Tourism, terrorism and a culture of welcome

lights-693367_1280Tourism versus terrorism – two phenomena that could hardly be more antagonistic to each other. Whereas tourism faces its hitherto farthest-reaching challenge as the world’s leading “peace industry,” terrorism tries to impose its sinister ideas through violence, atrocities, and war.

Will tourism play an active role in re-shaping society? There are already promising initiatives: Almost forty companies, including tourism firms like TUI and Lufthansa, launched the initiative “We Together,” to offer jobs, training, and support for refugees to Germany. First signs of an industry reflecting over its potential cross-sector impact? Travel and tourism could play a high-key role encouraging hosts to meet migrants peer-to-peer, to show pride of their culture, without slipping into cultural chauvinism or allowing themselves being captured by fears of cultural alienation.

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