I’m starting work in earnest this week on a documentary series about two aspects of the impact that tourism can have. I want to understand more about how it affects local culture, and also if it alters how people view tourists and more broadly outsiders.
I’m in Cornwall now, and will be in the Caribbean over the New Year. Any thoughts, guests suggestion or experiences you have would be gratefully received. The idea is tied to my childhood…
I grew up in Cornwall (which is where I am now) but I also lived in The Bahamas and Trinidad and Tobago for periods of time as well. My Dad worked on and off as a fisheries consultant for the FAO, and now and again rather than heading off for a couple of months on his own, he’d take a longer contract and we’d go with him. All three places had growing tourist industries which you couldn’t help but be aware of. And now I want to take some time to explore what real effect that expansion has had on the three places. Not in terms of economics, but rather in terms of how we express ourselves, how we feel about where we come from, and how we feel towards outsiders.
I’ll post in more detail and I’m hoping that this is just the start of our conversations on this.