Through a fascinating range of case-studies drawn from across the world, this innovative book shows how places to play are also places in play: made and remade by the mobilities and performances of tourists and workers, images and heritage, the latest fashions and the newest diseases. Criss-crossed by various mobilities and performances, places are shown to "move" as they are put into play in relation to other places.
Section One focuses on the performance of paradise in the Caribbean, the Mediterranean, in "ecotourism" sites and on beaches across the world. Section Two turns the performance of global heritage from quaint English spa-towns and Viking heritage centers, to the spiritual sublime of Inca ruins and the Taj Mahal, and the international travels of art exhibitions. Section Three concerns the remaking of global cities: Hong Kong, Barcelona, Rio de Janeiro, and the "high-rise" suburbs of post-millennial Europe. The last section takes an unpredictable tour of round-the-world web-sites, Dubai's Palm Island, and the dark worlds of nuclear tourism and deadly tourism.
Tourism itself is thus in motion, becoming less predictable as changing processes of leisure, authenticity and risk re-shaping global mobilities.