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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 14, 2011 at 6:46pm
Obama announces loosening of restrictions on travel to Cuba. http://yhoo.it/eogiy0 Who will benefit? Who will howl?

Comment by Sarah Irving on December 20, 2010 at 8:15pm

New blog post on the effects of conflict on tourism, and the rights and wrongs of encouraging tourists to come to conflict-affected areas: http://www.tripatini.com/profiles/blogs/rubbernecking-or-learning

Comment by Ed Wetschler on December 1, 2010 at 8:28am
NE, the Korean Times reports that visitors -- especially Japanese and Chinese visitors -- are canceling trips to South Korea. But let's say the fireworks peter out. At what point do people feel comfortable rebooking a place that has been a potential trouble spot?
Comment by Northeast News on November 29, 2010 at 10:01am
The headline on an etn story about tourism in South Korea says "North Korea's attack has no effect on tourism." Do you share that optimism?
Comment by Ed Wetschler on November 5, 2010 at 1:49pm
I've been in Costa Rica these past six days while Hurricane Tomas floods roads, causes mudslides, and has killed at least two dozen people (that's not counting the people who are missing). Eating and sleeping very well at wonderful ecolodges like Finca Rosa Blanca, but can you enjoy anything when there's so much misery just ten miles away?
Comment by Northeast News on October 13, 2010 at 10:16am
ETOA reports that red tape and other hassles over visas prevent 450,000 tourists a year from visiting Europe. Anyone know what the figure would be for the United States?

ETOA (European Tour Operators Association) adds that most of those potential visitors are from China and India.
Comment by Max Pesling on October 12, 2010 at 12:34pm
Good golly, just read California's just cut off people from using their welfare debit cards on cruise ships and casinos. Seems "more than $69 million targeted at helping the needy pay their rent and clothe their children was accessed by debit card use in 49 other states, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Guam between January 2007 and May 2010."

This had to be stopped, of course, but I'm concerned this kind of story will be used by a certain political party to bash welfare and justify further cuts. Of course we have to curb the abuse, but isn't there a real need to protect the neediest in our society?
Comment by EnLinea Media on July 27, 2010 at 2:07pm
Real juicy topic on our Gulf Coast Travel Update group: a member's asking why he should spend his vacation dollars on a Gulf Coast beach vaca.... Tell him what you think!
Comment by Anne Sweeney on July 8, 2010 at 10:43pm
I don't usually believe in travel boycotts because they hurt the people who work in hotels, restaurants, etc. and who are poorly paid. But I think if I were a travel agent or a meeting planner, I might hesitate to send a group or plan a meeting or event in AZ. First, there would be people in the group or sponsoring organization who would object. But more to the point, could you risk embarassment, harassment and even legal exposure by bringing say, a group of Indian doctors to a convention in Arizona. Would they feel uncomfortable at best and be in harm's way, at worst? No one doubts that whomever gets stopped by the police, they won't be Swedes. Color and ethnicity is the baisis here - not immigration.. There are plenty of illegal Irish in this country but I do not expect that if I go to some backwater in Arizona, a sheriff is going to haul me away. They leave that to airport screeners who seem to think that I'm the mother of Gerry Adams..
Comment by Dave Acton on July 6, 2010 at 7:49pm
With all due respect, Mr. Lawrence, I'd like to see the statistics where it says 99% of golfers and tennis players are white. OK, it may be in the 90s, but 99%, no way. And if cheap courts and greens fees are enough to make us forget our principles, well, that's a pretty sad statement on us, isn't it. I agree, ACLU may be exagerrating, but it's to make a point. And the point is valid.

I don't generally believe in boycotts, I think they're pretty much counterproductive. Look at Cuba, we've been at it for 50+ and no change in sight. But this Arizona thing is so wrong, so mean-spirited, that i for one don't plan to set foot in that state till they rejoin 21st century civilization.

Happy duffing.
 
 
 

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