- Pegi Vail
Are tourists destroying the planet-or saving it? How do travelers change the remote places they visit, and how are they changed? From the Bolivian jungle to the party beaches of Thailand, and from the deserts of Timbuktu, Mali to the breathtaking beauty of Bhutan, Gringo Trails traces stories over 30 years to show the dramatic long-term impact of tourism on cultures, economies, and the environment. Directed by prominent anthropologist Pegi Vail, Associate Director of the Center for Media, Culture and History at New York University and a Fulbright Scholar, Gringo Trails raises urgent questions about one of the most powerful globalizing forces of our time: tourism, and asks: Is there a more sustainable, egalitarian way to provide economic security to remote places without forever pigeonholing them as ‘exotic’?
Cosponsored with Cornell Abroad