Wednesday, 18 April 2012

Tourists Make Historic Visit To War-Ravaged Liberia

Some good news from West Africa.
Tourists are slowly but surely will be visiting Liberia in the near future.

About the title: That should be post war or better yet Liberia.
Ahhhh...Is it by accident or coincidence that the cruiseship just so happens to be named National Geographic Explorer? And the tourists are dressed in sarfari gear? Cliches anyone?

Article below compliments of NPR (National Public Radio) All Things Considered


Liberia has been better known for conflict than tourism the past couple of decades.
But this week, a group of 150 tourists, many of them Americans, arrived for a brief stay in the small nation on Africa's West Coast. When their cruise liner docked in the capital of Monrovia, they became the largest group of tourists to visit the country in many years, probably since the 1970s.
Dock workers in Monrovia usually unload cargo ships full of secondhand clothes or rice — not a cruise ship full of American tourists.
In a perverse kind of way, the Somali pirates have done West African tourism a bit of a favor. It's strange to put it that way, but a number of ships that would otherwise be in the Indian Ocean are now on the West African coast because of piracy.
That's why the visitors on the National Geographic Explorer cruise liner Monday attracted so much attention. A dance troupe performed for them, officials from the ministries waved from the docks, and Vice President Joseph Boikai joined them for dinner.
Read  more at the link here: Tourists return to Liberia

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