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US 'not scared' by Sydney violence
Herald Sun ^ | 21 December 2005

Posted on 12/20/2005 7:30:21 PM PST by Aussie Dasher

SYDNEY's racial violence has not scared off American tourists from visiting Australia over the Christmas holiday period, the head of a major US tourism company said today.

Britain, Canada and Indonesia have cautioned their residents to be alert if in Sydney, particularly around some beach areas where the recent violence erupted. Ian Swain, the founder of Philadelphia-based Swain Tours, has about 800 Americans booked to travel to Australia over the next few weeks and not one has cancelled citing fears about the problems that have erupted on Sydney's southern beaches.

"Not one," the Australian-born opertor who has specialised in offering Americans trips to Australia for the past 17 years said.

"We haven't heard anything negative from any of our clients."

When news broke about the violence in Australia, Mr Swain instructed his staff to call their Australia-bound clients to fill them in on the situation, but he said most of the Americans had not heard about the unrest.

The first time they learnt about the violence was when his staff called.

The American media has covered the riots, but it has not been front page news and only snippets appeared on TV news bulletins.

Mr Swain said he wanted to ensure his clients did not learn about the tensions for the first time while they were sitting on their Qantas plane watching the inflight TV news bulletin.

"We have been proactive and actually calling our clients to tell them they may read or hear about these things, but it is quite isolated in the southern suburbs of Sydney," Mr Swain said.

"I think as long as you put their minds at ease, they are fine about it.

"It's the unknown that could be disturbing.

"I wouldn't want them to get on the plane and watch the news on their Qantas flight."

In 2005 Swain Tours organised trips to Australia for 11,000 American clients with each trip costing an average of $US4,800 ($A6,548).


TOPICS: Australia/New Zealand; Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Extended News; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: australia; nofear; raceriots; sydney; sydneyriots; us
I'll be surprised if the riots don't INCREASE inbound tourism from the US!

Anyway, why bother going to Sydney when Melbourne is by far a superior city?

1 posted on 12/20/2005 7:30:22 PM PST by Aussie Dasher
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To: Aussie Dasher
Violence is NOTHING compared to having to look at THIS:


2 posted on 12/20/2005 7:32:58 PM PST by MikefromOhio
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To: Aussie Dasher
Anyway, why bother going to Sydney when Melbourne is by far a superior city?

I've always wanted to go to Perth.

3 posted on 12/20/2005 7:36:12 PM PST by buccaneer81 (Bob Taft has soiled the family name for the next century.)
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To: Aussie Dasher
Hopefully the American visitors will learn from the Aussies how you must deal with the mooooslims and teach their fellow countrymen upon their return.
4 posted on 12/20/2005 7:38:15 PM PST by Founding Father (The War Against Western Civilization Has Begun)
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To: Aussie Dasher

The riots wouldn't scare us.

What is scary is if the natives won't fight back against the jehadis, letting them rule the streets and burn cars at will. It is dangerous to be among cowards.


5 posted on 12/20/2005 7:38:46 PM PST by Sam the Sham (A conservative party tough on illegal immigration could carry California in 2008)
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To: Aussie Dasher

I will never, ever go to France, or knowingly buy a French product, for any reason.
I have always wanted to visit Australia, and if finances permitted, I would purposely go within the next few weeks.
Alas, thats my own personal problem, and all I can currently send is moral support, and my vow to buy Australian, instead of California wines.
I consider Australian wines a wiser use of my limited discretionary budget.


6 posted on 12/20/2005 7:40:04 PM PST by sarasmom
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To: Aussie Dasher
SYDNEY's racial violence has not scared off American tourists from visiting Australia over the Christmas holiday period

Australia woudl greatly increase tourism if they permitted visitors to operate wrecking balls and bulldozers at the hundreds of mosques in the country.

7 posted on 12/20/2005 7:42:01 PM PST by montag813
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To: Founding Father
Hopefully the American visitors will learn from the Aussies how you must deal with the mooooslims and teach their fellow countrymen upon their return.

My sentiments exactly. They likely scared them in France because the people couldn't contain it. Seems like it ran out of steam on its own accord there. In Australia they raised the BS flag BIGTIME.

8 posted on 12/20/2005 7:42:37 PM PST by Fruitbat
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To: Aussie Dasher

I hope by now the Aussies have started to ship those Muslims back to Lebanon in cardboard boxes.


9 posted on 12/20/2005 7:43:07 PM PST by TheForceOfOne
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To: Sam the Sham
What is scary is if the natives won't fight back against the jehadis, letting them rule the streets and burn cars at will. It is dangerous to be among cowards.

