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post Apr 8 2008, 09:58 AM
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This kind of goes with that notorious post on boycotting countries....

Overseas arrivals in the U.S. have declined 11 per cent this decade, from 26 million in 2000 to 23 million in 2007. That's all happening while the travel industry as a whole grows 6 per cent per year!

From declining travel visas, to only-English signs in abundance, it seems that visiting the states is getting more and more difficult. Especially for people who are not from the list of 29 countries whose residents can visit the US without a visa. For some perspective, Canada's list is 50 countries long. In theory, it's easier for a Mexican resident to visit Europe, than it is for him/her to visit the US. It's completely astounding!

The declining dollar is supposed to bring more tourism, and I wonder if it really will. Especially with an attitude like this.

What do you think? Are Americans too mean for international tourism? Even though it's a beautiful country, is the red tape and crass attitude getting in the way?

When you hear all that bad news about the American economy, it seems that tourism should be something they should be embracing. I think it's time to change some tourism policies, no?

Link to the World Hum article that inspired me.

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From Wikipedia:

The National Center for Policy Analysis, a conservative think tank, reported the following statistics:[98]

New Jersey adopted what sponsors described as "the most stringent gun law" in the nation in 1966; two years later, the murder rate was up 46% and the reported robbery rate had nearly doubled.
In 1968, Hawaii imposed a series of increasingly harsh measures, and its murder rate tripled from a low of 2.4 per 100,000 in 1968 to 7.2 by 1977.
In 1976, Washington, D.C., enacted one of the most restrictive gun control laws in the nation. Since then, the city's murder rate has risen 134% while the national murder rate has dropped 2%.
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Over 50% of American households own guns, despite government statistics showing the number is approximately 35%, because guns not listed on any government roll were not counted during the gathering of data.[99]
Evanston, Illinois, a Chicago suburb of 75,000 residents, became the largest town to ban handgun ownership in September 1982 but experienced no decline in violent crime.
Among the 15 states with the highest homicide rates, 10 have restrictive or very restrictive gun laws.[100]
Twenty percent of U.S. homicides occur in four cities with just 6% of the population—New York, Chicago, Detroit and Washington, D.C.—and each has (or, in the case of Detroit, had until 2001) a virtual prohibition on private handguns.
UK banned private ownership of most handguns in 1997, previously held by an estimated 57,000 people—0.1% of the population.[101] Since 1998, the number of people injured by firearms in England and Wales has more than doubled.[102] In 2005-06, of 5,001 such injuries, 3,474 (69%) were defined as "slight," and a further 965 (19%) involved the "firearm" being used as a blunt instrument. Twenty-four percent of injuries were caused with air weapons, and 32% with "imitation firearms" (including BB guns and soft air weapons).[103] Since 1998, the number of fatal shootings has varied between 49 and 97, and was 50 in 2005.
Australia forced the surrender of nearly 650,000 personal firearms in 1997. A study published in 2001[104] shows a 47% decrease of firearms related deaths, but also reveals an overall rise in non-firearm related violent crime[not in citation given].
Violent crime accelerated in Jamaica after handguns were banned.[105]
The FBI's annual Uniform Crime Report ranking of cities over 40,000 in population by violent crime rates (per 100,000 population) finds that the ten cities with the highest violent crime rates for 2003 include three cities in the very strict state of New Jersey, one in the fairly restrictive state of Massachusetts, whereas the rest have recently adopted laws that allow for the carrying of a handgun with a permit

