Making Tourism Sustainable

The challenge of the World Tourism Forum is to find ways to allow people to enjoy traveling around the world while at the same time limiting the negative impact to the environment and to local cultures caused by such activity. The greatest challenge facing humanity at the start of the 21st Century is to preserve the environment. Nature is a dynamic system where all the parts are interconnected. Mankind is part of the grand scheme, and yet acts in such a way as to destroy the very eco-system that he depends upon.

Carbon emissions in 2012 have reached 390 parts per million. On November 9th, 2011 the International Energy Agency published research showing that the 'door is closing'; and that unless we change our habits of energy consumption and carbon output we will be unable to prevent catastrophic climate change that will see sea levels rise, mass flooding, rapid species extinction (not experienced since the last Ice Age) and whole scale desertification.

At the same time economic activity (which includes tourism) is exhausting natural resources? fossil fuels, trees, water, marine resources, soil, minerals and plant resources are all being exhausted. With the world reeling from a severe economic downturn the temptation is to ignore calls for environmental responsibility (as shown in COP 17 meeting) and exploit natural resources even more to try and kick start ailing economies.

It is not just a matter of irresponsible use of natural resources that is making the present situation untenable, unsustainable; it is also pollution. Factories are polluting the air and water supplies, oil exploration is repeatedly polluting the sea and agricultural products are polluting the soil.

One of the biggest challenges for sustainable tourism is cultural pollution. As the world becomes a village small isolated communities in mountainous areas, by beaches and in forests have a growing contact with the outside world. As well as positive influences such as increased income there is also a tendency for these cultural units to be polluted by drugs, prostitution and the lure of easy money. Men stop fishing and do boat tours, women stop working the fields and become waitresses and sex workers. Children stop attending to their classes and take up begging and entertaining tourists. It is a sad pattern that can be seen all over the world.

At the same time tourism has become a consumer product. Too many people are taking planes, hiring cars, demanding air-con and willfully causing carbon emissions. The drive to 'up-grade' accommodation has resulted in too many swimming pools and golf courses all draining water resources and causing yet more carbon emissions.

The mission of World Tourism Forum is to find ways to allow people to travel without destroying the environment and without undermining local customs and ways of life. Since 2004 delegates have been meeting from all over the world to discuss ways to promote eco-tourism and to make tourism sustainable. Thousands of delegates from many countries gather to discuss the issues that beset their countries and to suggest ameliorative measures. Delegates come from the hotel industry, from NGOs, from conservation groups and from indigenous groups. According to Helene Rocques of the Sustainable Development for Accor Group, "It is possible to harmonize pleasure with sustainability".

Many initiatives have already been taken. Some more successful than others. These include encouraging governments to set up eco-tourist areas. One successful example of this is Koh Phangan in Thailand. 90% of the island's tree cover has been preserved by means of setting up National Parks and limiting building. As a result Koh Phangan has maintained its pristine natural environment and is now beginning to overtake the neighboring island of Koh Samui in terms of tourist numbers that has let unregulated development pollute beaches and cause wide scale deforestation. Tourists don't like the negative results that the temptation of the tourist dollar has caused and are looking for unspoiled natural beauty.

Another important area of sustainable tourism is nautical tourism. Diving, snorkeling, fishing and sailing have all in the past caused pollution, damaged coral reefs and depleted marine resources. Organizations such as government tourist ministries and regulatory bodies such as PADI continue to improve guidelines to make nautical tourism sustainable.

As people travel more they become jaded with the 'regular' tourist destinations and seek to go to more and more 'exotic' locations such as Antarctica and the Galapagos Islands. It is vital that systems be put in place to preserve these natural environments and the indigenous culture.

Finally, there is the unavoidable fact that airplane travel causes immense amounts of carbon emissions not just in flights but also in building airplanes. It is essential to encourage people to take more environmentally friendly types of transport where possible. It is also essential that airline companies are lobbied (as well as governments) to set up more rigorous strictures for off-setting. It is not just a matter of emitting less carbon but also of planting more trees and other carbon recyclers. The World Tourism Forum intends to bring all the major players together to make these things happen.