Right on! It's also why those that are taken over often deserve it.

10 posted on 12/20/2005 7:43:28 PM PST by Fruitbat
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To: montag813
Australia woudl greatly increase tourism if they permitted visitors to operate wrecking balls and bulldozers at the hundreds of mosques in the country.

Or allow moose hunting.

11 posted on 12/20/2005 7:44:09 PM PST by ncountylee (Dead terrorists smell like victory)
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To: buccaneer81; Aussie Dasher
I've always wanted to go to Perth.

That's the place! Having been in the W.A. Lobster importing business, that was my destination...beautiful, clean, relatively crime free (most isolated major city in the world..where are the bad guys gonna run to?) - but topping the list is the friendliness of the locals.

I'll never forget Australia Day 1998...I'd gotten in around 2:30pm and the Duxton Hotel had held me a Swan river-side room so this sole Americanese traveler could watch the fireworks in style.

12 posted on 12/20/2005 7:46:22 PM PST by ErnBatavia (I post in slang..live with it or ignore it - reader's choice.)
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To: Aussie Dasher

I'd feel more secure on that beach than I would in Washington, DC.


13 posted on 12/20/2005 7:47:28 PM PST by BinaryBoy
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To: montag813

We don't have THAT many mosques in Australia. Dozens, yes - but nowhere near "Hundreds".


14 posted on 12/20/2005 7:47:48 PM PST by Aussie Dasher (The Great Ronald Reagan & John Paul II - Heaven's Dream Team!)
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To: Aussie Dasher

Dasher -- when I visited Australia, I quickly became aware of the Sydney-Melbourne rivalry (although it seems to be a much bigger deal in Melbourne than in Sydney.) In any event, I'd advise any American to visit both of them and as much of Australia as you can. What a beautiful country, and what wonderful hospitable people (who can stick the needle in you and have you liking it.) I stayed in St. Kilda when I was in your neck of the woods. But I loved every minute of my trip (except for the few seconds I spent trying vegemite.)


15 posted on 12/20/2005 7:49:33 PM PST by speedy
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To: Aussie Dasher

I agree. I would only be "scared" if the Australians were NOT fighting back.


16 posted on 12/20/2005 7:50:37 PM PST by msnimje (Political Correctness -- An OFFENSIVE attempt not to offend.)
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To: Aussie Dasher

probably still too many. could be lucrative - supply and demand, you know...


17 posted on 12/20/2005 8:24:04 PM PST by castlebrew (true gun control is hitting where you're aiming!)
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To: speedy

I'm pleased to hear you enjoyed visiting us. I've never met anyone who didn't enjoy coming here - particularly Melbourne!

Can't understand why you didn't like Vegemite, though...


18 posted on 12/20/2005 8:24:41 PM PST by Aussie Dasher (The Great Ronald Reagan & John Paul II - Heaven's Dream Team!)
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To: speedy
(except for the few seconds I spent trying vegemite.)

Don't worry, Speedy - some of us Aussies don't like vegemite either.

19 posted on 12/20/2005 8:42:22 PM PST by naturalman1975 (Sure, give peace a chance - but si vis pacem, para bellum.)
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To: Aussie Dasher

Why would these riots scare Americans? I would love to visit Australia. Even more so now.


20 posted on 12/20/2005 9:15:57 PM PST by armydawg1 (" America must win this war..." PVT Martin Treptow, KIA, WW1)
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To: naturalman1975

I've always had my suspicions about you...what are you, a Collingwood supporter? :)


21 posted on 12/20/2005 9:17:56 PM PST by Aussie Dasher (The Great Ronald Reagan & John Paul II - Heaven's Dream Team!)
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To: Aussie Dasher

I beg your pardon? How dare you? :)

It comes from spending six years at boarding school. A cheap, highly nutritious food... you either come to absolute love what they feed you or absolutely loathe it. There's no middle ground.


22 posted on 12/20/2005 9:24:26 PM PST by naturalman1975 (Sure, give peace a chance - but si vis pacem, para bellum.)
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To: naturalman1975

THAT'S the difference. I only did two years at boarding school. I'm still very fond of Vegemite. Loathe Collingwood, though...


23 posted on 12/20/2005 9:26:12 PM PST by Aussie Dasher (The Great Ronald Reagan & John Paul II - Heaven's Dream Team!)
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To: naturalman1975; Aussie Dasher

Well, gentlemen, I won't step into the middle of an internal battle over vegemite. This is purely an Aussie domestic issue and foreign interference would be inappropriate. But I'll say again, there is no country I have more enjoyed visiting. Pure joy. The Great Ocean Road alone is worth the eternal flight from the US.


