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New Documentary Looks at Tourism’s Damaging Impact on Developing Countries

Excerpt from CNN

Jan 03, 2014 10:20 am

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As the global tourism industry grows, both travelers and local governments have a responsibility to make sure the industry brings real benefits to a destination’s economy and environment.

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A new documentary suggests tourism is out of control in parts of the world, irreversibly damaging the environment and indigenous cultures.

Gringo Trails,” a film more than a decade in the making by American anthropologist Pegi Vail, looks at the effect of the unplanned or mismanaged growth of the tourism industry in developing countries.

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