Bowing to the moronic pressure of the Guam Medical Society, Governor Camacho this week instituted a flight ban on the routes between Guam and Hong Kong and Taiwan. The idea is to keep SARS from infected Guam. Both Continental and China Airlines bowed to government pressure and cancelled their routes to these destinations. Various tourism idiots suggested that this ban would actually increase tourism. Uh-huh.
I think this could be filed under “a day late, and a dollar short.” Procedures are now in place in Taiwan and Hong Kong to identify travellers with SARS – hell, they were in place almost two months ago. This measure effectively kills the Chinese tourism market, just when the island needs every tourist it can get. Silly, pointless, and ultimately damaging to the island’s economy. There is an excellent opinion in today’s PDN on this chicken little decision.