Benidorm in Spain - http://www.flickr.com/photos/benidormone/9921757/
Tourism is said to be the world's biggest industry.
Europe has the biggest share of the world market.
As the people in places like China and Russia become more wealthy, they will be taking more holidays abroad.
Where will they go?
Think of travel to Benidorm and similar places in Europe; think of ugly concrete blocks; think of scenery and culture which, to a large extent, have been destroyed.
Some places outside Europe are the same. Singapore has destroyed many of its old buildings; Cancun is not the real Mexico. Dubai looks all concrete and dust.
This might explain why more and more tourists are going to places that have managed to hold on to their culture. Think, for example, of parts of Egypt and Morocco, much of Cuba, most of Laos and Cambodia, India, and even parts of France.
The Economist, 17 May 2008, has some interesting information about changes in Tourism. Travel and tourism A new itinerary Economist.com
1. About 30% of Dubai's GDP comes from travel and tourism.
Dubai's airport is becoming too small, and so Dubai is building a new airport which is expected to be the world's busiest.
2. In 2007, the Middle East had 13% more international tourists.
3. China is planning to have 97 new airports by 2020.
4. India gets fewer foreign visitors than Bulgaria and Bahrain.
5. Kenya lost about half its tourist business as a result of recent violence.
What advice might we give to some of these tourist countries?
It should be made possible to get a visa on arrival in India. Many people are put off by the need to send passports through the post.
The Economist reports that "at Indira Gandhi airport in Delhi, immigration officials will think nothing of clocking off with four or five people left in the queue, who then have to go to the back of another line." Airports need to employ some better people.
There is a suspicion that the CIA, Mossad and others have been involved in acts of terror. (Jaipur; Dawood Ibrahim; the CIA). India should make sure its security services are more efficient.
2. THE DOMINICAN REPUBLIC and other places with GATED hotel complexes.
Our advice would be to get rid of the gates and let tourists mix with the locals.
Knock down the big concrete and glass blocks. Build more traditional Arab buildings. Stop copying the USA.
There is a suspicion that the security services of various countries have been involved in acts of terror. (aangirfan: Bali Bomb - inside job.). Indonesia should make sure that its security services are opposed to terrorism.
The government should encourage travel companies to build more hotels outside Bali.
5. SRI LANKA and other PLACES WITH POLITICAL VIOLENCE
Most violence is caused by the security services of certain countries. Sri lanka should kick out all people belonging to MOSSAD and similar organisations.
"In Sri Lanka, Mossad trains, arms, and equips both sides - through its Cambodian Zim Shipping empire, and through its holdings in South Africa - and perpetrates false flags whenever there is talk of peace. Mossad’s goal is to maintain the lucrative arms market, plus the local drug trade."
- Mossad in Sri Lanka Wake Up From Your Slumber / http://aangirfan.blogspot.com/2005/08/sri-lanka-mossad-cia-drugs-and-arms.html
If you travel from Naples to Pompeii on the local train you will notice the influence of criminal elements. There is a lot of graffiti and a lot of litter. Italy needs a clean government.