The World Needs Reminding That Tourism Doesn’t Happen in a Political Vacuum

On World Tourism Day, it’s worth pointing out that politics and tourism don’t exist independently of each other — they collide.

On World Tourism Day, it’s worth pointing out that politics and tourism don’t exist independently of each other — they collide.

Indeed on World Tourism Day, being celebrated Friday, it seems worth reminding the world’s tourism superpowers and newcomers alike that tourists don’t book and embark on trips in a political vacuum. While nations are understandably keen to cash in on the GDP, jobs, and soft power gains that tourism offers, some seem to be forgetting the fact that would-be tourists read headlines, talk politics, as well as care about values and political ideology too.