Sending people in harm’s way for money

Thursday 17 March 2011, 3.59pm HKT

Hot off the press just now:

“I just heard this from a colleague of mine. You know the government still hasn’t issued a black travel alert to all of Japan, right? Well, you know when that happens and people cancel their trip bookings, the travel agencies by law have to refund. So here’s what’s happening – the government doesn’t want to issue a black travel warning because if or when people cancel their trips – you know, the travel agencies won’t be obliged to refund anything.”

“How about switching tours they already paid for to other destinations?”

“Nope! No can do.”

“So what gives?”

“You see, people will be stuck moneyless by cancelling, or stuck going on the trip. Either/or, regardless of the situation there. First, the government is telling everybody don’t go. But it won’t put in a black travel warning because – you can see this – it knows it won’t get tax from the travel agencies if they have to refund cancellations. So, basically, cancelling now means the traveller takes a loss. But not for the travel agency – it’s your private loss. In the end, not for the government either. If there IS a black travel warning, it’s the travel agency taking a hit – so will the government. Now, I ask you, isn’t that government/business collusion?”

(Conversation with co-worker, 17 March, 2.30pm)

So, the choice boils down to either taking a hit (possibly quite big) on price paid when you cancel, or knowingly travel to a disaster zone whose situation appears to be worsening by the hour.

All because your favourite government decides tax dollars is worth more than your life.

Now, I ask you, isn’t that the very definition of psychopathic?

© The Naked Listener’s Weblog, 2011.

2 Responses to “Sending people in harm’s way for money”

  1. Guus said

    Not to even mention the hindrance you can be to rescue efforts and strain on resources…


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