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Hermes Birkin

Really liked your article, very exciting, and gives a lot of thinking, I hope you can see more of your article, thank you

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Thank you for your artice, it is wonderful. Wish you have a happy day.

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It is a good news. Thanks the government start to wake up.

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That was a good news for the people of Dubai who practice their Muslim religion honestly and truthfully.

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Supposed to be Dubai must imposed such that regulation long time ago and follow Saudi's tradition. Eventhough when i was there last 2007 to 2009 for work, the internet itself you can watch porno everywhere look like no control.

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I think my interest in visiting just reduced.


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This is a matter of asking for trouble then wondering why trouble arrives in droves. Tourism decision makers race to develop what they believe to be globally competitive projects. That, in and of itself, means that they willfully relinquish their heritage (without asking the majority of citizens if they agree).2945abc45 0422

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It’s good that someone is trying to do something about the way people act in other people’s countries.

Rob

This was very interesting.

Rob

I love this article.

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Hi,

Thanks for this article. I have enjoyed reading your blog and I found it interesting and very informative. Great Job. Keep up the good work and looking forward for your future post.

joye

Well at some extent i am agree with you and looking another way to incorporate this.

Nikki Rose

This is a matter of asking for trouble then wondering why trouble arrives in droves. Tourism decision makers race to develop what they believe to be globally competitive projects. That, in and of itself, means that they willfully relinquish their heritage (without asking the majority of citizens if they agree).

The question is – why do tourism decision-makers develop beach tourism in the first place if they expect visitors to do anything but what many beach tourists do? They want the revenue that mass tourism brings and they garner support from entrepreneurs and some citizens with promises of jobs and a better life. But the type of tourism they developed disregards and destroys their cultural and natural heritage. And they are surprised by the results? Not all citizens benefit from tourism and when it starts to chip away at their heritage, they may be capable of doing a little or a lot to curb the damage. This is especially true when tourism numbers dwindle (this past year is a good example) and citizens that relied on tourism are unemployed and they look around and see that tourism has obliterated their precious heritage.

So instead of considering a happy medium – tourism that celebrates and protects their heritage – tourism planners bulldoze in the opposite direction and then attempt to force visitors to abide by local standards of conduct. Promoting honeymoon holidays and asking people not to touch each other in public? Of course, debauchery should be discouraged. And it’s no surprise that travelers do all sorts of things they would never do at home. That’s why tourism decision makers need to be aware of these issues before they open the floodgates to generic forms of tourism. If they are focused on tourism revenues alone, it can be very costly for their citizens, their quality of life and environment. Tourism does not have to be *all or nothing* for local communities.

LordHox

I think my interest in visiting just reduced.

When I travel one of my goals is to reconnect with my wife.

Marilyn_Res

Thanks for this. It will be fascinating to see how this affects tourism. The marketplace will determine whether they've gone too far. Personally yes, I think it's going too far to demand that beach visitors not wear skimpy clothing (how does THAT work?) but then I would not choose to visit Dubai anyway because they have done so much to artificially alter their environment (indoor ski resort in the desert? Talk about carbon footprint.)

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