Slum Tourism Report launch & Christmas social

We will be launching our new briefing on slum / poverty tourism on Wednesday 7th December at a reception in Paddington, London. The event will also be a great opportunity to network and socialise with Members and supporters. The reception is free to attend for Members (£10 for non-Members) and will include refreshments. Slum tourism […]

Slum Tourism – more than a matter of money

Academic Fabian Frenzel proposes a new way of evaluating slum tourism. Slum tourism, my current research interest, can be defined as a specific niche activity within international tourism. It describes the one million tourists that annually visit a slum, a township or a favela, normally in organised three-hour tours. But slum tourism can also be […]

Who benefits from slum tourism?

With two months to go till the Rio Olympics, we’re revisiting an issue we’ve addressed before – the pros and cons of ‘slum’ tourism. Many people are probably instinctively uncomfortable with the idea of wealthy tourists paying money to look at poor people. However as tourists seek out new experiences these tours are growing in […]

Slum Tourism

Is it ever right for tour operators to offer excursions to slums? Like us, you are probably uncomfortable with the idea of wealthy tourists paying money to look at poor people. But is there a way that such tours could ever be ethical and help alleviate poverty? “Poverty tourism”, “poorism”, “slum tourism”, “favela tours”, “township […]

Township Tours

Jeanett Andrea Søderstrøm undertook research into Township tours for her MSc During a holiday in Cape Town in 2009 I went on a township tour. Not knowing much about tourism to urban impoverished areas at the time, but concerned about how the communities would benefit from my visit, I looked for an ethical company I […]

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