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article imageCosta Concordia becomes morbid tourist attraction

By Katerina Nikolas     Jan 23, 2012 in Travel
Gigliola - The tiny Island of Giglio is overwhelmed with tourists drawn to the sight of the stricken Costa Concordia. Visitors with a morbid interest are having problems reaching the island as demand for ferry places is so great.
Even as missing passengers and crew members remain unaccounted for and the death toll rises, tourists with a morbid interest are flocking to the Tuscan Island of Giglio to view the stricken Costa Concordia. Not usually known as a winter tourist destination, Giglio is now attracting full ferry loads of curious visitors, armed with video cameras.
The Telegraph reported that visitors from all over Italy are flocking to the island, but islanders have labeled them "morbid." Whilst some claim to want to witness an historical event, it is inevitable that disasters draw the curious for all manner of reasons.
Writing in the Huffington Post, Dr. Philip Strong ponders if the ability of this "dark tourism" to the site of the Costa Concordia is able to engender the timeless tourist appeal which the Titanic has maintained.
For the moment the local tourist office is besieged with calls from potential visitors, but Elisa Arienti said "we're asking them to wait and come to the island in another month perhaps. Right now it's the worst time to visit, the island is so busy with rescue workers. They need to get on with their jobs."
Meanwhile, cashing in with sales of t-shirts lampooning Captain Francesco Schettino, Internet company Lipsiasoft are reporting brisk sales. According to Ta Nea Lipsaifsot is having great success selling t-shirts emblazoned with the slogan "Come back to the ship, dammit!"
Rescue mission underway on the shipwrecked Costa Concordia
Rescue mission underway on the shipwrecked Costa Concordia
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