begin the long ascent.
The 2019 season has been one of Mount Everest’s deadliest for climbers.
A ferris wheel in the deserted town of Pripyat, Ukraine.
The HBO series ‘Chernobyl’ has reignited interest among tourists to visit Pripyat, but growing up in the disaster’s shadow has made us wary.
You might think it morbid, but people have many reasons for visiting the sites of battles and disasters.
A tourist photographs the stupa of human remains at Choeung Ek Genocidal Center.
A new Netflix series focusing on tourism to sites of historic disasters or atrocities delivers no more than a contemporary version of a freak show.
By preventing Australians from visiting a ‘sacred place’ like the Kokoda Track, it is more likely that local landowners grievances will be met.
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The blockade of the Kokoda Track by local landowners is a product of the complex political and economic issues currently affecting Papua New Guinea.
Actress Kara Tointon at the official celebrity launch of the Jack the Ripper show at The London Dungeon in 2008.
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Why is it acceptable to leer at photos of murdered women in the name of entertainment?
The former prison, Spike Island, is now one of the world’s top ‘dark tourism’ destinations.
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Northern Ireland has a tourist circuit steeped in death and disaster – is this a good thing?
Students at Ponar Forest in Lithuania, where Nazis massacred many Jews.
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In recent years, the number of people traveling to sites of death, natural disaster, acts of violence, tragedy and crimes against humanity has dramatically increased. Is it immoral?
The so-called ‘prison tree’: over time, myth has coalesced into a ‘fact’ for which there is no evidence.
There is no evidence to support the marketing of an ancient boab in Western Australia as a tree that once held Aboriginal prisoners. The story is a myth that elides the tree’s deep significance to Indigenous people.
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Victorians revelled in images and descriptions of murder and mutilation which would today be regarded as shocking.
Disaster tourism and obsessions with sites of death and destruction can be a learning experience, not just voyeurism.
The tragedy that unfolded 20 years ago added another layer of horror to a site already scarred by atrocity.
The 20th anniversary of the massacre at Port Arthur again raises pressing questions about ways of remembering the tragedy.
The Cu Chi tunnels may be the most popular of the ‘war tourism’ attractions in Vietnam.
Might the rise of heritage tourism and the increasing ease of international travel lead to more of Australia’s military experiences overseas being better understood?