OVERBOOKED: The Global Business of Travel and Tourism

This new book, written by Elizabeth Becker, relates the history of tourism and the challenges of this fast-growing industry.

Overbooked Elisabeth Becker

After five years working in her book, she traces the role that tourists and destinations must play in and industry which currently contributes almost $6.5 trillion to the world’s economy.

Trips and interviews are a meaning part of this book, which offers a really good vision about how to act as a tourist and as a journalist. After playing both roles, Elizabeth Becker show the way tourism is operating now and the effect it has on both the tourists and the people they are visiting. This book is categorized into profiles of different countries and different types of tourism. So it is a very interesting way to understand how tourism is steadily becoming a central worldwide industry.

One of the aspects that are traced in this book is the lack of talk about the business side of tourism. Actually, most of what we read in the media is the consumer side: where to go and what to do. Only some nonprofits have tried to discuss it, because it is been only recently with the explosion of the industry that people have seen how it is changing their environment.

In which it refers to climate change, one of the points of this book is to say tourism is an industry, and if travelers want to protect the places they visit, they should accept different responsibilities. It does not mean to take away the right to travel. In fact, people consider the right to travel a very important part of their lives. But with that right comes responsibility.

Unfortunately, it is easy to forget those when you are going to a place and then you are going back to your life. It is for this reason that destinations show new ways of tourism, like dark tourism in Cambodian or ecotourism in Costa Rica. According their necessities, each country has used the tourism to attract visitors and to increase their economy.

Finally, Elizabeth Becker affirms that we have all become a little lazy as travelers. We need to do a lot more research and be a lot more thoughtful and careful about our travel. As a consequence, we need to consider tourism as a pleasure, and are experiential trips which have becoming in a significant part of the industry. Emotions are the key of tourism in the future, and this book is a good example of that.