Volume 1 Issue 1 June 2003 Applied Research Note 7

Surface travel and tourism gaps: The missing links in global integration

by Alan K. Hogenauer

Abstract:
This paper develops the premise that there are three categories of places based on an individual’s experience: those not yet visited, those visited by any means, and a critical subset of the latter – those visited in a contiguous surface routing. The central conclusion is that global integration – and tourism expansion within it – needs closure of the surface travel gaps, amazingly few in number (i.e the Darien Gap, Abu Simbel-Nairobi, and Siberia-Fairbanks), that preclude easy, inexpensive travel from any “here” to anywhere.

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