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After the earthquake in Morocco, tourists grapple with the ethics of travel

By Ceylan Yeginsu

12 Sep 2023 · 6 min read

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  1. Popular tourist destinations such as Turkey, Greece, Hawaii, and Morocco have been hit by disasters this year, including earthquakes, wildfires, and floods. That has caused tourists to question whether they should continue with their travel plans.

Some of the world’s most popular tourist destinations — Turkey, Greece, Hawaii and, now, Morocco — have been ravaged by disaster this year, with earthquakes, wildfires and floods razing entire towns and villages, killing residents, and destroying or damaging cultural monuments.

The series of catastrophic events has left many tourists in a conundrum over how to respond. Those already in a country in the wake of a disaster debate whether they should stay or leave. Those with upcoming trips wonder if they should cancel. Can they and the revenue they bring in be of any real help, or will they be a burden? How appropriate is it to let tourism go on while a nation is in a state of collective mourning and rescue efforts are underway?

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