(If in a hurry, please see question at the bottom).
Meanwhile in Australia, a TV talk show host from the USA has started recording the first of two shows, the first starting (at the time of writing this it is 11am), at 10:00am Eastern Coast Daylight Saving Time. The second show starting at 5pm, both shows are on the steps of the Sydney Opera House. (Today is Tuesday the 14th of December 2010).
The media are all over the top about Oprah’s visit and any added advantage to increasing tourism to Australia. I know little about her having never seen an entire show, but they are saying things like – most popular USA talk show host – 49 million American viewers – show transmitted to 145 counties around the world (they cannot all have English as a first language) – etc. etc.
But despite all the hype our two main barriers to international tourism remain; cost and distance. Our dollar is almost the same value as the American Dollar and when you get here the distances are vast. Today there is a couple in the Oprah’s audience that have gotten on the four-hour flight from Perth Western Australia to Sydney, just because they won some tickets in a ballot. (I hope it is worth it). If you could not book a plane the road trip is over 4,000 kilometers or 2,500 miles to drive (I know I have done it in just under 60 hours). This is a large country with only 22 million citizens.
Question for all my fellow members (not Aussis and New Zealanders of course).
Would you come all the way to Australia as a result of seeing an Sydney Opera House edition of the Oprah Show?
Additional: If you can tell me; how often does Oprah take her show overseas? Is she soon to retire?
Thank you for taking the time to read this and any replies are appreciated.