Hawaii has made me gregarious and I find myself increasingly chatting with shop owners, getting their take on life in Hawaii and today’s economy. In my very unscientific poll, tourism from the American mainland is down. But tourism from Canada is up. Here are the reasons I’ve been given:
- Hawaii is warm and Canada isn’t;
- Mexico is too scary/violent;
- Canada escaped the recession.
I’d always thought about Canada as our great socialist friend to the North, but Canada is more economically free than the US these days, which may go some ways to explain how they’ve done so much better during the global downturn. In the latest economic freedom ranking, Canada rates #6 and America #10 (anything between 5 and 28 is “mostly” free, so America’s not even free!) Soon, I fear, America won’t even make the top ten, which is really depressing.