In wake of Las Vegas shooting, McCarran airport saw busiest month Dark Tourism

In wake of Las Vegas shooting, McCarran airport saw busiest month Dark Tourism
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Dark Tourism

After the mass shooting in Vegas on that fateful frightful night you could be forgiven for imaging that the once busy bustling Vegas strip would be a little more empty. Quite the opposite in fact the tourists are flocking there still in the millions. Is it Dark Tourism that pulls in the visitors?.

Dark Tourism

What is Dark Tourism

Actually it is the first I have heard about such a somber activity visting destinations where suffering and pain at the very location brings in the crowds. After a little research I was even more perplexed to discover a website called exactly “Dark Tourism” yes the site is there so you can look at your next macabre holiday at the most famous death and destruction destination’s. If you want to plan you next Dark Tourism trip the link is here

Dark Tourism Why

Professor Lennon –  a lecturer in dark tourism from Glasgow Caledonian University London and the man who helped coin the term – believes such visits are “motivated by a desire for actual or symbolic encounters with death.”

But if we visit dark tourism sites, not just to tick a box but because we want to remember a tragedy and be affected by it, doesn’t it follow that we should want to behave respectfully?

The fatal car crash involving Diana, Princess of Wales prompted a pilgrimage to the Parisian underpass where it happened, as did her burial to Althorpe. Adrian Bridge, a Telegraph Travel editor, was one of those who went to pay his respects.“I was curious,” he said. “I went and stood at the junction and, although it was busy with traffic, there was a poignancy to it. There is something quite powerful about being at a scene where something like that took place.”

There was some outrage expressed a few years ago when President Obama was seen taking a selfie at Nelson Mandela’s memorial service. The rules of conduct for visitors to the Field of Stelae memorial for murdered Jews in Berlin, for example, forbid loud noises, calling and shouting, music, dogs, cycling and sunbathing.

telegraph.co.uk

“Sites of mass killing,” suggested Professor Lennon, “particularly those associated with the Jewish holocaust, present major challenges for interpretation and invariably questions arise concerning the nature of motivation for visitors.”

 

“The emotional impact of such sites is not culturally straightforward, it is about more than creating reflective memories for the visitor,” said Professor Lennon.

 

Dark tourism: why are we attracted to tragedy and death? – Telegraph

McCarran airport saw busiest month

October marked the busiest month in McCarran International Airport’s history with 4.33 million airline passengers, topping the previous record set in July, the Clark County Aviation Department reported Monday.

The mass shooting on Oct. 1 apparently had little effect on travelers flying to Las Vegas.

“In this case, Las Vegas was just a bystander,” Boyd said. “McCarran is probably going to keep breaking records because Las Vegas is the premier place to spend your money.”

 

October also marked the eighth consecutive month that the nation’s eighth-busiest airport logged more than 4 million passengers, with traffic growing by 1.5 percent compared to October 2016.

Located near where the Route 91 Harvest Festival was held, McCarran International Airport became a safe haven for concertgoers fleeing a gunman firing from Mandalay Bay on Oct. 1.

 

“In this case, Las Vegas was just a bystander,” Boyd said. “McCarran is probably going to keep breaking records because Las Vegas is the premier place to spend your money.”

Virgin Atlantic Airways reported a 13.6 percent decline in traffic with 28,705 passengers. British Airways carried 29,326 passengers in October, a 4.7 percent decrease from last year, while British competitor Thomas Cook Airlines was down 0.3 percent with 20,480 passengers.

 

Year-to-date, 40.75 million passengers flew in or out of the Las Vegas airport, a 2.2 percent increase from the same period last year.

County aviation director Rosemary Vassiliadis said this year that she believes McCarran International is on track to break the airport’s annual record of 47.8 million airline passengers, set in 2007.

 

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