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EGYPT: TOURISM IN TURMOIL

  • Tourism In Egypt
  • Tourism And Civil Unrest
  • Egyptian History

    Tourism has been vital to the Egyptian economy for decades. Despite setbacks, the 20 years up to 2011 seem like a golden era in the light of subsequent events. Since the revolution of 2011 and the political and social upheavals that followed, tourism numbers and income have nose-dived.

    TOURISM: BLESSING OR CURSE? Egypt was one of the earliest Thomas Cook destinations in the mid 19th Century. Tourists were lured by the ancient pyramids íV and they're still coming. But these attractions that made Egypt so popular have also made it vulnerable, as terrorists know well.

    ENVIRONMENT The downturn may be a blessing in disguise -- for the environment. Egypt's waste disposal system is at breaking point: lower tourist numbers will ease the strain. Is there a future in a more sustainable brand of tourism?

    TOURISM: WHO BENEFITS, WHO SUFFERS? The dramatic slump in tourism has affected the tourism companies, but as ever it's the small traders who have suffered most íV just as, in the good times, the large business, often foreign-owned, reap the profits. We go behind the scenes of the Nile cruises business, where workers work long hours for low pay íV those who can even get a job. Some critics argue that tourism is a new form of colonialism, trading on "commoditised" myths of ancient Egypt.

    Features an interview with Hisham Zaazou, Egyptian minister of tourism.


    DVD / 2014 / 30 minutes

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    GREAT VACATION SQUEEZE, THE

    Directed by John de Graaf

    This film shows why vacations are important for productivity, happiness, family bonding and especially health.

    Americans have the shortest vacations of any rich country. And they are actually getting even shorter. The US is one of only five countries in the world -- the others are Burma, Nepal, Suriname and Guyana -- which have no law guaranteeing any paid vacation time for workers. The average US vacation is a bit over two weeks, while the median is only about a week and a half, and American workers give back about three vacation days every year. Europeans enjoy five or six weeks of vacation each year and are healthier than Americans.

    Vacations matter -- for productivity, happiness, family bonding and especially, health. Men who don't regularly take vacations are a third more likely to suffer heart attacks than those who do; women are fifty percent more likely, and far more likely to suffer from depression.

    Making the case for more vacation time are: Shelton Johnson, a ranger naturalist in Yosemite; Rick Steves, the world's best-selling travel writer; and Sara Speck, cardiologist and director of a cardio-vascular wellness program, who tells patients to "take two weeks and call me in the morning."

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  • "Finally there is a film that addresses over-work in the United States and offers a real world solution for making change. The Great Vacation Squeeze is well researched, fun, and accessible. It would be a valuable addition to a wide variety of courses including Medical Sociology, Social Problems, Social Movements, Intro, Sociology of Work and Leisure, and more." - Melinda Messineo, Professor of Sociology and Director of Freshman Connections, Ball State University

  • "The film makes a strong case that many Americans today are missing out on a key element of the pursuit of happiness: time off to recharge, reflect, and reconnect. It's sure to generate lively discussion about the exceptionalism of the United States in not guaranteeing the right to take an annual break from work." - Anders Hayden, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Dalhousie University, Author, Sharing the Work, Sparing the Planet: Work Time, Consumption and Ecology

    DVD / 2013 / (Grades 7-12, College, Adults) / 27 minutes

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    RESORT OFFICE, THE

    The resort office is the hub of any resort. It is where hotel reservations are processed, rooming lists issued and transfers arranged. It is also the focal point for hoteliers, stakeholders and guests. This location based program looks inside the resort office, its functions and responsibilities and the opportunities that it presents. Thomas Cook CEO of Group Management Pete Constanti explains why the resort office is pivotal to travel companies such as his. This program is an excellent resource for students of travel, tourism and hospitality industries.

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    DVD / 2013 / (Middle Secondary - Senior Secondary) / 17 minutes

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    RESORT REPRESENTATIVE, THE

    The importance of the resort representative in the tourism industry cannot be overstated. They are the individuals who deal at the front line with customers, attending to a range of needs, ensuring their holiday runs smoothly and that their experience is enjoyable and memorable for the right reasons. This location set program takes an in-depth look at the resort representative, covering their roles and responsibilities, the welcome meeting, selling and documentation and resolving problem situations. This program is an excellent resource for students of travel and tourism.

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    DVD / 2013 / (Middle Secondary - Senior Secondary) / 14 minutes

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    UK AS A DESTINATION, THE

    Travel and tourism is a vital industry to the UK. Each year millions of domestic and international visitors visit a wide range of destinations within the country. Visit Britain is the national tourism agency, which is responsible for promoting the country to both international and domestic visitors - be it for leisure or business. According to the organisation, the UK is the sixth most visited place in the world. In this informative film, Jenny McGee from Visit Britain explains a number of aspects to the organizations work.