This website is intended as a resource for all those connected to the tourist industry. The articles herein introduce travel destinations and travel products and seek to encourage debate on how to make tourism sustainable. If solutions are not discussed and enacted foreign tourism could well go the way of the dodo.

susanneThere are many reasons to visit Denmark when you go on vacation. It’s a small country but contains a lot more than just Legoland.
What you can in Denmark depends a lot on what time of the year you are visiting. If you visit during winter time, you are likely to see a lot of snow, but many of the main attractions such as Legoland are closed. Instead you should visit some of the many pubs, where you can enjoy a large selection of both danish and Eupean beers, or just a hot chokolate. You can also visit the Trip Trap factory during christmas, and see how the small Trip Trap nisser and the famous Susanne Schjerning sengetøj are made, or take a walk in Tivoli, it’s a really nice place expecially during december, with all it’s christmas decoration. If you get the chance, don’t miss out on the danish tradition called julefrokost. If you visit during vinter, and there is no snow, it can be a little boring and dull outdoor, so here you can go shopping in some of the many malls. Prices are bit high, especially if you goto the capital Copenhagen. You can often find some good gifts like brænde or briketter here.

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If you come to Denmark during the summer, you will see a green and environment friendly country. A lot of their energy are produced by windmills, so you won’t be seeing a lot of polluting factories. There are a lot of fun things to do during the Summer, you may not want to visit the Trap Trap or Susanne Schjerning factory, as those places are a lot more cozy during christmas time. Tivoli in Copenhagen is still worth a visit though. It may not be as beautiful as it is in December, but still a fun place for both kids and adults. If you like to part and see a lot of bars, then Jomfruanegade in Aalborg is the place to be, it’s a whole street with almost nothing but bars. Aalborg is the party town of Denmark, especially if you visit around May 23. as you get to see, or take part in, the big carnival, which is the largerst of it’s kind in northen Europe. Denmark also got some great beaches, and even though the water may be a little cold (around 20-23 degrees celcius) it’s a fun place to be. If it’s to windy to go swimming, they got some great hills for paragliding or hanggliding. If you are into that, you will need to bring your own equipment though, as it’s not possible to rent this anywhere. If you visit Nordjylland, you should not miss out on Fårup Sommerland, which is a theme park build in the middle of a forest. They have a lot of fun rides, and is a really cozy place, since they try hard to keep it all in touch with nature. In the middle of Denmark, they got Djurs Sommerland, which is the largest theme park in Scandinavia. It got some larger rides than Fårup sommerland, but is not quite as cozy.

If you are into shopping then Copenhagen is the best place to visit, it got the biggest shopping malls, and a lot more special shops than any of the other cities. They got 2 theme parks, and a lot of historical buildings, but don’t expect anything breathtaking like you can find in London or Rome. The local people are ofte very friendly and helpful. They are not much for idle talk with strangers, so it can ofte be a little hard, to get to known then. If you are into eco Tourism, then we can really recommend taking a vacation in Denmark.

billige briketter and brænde from dtvtransition.orgTourism in Asia is faster growing than anywhere in the world, and not without a good reason. This is because of the increase wealth of countries like Malaysia, Taiwan, South Korea and Indonesia and by the huge populations of China. Indonesia is known as the first second and fourth largest countries when it comes to works. Some of the larger cities there such as Briketter or Brænde have experienced a growth increase of over 200% over the last 15 years. Despite of the importance of the tourism industry in this area, it is still under researched. There is this called “Asian Tourism”; it is a unique book that addresses this imbalance by giving high quality edited collection of chapters exploring the intraregional and domestic tourism in Asia.

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Thailand includes as good travel destinations in Asia. You can have a memorable and perfect tour in Thailand. You can have perfect places to explore like the diverse wildlife, nightlife, museums, monuments and a wide range of shopping attractions. Thailand has rich cultural heritage that is celebrated with great enthusiasm in various Thai festivals.

Hong Kong
Hong Kong is also one of the most visited travel destinations in Asia. Meaning, the country belongs to the remarkable tourism in Asia. It gives a name because of being a good travel destination. Many tourists decided to visit the country because of good travel destinations providing good accommodations to the travelers. Many travelers decided to visit Hong Kong because of famous travel attractions like Victoria Peak, Repulse Bay and Giant Buddha. Hong Kong is a must visit country as it attracts young honeymooners and holiday-makers around the world.

Singapore
Singapore offers an opportunity to discover the unique and real Singapore. Tourism in Asia gives an extensive option of tour packages. You will start enjoying an array of activities from the beautiful land to the underwater experience. Singapore has rich marine and wildlife. This will give memorable experience for you. Singapore and Briketter are bothcolorful and vibrant cities where one can find a harmonious blend of cuisine, culture, architecture and of course art. Singapore tourism offers info on various tourist attractions and destinations such as beautiful destinations, monumental heritage, wildlife parks, and rich arts and crafts. Singapore is known of its best recreational destination providing ample ways for people to entertain and amuse themselves.

