Tourism in areas of urban poverty - Rio and beyond

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Date: 09 November 2017
Venue: Room: 4X113, Bristol Business School, Frenchay Campus,
Time: 14:00 - 15:30

Favela tourism

Dr Camila Moraes of Rio de Janeiro University will present her work on favela tourism in Rio de Janeiro. In the 2000s, the State recognized favelas as tourist attractions and promoted the commercialization of these areas in the context of megaevents, followed by urbanisation and security policies, putting tourism on the agenda. Consultants, analysts and technicians were hired to carry out studies of potentialities and capacities of favela residents to undertake tourism business. It expanded beyond the borders of the southern zone of the city, specializing and differentiating itself.

Resistance against favela toursim

Tourists could find the most diverse experiences in favelas, from the local gastronomy, museums, art gallery, to luxurious lodgings, parties and funk dances, that gathered cariocas and tourists in expensive spaces inside favelas. This expansion/transformation came to be perceived as a problem. The increase of economic value inside favelas began to reach those who could no longer remain in these places. The most diverse movements of resistance appeared, from those that went against the favela tourism, to those who wanted to be part, but in its own way. In this context, proposals for community-based tourism combined with an environmental speech emerged as an alternative to mass tourism. But the questions is whether these new approaches offer an alternative.

Content of event

Responding to Dr Moraes paper, Dr Fabian Frenzel will look at tourism development in areas of Urban Poverty in other locations, drawing on his recent book „Slumming It - The tourist Valorization of Urban Poverty“ and his research in India, Kenya and South Africa. He will further explore the question of whether this form of tourism provides alternatives to classical tourism developments and in particular whether it can contribute to inclusive forms of regeneration and poverty alleviation.

Speakers' Profiles

Dr Moraes holds a PhD in History and a Masters degree in Social Sciences. During her PhD studies on the expansion and segmentation of favela tourism through the lenghs of New Mobilities Paradigm at GetĂșlio Vargas Foundation (Rio de Janeiro / Brazil) she was supervised by Bianca Freire-Medeiros and was a visiting researcher at the Center For Mobilities Research / Lancaster University, where she was supervised by John Urry and Monika Buscher.

Camila coordinates the Observatory of Favela Tourism at Rio de Janeiro University (UNIRIO), and collaborates with community-based tourism initiatives in 10 groups of favelas, connecting researchers and community stakeholders in order to improve local business or initiatives that can benefit favelas.

Dr Frenzel is Associate Professor in Organisation Studies at the University of Leicester. His research interests concern the intersection of organization, politics and mobility. He has published widely on tourism, alternative organizations and International Development.

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Cost: Free
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