Apart from the usual nonsensical agendas to commemorate public events, the official calendar of events for the tourism day is devoid of any thing of substance which can benefit either the workers or the employers.
Here is a list of some events which are on agenda for the week and our commentary on the events.
Presidential Address : An opportunity for the president to feel good about himself and his good office.. say a few kind words to the employers and a fewer condescending words of advice to workers.
Tourism Day Supplement : Another useless piece of literature compiled somewhere in the tourism ministry
Cultural Performances: Boduberu and some old unheard of forms of music.. and more traditional music. The sound of music!
Museum Week : Inspecting old stones and (supposedly) important looking documents, furniture etc.
Photo exhibition for public : who need photos when there is flicker?Maybe a good idea for the old former workers and former employers to feel good about nostalgia of when they were in resorts..
Art competition for students : Art by definition is aristocratic. Its for the affluent, for those who can afford to be useless. A developing nation needs people who can work, engineers, craftsmen, doctors, scientists,teachers, waiters, housekeepers etc.
TV Quiz: Most of our TV quiz’s go like this: Which date was this resort or that resort opened? Its more about remembering dry numbers rather than the context.
Cultural Performance : Boduberu again!
7 wonders voting : somebody answer this:Where is the moral satisfaction of artificial y raising our country’s own ratings?
Industry employees awareness prog@ no: 1 Jetty (dispute minimization) : good one! We need this. Everybody needs this.
Panel Discussion (Tourism & Biodiversity) : very likely to be a voluminous useless talk by some boffins the purpose of which might be to prove who talks more..
MNBC Inter resort Boduberu competition (Launching) : Boduberu again!
Awareness lectures about Tourism & Biodiversity : Awareness much needed . But wouldn’t it be a good idea to make the employers more aware of workers rights? They apparently lack a healthy doze of this.
Clean-up programme : PR stunt for tourism ministry officials and politicians.
Exposure Trips (Parents & Students) : good idea.
School essay competition: rather than have the students write about how white the resort’s beaches are, it would be a good idea to expose the students to challenges working in tourism sector which ultimately is where most of the students be a few years from now.
Meanwhile at Alila Villas Hadaha there is a report of mass resignation of staff in protest: The story can be read here at Minivan News