March 29, 2012

Vacationing in Troubled Places

Elizabeth Dickinson, UnderReported

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The appeal of tourism is pretty simple: there's a lot of relatively low-skilled jobs because it's a labor intensive industry. But there is also a lot of room for building 'added value' - things like luxury services or specialty sports.

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