Friends it is Thursday again and the 10th of May. Spring has arrived finally in Stockholm, where I am based, and besides sneezing constantly and having dry eyes due to allergy it is great to see that my favourite season is finally here.
One of the things that came to mind last week was the closure of Boracay Island in the Philippines when it became apparent that the hotels were not dealing with their sewage properly and the beaches were rife with human waste.
I applaud the Philippine president for taking action and dealing with what has become a tourist "hell" in terms of pollution, exploitation etc., which, if gone unchecked would destroy one of the country's top tourist destinations.
There have been cases of tourist (Chinese in particular) not understanding how to behave abroad. The loud American tourist is everpresent in hotel lobbies around the world. Tourism is the World's largest business and contributes a large portion to many country's GDP.
Check out this list of up and coming tourist countries besides the US and France.
So, next time you are on holiday give a thought to the locals, they may be tired of us no matter how much money we spend and perhaps reduce our own noise and pollution level (in the case of many Scandinavians it's mainly alcohol-fuelled) and we all know that the Germans take the top spot at the pool already at 6 am :-).
For business this week we first visit Finland, then we head south to the country of Chile. If you haven't been, Chile is very much worth a visit. from excellent food to superb wines!
We speak to a couple of local freight forwarders and hopefully learn something from them.
We also have some interesting articles about Myanmar in today's newsletter and our usual sector news, light moment, history and so on.
I remind you as well that if you are looking for competent staff in freight forwarding and shipping consider placing a job opening ad with Project Cargo Weekly. The cost is reasonable our reach is some 57,000 recipients worldwide.
Enjoy and have a great rest of the week...end
Yours sincerely, Bo H. Drewsen