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    DVD / 2013 / (Middle Secondary - Senior Secondary) / 27 minutes

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    COMPETITIVE MARKETING IN TOURISM

    Tourism is a highly competitive industry. In the 21st century the range of possible tourism experiences is limited only by the imagination. So how does a tourism organisation, a region or an individual tourism operator try to snare market share? Much of the answer lies in marketing íV how a tourism destination is positioned and projected to its target market. This program explores the world of competitive marketing in tourism and looks at some of the strategies employed to place a tourism destination or experience well and truly in the mix when it comes to people making choices about spending their tourism dollars. Using Mt Hotham in the alpine region of Victoria as a case study, it covers areas including defining a destination, image and branding, sustainability and destination competitiveness, the role of cooperation in building competitiveness, and destination marketing. Throughout the program, experts íV Gina Woodward from Mt Hotham Lift Company and Jessica Rose from Mt Hotham Resort provide an insight into specific areas of competitive tourism marketing relating to Mt Hotham. We also hear from Tourism Victoria's Phil Harman about marketing tourism destinations on a wider scale.

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    DVD / 2009 / (Senior Secondary - Professional) / 26 minutes

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    EMERGING TOURISM MARKETS

    Attracting both international and domestic tourist dollars is the key objective for any tourism-related business. In Australia, as in many other countries, the industry has to consistently innovate and find new ways of meeting new markets. In this program we investigate four emerging tourism markets: adventure tourism, ecotourism, indigenous tourism and MICE (meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions). Starting with the definition of a number of industry-related terms, this informative program then examines each of these emerging tourism markets and looks at the typical characteristics of tourists likely to seek these experiences. We also explore various ways in which the Australian industry is positioning itself to cater for growing demand in these niche areas. Our presenter takes us to a number of different locations, including the offices of Lonely Planet, and the program features a range of spectacular footage, illustrating the diversity of experiences Australia has to offer. This enthralling program delivers an excellent overview of these four important growth areas in tourism.

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    DVD / 2009 / (Senior Secondary - Professional) / 25 minutes

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    TOO MUCH TOURISM? 2: SNOWDONIA

    This is a film about the Snowdonia National Park in North Wales. It's a beautiful place but is its beauty also its biggest threat, attracting more tourists than it can sustain?

    NATIONAL PARKS: Snowdonia is the second largest of Britain's national parks. The national parks were established after years of campaigning by an act of parliament in 1949. The basic idea was to protect the countryside so everyone could enjoy it.

    THE VISITOR CENTRE: The jewel in Snowdonia's crown is Mount Snowdon - the biggest mountain in England and Wales. On top of the mountain is a brand new visitor centre. Some people think it's wonderful. Others think it has ruined the mountain.

    TOURISM: Tourism is vital to the economy of Snowdonia. It once had a slate industry but this is now mostly defunct. Agriculture is the only other significant industry in Snowdonia, but it provides few jobs.

    TRAFFIC: But with tourism comes traffic, congested narrow roads and the pressure to build more car parks. Buses ease the problems, but the Welsh assembly government has actually axed services. Some people argue for a radical approach - closing the park to all traffic.

    WELSH HIGHLAND RAILWAY: The Welsh Highland Railway is one of Snowdonia's outstanding new tourist attractions. Steam enthusiasts love it, but residents in the village of Beddgelert, one of the main stops along the line, are up in arms. It's too noisy and dirty, and instead of easing traffic problems, it actually increases them, by attracting more visitors.

    HOLIDAY HOMES: Another problem in Beddgelert and across Snowdonia is the growing numbers of holiday homes. Around 50% of Beddgelert's houses are owned by people from outside. Local people can't afford to live in the area any more and are moving away.

    WELSH LANGUAGE: A major knock-on effect is the threat to the Welsh language. Snowdonia is the heart of Welsh-speaking Wales, but as more young people move away, the language is bound to suffer

    THE BIGGEST THREAT OF ALL? But the National Park's ex-ecology officer, Rod Gritten, says there is a much bigger problem facing Snowdonia: climate change. Hundreds of years of intensive grazing has robbed the mountains of their trees and soil erosion is releasing carbon into the atmosphere, increasing global warming. Radical action is needed now, argues Gritten, before it's too late.


    DVD / 2009 / Approx. 27 minutes

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    AUSTRALIAN TOURISM INDUSTRY, THE: AN OVERVIEW

    Tourism is one of Australia's key industries, contributing billions of dollars to our economy every year. In this program we take a look at the basic structure and make up of this vital area. We'll examine the value of tourism in Australia; sources of international tourists and why they visit; international visitor types; where tourists visit in Australia; preferred tourist activities; and the challenges facing the industry now and in the future. Featuring expert input from Tourism Australia, this is an informative, up-to-date overview of our dynamic tourist industry.