Sri Lanka
The culture of Sri Lanka is another amazing tourism in Asia. Buddhism is the biggest influence in molding the variegated cultural heritage of Sri Lanka. Art, Architecture and Sculpture and painting are also trademarks in Sri Lanka. You will be satisfied of the amenities that in Sri Lanka. You will enjoy your visit in the country.
Tourism in Asia is one of the top rated travel destinations around the world. These countries are just only a few to mention of the tourism in Asia. Asian countries become more popular these days just because of its amazing travel destinations. People around the world usually choose Asian countries as their travel destinations. The fast growing tourism in Asia proves that the countries in Asia contribute a trademark. Tourism in Asia has been word-of-the-mouth by many travelers. They really have a memorable experience in the place.

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Tourism is one of the major contributors onto the Philippine economy. Philippines is an archipelagic country that is composed of 7, 107 islands. Philippines are rich of biodiversity which is main tourist attraction. Its beaches, islands, rainforests, mountains and diving sports are listed as one of the archipelagos’ famous tourists’ destinations. The country is rich of cultural and historical heritage; these are also one of the attractions of the Philippines. In the year 2010, South Korea is listed as the biggest source of visitors in the Philippines. A total of 1.17 million South Koreans in the year 2013 visited the Philippines followed by the United States, Australia, China, Japan and Taiwan. Main attractions of the Philippines are the white sand beach which is known as Boracay. Other attractions are the shopping centers of Metro Manila, forests of Bohol, diving sites of Palawan, the rice terraces of Ifugao, the heritage houses in Vigan, and the cultural attractions of Manila and Cebu.

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The island of Luzon is known of its economic center of the Philippines. Metro Manila is located in this island which is the capital region. It is reported in 2012 Global Blue survey that Manila was ranked 11th most attractive city for American shoppers. You will find the shopping malls around the metropolis especially in the financial and business districts of Ortigas, Makati and Bonifacio Global city. During Halloween they got a special event in Luzon. Just like at Halloween in the USA, people dress out in scary costumes and the local Hallloween kostumer, lights a big fire on the beach and sings songs to scare away the bad spirits, much like the original Halloween tradition in Mexico. So if you are in Luzon during the end of Oktober instead of going to the popular oktoberfest in Munich, don’t miss out on their special Halloween evening, it’s worth a visit.

Visayas

Visayas is to most, known as the central island group of the Philippines. It is the heart of the country’s biodiversity. This is the island where you will finds the most famous beach destination known as Boracay. The island is famous because of being a favorite island destination for local and foreign visitors due to its pure white sand beaches. In the year 2012, Boracay received an award claiming as the best island from the international travel magazine. Aside from the white sand beaches of Boracay, it is also famous destination for exciting nightlife, tranquility and relaxation.

Mindanao

Mindanao is known for its mountain ranges. The island is located at the southernmost of the Philippines. It is one of the best climbing destinations in the country. Mount Apo is the most famous mountain range and known as the highest country’s mountain. It takes 2 days to reach the summit when you do mountain climbing. Mount Apo is famous hiking destination for mountain climbers.
The most important tourism in the Philippines that we should never forget is the Puerto Princesa Underground River in Palawan. It is claimed that Puerto Princesa Underground River is one of the new 7 wonders of the World. Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park is located in the north of the city of Puerto Princesa, Palawan, Philippines. It features limestone karst mountain landscape navigable Underground River. You will witness a lot of astonishing and surprising sightseeing views underground the river. It is surprising that this underground river becomes a Philippines pride. This is a complete compliment of tourism in the Philippines. This proves the saying “It’s More Fun In The Philippines”.

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There is not much to beat a great vacation by the sea in a hot part of the world and staying at a truly wonderful resort with all the creature comforts. But did you know that taking a vacation by the sea is also really good for your health?

Well it is! In particular, it’s good for your respiratory health as well as being relaxing and de-stressing into the bargain. So what is this all about and why should you even care?

Given that you’re already keyed up and looking forward to spending some quality time relaxing in the sun and doing as little as possible for two weeks or so, the healthy aspect of holidaying in a beach resort is probably furthest from your mind. But that’s OK, since you don’t need to be consciously thinking about your physical state of being to benefit from the potent atmosphere of healthiness!

