Overbooked

Overbooked

The Exploding Business of Travel and Tourism

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"Travel is no longer a past-time but a colossal industry, arguably one of the biggest in the world and second only to oil in importance for many poor countries. One out of 12 people in the world are employed by the tourism industry which contributes $6.5 trillion to the world's economy. To investigate the size and effect of this new industry, Elizabeth Becker traveled the globe. She speaks to the Minister of Tourism of Zambia who thinks licensing foreigners to kill wild animals is a good way to make money and then to a Zambian travel guide who takes her to see the rare endangered sable antelope. She travels to Venice where community groups are fighting to stop the tourism industry from pushing them out of their homes, to France where officials have made tourism their number one industry to save their cultural heritage; and on cruises speaking to waiters who earn $60 a month--then on to Miami to interview their CEO. Becker's sharp depiction reveals travel as a product; nations as stewards. Seeing the tourism industry from the inside out, the world offers a dizzying range of travel options but very few quiet getaways"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2013
Edition: 1st Simon & Schuster hardcover ed
ISBN: 9781439160992
1439160996
Characteristics: x, 448 p. ; 24 cm

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kbaba
Oct 27, 2014

As someone who works in the Hospitality industry I found it a bit disturbing. It provided information that I had never thought of regarding the global impact of tourism.

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bbb1771
Jan 10, 2014

Well written, easy to read. Challenges, opportunities and threats to tourism at home and abroad. Worth reading for the person who wants to balance 'wander lust' with responsible choices.

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megaculpa
Jun 21, 2013

A wide-ranging survey of that global behemoth -- the travel business. Not an easy read, as it's packed with facts and figures. Becker leavens the narrative somewhat by relating her personal experiences on cruise ships, China tours and much else. But her perspective is that of a middle-age, middle-class American. Recommended for the tiny slice of the travelling public with inquiring minds.

ChristchurchLib Jun 10, 2013

June 2013 Armchair Travel newsletter http://www.nextreads.com/Display2.aspx?SID=5acc8fc1-4e91-4ebe-906d-f8fc5e82a8e0&N=642947

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