Tourism Security and NGOs
The first chapter, Towards a Theory of Tourism Security, struck me as incredibly important. It discusses developing a "theory" for tourism security – a theory being "an attempt to predict and explain a phenomenon." In this case, the author seeks to develop a theory that answers such questions as:
- Why security incidents such as crime, terrorism, wars, riots and civil unrest exist at tourist destinations
- What are the motives of the perpetrators/offenders?
- What are the impacts of such incidents?
- How do the tourism industry, the tourists, the destination, the media, and the community react to the crises caused by such incidents?
- What effective recovery methods can be undertaken by the public and private sectors at the destination?
- What methods of prevention or reduction can be used by the destination in order to avoid or minimize the impacts of future security crises?
The chapter successfully establishes a conceptual framework for practicing tourism security. It approaches the task academically yet delivers a set of easy to understand and apply core principles and fundamentals - many of which are directly applicable to NGO security.
This is something the NGO community could immensely benefit from (if you're able to get a copy of the book you'll immediately see what I'm talking about when you read the chapter). My hope is with an emerging academic interest in humanitarian safety and security issues, a professor or graduate student somewhere decides to work on a similar theory for NGO security.
(Note: The book is relatively expensive for its size and number of pages, with a typical inflated university textbook price. If you're on a budget, try tracking down a copy through your local library. It's a very worthwhile read that will make you think - outside the box.)