Been to Bali lately? Or Fiji? Planes are loaded with cashed up tourists bent on having a good time at whatever cost to the environment, local culture and social structures. Is this what internationalisation is all about? What happens when mass tourism leaves behind more than dirty footprints?
Tom Neal Tacker is the vice-president of the Australian Society of Travel Writers and is co-founder and editor of www.nakedhungrytraveller.com
The story is ready to go as an op-ed piece. For 50 cents a word, the reader has an opportunity to learn how travel and tourism has unforseen effects on mostly innocent the local population, in this case people from central Laos.