Tuesday, September 27, 2011
World Tourism Day
I am not the world's best world traveler. In fact, I kind of hate it. I share this with Richard Nixon who famously preferred Hilton Hotels because all the rooms were the same. At least I think it was Hiltons. Maybe it was Sheratons. Maybe it wasn't quite so famously.
Anyhow, I am not much for leaving home even on trips I want to take which makes this year's World Tourism Day a natural good fit for me because this year's theme is Linking Cultures & this year's host is Egypt. In light of Egypt's inability to link within it's own culture well, what can I say, I laughed.
I laughed again when I went to the World Tourism Day Official Celebrations page & learned that "The official World Tourism Day celebrations will take place in Aswan, Egypt/Details coming soon". Given that today is World Tourism Day & it is no longer today in Egypt, I don't think those details are going to come soon enough.
Nowadys, I live in a tourist destination myself. In a broad sense, Fladidah being the Once-Upon-A-Time go to locale for snow-blind refugees & that was before the Temple of the Mouse was built just to the south east of here & then right-right here we get educational tourists who come for the university, college sports tourists who come for the football & stay for the basketball, as well as the healthcare tourists (one of the largest research hospitals in the country is right here as well as a distinct regional hospital that serves the surrounding counties).
Besides the actual sunblock on the nose wearing (or more likely chemo cap wearing) tourists, on any given day, ten or more of the people I deal with are unlikely to be here in another two years. This can be good & bad. It is hard to convince a local who will not be local in five years to commit to a five year budget that involves sacrifice or investment. In some ways they show up & expect things to just be here.
On the other hand, there are things here (that their predecessors have helped pay for) that are way-way better then anything they have back home & I don't mean the reason they came. Our local library has won national awards. Life downtown, even in the smaller surrounding towns, is alive & well thanks in part to a population that would rather bicycle or walk than drive. Live music, theatre, dance are all alive & well supported by the people who live here & the people who are stuck here & need something to do.
I don't think I could take living in a resort community. Mouse-Mecca is one of the most crime ridden cites in the country & even Horse-Town, the county seat of the county just to the south, makes the Top 100 most dangerous cities in the US list (interesting tid-bit: there are 50 states & 100 cities on this list & 18 of those cities are here in Fladidah, mostly centered around-you guessed it- tourist hot spots).
So Happy World Tourism Day. Stay home, even the host wants you to.