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starlagurl   Why people stay away from the USA   Apr 8 2008, 09:58 AM
mmbcross   The United States is one of the few countries in t...   Apr 8 2008, 02:25 PM
starlagurl   Interesting thing about the Bahamas, have you noti...   Apr 8 2008, 02:29 PM
rbisset   I'm not going to USA again, unless necessary, ...   Apr 9 2008, 06:07 AM
introducinlyric   I'm not going to USA again, unless necessary,...   Apr 10 2008, 08:09 AM
starlagurl   Yeah, the border guards, even at the land crossing...   Apr 9 2008, 08:37 AM
mmbcross   Goodness! I'm glad I am already here, thou...   Apr 9 2008, 12:15 PM
starlagurl   Uh oh, looks like there might be a French backlash...   Apr 9 2008, 12:58 PM
rbisset   Umm posted on April 1st.....   Apr 9 2008, 01:25 PM
starlagurl   Hahaha, what really? You think it's a joke? Bu...   Apr 9 2008, 01:33 PM
starlagurl   Oh, oops I'm confused...yeah it's probably...   Apr 9 2008, 01:33 PM
mmbcross   Look at it from the U.S. point of view. How do the...   Apr 10 2008, 10:45 AM
starlagurl   Ohhhhhhhhhhhh, methinks those is fighting words...   Apr 10 2008, 10:57 AM
laorfamily   As in any country, one must separate the governmen...   Apr 18 2008, 12:51 PM
starlagurl   Haaaaaaaahahahaha that is a wonderful hilarious an...   Apr 18 2008, 12:58 PM
starlagurl   Do you really?   Apr 18 2008, 01:34 PM
mmbcross   Hey chaps. We are coming back to the earlier blog ...   Apr 18 2008, 01:47 PM
netravel   I was not going to respond until I got to that quo...   Jun 7 2008, 12:40 PM
Paul   For me there are a number of reasons. First I wil...   Jun 7 2008, 10:52 PM
mmbcross   I'm amazed that you get hassles going back to ...   Jun 8 2008, 10:51 AM
starlagurl   *sigh* Yeah it's really depressing...are there...   Jun 9 2008, 09:40 AM
mmbcross   I refuse to have any friends that possess guns. To...   Jun 9 2008, 02:43 PM
netravel   I refuse to have any friends that possess guns. T...   Jun 9 2008, 05:45 PM
starlagurl   Even hunters?   Jun 9 2008, 02:43 PM
starlagurl   Yeah, it's a tough call... it calls for some b...   Jun 10 2008, 08:30 AM
mmbcross   Sorry about that, but to my mind guns are made to ...   Jun 10 2008, 11:31 AM
scottshangguan   Sorry about that, but to my mind guns are made to...   Jan 23 2009, 10:39 PM
zijuzijazijana   [quote name='mmbcross' post='58740' date='Jun 10 ...   Jan 24 2009, 04:23 AM
starlagurl   Yeah, I don't see how people get enjoyment out...   Jun 10 2008, 11:51 AM
laorfamily   "gun laws have played an important role in re...   Jun 10 2008, 12:26 PM
lraleigh   BUT: "The level of Canadian travel to the U...   Jun 10 2008, 01:33 PM
laorfamily   lraleigh - on the nose. Also, people forget that ...   Jun 10 2008, 02:24 PM
mmbcross   Regrettably statistics prove that a 50 year old ho...   Jun 10 2008, 03:22 PM
laorfamily   Regrettably statistics prove that a 50 year old h...   Jun 10 2008, 03:54 PM
mmbcross   I agree. If all gun owners had to take a test just...   Jun 10 2008, 10:31 PM
netravel   Here is one of the articles I read. Statistics we...   Jun 11 2008, 03:19 AM
mmbcross   I have to admit that I am surprised and saddened b...   Jun 11 2008, 06:25 AM
laorfamily   Nevertheless, the more guns that are available to...   Jun 11 2008, 10:40 AM
starlagurl   200 million guns...how many people live there??? 3...   Jun 11 2008, 09:12 AM
mmbcross   Yes, that does seem a bit far fetched. The US popu...   Jun 11 2008, 09:58 AM
mmbcross   I am a home owner. Does that mean I would be oblig...   Jun 11 2008, 12:04 PM
starlagurl   That surprises me, that random shootings are unhea...   Jun 11 2008, 12:26 PM
laorfamily   That surprises me, that random shootings are unhe...   Jun 13 2008, 04:04 PM
mmbcross   I believe that, but the 175 children under ten tha...   Jun 14 2008, 06:46 PM
starlagurl   Kids usually drown because they are not educated.....   Jun 16 2008, 08:43 AM
darrenstravels   I've been to the states quite a few times now,...   Jun 16 2008, 01:19 PM
starlagurl   Yeah, I agree with you darren. My reason for trave...   Jun 16 2008, 01:50 PM
