The business of travel

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  1. http://www.canadianbusiness.com/lifestyle/a-billion-unique-visits-a-year/

    Elizabeth Becker’s Overbooked is an attempt to strip tourism of its exotic aura and examine the industry for what it is: a serious business. The numbers are impressive. Tourism creates $3 billion globally every day. According to an analyst from the International Labour Organization, it employs at least one in 10 people around the world. In 2005, frequent-flyer miles were more valuable than all the U.S. dollars in circulation.
    Yet, despite its size and influence, tourism is rarely treated with the seriousness of other industries. Proud nations don’t care to think of themselves as tourist destinations, mere playgrounds for residents of other countries. Hospitality is seen as a less noble pursuit than, say, manufacturing airplanes or growing grain. And while journalists scrutinize the oil, finance and agricultural industries, tourism is generally considered a pleasant, frivolous pursuit—an aspirational hobby relegated to a newspaper’s Travel pages, where breezy first-person narratives are written with a journalistic looseness that wouldn’t make it past the editors in the Sports or Arts
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    Becker saves her sharpest criticism for cruises—notorious polluters and the fastest-growing segment of the global travel industry. On Becker’s Royal Caribbean cruise, she finds her waiter is paid just $50 a month with no days off, a practice possible because these hugely profitable ships are registered in foreign countries that don’t share American labour laws.
     
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  2. wombat18
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    Just started reading it tonight. Nothing earthshattering, but she is trying to get folks to think about how travel and tourism is changing our world. Thinking about government subsidy and tourism policy is then a question of what sort of world we want.
     
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    I am not convinced that that is correct.
     
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    Oke Thanks. :)
     

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