1 - The mass tourism based on the notion of the quantity. From 45 to 75. Everybody knows the catch phrase: sea sex and sun! With a uniform tourism, only during summer holidays, the seaside resorts, and a heavy consumption after the Second World War.
2 - After the 75’s, until 21st century, the mass tourism more qualitative come. With the increase of the society of information. Here we talk about the development of the cultural tourism, the business tourism or the short trip.
3 - Nowadays, the mass tourism still exists but it becomes more diversified. We look for more quality, more security, more freedom, and the explosion of the urbanization, the individualism, the free time, or mass media develops others ways to see the tourism. Also others preoccupations than economical aspect, like environmental, social, or cultural aspects become essential for the tourism’s concept and the people’s mind.
Ok. The “glorious thirty” era is older. But however, the mass tourism still attracts because we are in a society where we want again and again more, nothing is enough to satisfy us and the mass tourism permits to answer this needs.
I am very surprised to find a quantity of tourism negative impacts in the host countries. Especially in developing countries… The worst impact is the children’s prostitution in Thailande, Bresil, Vietnam, India or the Africa’s countries: the children are kidnapped or bought and locked up in whorehouses to be sell to occidental tourists. (By this way, the prostitution in the whole was born with the increase of the tourism because it constitutes a good medium to win money.) Moreover, I can talk about indigenes and traditional communities, or the slavery. Or plus, the forced population’s moving for constructions, the water’s restrictions in favor touristic complexes, the increase of prices and so the rise of a social inequality…
Or of course, we can talk about the ecological disasters in mountains, marsh, or in every vulnerable areas. And also, the safari phenomenon which contributes to get disappear some animals species.
Being European traveler, I think it is easy to fall down in the tourism’s trap if we don’t inform us anymore: a lot of comfort, security, consumption, … That is reasons to take charge of our travel and developed a tourism more responsible.