Salt Air Therapy

What’s really happening, with regards your breathing and respiratory system is that the additional levels of salt in the sea air is getting into your lungs and doing them a whole power of good. While you’re soaking up the sun, your bronchial airways are soaking up the salty air and benefitting from its powerful healing properties.

The salty air helps to gently cleanse the airways of debris, particularly excess phlegm and mucous that can cause blockages in especially in the narrower tubes (see clearairways.com for more details). This is as its gentle antibacterial property kills harmful bacteria and heals infections that can cause inflammation and narrowing of those airways.

A Vacation Rejuvenation

But of course all that is really not so important to you as leaving all your cares and problems far behind you as you enjoy all the rest and relaxation that a great beach vacation can offer. It’s more than just a means of getting away from it all for a couple of weeks, as it is a rejuvenating time in more ways than you could possibly know.

Jetting off to the sunshine and lazy days is more reviving to the body, mind and soul than just about anything else. It’s why we do it in the first place!

When you get down to the beach, remember to take in deep draughts of that clean sea air and remember that it’s doing you a power of good. So while you chill on a sun bed and let the sun do its thing to your skin, spare a thought for your grateful lungs and nasal passages because they’re getting their very own yearly service and restoration too.

If you want to find the best airlines in 2014, look no further! In fact, doing this will help you lower your stress level, especially if you are afraid to fly.

Choosing an airline, especially with the cost of flying going up, and the heightened security that comes with traveling anywhere, is a very important decision to make. When you do fly, you want to have an experience that’s as pleasant and efficient as possible. We have compiled some tips and suggestions on how to choose the right airline, along with the best airlines in 2014. Let’s begin.

Both customers, and independent consumer groups, have stated that Singapore Airlines is an excellent airline to fly with. Although it’s located in Singapore and is known for its service to Asian countries, it actually serves more than 60 cities and 30 countries around the world. Everyone that flies on Singapore Airlines will be happy with the service, regardless of your ticket cost. They offer everything from private suites to other luxuries and amenities. Singapore Airlines is one of the few airlines given five stars by Skytrax, so you can be sure it’s one of the best in the world. If you are traveling to Singapore or any Asian destination, Singapore Airlines, one of the world’s top rated airlines, accessible through this ninja server for the best deals, and it should be kept in mind.

If you are planning a trip to Indonesia, Garuda Indonesia is the best airline to use. In addition to being the flag carrier for Indonesia as a whole, it can take you to a bunch of other great places throughout this region. Bali is one of Indonesia’s most popular islands and is a “must stop” for world travelers. The beaches and food here are amazing and the locals are famous for their friendliness and hospitality. Indonesia has a lot of different destinations that are worth seeing and it is easy to get to them when you fly with Gardua Indonesia. Garuda Indonesia isn’t just a Quality Approved Airline, Skytrax also gives it four stars.

When trying to find the best airline for your needs, you may want to consider the awards and ratings given by organizations such as Skytrax. People that use Skytrax trust the ratings system because it is based upon the actual experiences that passengers have. Every airline is rated based upon several criteria including the treatment of children, adults, the quality of food and much more.

More than likely the airline is a pretty good one if Skytrax has given them a four or five star rating for their overall performance. You can also find websites and publications that rate airlines, such as Conde Nast and JD Power and Associates. As you can see, figuring out which airlines offer the best service is not that hard to find. The best airlines of 2014 can be found all over the world, but right now a large number of them are in Asia and the Middle East. For some reason, many of these airlines, such as Qatar and Cathay Pacific, are putting more effort into providing outstanding service than many North American and European airlines. This is why a lot of folks are not yet familiar with airlines that are at the top of the industry’s rankings. Therefore, keep an open mind by trying some of the top-ranked airlines you aren’t familiar with instead of your old standbys.

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You don’t have to pay a lot to fly from one part of your country to another! Of course getting cheap domestic flights is not always easy. You may have to look around before you find a flight at the price you want. Never assume you have to pay the full fare advertised by the airline, whether in a newspaper ad or online. You will, however, have to go out of your way to find this lower fare. The best airfares are saved for the fliers who know where to look for them. The tips given in this article will enable you to pay less for your next domestic flight.

