But after spending my working lifetime as a business reporter I also know one thing for certain. Tourism, as an economic activity, is a mug’s game.
Not that there’s anything wrong with the business of being a gracious host. There just aren’t many high-paying jobs in it. Most jobs in tourism are things like taking tickets, waiting tables, cleaning hotel rooms, maybe acting as a docent or guide. These are not jobs that can feed a family in modern America.
Tourism is the original “gig economy,” a game rigged by the undeserving rich aimed at creating a poor, and complacent lower class by the mid-21st century in place of the middle class that built America in the mid-20th century.