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It’s hard to change an attitude overnight
Posted by: McQ on Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Apparently China isn't doing so well in attracting tourists to its hotels in Beijing in the run-up to the Olympics. It seems potential tourists aren't real crazy about the horrible smog, the fact that visa rules are getting tighter and Chinese officials who seem more interested in keeping foreigners isolated or out altogether than welcoming them.

Hey, if that's been your job for x number of decades, it's hard to change such attitudes.

Hotels, which were expected to be packed at this juncture, are running behind expectations. Thus far 5 star hotels are at about 77% capacity and 4 star hotels at only 44%.

Not a good omen.

Tourism in total is down about 12.5% from last year at the same time and is blamed on tightening visa regulations.

I can't help but believe that the Beijing is going to rue the day it ever bid for (and won)the games. I think this may end up being one of the more interesting Olympic games in a century - and not because of the athletic venues.
 
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It seems potential tourists aren’t real crazy about the horrible smog, the fact that visa rules are getting tighter and Chinese officials who seem more interested in keeping foreigners isolated or out altogether than welcoming them.
Or perhaps people are finally realizing just how immoral it would be to legitimize this farce by attending it.
 
Written By: KipEsquire
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I was quite disappointed when Beijing was chosen to host the Olympics, but frankly it’s looking like a great idea now— though not for any of the reasons originally given.
 
Written By: capital L
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From the foreign exchange perspective, it might be loser, but they’ve got more than enough of their own to fill the city and the venues to overflowing.
 
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I sense an impending irony.
 
Written By: bains
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"I think this may end up being one of the more interesting Olympic games in a century"

As in that old Chinese curse; ’May you live in interesting times’. I savor the irony.
 
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