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    DVD / 2008 / (Senior Secondary - Professional) / 26 minutes

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    WORLD TOURISM CASE STUDIES: ASIA, US & AFRICA

    Tourism is a huge global industry. It's having a major impact on the economy, culture and environment of many different countries. These four films explore important examples from across the world.

    CHINA: High up in the Himalayas, a poor Chinese community has called itself "Shangri-La" and is looking to tourism to boost its economy. Visitor numbers are climbing as people from all over the world come in search of the fictional utopia -- but both the wildlife and culture of the region are under threat.

    USA: Alaska's sleepy fishing villages all but died when the gold rush ended 100 years ago. Now they're being overwhelmed by hordes of cruise ship tourists. Tourism has revived the economy of the area, but critics fear the impact on Alaska's environment and culture.

    NEPAL: Every year 300,000 people come to Nepal to trek in the famous mountaineering country of the Everest National Park.

    But with them come deforestation, soil erosion and piles of rubbish. The government is imposing bigger fees on the mountaineers - but will this solve the problem?

    AFRICA: Gorillas are under threat - and many of their problems are caused by humans. But in the heart of Central Africa, ironically, tourism is helping to keep them alive. Eco-tourists pay high prices for expeditions to see this endangered species. Visitor numbers and the time spent with the gorillas are tightly controlled.

    DUBAI: Dubai once depended on income from its oil. Now tourism in this desert kingdom is booming. But what about the cultural price and the impact on the environment? Developers have built a ski-resort in the desert, complete with 6,000 tons of real snow. Is this the face of modern tourism?


    DVD / 2008 / 62 minutes

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    DESTINATION: TOURISM

    By Dafna Kory

    Bodh Gaya, the world's most popular destination of Buddhist pilgrimage, is located in one of India's poorest states. Visitors to this UNESCO World Heritage site are typically shocked by the extreme poverty there, and the Buddhist tradition of alms-giving motivates them to donate money. As a result, Bodh Gaya has developed a sophisticated charity "industry" which caters to and depends on tourists and tourism.

    This thought-provoking documentary explores the complex, interconnected effects of tourism, globalization, culture, philanthropy, and religion in Bodh Gaya. Destination: Tourism provides a deeply perceptive and incisive ethnographic case study as well as a poignant illustration of the overwhelming challenges facing many of the world's poor as they struggle to eke out a living in a seasonal economy almost completely dependent on foreign tourists.

    As the film illuminates, the tourism economy's volatile nature provides only seasonal and temporary work for local residents: time in Bodh Gaya is measured by the coming and going of strangers. For four winter months there are tourists, and therefore work. The rest of the year is marked by desperate unemployment. In addition, dozens of foreign-owned and foreign-operated monasteries function like all-inclusive resorts, monopolizing tourism services. The monasteries also inflate real-estate values: when farmlands become monasteries, farmers must find a new livelihood. Survival has become a challenge for Bodh Gaya's residents.

    In the search for sustainable employment, entrepreneurial locals have established hundreds of charity schools for destitute children. These village schools are entirely funded by tourist donations and have become a not-to-be-missed point on the Bodh Gaya tourist itinerary. The mud-hut schools and their slate-and-chalk students have become a "Kodak moment" for the visiting Buddhist pilgrims, and a means of livelihood for local residents.

    Destination: Tourism will generate thought and discussion in any course dealing with international development and globalization, as well as a variety of courses in cultural anthropology, Asian and Indian studies, tourist studies, and religious studies.

    Reviews
  • "A well-crafted work, suitable for a variety of disciplines. It will stimulate discussion and debate in courses encompassing world religions, tourism, and globalization." - Thor Anderson, Visual Anthropologist and Lecturer, Dept. of Anthropology, San Francisco State University

  • "A great teaching tool! Raises questions about the tourism industry and leads to a multifaceted discussion about globalization, culture, and economics. The film is vibrant and layered, a multimedia experience that engages all of our senses: there is not a single dull moment. My students were captivated and intrigued by the presentation." - Mimi Chakarova, Graduate School of Journalism, University of California at Berkeley

    DVD (Color) / 2007 / 20 minutes

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    TOURISM PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT: A CASE STUDY IN SUSTAINABILITY

    The development of tourism can have massive environmental, social and economic impacts. To be successful and sustainable, extensive planning is needed.

    In this program we examine the careful co-operation and co-ordination between both the public and private sectors, and the involvement of the local community, which is required to achieve a successful and enduring development.

