As niche markets go, this one begs more contemplation than most. It
may be tough to attract the kind of ecologically committed customer
who wants to visit the world's toxic waste dumping grounds.
Still, there is a market for viewing polluted lakes and
carcinogen-producing factories. Just take a look at the Greenpeace Web
site if you want some ideas. There's plenty of muck to see and even
more muck-producing factories for toxic tourists to shake their
Recently, Greenpeace has been conducting tours of the Venice
Lagoon, pointing out polluters just as a Los Angeles tour bus
driver might show passengers movie stars' houses.
You might want to check into this thing. Just find a few dirty
places that used to be clean (you may want to invest in a really
serious-looking boat), follow the sewage pipes or smokestacks to
the factories that do the dumping and, bingo, you've got yourself a
tour. Just don't dump your Disney bookings quite yet.