Paul   This is in the Australian news today and perhaps i...   Jun 19 2008, 04:22 AM
laorfamily   This is what happened when you take people who roy...   Jun 19 2008, 08:39 AM
starlagurl   Wow...that really really sucks...I guess she had s...   Jun 19 2008, 10:05 AM
zijuzijazijana   This kind of goes with that notorious post on boy...   Dec 23 2008, 04:45 PM
starlagurl   Why to go then? Unless someone needs to have a tr...   Dec 24 2008, 08:36 AM
skylab   Why to go then? Unless someone needs to have a t...   Dec 24 2008, 08:54 AM
zijuzijazijana   [quote name='starlagurl' post='83911' date='Dec 2...   Dec 25 2008, 04:50 AM
skylab   That's exactly what I ment travel outside of U...   Dec 26 2008, 08:58 AM
zijuzijazijana   That's exactly what I ment travel outside of ...   Dec 27 2008, 06:16 AM
mmbcross   The USA is inexpensive for some (Europeans) and ex...   Dec 24 2008, 10:44 AM
Paul   Yeah, I think no. 1 reason people stay away is the...   Dec 26 2008, 09:46 AM
skylab   Great post Paul! You had some awesome points t...   Dec 26 2008, 09:57 AM
Paul   Yeah Disney World is a point. I don't see it ...   Dec 26 2008, 10:23 AM
skylab   What happend to the "All your dreams can come...   Dec 26 2008, 11:14 AM
starlagurl   *sigh* It's so sad. I hope one day, you can be...   Jan 26 2009, 09:39 AM
zijuzijazijana   *sigh* It's so sad. I hope one day, you can b...   Jan 26 2009, 10:04 AM
skylab   *sigh* It's so sad. I hope one day, you can b...   Jan 26 2009, 10:19 AM
zijuzijazijana   *sigh* It's so sad. I hope one day, you can ...   Jan 26 2009, 11:01 AM
rbisset   Have you seen the new restrictions on entering the...   Jan 26 2009, 09:59 AM
rbisset   I have to say I only met 1 bad American whilst on ...   Jan 26 2009, 10:25 AM
mmbcross   Contrary to all probability, I have found that tel...   Jan 26 2009, 10:58 AM
starlagurl   Where is it a matter of life or death? Are you goi...   Jan 26 2009, 11:49 AM
skylab   Where is it a matter of life or death? Are you go...   Jan 26 2009, 12:15 PM
zijuzijazijana   Where is it a matter of life or death? Are you g...   Jan 26 2009, 01:10 PM
starlagurl   Oh sorry, I was just curious.   Jan 26 2009, 01:11 PM
ivingaux   Landing in LA after easy going arrivals in so many...   Aug 16 2009, 08:52 AM
zijuzijazijana   Landing in LA after easy going arrivals in so man...   Aug 17 2009, 03:56 AM
starlagurl   Landing in LA after easy going arrivals in so man...   Aug 17 2009, 09:26 AM
sarah820w   To me alot of it lately ist he economy, also peopl...   Sep 11 2009, 08:01 PM
zijuzijazijana   now it is the economy,before it was just plain env...   Mar 20 2010, 11:09 AM
mmbcross   Is this one more annoying tactic? Will it put you ...   Sep 21 2009, 11:35 AM
laorfamily   Is this one more annoying tactic? Will it put you...   Sep 21 2009, 01:19 PM
starlagurl   Wow... very strange behaviour... I'm assuming ...   Sep 21 2009, 12:43 PM
mmbcross   Good point. What documents do Canadians need to g...   Sep 21 2009, 02:08 PM
starlagurl   We need our passports now... used to be only a bir...   Sep 21 2009, 02:26 PM
littlekate   O, pals, as for idiocity of security and visa syst...   Oct 30 2009, 03:24 AM
carsten.bahrain   The last time i visited the US was in November 200...   Mar 20 2010, 09:14 AM
visor2040   I don't travel to the US (and Canada now) beca...   Apr 1 2010, 04:09 PM
laorfamily   I don't travel to the US (and Canada now) bec...   Apr 12 2010, 08:26 AM
zijuzijazijana   Hi, I think I'm in the wrong group here. I...   Apr 2 2010, 06:29 AM
mmbcross   I totally agree that the United States is a wonder...   Apr 11 2010, 09:56 PM
skylab   I hate how our government is with the Visa's.....   Apr 18 2010, 11:43 PM
travelfreaks   You guys have not given me any confidence regardin...   Apr 19 2010, 12:57 PM
laorfamily   You guys have not given me any confidence regardi...   Apr 19 2010, 01:07 PM
laorfamily   Before this becomes an all out pissing contest wit...   Apr 23 2010, 02:11 PM
visor2040   By the way, I bet that if a white man like me wal...   Apr 23 2010, 02:21 PM
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