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Old 05-27-2010, 02:33 AM
 
Location: Tennessee/Michigan
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The Greek tourism industry, which was hoped to contribute to the country's recovery, is in crisis. Hundreds of hotels are for sale, and visitor numbers are in sharp decline. The cash-strapped government is hardly in a position to help.

Vacationers Staying Away: Crisis Hits Greek Tourism as Cancellations Soar - SPIEGEL ONLINE - News - International
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Old 05-27-2010, 03:08 AM
 
Location: Olympus Mons, Mars
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er...yes... nobody wants to travel to a place that is unstable, they should've realized that before rioting on the streets
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Old 05-27-2010, 03:25 AM
 
Location: Maryland
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This isn't surprising in my opinion. You have rioting in the streets and social unrest. People read in the papers about all the problems Greece is having. Based on that, I sure wouldn't be rushing to go there right now.
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Old 05-27-2010, 07:03 PM
 
Location: Tucson/Nogales
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er...yes... nobody wants to travel to a place that is unstable, they should've realized that before rioting on the streets
LOL! And yet, there are people traveling to one of the more unstable countries in the world: the U.S.

All foreign investors have to do is stop buying our debt, and?
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Old 05-27-2010, 08:37 PM
 
Location: San Diego
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er...yes... nobody wants to travel to a place that is unstable, they should've realized that before rioting on the streets
Mexico is very unstable right now and people are flocking to its tourist destinations. I'm going next month and know plenty of people that are going there this summer. It takes a little more than instability to make people stop traveling to a certain country! Come to think of it, look at Jamaica...yet tons of tourist are there right now and many more going!
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Old 05-27-2010, 09:33 PM
 
Location: Tucson/Nogales
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Some tourists deliberately go to unstable countries, suffering political unrest and turmoil, for the bargains galore.

When I was in Bolivia, 4-5 years ago, when they were having all those road blockades, I met up with a French couple with their two young children, who went there to spend a month for the bargains and were having a great time.

Road blockades are no big deal to me. I was in Argentina a couple years ago when the farmers were blockading roads all over the country. At one road blockade, the farmers made sure all of the inconvenienced bus travelers were well taken care of, passing out free soda and they dropped off a big hunk of cooked beef at the bus and we all picked at it, a chunk here, a chunk there, yummy! It was fun, an adventure, which is hard to come by today!
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Old 05-28-2010, 08:08 AM
 
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It is one thing to go to Athens and quite another to go to the islands. I doubt the Greek islands have seen much instability.
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Old 05-28-2010, 02:58 PM
 
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The Greek tourism industry, which was hoped to contribute to the country's recovery, is in crisis. Hundreds of hotels are for sale, and visitor numbers are in sharp decline. The cash-strapped government is hardly in a position to help.

Vacationers Staying Away: Crisis Hits Greek Tourism as Cancellations Soar - SPIEGEL ONLINE - News - International
Sounds like Las Vegas last year....( they are still hurting pretty bad )
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