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The Tourism Curse

Like a wealth of oil, lots of visitors can become a development trap. Here’s how to avoid it.

  • Geert Vansintjan
  • FP

In a remote mountain town in Vietnam, I’m lost looking for the market. A young woman offers her help.

Gret 3cAs she walks me toward my destination, she tells me what she does for a living: She works under her mother, who runs the kitchen in one of the local hotels.

I’ve run into her on her way to buy groceries.

In any of Vietnam’s major cities, a bright woman like her with a high level of English fluency would be expected to study.

Here, though, I…

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