Episode 1 of 4. Little Corn Island is our first destination. We wanted to come across a place where tourism is quite recent. Here, locals and foreigners mingle in what could be considered a very healthy social environment. This is because the division of wealth between foreigners and locals is not physically visible. Cafés are few in number, but gaining momentum. Plastic garbage is visible but manageable. Little Corn Island is truly a beauty for its beaches, corals and its people. As long as such a combination exists, tourists will come explore or have there leisure time. We will then travel south to Nicaragua’s San Juan del Sur to see what the locals there have to say about their experience with tourism.

This project was financed by The Colorado College Venture Grant Committee.

Music:
Calle 13 - "Muerte en Hawaii"
Bobby Cruz - "Richie's jala jala"
"Give me a plate of Rondon"
Calle 13 - "Llegale a mi Guardia"

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The Unreported Voices from Tourist Destinations

Gines Sanchez

With the democratization of nations in the post-Cold War era, international institutions such as the World Bank, the UN, the WTO and the IMF have taken up the task of including the world's impoverished nations into their network. With a positivistic tone,…


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With the democratization of nations in the post-Cold War era, international institutions such as the World Bank, the UN, the WTO and the IMF have taken up the task of including the world's impoverished nations into their network. With a positivistic tone, these nations are commonly classified as developing countries.

The goal for these institutions is to create new frontiers and to expand existing horizons for the entrepreneur. Also, relieve marginalized people from hunger, war, disease, and ignorance.

One powerful strategy used to achieve such a goal is tourism development. According to these institutions tourism not only helps preserve cultural identity but also helps raise the general standard of living of everyone.

Contrary to this believe, we worry that, instead, tourism commoditizes culture and thus trivializes it. We believe that a healthy and strong culture is necessary to prevent decline from entering a community.

We advocate for diversity as well. Diversity lowers the risk of complete loss. This is the loss of the human repertoire of intellectual achievements and wisdom across distinct societies.

In the framework of tourism development, as it is carried out by many poor nations today, countries and people enter an ever more interdependent world economy. This translates into a more complex system of economically incentivized alliances, that necessitates of all nations to structure themselves appropriately.

Middle class individuals from rich countries all over the world are now wealthy enough to travel the globe. This opportunity realized has created tourism as it is known today. Tourism is one of globalization's main power engines. With tourism, the rate of social, cultural and biological homogenization is without question, fastest.

We set out to discover if tourism has an important homogenizing factor that would obfuscate cultural diversity in the future.

We asked people about their personal experiences with tourism in four different localities: Little Corn Island and San Juan del Sur in Nicaragua, Tamarindo and Herradura-Jacó in Costa Rica. The results are in documentary format and divided into four episodes...

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