Quantcast
Destinations Australia, NZ & South Pacific

The Disneyfication of war tourism in Sri Lanka wrongly represents one region’s unpleasant reality

Excerpt from The Jakarta Globe

Nov 26, 2012 12:30 am

Skift Take

Too often war tourism mitigates the horrors of conflict rather than educate travelers on the reality of a location and its people’s history.

— Samantha Shankman

Free Report: The Megatrends Defining Travel in 2015

Ronald Saunders  / Flickr.com

Negombo is a town of about 65,000, approximately 37 km north of Colombo, in Sri Lanka. Ronald Saunders / Flickr.com


The tourists have travelled hundreds of kilometers to see this underground bunker, once home to the most feared man in Sri Lanka: the leader of the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), Velupillai Prabhakaran…

But while these guided tours offer locals a rare glance into the inner workings of the Tigers’ de facto state and the extent of its former military capacity, rights activists fear that many tourists are missing the “bigger picture” — the horrors of the aftermath of the war and the suffering that has become an everyday experience for tens of thousands who were displaced during the last bouts of fighting.

Read the Complete Story →

Tags: ,

Next Up

More on Skift

The World’s Best Long-Haul Premium Economy Cabins
Qantas Just Made Virtual Reality In-Flight Entertainment a Reality
Daily Travel Startup Watch: ItnPlan, Flexiflat and More
Megatrend For 2015: Natural Semantic Search Brings Quality Choices to Travelers