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Tourism is travel for pleasure; also the theory and practice of touring, the business of attracting, accommodating, and entertaining tourists, and the business of operating tours. This act may be done internationally or within the country. Tourism can be domestic or international, and international tourism has both incoming and outgoing implications on a country's balance of payments. Today, tourism is a major source of income for many countries, and affects the economy of both the source and host countries, in some cases being of vital importance.
After Doomsday, the tourism industry came to a standstill from the 1980s to the early 2000s - at the time when contact was re-established with the surviving states of the world.
Around the world, there were millions of tourists visiting the famous landmarks and vacation spots. In the United States alone, the famous tourist cities included New York City, Washington D.C., Miami, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, Chicago, Denver, Houston, Dallas, St. Louis, and Las Vegas. These cities were famous for their iconic landmarks that defined American culture (freedom, liberty, capitalism, money, technology, amusement parks, etc.) and hence were flocked by millions of tourists annually. Across the Atlantic Ocean, the famous tourist cities was in London, England; Rome, Italy; and Paris, France, which was famous for its rich history and iconic landmarks such as the Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, Vatican, Colosseum and Eiffel Tower. In other parts of the world, tourists mainly visited the famous beaches along islands in the Caribbean, the Pacific, and parts of the Indian Ocean. Some tourists chose to go on a nature trip to the jungles of South America and to the safaris of Africa.
The weekend of September 25-26, 1983, would change the tourism industry forever. Most of the world's famous cities were destroyed in the nuclear war, bringing in with it the iconic landmarks and billions of people, including tourists. In areas not affected by the nuclear fire, the foreign tourists would become stranded in what would seem like to be forever. This was seen in the Caribbean islands where majority of the American, Canadian, British, French and other tourists had to indefinitely stay in the islands they were in for contact was lost with their homeland. In Europe most of the best location for tourists was destroyed, except for a few cities such Dublin, Berlin, Venice, Florence, Genoa, Helsinki, Zurich, Palermo and other minors. In some cases, things turned ugly when tourists incited riots in the country, particularly in Egypt when majority of the Western tourists stormed embassies of communist countries. Tourists in South America, Africa, Asia, and in Australia had the same experience. It would then appear as if the areas they were stranded in would be their new permanent home.
From that fateful day in September 1983 to the early 2000s, majority of the world's tourists were still stranded in where they were. The weeks following Doomsday and tourists would receive shocking news from refugees brought about by ships, freighters, and ferries. It would take more than a decade to get in contact so others have finally came to accept that their homeland was ultimately destroyed and began to live their lives in their new homes. In some cases, tourists chose to live in other nearby countries not affected by Doomsday. When the USS Benjamin Franklin and the USS Nimitz led an expedition around the world, there they were able to get in contact with majority of the stranded tourists abroad.
In the case of the American diaspora, they were offered to resettle in the Commonwealth of Australia and New Zealand and its associated territories. While majority choose to go to rest of the American community in Australia or in the United States Atlantic Remnant other tourists already adopted to their new home opted to stay, such as in the Philippines, Korea, Japan, the Bahamas, Jamaica, Netherlands Antilles, Puerto Rico, and among the numerous surviving states in the world.
With contact and travel restored in some parts of the world, the tourism industry has been revived and is currently on the rise. However, there are limits to this industry as there are still parts of the world that has a significant amount of radiation left over from Doomsday. The most safe location for the tourist are South America, Asia, Oceania and some parts of Europe. The Tourism in North America is only revived in Canada, Florida, Mexico, Superior and Niagara Falls. The member states of the East Caribbean Federation have the same tourists levels since Pre-Doomsday. In many nations such as Tuscany or Venice the tourism is a pillar for the economy, in Italy the tourism is a important economical sector for all the states, and is a minor important sector of the economy for Sicily.
In Asia, the famous tourist spots include the Philippines, Jeju Island in Korea, Hainan, Macau, Taiwan, some parts of Indonesia, and the Maldives. In Oceania, the Commonwealth of Australia and New Zealand has taken the role of the former United States that attracts lots of tourists. For Australia, tourists are treated with pristine beaches to the West and the Outback in the interior of the island. In New Zealand, the mountainous terrain provides an environment similar to the Swiss Alps in the Alpine Confederation. The islands around the Commonwealth, of which the Federated States of Micronesia and Samoa are an integral territory, as well as the islands of Belau, Vanuatu, Tonga, Tokelau, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Kiribati, among others are known for their white-sand beaches and virgin forests.
In some parts where Doomsday took its tall, there are some areas prohibited to enter due to radiation levels and warlords fighting for territory. An example of this is Mainland China where warlords and differing factions have been fighting for control over the mainland.
Other reasons may include hostile environment, unexplored areas that may pose a significant danger, and civil war. Travel in some countries in Africa and some parts of Latin America is highly discouraged due to these reasons.
Top Ten Tourist Destinations
- Commonwealth of Australia and New Zealand
- Alpine Confederation
- Celtic Alliance
- Republic of Spain