    An engrossing, well-illustrated and current examination of the issues vital to this powerful industry, this program builds on the knowledge students will have gained in the program 'Where the Bloody Hell Are You? - An Introduction to Tourism'.

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    DVD / 2007 / (Senior Secondary - Professional) / 23 minutes

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    WHERE THE BLOODY HELL ARE YOU? AN INTRODUCTION TO TOURISM

    Tourism is a major economic force in Australia. It generates immense economic benefits and significant employment for communities but it can also have a severe negative impact when environmental and social considerations are not carefully planned for. To ensure a balanced and healthy sustainability, rigorous planning, development and management needs to occur. This program explores what those processes are and how they take account of many stakeholders. Featuring interviews with some of Australia's foremost tourism experts, this is an absorbing, richly illustrated and up-to-date examination of the issues vital to this powerful industry.It is ideal as a foundation program for TAFE and tertiary students.

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    DVD / 2007 / (Senior Secondary - Professional) / 28 minutes

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    MANAGING AN INTERNATIONAL TOURISM DESTINATION: THE GREAT OCEAN ROAD

    This program examines the importance of tourism to local economies. It covers all aspects of managing an international tourist destination using The Great Ocean Road as a case study. The broad topics covered include a description of the region and why it is a tourist destination; who visits The Great Ocean Road; managing tourism at the international level; managing tourism at the local level; how tourism benefits the region and some of the challenges that are subsequently created. This program provides students with an understanding of how different groups must work together to create an appealing destination for international tourists.

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    DVD / 2006 / (Senior Secondary - Professional) / 28 minutes

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    CASHING IN ON CULTURE: INDIGENOUS COMMUNITIES AND TOURISM

    By Regina Harrison

    Tourism is one of the largest industries in the world, and one of the most important forms of contemporary contact between different cultures. Eco-tourism and "ethnic" tourism, designed specifically to bring affluent and adventurous tourists into remote indigenous communities, are among the fastest-growing types of tourism worldwide.

    This insightful documentary, filmed in the small tropical forest community of Capirona, in Ecuador, serves as an incisive case study of the many issues and potential problems surrounding eco- and ethnic tourism. Those issues are shown to be simultaneously cultural, economic, and environmental, and are complexly intertwined for both indigenous communities and tourists.

    The film interweaves illuminating sequences featuring the Quechua-speaking Capirona Indians, Ecuadorian tour operators, anthropologists and other academics, and college-age American tourists to examine the benefits and negative costs of such tourism to everyone involved. The film focuses in particular on how tourism has changed the lives of members of the indigenous community, which took eight years to decide to admit tourists into their villages.

    The cash flow from tourism that is managed directly by the Indians bypasses the fees normally exacted by travel agencies and tour operators and may be able to sustain the community if revenues are distributed equitably. But how do indigenous communities, in the context of global tourism and business interests, set up and run successful tourist operations without compromising their own cultural traditions and despoiling their environment?

    Reviews
  • "This frank and lucid video is really good. It is sure to generate rich, complex class discussion. Without denying the possibility of a socially responsible tourism, the video bravely and candidly presents the challenges involved. Viewers are required to move beyond both idealistic and cynically resigned positions, and to see themselves in the eyes of others." - Mary Louise Pratt, Prof. Of Latin American Studies, New York Univ.

  • "This film is perfect for teaching about the complexities and contradictions of globalization as experienced on the ground by indigenous people who are themselves cultural and political actors on a local and global stage. It will engage students profoundly in complicated questions which the film persuades you to care about deeply." - Brett Williams, Prof. Of Anthropology, American Univ.

  • "This heartfelt essay on eco-tourism should elicit lively and informed discussion on the ethics, economics, and cultural issues involved, especially for the indigenous peoples." - Pat Aufderheide, Prof. And Director, Center for Social Media, American Univ.

    DVD (Color) / 2002 / 28 minutes

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    NEW FACES OF TOURISM, THE

    The Great White North is a land of incredible natural beauty. Rivers, Glaciers, mountains, and horse trails draw native city dwellers and foreign tourists alike looking to enjoy Canada's magnificent outdoors. Some are just looking for a pleasant drive with a great view; others want the adventure of a lifetime. Some tourists are even looking for a wild educational experience that will teach them about the natural world.

    Hear from Canadians who are taking their love of nature and creating businesses to cater to all kinds of tourists. Several business owners and their employees discuss the challenges and joys of housing, feeding, entertaining, and keeping safe large groups of people out in nature. Also meet some of the people these businesses bring to the Canadian wilderness as they go rafting, kayaking, horseback riding and hiking.


    DVD / 2002 / 75 minutes

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