Storm grows over “tornado tourism”

City’s visitor centre begins offering maps to devastated areas

Just eight months after tornados devastated the US city of Joplin, killing more than 160 people and destroying around 4,000 homes, the Midwestern city’s Convention and Visitors Bureau has caused controversy with a new map guiding visitors to the city’s most devastated areas.
The maps, which are also available at hotels’ front desks, include tornado facts, images and points of interest.
“The map was the result of requests for an educational piece on the safest ways to see the amazing amount of destruction,” the bureau’s director explained. A local resident countered: “I can understand the idea of the map, but that doesn’t make it any less tasteless.”
[pictured: Joplin, Missouri, after the tornado]