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How to promote tourism

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By Chang Se-moon

Once I had been in London. We were just walking what appeared to be a tourist area near downtown. We needed a restroom. To our pleasant surprise, we found a nice-looking round-shaped one standing alone in the street with restroom sign. We needed coins to open the restroom. We did not have coins and there were no places nearby where we could have changes. We gave up.

The City of Mobile where I lived for many years is quite popular for visitors. In downtown, however, there is no public restroom. Actually, there is one hiding behind the railroad track, not visible to visitors to downtown. There is no sign directing visitors to the restroom.

Myung-dong, north of Han River in Seoul, is one of the most popular places among visitors to Seoul. There may be one somewhere, but I never found a public restroom in and around Myung-dong.

A couple of years ago, we joined a group, touring New England states in the U.S. The tour bus stopped at a popular apple store in the countryside of the state of New Hampshire. The store was very attractive and there were several tour buses parked with many people waiting in line to use the restroom. There were one for male and one for female.

There were two problems,........

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