Travelers enjoying a day of sun and sea abord a boat got to see a luxury yacht. But here’s the problem — the two vessels collided off the Greek coast.
Plus, not everyone’s thrilled about the Volunteer State’s “Tennessee on Me” promotion offering airline ticket vouchers.
Those are some of the day’s travel headlines I thought you, too, may find interesting.
That’s Gonna Leave a Mark: Private Yacht vs. Cruise Boat
A yacht ran into a cruise boat hosting a few dozen passengers enjoying a day off Antipaxos in Greece.
It reminded me somewhat of Captain Glenn Shephard’s Parsifal 3 vs. dock incident on Below Deck Sailing Yacht.
Some Pols, Taxpayers Don’t Like “Tennessee on Me”
We wrote yesterday about the new Tennessee travel initiative awarding 10,000 travelers up to $250 in airline travel vouchers.
Volunteer State Governor Bill Lee is the face of the promotion — dubbed “Tennessee on Me.” So it’s like the gov is footing the bill himself, right? Well, most of us know that’s not the case. It’s a campaign designed to bring in money for Tennessee restaurants, hotels, shops, and other hospitality-related businesses.
But some folks aren’t too pleased with the promotion
Representative John Clemmons of Nashville told WREG, “Our schools aren’t better, our teachers aren’t given their pay raises, our bridges are still crumbling, our rural hospitals are still closing, so where’s that money going — the answer is corporate handouts and this is yet another corporate handout.
The news outlet reports that Lt. Governor Randy McNally was not aware of the campaign’s budget item before the promotion launched.
“I was not briefed on the details of the promotion prior to launch. The mission of the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development is to motivate travel to and within Tennessee. While the tourism industry in our major cities was hard hit during the COVID crisis, it has bounced back in record time. Under the circumstances, I would have preferred a more traditional approach to tourism development rather than direct transfers of Tennessee taxpayer money to mostly out-of-state recipients.”
Other gripes including unemployment and Medicaid cuts, as well as only a handful of cities being targeted in the promotion. Smaller destinations aren’t specifically part of the campaign.
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