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Misery Tourism

  1. edmob1 profile image61
    edmob1posted 6 years ago

    I live in the UK and this week being the 100th annivesary of the titanic sinking there has been to my mind to coverage of the event also earlier in the month there was the Scott Antartic Mission.
    There were programmes about tours of the Harland Wolf shipyard in Belfast where the ship was built.The criuse of the Balmoral following the titanics route and stopping at the point of the sinking for a service. I realise some aboard are relatives of passengers and crew and have no problem with a memorial service but as part of a tourism package it seems a bit of a non-holiday experience.
    I wonder do hubbers in other parts of the world notice a trend in what I have termed "Misery Tourism" in thier countries.

    1. wilderness profile image98
      wildernessposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Tombs, graves and the like have always been popular everywhere.  It's all part of a fascination with the past, I guess.

  2. AfricaResource profile image64
    AfricaResourceposted 6 years ago

    There's a famous grave yard in the centre of Buenos Aires where Evita is buried. This could certainly be classed as 'misery tourism' and it's exceptionally popular with tourists.

  3. edmob1 profile image61
    edmob1posted 6 years ago

    Yes I can see both sides of the graveyard thing. In some a cases a pilgrimage for followers and on the other hand the human condition that wants to see how others ended up.

  4. CMHypno profile image93
    CMHypnoposted 6 years ago

    There was a news piece on the BBC last night on the phenomenon, which they referred to as 'Dark Tourism' and apparently there has been a centre set up to study this


    1. edmob1 profile image61
      edmob1posted 6 years agoin reply to this

      I heard the trailer and plan to catch it on iplayer,As last night was the UEFA semi final. Did you rate it?

      1. CMHypno profile image93
        CMHypnoposted 6 years agoin reply to this

        Yes, it is worth a look

  5. Alastar Packer profile image85
    Alastar Packerposted 6 years ago

    There's something deeply stirring and contemplative being around places of mass death. Especially so for battlefields and POW camps like the big one in Georgia, Andersonville National Historic site. Some visitors in the tour buses who are sensitive to their surroundings get psychically ill there according to a Park employee. Others have a morbid curiosity and some are reflective or just fascinated.

    1. CMHypno profile image93
      CMHypnoposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      There are probably as many reasons for these visits as there are types of people. A friend of mine was not too impressed when I dragged her around the torture museum in Carcassonne, but I am genuinely interested in the history of the Cathars and the the Albigensian Crusade, and so to see some of these instruments and learn more about their history and uses was both fascinating and gave further insight into the suffering that these people went through just because they had a different set of beliefs from the ruling Catholic Church.

      I don't think that it is wise to airbrush history if we want to learn from it, and most of us if we are honest do have a slightly ghoulish interest in such things

    2. edmob1 profile image61
      edmob1posted 6 years agoin reply to this

      I have on my travels come across battlefields sites and reflected for a moment on the outcome. However, I cannot not see myself buying a tour package to the killing fields of cambodia or a polish death camp.
      The criuse of the MS Balmoral and hte tours of Harland and Wolf were directly marketed as tourism.

      1. CMHypno profile image93
        CMHypnoposted 6 years agoin reply to this

        But then the Colosseum has been a place of mass tourism for years and thousands of humans and animals suffered and died there? The same with the Tower of London - something in our psyche finds these places fascinating

  6. Suhail and my dog profile image91
    Suhail and my dogposted 5 years ago

    A trip to the Killing Fields of Cambodia is definitely a popular misery tourism. Even a trip to Arlington Cemetery in Washington DC can be classified as misery tourism when a new coffin arrives and is getting a burial.