Tuesday, April 18, 2006

It's lonely at the top

According to this article from MSNB.com, the "US market share of international tourism is at an all-time low, dropping 35 per cent between 1992 and 2004, which translates into $286bn in lost revenue, according to the Travel Industry Association of America (TIA)."

Hmm...might it be because the people of this world have learned that America is no longer the happy dreamland where Mickey Mouse and Lady Liberty ride rollercoasters up and down green mountains and valleys surrounded by children holding hands singing "This Land is my Land"? With tighter homeland security and stiffened tourist visa policies, it shouldn't be news that tourism is in decline.

But isn't it ironic that we want people to come in to our country yet, at the same time, increasing immigration laws to kick them out?

The article goes on to state that, "The US hotels industry employed nearly 1.8m people in 2004, many of them immigrants. The sector will demand an additional 300,000 employees by 2014, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics."

And just who will occupy these positions? College grads with at least a B.A. in Custodial Arts or illegal and legal immigrants?


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