It is one thing to stand on the sidelines and bemoan the mayhem and
social disruption in Yugoslavia. It is quite another to try to so
something about it.
Collette Tours, one of nine operators that had scheduled
packages to Croatia this year in an attempt to reopen that
battle-scarred former Yugoslav republic to tourism, is attempting
to raise funds for the refugees of Kosovo.
In a challenge to U.S. travel agencies in particular and the
tourism industry as a whole, Collette is offering to match
contributions dollar for dollar -- up to an aggregate of $50,000 --
to the American Red Cross.
Contributions in the form of checks, which must be received
before April 30, should be made out to the American Red Cross
Balkan Refugee Relief Fund and mailed to the Red Cross at Box
37243, Washington 20013 (write "Collette Match" on the memo section
of the check).
Although $100,000 might seem a drop in the bucket measured
against the needs of the bloodied and de-racinated people of
Kosovo, we hope Collette's generous gesture will open the
floodgates to similar contributions from others.
Closer to home, the Travel Industry Association of America and
the National Football League are the title sponsors of a
construction project to build 10 homes for poor families in the
Little Haiti section of Miami.
The TIA and the NFL have committed $250,000 to the project,
which will be carried out by Habitat for Humanity, a national group
that utilizes the skills and energies of everyday citizens to
create affordable housing. You probably need only look in your own
community to see the results of Habitat for Humanity's good works.
Construction on the homes will begin during TIA's Pow Wow, starting
May 15 in Miami Beach.
Travel Weekly applauds the efforts of Collette Tours and the