Thanks to reader A for sending us the below article – which reminds us that many world travelers avoid the USA entirely because it is perceived as unfriendly.
I agree. I get secondary searched every time I arrive at the border even though I have been attending school in the USA for almost five years.
I love America and Americans for many reasons, but I hate the goons at their border.
Why aren’t international tourists coming to America?
If you thought of crime…or terrorism…think again.
“Travelers are more afraid of US government officials than the threat of terrorism or crime,” says Geoff Freeman, executive director of the Discover America Partnership. He added:
“Whether it’s reality or not doesn’t matter,” he says. “We have a problem on our hands.”
A Discover America survey has found that by a margin of more than two to one, the US ranked first among 10 destinations that included Africa and the Middle East as the most unfriendly to international travelers.
More than half of those polled said immigration officials are rude, and that the US government does not want their travel business.
Almost two-third came up with a concern that might surprise Americans — foreign tourists were worried they will be detained for hours because of a simple mistake or a misstatement at a US airport…
… continue reading this article at TravelMole (link here)