chapter  4
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Touristifi cation and Cultural Sustainability

Dean MacCannell opens his book, Empty Meeting Grounds: The Tourist Papers (1992), with the following assertion:

tourism is a primary ground for the production of new cultural forms on a global base. [ . . . ] [T]ourism is not just an aggregate of merely commercial activities; it is also an ideological framing of history, nature, and tradition; a framing that has the power to reshape culture and nature to its own needs.