American Flagship Executive Claims CARNIVAL TRIUMPH, CARNIVAL SPLENDOR and Even COSTA CONCORDIA Are But "Tip of the Iceberg"

  American Flagship Executive Claims CARNIVAL TRIUMPH, CARNIVAL SPLENDOR and
              Even COSTA CONCORDIA Are But "Tip of the Iceberg"

PR Newswire

NEW YORK, Feb. 18, 2013

NEW YORK, Feb. 18, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- World City America Inc.
President Stephanie Gallagher asks when will U.S. politicians and reporters
ask the right questions about this NON-U.S. industry?

American passengers account for over 90 percent of the revenues earned by over
150 ^ foreign-flag cruise ships sailing out of U.S. ports. It's a $40
BILLION-a-year industry that competes unfairly with American hotels, resorts,
casinos and convention facilities. "Unfairly" because it is exempt from U.S.
safety, environmental and labor regulations. It DOES NOT pay U.S. corporate
taxes on its profits, and it is not required to hire American officers or
crew.

As a result, the cruise industry is among the TOP TEN contributors to our
trade deficit along with COUNTRIES like Japan, China, Mexico and Germany.

American courts will not decide passenger or crew grievances. Liberian or
Panamanian or Bahamian courts – whichever "flag of convenience" happens to be
flying – will.

It is true that millions of American passengers have taken a cruise on one of
the foreign-built, foreign-owned and foreign-flagged cruise ships without
incident. But...is that any reason to turn a blind eye to the possibility of a
major disaster, one that will not be handled by U.S. authorities or U.S.
courts?

Isn't it time to ask why these ships are not flying the American flag, are not
hiring American officers and crew, and are not paying taxes on their
multi-billion dollar annual
U.S.-sourced profits? Why are they allowed to compete unfairly with Marriott,
Westin, Hilton, Radisson, Harrah's, Wynn Resorts, Las Vegas Sands, Universal
Studios, and other U.S. hospitality properties?

The foreign-controlled cruise industry can well afford to lobby its interests
and does so very successfully, acting through, among others, the U.S. ports
from which the foreign-flag ships sail. Identify a U.S. Governor or Member of
Congress in a State or District that benefits from this huge NON-U.S. industry
and you'll find that, sadly, most lose interest in these important questions
very quickly.

We know the whole story. We are pioneers in the cruise industry, determined to
help the United States capture a share of this $40 billion-a-year U.S.-driven
market for the American economy and American workers. We've been at it 20
years and have spent $60 million of our own money...not the public's. We
invite President Obama, our elected and appointed officials, the reporters
covering the Carnival Triumph saga, and especially all cruise-goers, and
potential cruise-goers, to visit our website: www.americanflagship.com and get
the facts.

Stephanie Gallagher, President, World City America Inc. 212-972-9000;
www.americanflagship.com

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SOURCE World City America Inc.

Website: http://www.americanflagship.com
 
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