Canadian documentary sheds light on mass tourism

A Canadian documentary premiering in Vancouver this week aims to shed light on the negative effects travel can have on the cultures and landscapes of the world.

The last tourist raises awareness of so-called mass tourism as more people start to travel now that COVID restrictions have been lifted.

Executive producer Bruce Poon Tip says this is an opportunity for the travel industry to change and for tourists to make more considered decisions when it comes to their next vacation.

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“Local communities don’t benefit when mass…and luxury tours are introduced to some of the world’s poorest countries,” Tip said.

Done right, travel can help distribute wealth, while providing travelers with enriching experiences, he explained.

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Tip also recommends researching tour operators before booking and keeping money in the local economy, whether that means staying at local hotels, eating at local restaurants, or shopping locally.

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“When you decide to go on vacation, it’s an incredible privilege, and it’s not a right,” Tip said. “I think that simple mindset…will change how you look and how you book your travel and how you travel and match your values ​​to that.”

The last tourist premiered April 5 in Vancouver and is available on Apple TV and Amazon.

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