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Overbooked | [Elizabeth Becker]

Overbooked

Tourism, fast becoming the largest global business, employs one out of 12 persons and produces $6.5 trillion of the world’s economy. In a groundbreaking book, Elizabeth Becker uncovers how what was once a hobby has become a colossal enterprise with profound impact on countries, the environment, and cultural heritage. This invisible industry exploded at the end of the Cold War. In 2012 the number of tourists traveling the world reached one billion. Now everything can be packaged as a tour....
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Tourism, fast becoming the largest global business, employs one out of 12 persons and produces $6.5 trillion of the world’s economy. In a groundbreaking book, Elizabeth Becker uncovers how what was once a hobby has become a colossal enterprise with profound impact on countries, the environment, and cultural heritage.

This invisible industry exploded at the end of the Cold War. In 2012 the number of tourists traveling the world reached one billion. Now everything can be packaged as a tour: with the high cost of medical care in the U.S., Americans are booking a vacation and an operation in countries like Turkey for a fraction of the cost at home.

Becker travels the world to take the measure of the business: France invented the travel business and is still its leader; Venice is expiring of over-tourism. In Cambodia, tourists crawl over the temples of Angkor, jeopardizing precious cultural sites. Costa Rica rejected raising cattle for American fast-food restaurants to protect their wilderness for the more lucrative field of eco-tourism.

Dubai has transformed a patch of desert in the Arabian Gulf into a mammoth shopping mall. Africa’s safaris are thriving, even as its wildlife is threatened by foreign poachers. Large cruise ships are spoiling the oceans and ruining city ports as their American-based companies reap handsome profits through tax loopholes. China, the giant, is at last inviting tourists and sending its own out in droves. The United States, which invented some of the best of tourism, has lost its edge due to political battles. Becker reveals travel as product. Seeing the tourism industry from the inside out, through her eyes and ears, we experience a dizzying range of travel options though very few quiet getaways. Her investigation is a first examination of one of the largest and potentially most destructive enterprises in the world.

©2013 Elizabeth Becker (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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    Michael Williams St. Croix, Virgin Islands United States 07-13-14
    Michael Williams St. Croix, Virgin Islands United States 07-13-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Complaint fest. All complaint no solutions"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    People who want to commiserate with other Debbie Downers


    Would you ever listen to anything by Elizabeth Becker again?

    By accident maybe.


    What didn’t you like about Alma Cuervo’s performance?

    Probably spot on performance. Wouldn't blame the reader at all


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Overbooked?

    I wouldn't have let it go to print without offering solutions to every issue.


    Any additional comments?

    Bummed me out.

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    michael poway, Ca, United States 10-31-13
    michael poway, Ca, United States 10-31-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Debbie Downer is alive and well"
    What would have made Overbooked better?

    way to negative....


    Would you ever listen to anything by Elizabeth Becker again?

    no


    What didn’t you like about Alma Cuervo’s performance?

    not an issue


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I love to travel....I don't need a lecture on the evils of travel...


    Any additional comments?

    YUK!

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    matthew san diego, CA, United States 05-23-13
    matthew san diego, CA, United States 05-23-13 Member Since 2008

    I am an English teacher in China and can now read and write some Chinese.I have been to 13 countries on 4 continents.I am an avid audiophile

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    The part about Paris was great.It is the most visited place due to its desire to remain culturally interesting.The part about Dubai was shocking.I hadn't realized they used slave labor to build their magnificence.The part about America was disturbing.We our a closed country that doesn't welcome tourism.Something that could bring much needed capital to an ailing nation.Obama lost the Olympic bid to Brazil when it could have been in Chicago instead.The history of cruising was quite good.It doesn't seem like the cruisers pay their crew much better that the people in Dubai,but the tourists get pampered and enjoy using the ship as a kind of floating hotel.The ships seem like highly controlled environments in which the management profits deeply from the crew's honest effort.I know now not to buy in the places they steer the customers to.Instead of a ship being a floating hotel,perhaps it s a kind of financial prison for everyone on board while at sea or in port.I was left feeling that this is an industry that still has room to grow.A creative person could create the right kind of tours that would give the tourists the kind of rich cultural experience they are looking for.

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