24 posted on 12/20/2005 9:50:34 PM PST by speedy
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To: speedy

Yeah, The Great Ocean Road is really something, isn't it?

I just love it!!!


25 posted on 12/20/2005 9:54:04 PM PST by Aussie Dasher (The Great Ronald Reagan & John Paul II - Heaven's Dream Team!)
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To: Aussie Dasher

I've been over visiting four times....

and for me Melbourne wins hands down over Sydney.

I was especially put off when the tour guide to the Blue Mountains told us that Sydney was surpassing San Francisco as the gay/lesbian capital of the world. That's their choice... I just don't care to be there! (This was in '99)

And about those 'tropical rain forests'... call 'em what they are - JUNGLES!!!! Sheesh! Leeches.... bloody big leeches.... lots of them... yuck!

Victoria Market.... great fun time. Almost as good as the central market in Budapest.

An to sit on a hillside overlooking Apollo Bay and the Great Ocean road on a sunny morning....


26 posted on 12/20/2005 10:45:40 PM PST by NorthernTraveler
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To: armydawg1

In my neck of the woods we're always looking for a good fight. :-)


27 posted on 12/20/2005 10:48:49 PM PST by processing please hold (Islam and Christianity do not mix ----9-11 taught us that)
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To: Aussie Dasher

MY old GF loved the stuff. I could only choke it down when it was along side very cold beer.
The jar of Vegemite was thrown away the same day she moved out!


28 posted on 12/20/2005 11:00:04 PM PST by Holicheese (Would you like a beer? No thanks, I will have a bud light.)
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To: Aussie Dasher

The fact that people in Sydney are fighting back is something most Americans approve of


29 posted on 12/20/2005 11:22:05 PM PST by GeronL (1678 computer infections and still Freeping!!!)
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To: speedy; Aussie Dasher; naturalman1975

There is no doubt I like Melbourne more. Sydney is a bit bland . But the questions is, how do we deal with the rich leftists living in the inner CBD regions and Fitzroy?


30 posted on 12/20/2005 11:36:52 PM PST by NZerFromHK (Alberta independentists to Canada (read: Ontario and Quebec): One hundred years is long enough)
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To: Aussie Dasher

We don't have THAT many mosques in Australia. Dozens, yes - but nowhere near "Hundreds".




Just another good reason to visit Australia.

:-)


31 posted on 12/21/2005 7:33:55 AM PST by gogogodzilla (Raaargh! Raaargh! Crush, Stomp!)
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To: Aussie Dasher

I wouldn't be scared, but I wouldn't let my women go out uncovered, or without a male relative in attendance. THAT could be dangerous.


32 posted on 12/21/2005 7:55:19 AM PST by ichabod1 (Sic Omnia Gloria Fugit)
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To: sarasmom

YEah, California is just about as bad as France, aren't they. Not being sarcastic, I'm dead serious.


33 posted on 12/21/2005 7:56:13 AM PST by ichabod1 (Sic Omnia Gloria Fugit)
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To: Aussie Dasher

Are you kidding? Most Americans absolutely LOVE our Aussie friends. The Aussies have stood beside us in some of the toughest fights in the world. If anything, I suspect that there would be an increase in "tourists" if only for the chance to stand beside you now.


34 posted on 12/21/2005 8:06:13 AM PST by McGavin999 (If Intelligence Agencies can't find leakers, how can we expect them to find terrorists?)
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To: NorthernTraveler

An to sit on a hillside overlooking Apollo Bay and the Great Ocean road on a sunny morning....




I hope to be doing just that for most of next week...but only if it's not too hot!


35 posted on 12/21/2005 2:25:50 PM PST by Aussie Dasher (The Great Ronald Reagan & John Paul II - Heaven's Dream Team!)
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To: NZerFromHK

We find it's important to have someone to ridicule!


36 posted on 12/21/2005 2:34:07 PM PST by Aussie Dasher (The Great Ronald Reagan & John Paul II - Heaven's Dream Team!)
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To: ichabod1

As am I.


37 posted on 12/21/2005 8:41:58 PM PST by sarasmom (Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.)
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To: TheForceOfOne

Make them full litter boxes..


38 posted on 12/22/2005 11:48:25 PM PST by sheik yerbouty ( Make America and the world a jihad free zone!)
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