Politics of Travel

Travel promotes freedom and understanding -- but human beings being what they are, all too often politics and conflict can get in the way. What do you think about the relationship between politics and travel, and how to reconcile them?

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Comment by Ed Wetschler on January 18, 2012 at 8:29am

Cruise ship disaster in the Mediterranean, tourists killed Ethiopia, higher prices for airline tickets -- but now, some good news for the travel biz: Jihadi tourism is thriving in Somalia. Think they'll build a new W Hotel? 

Comment by Ed Wetschler on January 5, 2012 at 9:27am

One week after the government of the Maldives shut down all spas at high-end resorts in order to conform with Sharia, the government has beaten a hasty retreat and allowed the spas to reopen. But how much p.r. damage has been done? 

Comment by Ed Wetschler on December 31, 2011 at 5:16pm

Will it, or will wiser heads convince the hard-liners that this is self-destructive?  (On a related note, I will drink alcohol tonight, God help me.)

Comment by Darryl Musick on December 31, 2011 at 3:19pm

I hope it hits them hard.

Comment by Ed Wetschler on December 31, 2011 at 9:18am

The government of the Maldives has shut down spas at high-end resorts because their practices do not conform to sharia. How badly will this hit Maldives tourism?

Comment by Darryl Musick on November 16, 2011 at 2:49pm

It would seem the marijuana ban would drive it back underground, which is why I thought pot was tolerated there in the first place.

Comment by Ed Wetschler on November 16, 2011 at 2:44pm

No more marijuana in Holland!? "Foreign visitors will be banned from cannabis-selling coffee shops in southern Netherlands from January 1 to combat anti-social behaviour among tourists," reports the Daily Mail (UK).

"The Dutch justice ministry announced the ban after a consultation period and despite opposition from some MPs who branded the move 'tourism suicide'."

How much will this change tourism -- especially in Amsterdam?

Comment by John McAuliff on May 22, 2011 at 1:21pm

All those with an honest interest in learning about Cuba can find a legal path, either by signing up for an appropriate open enrollment trip or by putting together their own group. (Let me know if I can help you do that:


Religious organizations and higher education students can easily go now under a general license without any notification to or permission from bureaucrats in Washington.


 Overview of legal travel:


Links to travel providers


We continue to await OFAC's disposition on people to people licenses, emphasizing how much better it would have been if the President had authorized general licenses for all authorized travel.


John McAuliff

Cuba/US People to People Partnership

Fund for Reconciliation and Development

Comment by Ed Wetschler on May 21, 2011 at 8:37pm
Pack your sunscreen, boys and girls: Just a few weeks or so now before the Obama administration loosens travel restrictions. So if you haven't gone, are you going to go now?
Comment by Juan Martinez on May 11, 2011 at 1:16pm
"Tourism officials are asking Gov. Deal not to sign the new Arizona-style immigration bill. Already, the group Southerners on New Ground is calling for a national boycott of conventions and vacation travel to Georgia. How will this play out?"  I saw this on another Tripatini group, and I would use other words to ask this question: Will the governor of Georgia let anti-Hispanic legislators damage his state's tourism income? 

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