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Poznań, Poland - Morasko Kampus, room: 3.130
Pro-poor tourism in the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone
In the recent years, there has been a rise in the popularity of tours organized to the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone (CEZ). In 2018 the number of visitors reached 63 thousands, which was almost twice as many as in 2016 (a year of 30th jubilee of the disaster). The CEZ is a displaced area under the strict control of the State responsible for its security. However after the Chernobyl disaster some evacuated inhabitants came back and started to live as selfsettlers. After 30 years, only 150 are still alive, but they life has changed with tourism development. The paper is going to discuss the problem of the role of tourism as a sphere of solidarity with impoverished people. Does tourism bring hope and sustainability to the abandoned Zone or on the contrary - exploits its environemnt and people only as a tourist attraction?