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The part about Paris was great.It is the most visited place due to its desire to remain culturally interesting.The part about Dubai was shocking.I hadn't realized they used slave labor to build their magnificence.The part about America was disturbing.We our a closed country that doesn't welcome tourism.Something that could bring much needed capital to an ailing nation.Obama lost the Olympic bid to Brazil when it could have been in Chicago instead.The history of cruising was quite good.It doesn't seem like the cruisers pay their crew much better that the people in Dubai,but the tourists get pampered and enjoy using the ship as a kind of floating hotel.The ships seem like highly controlled environments in which the management profits deeply from the crew's honest effort.I know now not to buy in the places they steer the customers to.Instead of a ship being a floating hotel,perhaps it s a kind of financial prison for everyone on board while at sea or in port.I was left feeling that this is an industry that still has room to grow.A creative person could create the right kind of tours that would give the tourists the kind of rich cultural experience they are looking for.
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The author's personal experiences, and insights, often overly detailed, interwoven with historical and political background of many global destinations. Mainly held my interest with additional info about places I've been, although along with much I already knew. Could be less engaging for readers/listeners who aren't widely traveled.
I wish the author had tied things together better at the end, e.g. what things should we all be paying attention to at home and abroad to support healthy tourist industry advancement and sustainability.
Narration was clear but a bit stodgy, older school teacher sounding, also due to author's less contemporary style and vocabulary, which seemed to take so much longer to hear than to read.