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The Government of Dubai has appointed a PR Consultancy in the UK to" promote the emirate as a tourist destination", all fine and dandy and no doubt Tui and Thomas Cook are rubbing their hands with glee thinking of all the new business being created, but is this the same emirate on the verge of bankruptcy and rescheduling debts? More correctly the debt mountain is called Dubai World. A huge port operator, likely to be hit by the trouble in Tunisia, Yemen, Egypt possibly Morocco. Let alone Somalia but let us not go there!
If the Suez canal closes, the tumble weed could soon be blowing through many of its ports. Dubai already had to be bailed out by a neighbour and they are not yet out of the woods so to speak. The trouble is that if you book one of these long-haul seemingly dream locations, as many UK families with Egyptian holidays coming up in the next few weeks have done, they'll find that unless the politicans place a blanket ban on UK citizens travelling to a riot hit, war torn destination, little in the way of a holiday refund is forthcoming. Thomas Cook say they review matters weekly, but if the Coalition Government does not stop us travelling, expect to only get back 10 percent of what you paid several months ago.
To be fair it is not only Thomas Cook and Tui but just about every major package holiday company. Expect several of them to go under this year (so always pay the invoice or part of it - at least £100- using your Visa Credit Card - gettng a refund back from the credit card co. is much easier using the provisions of the Consumer Credit Act, than going the ABTA ATOL route!) and many of the Hotel groups servicing the UK and European influx to not exactly put out the welcome mat, but more to bite your arm off. These resorts are hurting, debts are mounting and as Egyptian politicians have been suggesting that outside western influence is behind the unrest, then safety becomes a factor to be considered even in resorts once considered safe.
Governments seek to protect trade and property, life is always a relatively cheap commodity. Not my words but a well honed economic theory. Just think on that next time you book or consider a holiday which starts and ends in the UK. All of a sudden a cruise does seem to be not only inexpensive but far less hassle. I'm off on one mid-February, on a huge almost new ship, its priced in US dollars and in the USA they've yet to hear of Value Added Tax, well for on-board purchases anyway.
I'll even take a few suits and get the on board laundry to do the dry cleaning. Less than 25% of the UK High Street price. Then the money, I'll save on not paying the 25% per head aviation fuel surcharge and a couple of weeks central heating fuel saving is certainly not to be sneezed at, no mega supermarket shop either... So this is what David Cameron means by the Big Society. Dine at the Captains Table even ? No perhaps that is going too far. Why on earth would I possibly want to eat with the staff?
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