Lonely Planet books are always interesting to browse through. Most of the time they do stick to giving you the facts about a country and I do appreciate it. However, Lonely Planet's editors often like to mix their left wing politics with travel. The result are sections like "Responsible Tourism" that at best are paternalistic to the reader and at worst wrong. In this section it is suggested that the tourist seek out "locally run and owned" establishments and patronize them instead of foreign owned businesses. First of all if you can tell a foreign owned from a local owned perhaps it's because the standards are different. Secondly, why would you choose a lessor value (weighing in price and quality of the product together) when picking a hotel for instance? Where you stay is part of the experience and it may not be worth residing in some dank crummy hotel for the sake of patronizing a local business. The reason why countries like Mozambique never worked out economically in the past (and now are trying to change) is because their leaders applied the same kind of dim ignorant thinking displayed by Lonely Planet writers.
I have traveled to many People's Republics and the idea of a business supplying a valued product to a customer was often lacking. Businesses were simply suppose to provide jobs and no attention to efficiency or quality was made. This is exactly why these economies floundered in the past; they could not make things to market standards, their use of material resources and labor was so poor that they could only pay workers a pittance and could only pawn off their wares to captive populations. A successful economy has businesses that typically concentrate on providing value to the customer first - that is you the traveler. By doing so a business will insure that it employs local people and contributes to the local economy. Demanding that local enterprises match the value of foreign firms will help the country. Local entrepreneurs and workers will adopt the right business standards and work ethics to economically succeed.
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Lonely Planet Mozambique 3rd Ed.: 3rd Edition Paperback – May 5 2010
About the Author
Mary Fitzpatrick was born and raised in Washington, DC. After completing graduate studies at Georgetown University, she worked for several years in Europe, including an internship in the German Parliament. Her fascination with languages and cultures soon led her further south to Africa, where she worked for several years on development projects in Mozambique. Elsewhere on the continent, she has worked in Liberia and Sierra Leone as a freelance writer, and in Tanzania writing and researching. Mary now works as a full-time freelance and travel writer and has authored numerous Africa titles. In her free time, Mary studies languages, and speaks German, Portuguese and Swahili, and muddles by in French. Outside of Africa, she has travelled extensively in Europe, Asia and the Indian sub-continent.
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- ASIN : 1741048885
- Publisher : Lonely Planet; 3rd edition (May 5 2010)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 216 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9781741048889
- ISBN-13 : 978-1741048889
- Item weight : 242 g
- Dimensions : 13 x 1.3 x 19.8 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,732,967 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Five StarsReviewed in the United Kingdom on April 4, 2017
just as good as any of the other Lonely Planet I have been using so far.
Two StarsReviewed in the United Kingdom on February 2, 2015
good comumicationReviewed in the United Kingdom on October 23, 2014
Delayed delivery, good comumication
bad bad badReviewed in Germany on April 23, 2014
Really thin...really bad for the north of Mozambique. S***** LP! (at least for backbackers) For the south of MZ it is better...
schlechter geht es wohl kaumReviewed in Germany on March 18, 2007
So was von schlampig recherchiert muss man erst mal finden. Im Gegensatz zu den sonst bei lonely planet verlegten Reiseführern hat man hier das Gefühl, dass sämtliche Informationen aus anderen Führern fern des Landes zusammengestellt wurden. Das Büchlein ist zwar aufgrund der geringen Seitenzahl für dieses riesige Land sehr leicht, aber es nützt wenig, wenn man dann vor Ort feststellt, dass nur noch wenig Aussagen zutreffen. Teilweise wird von Hotels gesprochen, die schon längst dem Verfall übergeben wurden. Lieber, wenn man des Deutschen mächtig ist, in diesem Fall vom ansonsten so bewährten Lonely Planet Verlag Abstand nehmen und bei Hupe den neusten Band ansehen.
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