The Last Tourist, an eye-opening documentary that reassess how travel can return in a more responsible way, is now available for streaming on Crave in Canada.
First released on-demand and in theatres in April this year, the film, executive produced by G Adventures’ Founder Bruce Poon Tip and directed by Tyson Sadler, tackles topics such as overtourism, community exploitation and animal abuse, while targeting sectors, such as the cruise industry, all-inclusive resorts, and voluntourism organizations, for losing sight of travel’s powerful ability to transform the world.
“Travel is firmly back, and with it the opportunity for people to travel better than they did prior to the pandemic,” G Adventures wrote in a press release on Monday (Sept. 12).
“G Adventures is encouraging anyone heading out into the world to take a moment - or one hour and 40 minutes - to educate themselves on how to travel better.”
Poon Tip said the world is a different place than it was two years ago, noting that many travellers have changed what they are looking for from their vacation time.
“People are being much more intentional and purposeful with their holiday decisions – they are asking more questions about where their money is going, and whether it is helping to support local communities, which is exactly what we need. Travel wasn’t in a great place pre-pandemic,” he stated.
“The Last Tourist has already been extremely well received and its timing couldn’t be better as people return to travelling internationally this year. We’re thrilled to have secured a distribution deal with Crave as it means we can reach countless people across Canada with the film’s important messages.”
Tourism's dark side
As PAX reported earlier this year after interviewing Poon Tip, The Last Tourist examines the history of modern tourism, shining a light on a side of the industry that travellers might be unaware of.
The doc explores important issues including animals suffering for entertainment, orphaned children exploited for profit, and developing economies strained under the massive weight of foreign-owned hotel chains.
Viewers meet local heroes and entrepreneurs who see opportunity for positive change, and are leveraging tourism to preserve cultural heritage, sustain wildlife, and support the social and economic wellbeing of communities.
At the time of the film’s release, initial reactions to the film on PAX’s social media suggested that The Last Tourist should be required viewing for anyone entering or currently working in the travel industry.
The documentary argues that travel, if done properly, could be the greatest form of wealth distribution and empower global communities with a voice that has, over time, been silenced.
“I’m more hopeful than I’ve ever been. Coming out of COVID, we have an opportunity,” Poon Tip told PAX earlier this year.
As well as Bruce Poon Tip, The Last Tourist features leading travel and tourism visionaries, including Dr. Jane Goodall (Jane Goodall Institute, United Nations Messenger of Peace), Lek Chailert (Save Elephant Foundation), Gary Knell (National Geographic), Meenu Vadera (Sakha Cabs For Women) and Jonathan Tourtellot (Destination Stewardship Center).
The Last Tourist had its U.S. premiere in March at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, and is available on video-on-demand via Apple, iTunes and on HULU from June 1.
For more on The Last Tourist, visit www.thelasttouristfilm.com.