Imagine you are in Paris and your guide is telling you, that there is a new site to visit in the city, the “Pere Lachaise Cemetery” …. What would you do? Would you go? or Would you think is for crazy people ….
In fact, millions of travelers worldwide, when they are in certain countries or cities for holidays, they feel the urge to visit certain places: cemetery, a museum of horror, the exact spot where a celebrity died, the site where they carried out an attack, a death camp, …. What reasons lead us to this kind of tourism?
Experts define the 'dark tourism or grief tourism' as the fascination or curiosity may feel ordinary people to visit places associated with death. It has nothing to do with mental or hidden perversions…. (good news¡¡ my favorite place is the Jewish Cemetery in Prague …) and I would also say it is a Lucrative Travel Industry ¡
And what we have to remember is that it is a new way of tourism, we have to adapt our facilities to make it easier for our clients to enjoy their stay. By this I mean that our marketing campaign has to be directed to Dark Tourism, if we are in Cambodia we should give instructions to our future clients with, the history of the site, routes, weather, injuries, etc…
Currently, Dark Tourism area is under-researched and the Institute for Dark Tourism Research (iDTR) hopes to become a global 'hub' of research on the subject. It will also help those who manage and promote dark tourism sites and exhibitions.
Some places for this type of tourism:
This type of tourism has supporters and detractors. The first claim that it is a new concept which motivates visitors tours to the monuments, while encouraging the preservation of spaces that keep an important historical, artistic and social.
And critics who reject this new form of tourism argue that visitor arrivals could damage the burial and other sites, as well as it will be the end of a protected area.