Taking a break from the usual posts about my travels, I would like to take some time to discuss about tourism, how it differs in forms, how its practices differ in various nations, and most importantly, how travel blogs help communicate it.
Tourism has many different forms (e.g. social tourism, investment tourism), and is often defined by the activities that constitute it. It is easily affected by several factors such as the state of the global economy, as well as socio-politico systems governing individual nations. For example, ceteris paribus, an increase in affluence could lead to higher levels of tourism-related activities.
Countries promote their tourism industry differently. States and cities particularly differentiate themselves from others to show uniqueness and as a place worth visiting (and spending your hard-earned cash there). Some lean towards adventure (e.g. Larapinta Trail, Northern Territory, some promote filming locations (e.g. Lord Of The Rings Tour, New Zealand), some promote the uniqueness of cultural diversity (e.g. Malaysia, Singapore, Melbourne, etc.). There are many other areas of promotion such as through gambling industry, theme parks, food, and certainly scenic locations.
Travel blogs communicate not just the superficial idea of tourism, but portray the culture, politics and economy of the destination as well. Some bloggers, like Matt Kepnes, make it a career and some even make it in to the Business Insider. Matt Kepnes blogs about his travels, aiming “to provide the best and current cost information so that you [readers] can travel better, cheaper, and longer”. However, sometimes blogging on destinations (especially negatively) may be reciprocated with unpleasant responses, as seen in the Vietnamese Government’s response towards Matt Kepnes’ post on his trip to Vietnam. Hence, travel bloggers should indeed note on the way the approach their posts and be mindful of the subject matter which they talk about as their posts have an impact on the networked community which is growing day by day.
The global tourism industry has taken to digital technologies such as travel blogging (through subsidies, sponsorship, hiring of full-time travel bloggers) to attract more tourists to different parts of the world. I figured this post would be helpful in thinking formally of tourism and travel blogging and how many blogs differ but essentially communicate the same idea of travelling, relaxing, exploring, and having fun.
On a side note, while I was searching around blogs and the web on the topic of tourism, I came across a heart-warming story of how a travel blog reunited a kidnapped woman. Do give it a read!
Kudos on SeeColumbia.com!
Stay tuned for the next post!