Asian Tourism Critical Issues Research Paper

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[. . .] Quite often, people will engage in travel just because of the permissiveness or at least lax law enforcement of certain areas. Some countries react by being overly sensitive about more minor things and this is a study in futility. Again, the Asia Pacific region is certainly better than the bottom third of countries in terms of crime and culturally-accepted depravity. Further, even the United States has a modicum of forced servitude up to and including sweatshops and sex trafficking venues. However, it is not nearly as "above board" as it used to be and it is shut down immediately when it is spotted. Even so, the border and visa systems of the United States quite porous and they are feeling the effects of that allowance and choice. However, as bad as even the United States and Europe are in some regards, the Asia Pacific area is worse in many respects and that needs to change.

That all being said, the issues that need to be address are not all that complicated to fix. However, it will take time, resolve, resoluteness and resources. Those resources cannot be squirreled away and wasted through inefficiency, graft and bureaucracy. Instead, anyone that impedes the process or is "on the take" needs to be removed from their post and never allowed to return. The same should happen for anyone that is otherwise acting illegally or unethically as people in political and law enforcement power need to be held to a higher standard.

Recommendations

To help the Asia Pacific region change the perceptions and outcomes that they are subject, they need to do the following at the very least:

Absolutely no flying of civilian/commercial aircraft over active war zones. This would include Russia/Ukraine and much of the Middle East (e.g. Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan, mostly). Even private/chartered craft should not be allowed to file flight plans that send them over those areas. If the flight is not viable without taking such routes, it does not happen.

Engage in the current plan the United States is using and only allow flights from disease-stricken areas (e.g. Ebola in West Africa) to a certain number of well-equipped airports before the passengers then pare off and go to other areas of the region. Those that are found to be exhibiting symptoms will be quarantined until they are cured or they are verified to not be sick (or at least they should be turned away and not allowed to fly)

Law enforcement agencies should drop the hammer on the sex trafficking trade. This does not mean using martial law or to strip the typically accepted rights to trial and answering to charges. However, it does mean heavily punishing the guilty parties and making it a life-ending decision to engage in the practice. Meaning, they will live out their life in jail if caught.

Cultural and morality differences, with some obvious exceptions, should be tolerated and accepted or countries will become avoided and shunned when it comes to travel. Extreme behaviors like murder (e.g. honor killings), spousal abuse and so forth should obviously be stopped or prosecuted. However, pre-martial sex, apparently adultery, etc. should be left alone as it is not the business of the countries/business owners. The business owners could choose who they serve but they should really be careful when doing so.

Personnel or officers in law enforcement or politics, as noted in the prior section, need to monitored and thus removed and/or charged if they break the law or are otherwise corrupt. No nation will reach first-nation status and convey the status of a first-world nation if their police or politicians are bought.

Conclusion

The Asia Pacific area is a very beautiful and alluring area. However, there are some easy and apparent ways to keep people from coming around including unsafe airlines, sketchy flight crews, weak disease response protocols, completely unwise flight plans and so forth. Any and all businesses in the Asia Pacific area that are not at a first-world standard of compliance and safety need to remediate that situation as quickly, legally and efficiently as possible. Failure to do so will only delay the non-First World countries' joining of the other countries in the First World and this will only hurt the Asia Pacific region over the long haul. While the wars and conflicts of the mid-20th century are long gone, there are some stubborn issues that still need to be addressed and solved.

Once they are initially under control, they need to be kept that way using any reasonable means possible. The government and businesses should show the way and the people of the countries involved will follow. This does not mean subjugating one's beliefs or ideals. However, it does mean becoming part of the broader world more so than before and thus becoming a bigger part of the greater collective. Too often, countries engage in protectionist and ostracizing behavior in the name of protecting one's culture and ideals. However, people should make that decision individually and it should certainly not be foisted on a people or culture that are obviously and completely different on a number of levels. Any perception or portending that the home culture of a tourist spot is the "right one" will just turn away potential or prior customers who are interested in seeing what the Asia Pacific area has to offer.

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