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Visiting the Borderless City: Traveling via the Internet
Unformatted Document Text:  encourage the development of services and businesses designed primarily to benefit visitors and not residents. At the same time, the protestors themselves were visitors. They came to New York because of the same event that delegates at the forum came, and there were more of them than delegates. 24 Similar to the planning required for the forum, much preparation went into making the protests safe and effective. 25 Furthermore, while upscale restaurants and hotels were prepared for the forum delegates, local organizers made sure protestors coming to visit New York had information on reasonable places to stay and eat. A Welcome Center contained a list of housing opportunities for those who had little or no money to spend on an expensive New York hotel (Barry, 2002a). 26 The visitors who came to New York to protest during the World Economic Forum are a great example of contemporary tourists who are not traditionally viewed as tourists. Moreover, the impact of this type of tourism is very different from the impact of traditional tourism. For one, it is less likely to transform urban space in the way tourism is criticized for doing. Because these visitors frequently stay with friends or at youth hostels, they are not supporting exclusive hotels that cater to upper income travelers. Also, they often are looking to eat at small inexpensive restaurants that serve ethnic or health food and cater to the local population rather than tourists. Finally, if these protestors shop, they are more likely to visit second hand clothing outlets or alternative book stores than corporate chains. They may actually discourage others from visiting chain restaurants and stores through their protest actions. In short, these visitors may be viewed as harming or busting the tourist bubble rather than sustaining it. The Internet played an important role in both planning the demonstrators activities ahead of time and helping people visit from out of town. Conducting a search for ’World Economic

Authors: Fotsch, Paul.
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encourage the development of services and businesses designed primarily to benefit visitors and
not residents.
At the same time, the protestors themselves were visitors. They came to New York
because of the same event that delegates at the forum came, and there were more of them than
delegates.
24
Similar to the planning required for the forum, much preparation went into making
the protests safe and effective.
25
Furthermore, while upscale restaurants and hotels were
prepared for the forum delegates, local organizers made sure protestors coming to visit New
York had information on reasonable places to stay and eat. A Welcome Center contained a list
of housing opportunities for those who had little or no money to spend on an expensive New
York hotel (Barry, 2002a).
26
The visitors who came to New York to protest during the World Economic Forum are a
great example of contemporary tourists who are not traditionally viewed as tourists. Moreover,
the impact of this type of tourism is very different from the impact of traditional tourism. For
one, it is less likely to transform urban space in the way tourism is criticized for doing. Because
these visitors frequently stay with friends or at youth hostels, they are not supporting exclusive
hotels that cater to upper income travelers. Also, they often are looking to eat at small
inexpensive restaurants that serve ethnic or health food and cater to the local population rather
than tourists. Finally, if these protestors shop, they are more likely to visit second hand clothing
outlets or alternative book stores than corporate chains. They may actually discourage others
from visiting chain restaurants and stores through their protest actions. In short, these visitors
may be viewed as harming or busting the tourist bubble rather than sustaining it.
The Internet played an important role in both planning the demonstrators activities ahead
of time and helping people visit from out of town. Conducting a search for ’World Economic


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