Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Tourists as ambassadors for tolerance

In an interview with Conde Nast Traveler Magazine, Queen Rania of Jordan responded to the question of whether or not she believes tourism promotes cultural understanding:  "Without a doubt, yes ... When people meet, share a coffee, and talk about their country or their experience, differences often melt away.  Tourists are the best ambassadors for tolerance.  Every holiday snap, every email home, turns them into digital diplomats.  There is no doubt in my mind that travel fosters tolerance, promotes knowledge, and encourages harmony between people of different cultures and religions."

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