On August 4th, two days after the tragic interstate bridge collapse in Minneapolis, President Bush was on hand to take a 10-minute tour of the wreckage. He brought prayers from the American people. I came to the realization that a new form of tourism has been born.
Borrowing from Ecotourism, let me tell you about Disatourism:
Disastourism: "Responsible travel to disaster areas that does little to improve the welfare of local people."
Principles of disastourism:
- photo opportunity that capitalizes on media coverage
- take nothing (but pictures), leave nothing (but prayers)
- build disaster awareness
- raise sensitivity to affected regions
- provide positive experiences for party loyalists