Agents and travel industry members in Vancouver, Calgary and Edmonton have a chance to among the first in the world to view a new documentary designed to challenge consumers to make better holiday choices following the global pandemic.
The Last Tourist is an independent documentary created by G Adventures, directed by filmmaker Tyson Sadler, and executive produced by Bruce Poon Tip.
And the film has just been awarded with the ‘Special Jury Prize for Social Impact’ by the Canadian documentary jury at the Calgary International Film Festival.
Tickets are now on sale for the world premiere at Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF) at 6.00pm on Oct. 2, which will be followed by screenings at Calgary International Film Festival (CIFF) and Edmonton International Film Festival (EIFF) from Oct. 3.
Bruce Poon Tip, founder of G Adventures, says his vision for the documentary came well before the pandemic, but the timing of the documentary’s release could not be more relevant as the world wakes up to the problems facing tourism as travel ground to a halt.
Said Poon Tip: “We’ve always said travel – community tourism in particular – could be the biggest distributor of wealth the world has ever seen, and even the fastest path to peace. We wanted to bring these life-changing stories to life on the big screen, and at the same time expose some of the often well-intentioned, but harmful, practices many tourism experiences support.”
G Adventures founder continued: “This documentary demonstrates the dire state the industry was in pre-pandemic, and addresses practical ways travellers can use their personal power to have a positive impact as the world reopens to international travel again. I implore everyone to see this important film as it becomes available in 2022, if they can’t make it to a festival release nearby next month.”
Filmed and produced over the past three years, The Last Tourist is a 101-minute, feature-length documentary starring well-known tourism and conservation visionaries including Jane Goodall, PhD, DBE, Elizabeth Becker, the author of Overbooked: The Exploding Business of Travel and Tourism, Judy Kepher-Gona, founder of the Sustainable Travel & Tourism Agenda and Poon Tip himself.
Tyson Sadler, director of The Last Tourist, says the film took its crew on a journey to more than 15 different countries where they interviewed dozens of leading travel experts, tour operators, and academics, as well as travellers and tourism employees in host communities that are leveraging tourism to improve their quality of life.
Screening details and tickets purchase information is as follows:
Vancouver International Film Festival
Saturday, October 2, 2021 at 6:00 PM – SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts
Sunday, October 3, 2021 At 3:45 Pm – Kay Meek Arts Centre
Calgary International Film Festival
Sunday, October 3, 2021 At 2:00 Pm – Globe Cinema
Edmonton International Film Festival
Sunday, October 3rd at 5:00 PM – Landmark Cinemas 9 City Centre
Wednesday, October 6th at 9:30 PM – Landmark Cinemas 9 City Centre
Sunday, October 10th at 2:00 PM – Landmark Cinemas 9 City Centre
To view the trailer, go to https://thelasttouristfilm.com