FOXTROTS

   Fox – sly.  Trots – left-leaning (Trotsky) plus its more insalubrious meaning.  Foxtrots – leading the industry in a dance. 

2007 November 21

    

WTO. Davos downer.    

We have criticised in some detail the inaction of the World Tourism Organization in respect of climate change and the travel business. (This excludes of course, the WTO’s many, frequent, consistent, and insistent calls for action…)  

Its Davos event in October (don’t be fooled by the location; the only decision made was that ‘something must be done’, ‘we have a responsibility’, etc), was opened by a high-ish personality from the Swiss government.    

(Don’t mention that. Because it should have been a high person, not high-ish. After all, Switzerland is not very important, so ‘high’ here means ‘high-ish’ for a more important country.)    

In his opening and welcome address, the representative stressed “the need for fostering the full use of the adaptation potential of the tourism sector and supporting market-based off-setting mechanisms”.    

Maybe the WTO and you now know what to do. Me? No idea.     

The Fox

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