“Dark Tourism” – the next new travel trend to watch out for!

Published on : Monday, April 3, 2017

Dark TourismAs per a recent travel trend, a global fascination with tragedy has turned some of history’s darkest moments into popular tourist attractions. This has been categorized as “dark tourism” where places like Ground Zero, Auschwitz and Alcatraz are attracting thousands of visitors every year. Similar views go for the World Trade Center memorial, wherein it received more than 62,000 TripAdvisor reviews in 2016, with 54% rating the site as “excellent.” The Tower of London, with its ill reputation as a place of torture and death was the second most reviewed site, followed by Ann Frank House in Amsterdam where the young Ann and her family hid from the Nazis in World War II.

In Australia, Port Arthur was the most reviewed dark tourism site, where Martin Bryant gunned down 35 people in 1996. The scene of John F Kennedy’s assassination in Dallas also features among dark tourism trends. Auschwitz concentration camp, Pearl Harbor and the electric chair at the Texas Prison Museum are few other examples.

Handbook Editor Jacqueline Wilson said prison tourism is emerging as one of the most popular forms of tourism in the world these days. According to travel enthusiast Ben Alcock, “Sometimes being close to the deep melancholy of a place connected to tragedy can arouse a morbid thrill, a shiver of ghastliness. The same thing we might feel watching a horror film, only real.”

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