Traveling the world to see what it has to offer might be the greatest privilege someone can have. Many times the lucky travelers get to visit sacred places and might not know how to take full advantage of their experience. Although the tourist is in charge of making the best of their time, I believe their experience can also rely on how well a place is being managed. The management at places, especially ones popular with tourists, have the responsibility to make the place as attractive and amusing as possible. However, it is also complicated for management to control their cultural importance of places and try to make it appealing for the tourists.
Managing sites to maintain their beauty and managing the touristic side of the business is challenging when the site is of a higher importance to the people of the city than for those visiting. For example, the beautiful city of Rio de Janeiro- the city is full of attractions and without a doubt one of their most popular tourist attractions is the statue of Christ the Redeemer. This is a particularly difficult for the people of Rio de Janeiro to refer to as a tourist “hot spot” because for them it represents their catholic beliefs. Whereas many of the people who had the joy to visit the statue appreciated the stature from an architectural point; its height and physical beauty.
Another effect of tourism in Rio de Janeiro is the perspective men have of the women of the city. Although the tourists mean no harm to the women, many time men and women go to Brazil with the expectation of seeing sexy women walking around half naked. These expectations can be humiliating and dehumanizing to the women of Rio de Janeiro because although that isn’t what they look like they’re forced to put up a show for the pleasure of the tourists. This parading of women is most common in Carnival, an extravagant parade through the streets of Rio. Tourists travel to countries with expectations of what the people and city will be like and because the city can really use the money, they have no choice but to make those expectations a reality.
Unfortunately for many people visiting Rio de Janeiro, they miss out on some of the most authentic things Brazil has to offer because they’re too caught up on having an experience that many others come to have- the party, the site seeing, etc. Brazil’s culture is more than just the Carnival and the naked women, they also have a lot of artistic aspects to them, such as the famous Samba and Choro music. This music is played in the streets of Rio and in the popular Carnival but isn’t able to capture as many people because there is too many other elements- women, nudity, glitter, dancing, excitement!
Tourism can be beneficial to many cities and countries around the world and there is nothing wrong with that. The only thing is that the management of tourism in certain places needs to draw a line to the exploitation of the city and its people. Instead of making money and making the tourists happy, many places need to turn their focus on staying true to their culture and not allow the tourist define what their city should be like.