What's Not Good for Tourism

June 16, 2011

Photo by EPS
CNMI Rep. Joseph Palacios thinks underwear hanging from balconies is not good for tourism.  He was quoted by the Marianas Variety as saying:
"The commonwealth is trying to save its only industry, tourism, so everybody should be mindful of how their immediate surroundings would appear to visitors."
Perhaps there are other more pressing reasons that tourists are avoiding the CNMI:

What's not good for tourism:
  • Human rights abuses: Tourists don't like to travel to or spend dollars in places where the government ignores human rights;
  • Two-tiered societies where half the population is kept permanently disenfranchised and denied of social and political rights; People of conscience don't like to vacation in places where equal rights and democratic principles are not in existence;
  • Not paying hotel workers: People do not like to check into hotels where the employees are not being paid and are not being treated well;
  • High crime rates: Tourists, especially those traveling with their families, don't like to vacation in places where they could become victims of robberies or other crimes;
  • High drug use: People don't like to vacation in places where there are drug users;
  • Run down and vacant, rotting buildings: Tourists don't like to vacation in places with boarded up buildings, overgrown lots and rats running around;
  • Prostitution: People, especially those with families, do not like to vacation in places where prostitutes hang out in front of sleazy nightclubs and stand on street corners to lure customers;
  • Abandoned and rusting cars, appliances and garbage: vacationers are turned off by nasty-looking surroundings;
  • Government corruption: People don't feel secure vacationing in places where laws are not enforced and government corrupt is widespread.
Add your own to the list...


The Saipan Blogger said...

I believe there is already a law on the books banning this. The original bill was introduced by Stanley Torres years ago.

Anonymous said...

You're right but you make it sound like tourists aren't coming to Saipan because of those reasons you listed. The world does not revolve around non-resident aliens on Saipan Wendy. Tourists do not care if Filipinos, Americans or Chinese are owed money or not. Egypt, China and Thailand are flooded with tourists and each of those three countries has all the problems that you listed. Rep. Palacios is absolutely correct to bring this up. If you drive down to Garapan, 95% of the place resembles a Manila or Chinese ghetto. Run down shanty towns with Chinese and Filipinos dumping anti-freeze into to the gutters. I've seen it. They need to clean themselves up and fix their shacks. Palacios is starting to scratch the surface and is going in the right direction.

Wendy Doromal said...

Anonymous 7:41

Many people with a conscience boycott places with human rights abuses and unjust laws. Take a look at the economic hit Arizona took because of their evil immigration law -conventions cancelled and not just tourists but even performers boycotted the state.

Underwear on a balcony is not as significant as crime, drugs, and abandoned buildings in my opinion.

Anonymous said...

Yes, take note CNMI. Arizona lost $140 million because people who support justice boycotted the state.

Anonymous said...

there are far more important things to work on in Saipan, such as the lack of a coherent justice system; countless sex abuse cases; countless drunk and drugged aggression; people driving around throwing trash out their car window; the incessant burning of garbage which wafts down through all the tourist spots; and this bloke palacios raises the issue of air-drying clothes, and the other clown wants to outlaw bicycles and mopeds...these are who the people elected. doesn't say much for the people does it.

Anonymous said...

We need a "Department of Dirty Laundry" hire a hundred people. Maybe we can get Don Henley to run it.

Anonymous said...

If one looks at many movies and other pictures from the US Cities, it will show clothes hanging on fire escapes and "rolling" cloth lines strung between high rise buildings.
I have seen clothes hung out in the many ways in countries that I have visited or lived in.
I have never thought about it before now.
I doubt if any tourist has either. Even Hawaii has clothes hung out on the Lanai (porch)in many tourist areas including Waikiki.
This sees like another ignorant politician with nothing better to do, nor any solution to the real problems.
And just who will or is going to be able to enforce such a law?
Will they have to get a search warrant to issue a citation?
Then tie up the court system?
The courts do not hand out any meaningful sentences on serious crimes as it is.
Looks like another way to persecute CW, as for sure there would never be any violation for hanging laundry, issued to any indigenous.
Just like tickets for littering. (None has ever been issued)

Wendy Doromal said...

Anonymous 7:20

Thanks for the comment. I have to confess that I always thought of clotheslines as charming -almost artwork. When I was young we traveled all over the U.S. by car. I liked the scenery, but loved seeing clotheslines. You can tell a lot about the people who live in a house or apartment by their hanging clothes. I also like the smell of clean clothes baked by sunshine. I am the kind of tourist who hangs wet beach towels etc. over the back of a chair or balcony railing if it's not against hotel rules. I'll make sure I don't do that in the CNMI if I return!

cactus said...

I haven't commented here in a long time, because I thought I'd wait until you said something I agreed with, and you finally have.

Clothes on a washline make a place look colorful and alive. It's the kind of thing we need more of around here, not less.

Anonymous said...

A clothesline under the sunshine is natural, not an eyesore,in the most parts of the world.Especially it is very convenient for the travelers in the tropical regions.For the shanty towns, the government should improve the living standard of the residents.It is easy to solve the problems if you find the seed of the diseases.

Anonymous said...

The CUC has gone from .5 billion Kwh per year to .2 billion Kwh per year. The more people conserve, the more they want to charge. This is to make sure people use the dryers more.