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Old 08-18-2013, 05:39 PM
 
Location: Duluth, Minnesota, USA
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The passport excuse is pure bologna. People are acting like it cost tens of thousands of dollars for a passport. It's $135 for a 5 year passport , that's $27 a year! People spend more than $135 dollars on more frivolous things every month, I know I do.
Reality isn't what's important in studying consumer decisions though, perception is. Many people see passports as an inconvenient hurdle, and that raises the prospects of alternative destinations that do not require passports.
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Old 08-18-2013, 05:45 PM
 
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Reality isn't what's important in studying consumer decisions though, perception is. Many people see passports as an inconvenient hurdle, and that raises the prospects of alternative destinations that do not require passports.

Which means staying in the U.S for the rest of your life.
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Old 08-18-2013, 06:29 PM
 
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Which means staying in the U.S for the rest of your life.
It could be worse! You could be stuck in Tiara Del Fuego!

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Old 08-18-2013, 06:47 PM
 
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Visiting a country and then having someone insult your currency by calling it monopoly money, or not real money, or demanding a business take USD when they don't, getting riled up because you paid in USD and got change in CDN etc is an obnoxious thing to do.

Again, this is NOT the majority, but these stories are bound to come when when tourists, USD and Canada are talked about
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Hey this is hitting the nail on the head!

You know who started all this don't you? it was none other than John Cleese in Fawlty Towers! Rememberr that American guy who came in after hours with his wife after a rough road driving on the 'wrong' side of the road and all and demanded that 'Fawlty' whip up some supper for him and then on top of that he made fun of the Brit currency to his face!! John probably met one of those guys!...;-)...

Anyway, I think Canada, if fewer US natives are going, should perhaps 'invite' us up, you know? C'mon up! Maybe a little noise would move the traffic northwards..;-)...And besides Canada does have some things to brag about.

And on another note, I did mention to some 'Quebecers' while outside their Parliament building that I was amazed that I could go walking all around the complex. Nobody bothered me at all. Now really I thought it was a public building and security should be there. For me, it looked like there wasn't any. I thought it unbelievable but of course I was in a different place. We talked for quite a while about what 9/11 did to both countries. Very enlightening. And oh btw they told me they always come down to visit. They enjoy the US.
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Old 08-18-2013, 07:39 PM
 
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I wonder if the fact that many thousands of Americans are banned for life from entering Canada is a factor in declining tourism. A couple years ago, I had planned a Canadian vacation when I happened across an article about American tourists being turned back at the border or airport because of DUI convictions.

I'm ashamed to say I was convicted of DUI (first offense, no accident) in 1979. That experience made a believer out of me....I never drove again after consuming even one drink. I lost some some deposits I had paid but was thankful that we didn't drive 500 miles up there only to be sent packing.

I understand that there is some sort waiver one can apply for, but I'm sure it likely takes forever. For something non-essential like a vacation, I concluded that it just isn't worth the hassle. There's too many other places to vacation.

I don't want to sound like I'm minimizing the gravity of drinking and driving, but the banned for life policy seems a little harsh. So harsh that I wouldn't be surprised if it isn't in retaliation for some nonsense imposed on Canada by the US. It seems like barring people for multiple or recent DUIs would be more reasonable.
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Old 08-18-2013, 09:25 PM
 
Location: Duluth, Minnesota, USA
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I wonder if the fact that many thousands of Americans are banned for life from entering Canada is a factor in declining tourism. A couple years ago, I had planned a Canadian vacation when I happened across an article about American tourists being turned back at the border or airport because of DUI convictions.

I'm ashamed to say I was convicted of DUI (first offense, no accident) in 1979. That experience made a believer out of me....I never drove again after consuming even one drink. I lost some some deposits I had paid but was thankful that we didn't drive 500 miles up there only to be sent packing.

I understand that there is some sort waiver one can apply for, but I'm sure it likely takes forever. For something non-essential like a vacation, I concluded that it just isn't worth the hassle. There's too many other places to vacation.

I don't want to sound like I'm minimizing the gravity of drinking and driving, but the banned for life policy seems a little harsh. So harsh that I wouldn't be surprised if it isn't in retaliation for some nonsense imposed on Canada by the US. It seems like barring people for multiple or recent DUIs would be more reasonable.
If I remember correctly, after 10 years with no further convictions Canada considers you "reformed".
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Old 08-18-2013, 09:47 PM
 
Location: USA (dying to live in Canada)
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The passport excuse is pure bologna. People are acting like it cost tens of thousands of dollars for a passport. It's $135 for a 5 year passport , that's $27 a year! People spend more than $135 dollars on more frivolous things every month, I know I do.
It's actually for 10 years if over 16 years.
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Old 08-19-2013, 12:19 AM
 
Location: Alberta, Canada
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Visiting a country and then having someone insult your currency by calling it monopoly money, or not real money, or demanding a business take USD when they don't, getting riled up because you paid in USD and got change in CDN etc is an obnoxious thing to do.

Again, this is NOT the majority, but these stories are bound to come when when tourists, USD and Canada are talked about.
Thank you again, Nat. In fairness, I will say that my "horror stories" come from a minority of American customers. Most were apologetic, as in, "Do you take US currency? I'm sorry I have no Canadian," and similar. Those customers, I was happy to help.

But there was a minority of American customers who just didn't get what being a guest in a foreign country entailed.
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Old 08-19-2013, 08:06 AM
 
Location: Gatineau, Québec
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It could be worse! You could be stuck in Tiara Del Fuego!
Who is this Tiara Del Fuego person? She sounds hot!
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Old 08-19-2013, 09:25 AM
 
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And just a word of advice to my fellow 'Staters when you're at the Canadian border coming in from NY.
If you are wearing sunglasses I'd suggest taking them off. I think the border agent when he saw me with them on sure wasn't too thrilled that day. He was not a happy border agent...;-)...I can imagine the people they see crossing the border every day..;-)....
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