While European tourism suffered the brunt of the tourism boycott from the travel-restricted countries, the United States was left largely untouched.
In Italy, Germany, Turkey, and Norway, most national tourist organizations reported “normal patterns” during the first two months of the year, though a few of the general population has largely continued to go about their business. The Reuters news agency interviewed close to a dozen average citizens and 10 “regular travelers,” among them owners of the main tourist attractions on the island of Sicily, office employees and traveling families, and a few tourists themselves.
“I really like flying American for lots of reasons — the service, the crews,” said Pietro Milici, a resident of Pisa in Italy who once flew for American Airlines when it was still an airline. “But I can feel that there is more security.
“Even though there are no formal visa requirements for visa-free travel to the United States, traveling abroad is still, in fact, a security procedure.”
However, for an increasing number of Americans and Europeans this process is becoming more inconvenient. Marco, a tourist in Sicily, where his cruise ship has operated for decades, says it is increasingly difficult to get an escort to enter the islands. “You are forced to produce a valid passport,” Marco told Reuters. “Is this a security measure? No. Is this a mistake? Of course.”
For instance, tour operators advise their customers to go with the flow, as many of the tourists’ customs, particularly those pertaining to photographing tourists in the United States, are different than for the open world. However, the term not ideal for photographic potential, even to the point of being difficult to define. For instance, at the US Supreme Court, visitors are sometimes required to take pictures of themselves with particular underlined portions of their face.
For Americans, why would they bother snapping photos in places like the supreme court and instead simply wait until they reach an airport and attempt to get a visa?
“American tourists don’t necessarily want to travel to France and have to risk being stopped by customs,” insisted Héctor, a Spanish bus driver, and a recent tourist in Calais. “They want to bring their families.”
Perhaps travelers are just used to it. “It’s part of life,” said Marco. “You have to do it.”
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