Its got a million names. The Big Apple.
Gotham. Metropolis. The City that Never Sleeps. To this list we can
add The city that remembers.
How appropriate for
New York -- New York! -- to get out in front of an effort to help
New Orleans deal with the pain of rebuilding by organizing some
tourism, sending some New Yorkers down for a visit.
Jonathan Tisch, NYC
& Co. chairman, said it best last week when he cited patriotic
tourism as a key contributor to New Yorks recovery after 9/11. It
helped us emotionally as well as economically, and thats why it is
important for New York to be first with such a trip to the Big
Folks from all over
came to New York when the city was hurting after 9/11. And several
delegations from the U.S. and elsewhere traveled to the Asian
communities that were devastated by the Christmas tsunami of 2004.
We can think of few better examples of the positive power of
tourism than these kinds of trips, sensibly timed and properly
promoted and organized.
Heres hoping our industry
leaders plan more of them in future times of trouble.
To learn more about
what New York is doing for New Orleans, log on to www.nycvisit.com/nyclovesnola.
Even if you dont have a high opinion of
Donald Trump as a business executive or TV personality, you have to
give him credit for understanding the peculiar brand attributes of
the name Donald Trump, the middlebrow millionaire, the rich guy who
drives a hard bargain, the wheeler dealer who loves a deal and the
art of the deal.
The GoTrump.com Web site
puts it all together, adroitly combining several hot trends in
travel: an appreciation of high style, a promise of low prices, the
thrill of a great deal and a taste for the best. Its all
may be that the historic Cunard Line cruised into another maritime
first last week when its flagship Queen Mary 2 apparently earned
the distinction of being the first cruise ship to give rise to a
class-action suit by disgruntled passengers while still en
The ship, as we
report today, was forced to reduce speed and skip some port calls
because of a damaged propulsion unit. The line offered a 50% refund
and continued on to the next stop, Rio de Janeiro, but for some
number of passengers, that just wasnt good enough.
According to the
usually reliable BBC, the suit was filed in a British court, so
perhaps the event cannot be blamed on the legendary litigiousness
of American society. Apparently, weve infected the old country with
that particular disease.
In any event, this
sets an ugly precedent for suppliers.
passengers on a cruise ship can sue a travel supplier a continent
away while theyre still onboard, nothing can stop a hotel guest
from doing the same thing to try to hasten a settlement over a
noisy ice machine or a clumsy waiter.
Perhaps the next
generation of contracts of carriage will have to add this clause:
You cant sue us until you get home.