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Death of tourists also a blow to Pakistan’s economy

Sarah Gardner Jun 24, 2013
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Death of tourists also a blow to Pakistan’s economy

Sarah Gardner Jun 24, 2013
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Pakistan has been trying to attract foreigners, especially ambitious climbers hoping to scale some of the countries more difficult mountains. The attack and murder of ten foreign tourists in the country over the weekend now threatens what is still “a pretty feeble economy right now after more than a decade of conflict,” says Elizabeth Becker, author of “Overbooked: The Exploding Business of Travel and Tourism.”

“The tourism economy in Pakistan was on the way up,” says Becker, but adds that this attack can only hurt it.

Becker notes that Pakistan has reacted quickly. She says the country is learning something Somalia learned a few years earlier — tourists can become easy targets in areas still rife with conflict.

“When tourism becomes a $6.4 trillion industry, tourists have a different role in the world than they used to have,” she says.

But the attacks wouldn’t deter her from going to the Himalayas in the near future.

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