Is tourism 'national prostitution'?

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Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Well, the media reckon Prince Philip has put his foot in it again, with some off the cuff comments during a trip to Slovenia. He likened tourism to 'national prostitution'. Kinda funny that a lot of people visit his house/castle as tourism.

While the comment has been condemned, he has a fair point. Countries and ethnic groups do prostitute themselves to the tourist, as something exotic and different.

Here's the story:

Prince Philip has labelled promoting tourism akin to "national prostitution" in his latest embarrassing gaffe, according to British media reports.

The comments came during his visit with the Queen to Slovenia last week.

Prince Philip made the comments to Dr Maja Uran, associate professor of tourism at the University of Primorska, in Slovenia.

Dr Uran, quoted in Britain's Daily Mail, said the Prince remarked that "tourism is just national prostitution" and that "we don't need any more tourists. They ruin cities".

"I couldn't quite believe he used that word and we all collapsed in embarrassment," Dr Uran said.

The Duke of Edinburgh has a history of gaffes on tour. Over the years, he has offended a range of nationalities and ethnic groups.

On an Australian visit in 2002, he asked an Aborigine whether tribes still throw spears at each other.

In 1986 he described Beijing as ghastly and told British students in the city: "If you stay here much longer, you'll all be slitty-eyed."

In 1995, he asked a Scottish driving instructor how he kept his students off the booze long enough to pass the test.

In 1981, during a recession in Britain, he said: "Everybody was saying we must have more leisure. Now they are complaining they are unemployed."

He also reportedly asked a student who walked the Kokoda Track in Papua New Guinea: "You managed not to get eaten then?"
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