Stay an extra day, leave on Sunday instead. Your airfare will drop drastically with a Saturday stay. This could mean flying during the week or even longer than a week (if you fly somewhere on Saturday) but the savings could make the extra time worth it. It has always been this way. Many people have known the Saturday night trick for decades. You’d be insane to not want a longer vacation for less money.

Do not change airline carriers. Fly on the same airline to your destination and back from your destination. This alone can save you big time because the airline will be appreciative or your patronage. If you stick with the same airline coming and going you will get a higher level of service at a lower cost. Another purpose for doing this is that it saves you money to purchase a round trip ticket compared with two one way tickets.

Your chosen flight will likely decrease in price so stay up to date on your flight before you buy wait for the right time. The best rate possible can be achieved by doing this. Watch the tickets you have already booked for potential price drops, this is an easy way to save money on airfare. If you see the price for the ticket drop below the price you have already paid, you can ask for a refund. If you haven’t paid for your ticket yet, you can simply do so when you notice that the prices have fallen into your budget. Keeping track of your chosen flights will also help keep you informed if there are any changes to the flight itself (like if it gets cancelled and you get bumped to another flight on the same airline). If you’re in a different county when booking, use a high speed VPN like this to ensure you get the domestic rate.

Cheap domestic flights aren’t that hard to get. The next time you fly, you can get a good rate, if you do your research. One tactic you can use is to simply request a better price when you buy your ticket. There is no reason you have to pay the advertised prices if you are aware that you have better options!

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When on vacation, it’s great to be able to enjoy a beach or a pool during the day but at night, winding down in a live music bar is the perfect way to end a perfect day. There are some amazingly talented performers in many holiday locations around the world that can set your feet tapping, your heart racing or your whole body moving to the music.

In southern Spain, there are many music bars that provide a wide range of different styles with singers, musicians and full rock bands from many other European countries as well as home grown Spanish musicians, singers and bands. The amazing diversity is really something to experience as just about whatever your preference for live musical entertainment, you’ll find it on this sunny, fun coastal vacation destination.

While this highly attractive and warmest corner of the European continent may be a magnet for tourists from all over the world, it is certainly not the only place to enjoy good weather, good food and great night time entertainment. In summer, most of the countries bordering the Mediterranean Sea have their tourist attractions and resorts to make great holidays for people.

If the European mainland doesn’t attract you, then some of the popular island resorts are sure to. Places like the Greek islands, Cyprus, Malta, Sardinia, Sicily and the Balearics all make great summer vacation destinations with their own brand of live entertainment night after night.

But for me the best of them all will always be the Spanish towns and pueblos that make up the fascinating Costa del Sol. The sheer diversity of the many nationalities that make up the live music and entertainment scene here is what makes this place the preferred summer destination for me and my family.

Of course none of that talented entertaining would be possible if the artists themselves had not undergone many years of learning, practicing and perfecting their art. Getting good tuition at the outset of their careers is the cornerstone of every top professional performing artist, singer and musician and details of where to get the best music and singing coaching can be found at www.themusicxchange.com for those that are interested.

Enjoying the sound of polished and professional musical entertainment is the high point of any trip abroad and while many like to have their senses numbed by obviously amateur karaoke singers, I prefer to hear someone who has trained and worked hard to perfect their art singing to me!

Tourism is of course, vitally important to the Californian economy.  For anyone outside the US who’s come across those expensive, well produced adverts often on prime time TV slots, you can sense that’s it’s big business.   However the numbers can be quite staggering even when forewarned, a report published last week suggested that tourists in California spent well over $100 billion dollars in 2013 alone.

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The exact figure is estimated to be around $110 billion which represents a significant growth of 3%.  That figure doesn’t sound great in isolation but taken in the context of global recession and wide spread austerity measures in many of California’s traditional tourist sources then it’s a very respectable boost.   There’s no doubt that compared with other industry sectors, tourism is the one still performing with more significant growth levels predicted over the next few years.    It’s not surprising in many ways, California is a terrific holiday destination for both non-US and US visitors.  Tourism is also a great sector to be in when global economic problems can hit, it’s very flexible as we see when Europe is struggling, then you can easily switch focus to attract visitors from other areas either in the short or long term.   This flexibility is something that Visit California team is very well aware of and they actively promote the Californian tourist brand in many countries around the world on an ongoing basis.

