Living in Denial! Biden & Trump: Reflection on Global Tourism

4 July

Providing thought-provoking coverage of travel industry issues in this era of tumult and turmoil is no easy task. And yet, alternative perspectives that challenge conventional wisdom are becoming more important, and necessary than ever.

This is the philosophy voiced by award-winning Thai travel journalist Imtiaz Muqbil, founder of Travel Impact Newswire, a content partner for eTurboNews. Here are his interesting, thought-provoking thoughts on the current situation in the United States, and on why tourism is ignoring them.

Geopolitical Instability has the biggest impact on Global Travel and Tourism directions

There is widespread acceptance that geopolitical instability caused by intensifying superpower rivalry is now set to have the biggest impact on global Travel & Tourism.

One prominent characteristic of this instability is the fraying role of the United States as the self-appointed global judge, jury, and executioner.

The disastrous debate between the two presidential candidates, which one prominent newsmagazine called a competition between a “con man and an old man”, worsened the global concern.

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Living in Denial! Biden & Trump: Reflection on Global Tourism

The 04 July Independence Day brought it into even sharper focus.

These headlines of analytical commentaries in just four media outlets best summarised the prevailing thinking.

Take note of all American companies, CEOs, consultants, branding gurus, lawyers, and investors, especially in Travel & Tourism. Make no mistake. The sun is setting on the American empire. Just as it has set historically in every empire throughout human civilization.

The impact on Travel & Tourism will be severe in both depth and breadth.

Don’t expect any of our industry forums to even put it on the table.
Living in denial and sweeping issues under the carpet is the name of the game.

Who is Imtiaz Muqbil?

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Imtiaz Muqbil
  • Born in February 1956 in Mumbai, India, he studied at St Peter’s High, a boarding school in the scenic Indian hill station of Panchgani.
  • Holds a Diploma from the London School of Journalism.
  • Started a career in Kuwait with local English-language newspapers Kuwait Times, Arab Times, and Daily News. Simultaneously, did freelance work as a stringer for Middle East Economic Digest, Reuters, Newsweek, McGraw-Hill World News, and PetroMoney Report (a Financial Times newsletter).
  • Moved to Bangkok in November 1978, and joined the Bangkok Post, a local English language daily, as a sub-editor/writer.
  • Began stringing for Travel Trade Gazette Asia in 1980 and joined full-time in 1981. Has covered the Asia-Pacific travel & tourism industry full-time since 1981, watching it go through numerous ups and downs from its fledgling start-up days to the giant it is today.
  • Worked as Thailand Bureau Chief and Chief Correspondent, TTG Asia, PATA Travel News, and associated publications (1981-1992)
  • Edited Issues & Trends, the monthly publication of the Strategic Intelligence Centre, PATA, between 1998-2006.
  • Wrote a weekly column, “Travel Monitor”, in the Bangkok Post between July 1992 – July 2012.
  • Has covered dozens of global travel trade shows (ASEAN Tourism Forum, Mekong Tourism Forum, PATA Travel Mart, World Travel Market, ITB Berlin, Arabian Travel Mart, Travel Indonesia & Mart Expo, Australian Travel Exchange, etc).
  • Has covered dozens of travel industry summits, annual general meetings and conferences (PATA, World Travel & Tourism Council, UN World Tourism Organisation, International Air Transport Association, International Hotels & Restaurants Association, United Federation of Travel Agents Associations, International Hotel Investment Forum)
  • Is fluent in English, Urdu, and Hindi and conversant to various levels in Thai and some Arabic.
  • Now a naturalized Thai citizen. Married to Rosni Muqbil. Has two children, Mishari and Sana, and two grandchildren, Cyrus and Dilan.

About the author

Juergen T Steinmetz

Juergen Thomas Steinmetz has continuously worked in the travel and tourism industry since he was a teenager in Germany (1977).
He founded eTurboNews in 1999 as the first online newsletter for the global travel tourism industry.

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