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The cultural shame and outrages of MASS Tourism

As the summer of 2017 kicks in, this article is more poignant as ever!
Tourism is the greatest industry on the planet and until the 2008 recession kicked in, world Tourism growth was rising at an approximate rate of 8% year on year. In order to achieve such massive Tourism growth across our planet, the mass market had to be penetrated by essentially Tour Operators, Airlines, Cruise Lines and more to the point Budget mass market operators. Expansion plans in the last two decades have reached historic proportions in most parts of the world, competition became ever greater in the global village and it seemed that every country had a brand, a power message and wanted a piece of the action. Tourism no doubt has fueled economic growth, but there is a dark side too, which is the essence of this article.

Mass Tourism means in reality that not all the people travelling are sufficiently educated on the previously respected customs, etiquette, traditions and expected social behavior of the dest…

Perpetual Traveller Worldwide Travel Warnings - Week 25

Here is the latest Perpetual Traveller A-Z round up of Travel Warnings, Global Events and disturbances that could impact your travel plans:

Increased risk of terrorist attacks, disruption for Eid al-Fitr; There is a heightened threat of terrorist activity over the Eid al-Fitr holiday at the end of Ramadan. The Islamic State (IS) group carried out a major spate of attacks in Iraq on Eid al-Fitr in 2013, killing more than 60 people. In a 26 May video posted on social media, IS called for its supporters to step-up attacks on the West during the period. During Ramadan in 2016, IS claimed major attacks in Europe, the US, the Middle East and Asia that left more than 400 dead and 700 wounded. In addition to the potential for violence, there is typically a slowdown in business activity during the period, which could affect commercial operations and government services.

Dockworkers to stage continent-wide two-hour strike; The International Dockworkers’ Council (IDC) cal…

Ramadan Careem - How to assure a smooth experience in the Muslim world

Ramadan is now officially at an end - Happy Eid Mubarak!
Ramadan started on the 27th of May 2017 in Dubai and if you live in, conduct business in or aim to travel to the Muslim world over the next month, there are several things you absolutely need to know to ensure a smooth Ramadan experience.
Ramadan is a special month of the year for one billion plus Muslims across the planet. The purpose is to encourage a time for inner reflection, devotion to God, and self-control. Muslims consider Ramadan as a fine-tuning of their spiritual lives.
Fasting forms the 3rd “pillar” of Islam’s religious obligations and the practice gives rise to many health, bodily and spiritual benefits, the most important of which is learning self-control and discipline. Fasting is a way of experiencing hunger, providing a break in the cycle of rigid habits or overindulgence and allows one to develop empathy for the less fortunate, as well as learning how to give thankfulness and appreciation for all of God’s bo…

How to professionally handle a Complaint

Below is a fascinating summary of the standard process that is rarely mentioned in the public domain of how to handle a complaint...

By rights front line staff should listen to your complete complaint without interrupting and simultaneously demonstrating positive Body Language, including eye contact, the mirroring skills technique and the correct supportive expressions.

If they do not listen to you, it demonstrates a lack of training, so you should immediately and kindly request that they take more care to listen to you as a common courtesy. Some staff just need a reminder.

Here the person receiving the complaint is supposed to show empathy, which means to demonstrate an understanding of your complaint, circumstance or situation. All too often service people get this part wrong and proceed to explain coldly, quote policy or attempt an early conclusion thus skipping empathy. This usually puts the conversation on a track to failure.

At this stage, make sure that yo…

The Oldest Garden of Japan: an Unforgettable Walk Through Exquisite Scenery

If you have ever wished for a leisurely stroll through one of the most beautiful scenery in the world, the garden of Koishikawa Korakuen in Tokyo is your go-to place! One of Japan's most beautiful gardens, "Koishikawa" originates from a poem encouraging a ruler to enjoy life only after achieving happiness for his people.

It is one of the best places for walking as it features numerous trails you which you can stroll along and drink in the scenery at your leisure. It also emulates famous landscapes of Japanese and Chinese scenery with ponds, stones, trees and manmade hills.

Koishikawa Korakuen is open to visitors at all times during the year.

During the plum season (mid February through March) and cherry blossom season (late March to early April), the garden is especially beautiful due to early blooming weeping trees around the entrance gate. The following 2 images offer a glimpse of what you can expect.

What do Perpetual Travellers dislike most about Airports?

Well, there is a lot to dislike about airports when you really think about it; for example, there’s the pre-travel arrangements for a start, getting to the airport, especially a Budget airport and if that isn’t bad enough we then have the pleasure of actually arriving to the airport itself, not knowing what we may find when we get there!

Depending upon which airport you find yourself in, the service, attitude and facilities can vary dramatically often lacking consistency when it comes to Rules and Regulations; by this I also refer to Security. It’s difficult to find 2 airports who operate by exactly the same system and layout.

What we need is a team of independent international “Airport Inspectors” representing consumers to check and regulate Airport facilities, in order to ensure that the Perpetual Traveller out there has at least some fundamental comforts concerning communications, toilet related conveniences, clean water, soap and somewhere to eat and adequate public seating. I’m …

The Cyprus Citizenship Program - How to find freedom in an unfree world!

Freedom is the opportunity to live your life the way you want it. These are the words of Harry Browne who wrote the book "How I found freedom in an unfree world".

As a leading Immigration Advisory Group, we are assisting our clients worldwide and providing essential solutions to our High Net worth Clients interested in advantageous programs that offer them and their family's visa free travelling, EU Permanent Residency & Citizenship, a Safe Investment in Residential and Commercial Property, legal and tax solutions.

Under our Group's specialized guidance we advise and assist businessmen and their family's to expand their business into the European Union and beyond.

The Cyprus Citizenship Program is currently one of the most desirable Immigration Programs in Europe attracting a huge response due to the very attractive key benefits

Key points:
Passports to be issued within a period of approximately 90 daysPassports to be issued to the investor, their married spo…