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U.S. Tourism Welcomes a Tentative World


You are welcome here—no really, you are, we promise—has been the predominant U.S. travel campaign theme of 2017.

The travel industry has been working overtime to offset a negative international perception of the United States since the presidential election. Cities such as Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco (to name a few) have invested in various versions of “Welcome” campaigns. In February, Hyatt Hotels launched the “World of Hyatt” integrated marketing campaign during the Oscars® broadcast, with a video celebrating empathy and multiculturalism. In June, Brand USA, the destination marketing organization for the United States, announced their “One Big Welcome” strategy, using personalized video invitations from “real people” to attract potential visitors.

Unfortunately, the President’s “America First” political message is translating to “America Alone” when attracting international tourism. According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, 1.3 million fewer foreigners visited the United States during the first half of 2017. The New York Times  reported that European readers overwhelmingly cited the Trump administration and its policies as reasons for avoiding travel to the United States. And last month, the National Brands Index, a global survey measuring perception of fifty nations, saw the U.S. drop from No. 1 to No. 6, in overall nation brand.

International travel is America’s number one service export, boasting an $87 billion international travel trade surplus last year.  In an article in Worth, Roger Dow, the president and CEO of the U.S. Travel Association writes, “The Trump administration has yet to convey a sustained message of welcome to international visitors. Long-term failure to do so will unnecessarily deter travelers, which could have disastrous consequences for the U.S. economy.”

While we wait….
and wait…
and wait…
Let’s take a look at a few of my favorite, inclusive travel campaigns of 2017:

Los Angeles: #EveryoneIsWelcome

Hyatt: “World of Hyatt”

San Francisco: #AlwaysWelcome

(Photo via NYCgo.com)

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For Some, The Ship of Dreams

Cruise: (krüz) n. a voyage on a ship or boat
Cruise: (krüz) v. to attempt to pick up a sexual partner

This year, sexually adventurous ladies (and men) can discover the various definitions of cruising as controversial ships set sail for a port (or two… or three… or…) near you.

On May 16, 2010, the 2nd International Cougar Cruise, aboard Royal Carribean, departs Los Angeles for a 7 day exploration of—among other things—Cabo San Lucas, Puerto Vallarta and Mazatlan, Mexico.  Arranged by Singles Travel Company, the Cougar Cruise targets the coupling of younger men and older women.  Later in December, the 3rd International Cougar Cruise embarks from Miami aboard Norwegian Cruise Lines.

Too limiting?  Cruising is about options.  And no ship this year will explore that idea more fully than the “Carnival Imagination” Swingers Cruise.    YOLO Cruises (acronym for You Only Live Once) has chartered a Carnival cruise ship set to sail from Miami on October 29, 2010, for a three-night vacation catering to poly-amorous adults.

According to YOLO’s website (which may not be appropriate for viewing at work), “the time has come for this sensual lifestyle phenomenon to have its own private escape where all can experience an erotic vacation of pure indulgence.”   Some things to note before booking:  Nudity is allowed at pool areas and sexual acts are permitted in designated playrooms and, of course, private staterooms.  Also, the cruise is not open to single men; only couples and single females can sail.

Ironically, the Swingers Cruise will dock at only one port, in the Bahamas.

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