I have run out of my favourite teabags, but that is neither here nor there. I just thought I’d mention it as I swallow the cheap sludge from the local shop.
Well, between posting pic of the shitgibbon above and mentioning the tea, I have taken Ali for her walk and bought some decent stuff.
Anyway, I digress. It occurred to me over the last few days that the exceptional US of A might experience a bit of a backlash as far as tourism is concerned – what with Muslim bans and what have you. Like that imbecile above…
I myself am a fervent lover of the USA. I have made the bestest friends in your beautiful country since that ugly Palin episode. Little did I think that it would get worser and worser. Indulge me in my Palinisms.
I have spent time and money traversing the various corners of the US meeting my wonderful progressive friends and I have loved every minute of it.
But now, I’m struck with a horrible sense of something that is quite nasty. Do I want to go there again? I do…but. I just don’t feel good about travelling to a country that seems to be regressing.
Never mind that I am broke and don’t have much of a choice anyway. Hubby said to me recently – NO MORE HOLIDAYS. I guess I did overdo it there for a few years. I am now limited to Ryanair and Europe. Amsterdam is marvellous by the way.
However, if I feel like this, what do other tourists feel?
Courtesy of Crooks and Liars:
Though they may differ as to the wisdom of the move, the travel press and most travel experts are of one mind: They are currently drawing attention to an unintended consequence of the Trump-led efforts to stop many Muslims from coming to the U.S., pointing to a sharp drop in foreign tourism to our nation that imperils jobs and touristic income.
It’s known as the “Trump Slump.” And I know of no reputable travel publication to deny it.
Thus, the prestigious Travel Weekly magazine (as close to an “official” travel publication as they come) has set the decline in foreign tourism at 6.8%. And the fall-off is not limited to Muslim travelers, but also extends to all incoming foreign tourists. Apparently, an attack on one group of tourists is regarded as an assault on all.
That’s all I wanted to say. I’m going to light the fire and watch rugby for the afternoon. Oh, did I mention that we have gotten rid of all the wee Irish folk this weekend. They are skiing in Italy and hubby and I are going out for lunch soon.