Published on : Monday, April 3, 2017
Now, darkest historic moments have turned into popular places for vacationing. Of late, destinations like Ground Zero, Auschwitz and Alcatraz are attracting thousands of visitors across the globe. Popularly called ‘dark tourism’, in 2016 the World Trade Centre memorial attracted 62,000 TripAdvisor reviews and 54 percent rated the cite ‘excellent’ which lost 3000 lives.
The Tower of London was the second most reviewed site. It had a lasting ill-reputation of being a place of torture and death followed by Ann Frank House in Amsterdam. In there, young Ann and her family had secretly stayed away from the Nazis during the World War II.
Port Arthur was Australia’s most reviewed and dark tourism site. It was where Martin Bryant gunned down 35 innocent people in 1996. Dark tourism all started when people visited the scene of John F Kennedy’s assassination in Dallas as per Dr Elizabeth Grant who is a contributor at the Palgrave Handbook of Prison Tourism. The said handbook is coming out this month.
To quote Dr. Grant, ‘People started taking pictures of that site in Dallas and if you see their behavior when they go there, it’s really quite strange. It’s like they’re getting a trophy shot. Some people like the sinister, and like the macabre.’
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