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Destinations: You Will Observe a Protest

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Travel boycotts have long been used as a political tool, putting pressure on hard-line regimes such as Cuba’s. But with social media, grassroots campaigns targeting specific places and policies can become overnight movements. Witness the wildfire effort to boycott the Sochi games based on Russia’s stance on homosexuality. Effective? Not really. Attention-getting? Without a doubt.

Also Noted: The campaign against Florida’s Stand Your Ground law; boycotts against Arizona for its SB 1070 immigration law.

Most Important Travel Trends 2014

Destinations: You Will Observe a Protest

Travel boycotts have long been used as a political tool, putting pressure on hard-line regimes such as Cuba’s. But with social media, grassroots campaigns targeting specific places and policies can become overnight movements. Witness the wildfire effort to boycott the Sochi games based on Russia’s stance on homosexuality. Effective? Not really. Attention-getting? Without a doubt.

Also Noted: The campaign against Florida’s Stand Your Ground law; boycotts against Arizona for its SB 1070 immigration law.

Peter Burnett Getty Images

Most Important Travel Trends 2014

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