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Impact Of Sequester Cuts On Travel: Festivals Not So Festive
But those who (still) work and operate facilities, festivals and events that would normally draw travelers from around the world are pressing on, promising to make the best of a bad situation.
A highlight, if not the main attraction, to Fleet Week at a number of major U.S. cities is a showcase of active duty military ships, recently deployed in overseas operations and brought to town for the event.
The shows brought ships full of military personnel to town, as well as travelers who looked forward to tours of ships, military demonstrations and air shows, adding to local tourism revenue. But on the heels of the secretary of defense announcing that ships will not be visiting, show organizers are turning to a different focus.
"We're all about bringing a little more recognition to our local units," said Jean-Sebastien Gros of Broward Navy Days Inc., the non-profit organization that spearheads Florida's Fleet Week Port Everglades, in this NBC Miami report.
Golf tournaments, a 5K race, major league baseball games, culinary competitions and deep-sea fishing will attempt to replace active-duty warships and the Blue Angels. Canceled ship tours will give way to honoring the active duty military of the United States Southern Command and Coast Guard District 7, both based in South Florida.
It's a sign of the times to be sure and event organizers are to be commended for pressing on. Still, this travel-affecting result of sequester budget cuts can't help but make one wonder if there was not some other way to address this problem with the nation's economy.
"No one can deny that we have passed through troubled years. No one can fail to feel the inspiration of your high purpose. I wish you great success," said President Franklin Roosevelt in 1935 at the beginning of the first fleet week.
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