SOURCE: Conde-Nast Traveler
It's Time for a Timeline of the History of Black Tourism
by Alana Dillettee and Stefanie Benjamin
Two professors of hospitality and tourism management argue that understanding Black travel history is necessary for making tourism open and inclusive today.
I Visited A Former Plantation To Understand Why People Get Married There. All I Saw Was Pain
by Clint Smith
The popularity of celebrating weddings at the sites of enslavement and forced labor illustrates the huge gaps in White America's understanding of history.
SOURCE: Washington Post
Plantations Aren’t Paying Reparations, But Have Started Programs To Give Back To Descendants
Joy Banner, descended from people enslaved at the Whitney Plantation in Louisiana, is pursuing reparations in the form of input into the use of land owned by the Whitney, saying “there are as many different forms of reparations as you can think of, because healing looks different in every community.”
SOURCE: Public Books
When Nature is Valued over Human Life
A review of Jacob S. T. Dlamini’s "Safari Nation: A Social History of Kruger National Park" examines how the government of South Africa used tourism promotion to justify the establishment of its apartheid regime.
SOURCE: New York Times
Despite Everything, People Still Have Weddings at ‘Plantation’ Sites
Despite claims by many estates that weddings and events pay for educational programming that addresses the history of slave labor on the property, many still debate the ethics of using plantation properties for celebrations.
An Art History Professor’s Tips for Taking Your Kids on a World Tour—From Home
Many of the world's greatest landmarks and artworks are just a click away.
The Erasure of the History of Slavery at Sullivan’s Island
by Roy E. Finkenbine
Some 40% of the nearly 400,000 Africans imported into British North America and the young United States passed through this place. It has been termed the “Ellis Island” of African Americans.
SOURCE: The Conversation
Why historians are fighting to save Thomas Cook’s enormous archive
by Stephanie Decker
With this 178-year-old firm, its heritage is about to be lost and a number of business historians – myself included – are fighting to save it.
Is Stonehenge a Tourist Rip-Off?
by Ken West
If Stonehenge is to be restored to its rightful heritage then it must be reengaged with the River Avon and its tribal lands. Only then can we interpret the astounding achievement of these prehistoric people.
SOURCE: Wall Street Journal
Civil War Battlefields Lose Ground as Tourist Draws
As recent events change how visitors see Confederate imagery, sites work to broaden the audience
SOURCE: Washington Post
The Women Highlighting Women's History in Feminist Travel Guides
For Women’s History Month, honoring the sisters in the City of Brotherly Love.
SOURCE: Pew Research Center
Surging Interest in Black History Gives a Lift to Museums, Tourism
Black history museums and historic sites are flourishing across the South, riding a wave of interest in African-American history that has made a stunning success of the two-year-old National Museum of African American History and Culture in the nation’s capital.
SOURCE: New Historian
Dracula’s Dungeon To Be Opened For Online Tourists
It will soon be possible to view this dungeon online, as a part of a project to digitally as well as physically restore the castle.
Lawsuit May Reshape Tourist Industry in History-Rich Savannah
“You shouldn’t have to pass a test to be able to tell people where the best ice cream in Savannah is.”
SOURCE: The Independent (UK)
Tower at heart of Paris opens to the public for the first time
The Eiffel Tower has a new rival, five centuries old.For the first time since it was built in the early 1500s, the Tour Saint Jacques, a mysterious stand-alone Gothic tower in the geometric centre of Paris, is opening to the public this summer.The 170ft-high tower, long surrounded by myths and legends, has literary connections ranging from Alexandre Dumas to Marcel Proust. It was used by the writer and scientist Blaise Pascal to experiment with atmospheric pressure and weights a century before Isaac Newton developed his theory of gravity....
Re-enactors and spectators descend on Gettysburg
An army of visitors a quarter million strong, including legions of Civil War re-enactors, is converging on Gettysburg, Pa., to mark the 150th anniversary of the nation's bloodiest battle, a three-day clash that helped turn the tide of the war.Areas surrounding the town of 7,000 in southern Pennsylvania are being transformed into battlefield scenes, complete with an outdoor field hospital where hundreds of people acting as surgeons will pretend to triage people acting as wounded soldiers, all while period-dressed guides explain the scene."It's our Olympic moment," said Andrea DiMartino, a coordinator with the Gettysburg Anniversary Committee, which stages re-enactments each year. Over four days, the group expects 60,000 to 80,000 spectators, who will pay $40 a day to view the action from stadium seating or from their own blankets or lawn chairs. This year, the group also is offering, for $13, a live broadcast of a re-enactment of Pickett's Charge to be viewed on a computer, tablet or smartphone.The tourism agency for Adams County, Pa., expects the surge of visitors to inject $100 million into the region's economy....
The Titanic II Sets Sail
by Catherine Cocks
Credit: Wiki Commons
SOURCE: The Atlantic
The U.S. government's bizarre tourism campaign for South Vietnam
Before Vietnam became synonymous to 1970s Americans with a seemingly endless war, it might have conjured images of French wines and big game hunting. In the early 1960s, the U.S. government tried to encourage tourism in Vietnam in elsewhere in Southeast Asia as a sort of travel diplomacy."Tourism's proper development, it was believed, could serve important U.S. geostrategic objectives," writes University of Minnesota history professor Scott Laderman in his 2009 book Tours of Vietnam: War, Travel Guides, and Memory. Friendly American faces could soften the reputation of the U.S. overseas, it was thought, and their souvenir purchases might bolster emerging economies....[H]ere are some highlights from a 1961 travel brochure for the country, aptly titled "Visit Fascinating Vietnam," stored at archive.org and apparently housed at one point by the University of Texas....
SOURCE: Telegraph (UK)
New Macbeth trail in Scotland
The route will wend its way through several sites in north-east Scotland, in a move that organisers hope will boost tourism to the region, as well as separating the facts from Shakespearean myths. Details will be unveiled today at Glamis in Angus, where Macbeth died in the play.The Scottish MSP Alex Johnstone was the driving force behind the new trail."Many people don't realise that Macbeth existed," he told the Herald Scotland....
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