War as a tourist attraction: the case of Vietnam

Joan C. Henderson



This paper considers the challenges involved in the presentation of war as a tourist attraction, using the example of recent conflicts in Vietnam and a particular site there to illustrate the issues which arise. It begins with a general discussion about war and tourism, and then moves on to examine the development of tourism in Vietnam and the place of wartime heritage. Various aproaches to interpretation are identified and the problems facing those responsible are highlighted. The dilemma is one of achieving a satisfactory balance between education and entertainment while providing an appropriate experience for visitors who come with different needs and expectations. Political circumstances represent an added complication.

Copyright © 2000 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

Link: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1002/1522-1970(200007/08)2:4%3C269::AID-JTR219%3E3.0.CO;2-A

Read the full paper here: https://www.academia.edu/35300415/War_as_a_Tourist_Attraction_the_Case_of_Vietnam