So how many people visited California? Well the official figures put the level at 235 million people, about 3/4 of these in-state tourists.  The demand for hotel rooms across the state however has increased every quarter for the last four years.   Many visitors base their holidays on the capital region, often using this as a hub to explore the rest of the state.  Sacramento Country actually received nearly $3 billion in direct spending by visitors.  More than half of these stay overnight, although this is not all attributable to tourism,  6 million were tourists and about 1.2 million people were visiting for business reasons.

There are encouraging signs that the traditional market for tourism for California – Europe is starting to recover.  California has always been a  favorite for visitors from places like the UK, France and Germany.  However problems in the Eurozone have impacted the numbers of visitors from those areas.  The recovery is growing strongly in  the UK though and the high value of the British currency currently is making California an affordable destination again.  There are also a significant number of people from the UK who are spending much longer than traditional breaks with many investing in holiday homes and apartments in the area attracted by the climate.  There are other obvious benefits to the UK market, language, infrastructure and cheap flights from the UK and it’s easy to watch UK TV stations online – as this site demonstrates watch the BBC Iplayer USA.

This familiarity and ease of access, makes California a very attractive locations as well for UK tourists particularly those who have retired and have more time for the longer air travel times.  No language problems, good value and that the link with home can be established by simply using the internet and a few bucks to buy vpn services to watch their usual TV shows from sites like the BBC and ITV all help boost the attraction California to British tourists.

The socialist government in France seems to have little idea about the negative impacts that increasing costs by levying taxes has on demand.   Only last month Mr Hollande launched an initiative to boost tourism in France by upgrading hotel sector, streamlining the visa process and finally building a long needed express rail link from Paris to the main International airport – CDG.

Now incredibly they have announced some of the plans to help fund this improvement in infrastructure, by taxing the very people they are trying to attract.  The proposals include increasing the hotel taxes which are levied on every visitor up from 1.50 euros to 8 euros a night, a huge increase.

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If you’re planning to stay in Paris it’s even worse, in addition another 2 euros would be levied per night on top of that to help pay for the Paris related infrastructure projects such as the high speed rail link.

Not surprisingly the countries tourist related business, and hoteliers are furious.   They are dismayed that the government is even considering applying two new taxes to visitors when their aim is to bring more tourism to France.  It should be noted that no consultation has taken place with any tourist sector organisations.

There are some estimates that if France increased it’s share of the 5% growth in global tourism over the next few years then some half a million jobs could potentially be created.  It is of course a major economic challenge and a huge opportunity to help the French recovery.  It looks unlikely though that making France an even more expensive destination is going to attract more visitors, even if those costs will be funding infrastructure improvements.   Many travellers have become increasingly budget conscious and using the internet for both research and booking can make much more informed choices on their destinations.  For example if you use popular DNS services to bypass geo restrictions, you can often book domestic only tickets on airlines.

There is evidence that cost plays an even more important part in the decision making process for most tourists in these times of austerity.   People aren’t missing out on their holidays but rather making the most out of their money by travelling to cheaper destinations and cutting costs wherever possible – taxes are going to be a huge disincentive to most tourists who already have a poor opinion of the way Paris treats it’s visitors.  It’s more likely that people pick alternative destinations and use the internet and the best vpn software they can find to pick up bargains on flights and travel.

It is said by some psychologists that if you experience a tragedy or an event of great trauma then you start a new timeline in your life.  That is to say that you will tend to refer to events as being before or after the event.
If you speak to the residents of New Orleans then you’ll have no doubt that is true.  The date August 29th, 2005 is the day that Hurricane Katrina stormed through their home city.  That date is marked in  the psyche of the city and every single one of it’s inhabitants. From the shop owner in the French quarter to the worker in the plantation – all look at their lives as being before and after Katrina.

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The scars are now beginning to heal, largely due to the tremendous sense of community that the tragedy has created in the survivors.   Much of the city has simply been rebuilt brick by brick. There have been many government agencies who have helped repair and improve the flood defence systems which failed so dramatically,

The French Quarter in the picture actually suffered less than the rest of the city mainly due to it’s height.  The Quarter is just that little bit higher than the rest of the city, and it made a huge difference to the extent of the damage caused.  It’s a very historic section of the city and I spent many happy hours in bars there.  One bar owner became a good friend of mine after I showed him how he could access the French TV Station My Replay by using a French proxy server and his laptop – here’s the site by the way!

All across the city though, you’ll see rebuilding still happening and a genuine sense of community.  There are many people who have failed to return deciding against living with the dangers that the city has to accept.  But there’s no doubt that it’s a fantastic place to live and I’m certain people will return slowly.

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