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The Final Call : In Search of the True Cost of Our Holidays - Leo Hickman

The Final Call

In Search of the True Cost of Our Holidays

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Hickman explores the shadows cast by our holidays in the sun in his quest to discover how we can have a truly 'good' holiday.

No industry in the world employs more people or is the world's largest foreign currency earner than tourism. Long billed as the cleanest industry for developing countries to invest in, tourism seems to offer everyone involved a positive experience.

This is the official line, anyway. In truth, the reality is much more complex . For The Final Call Hickman goes from the cruise ship to the ski run, from the sun lounger to the backpacker hostel, finding out what this industry is really like.

We hear from everyone - the holidaymaker, the hotel manager, the waitress, the disillusioned travel agent, the exploited prostitute and the angry local politician to discover what they don't tell you in the glossy brochures.

Behind the sunny facade of pools, smiling locals, sightseeing trips and exquisite cuisine is an often damaging phenomenon that is spreading unchecked to all corners of the globe. But none of us are going to stop holidaying and at the heart of this is a heartfelt attempt to discover the best way to holiday wherever you are.

About the Author

Leo Hickman is the ethical living columnist for the Guardian. He is the author A Good Life: The Guide to Ethical Living and A Life Stripped Bare. He is married to Jane and has two young children.

Acknowledgementsp. ix
Introductionp. xi
Two Degrees from Meltdown: Chamonix, Francep. 1
A Line in the Sand: Dubai, United Arab Emiratesp. 29
The Model State: Kerala, Indiap. 62
A Pitching Wedge Away from the Sand Trap: Benidorm, Spainp. 85
A Massage for Mr Average: Bangkok and Pattaya, Thailandp. 108
The Trail on Trial: Bangkok and Ko Phi Phi, Thailandp. 139
The Dragon and the Mouse: Sanya and Hong Kong, Chinap. 169
All at Sea: Miami, Floridap. 200
Turtles and Towers: Cancun, Mexicop. 230
Green Gold: La Fortuna, Costa Ricap. 257
Party Politics: Ibiza, Spainp. 291
Kamikaze Sex and Kalashnikovs: Tallinn, Estoniap. 313
Cleared for Take-off: Six Miles Highp. 331
The Final Call: Conclusionp. 368
Sourcesp. 387
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ISBN: 9781903919996
ISBN-10: 1903919991
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 400
Published: 1st August 2007
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.860 x 15.240  x 3.023
Weight (kg): 0.455