Tourism concepts that don't travel well

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 16 December, 2006, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 16 December, 2006, 12:00am

Souvenirs from foreign tourism officials tend to give a first impression to people about their countries. At the launch of the Association of National Tourist Office Representatives this week, foreign travel board chiefs presented various gifts, no doubt hoping to make a good or at least politically correct impression about their countries. Some are mundane but others are curious or even downright bizarre.

The most obvious: a small kangaroo doll (Australia)

The most practical: a reusable shopping bag (Thailand)

The most exotic: a necklace of small seashells (Guam)

The cheap: a stack of note paper printed with the message 'Uniquely Singapore'

The cheapest: a bookmark with the internet address (France)

The blandest: a black cap with the words 'New Zealand' sewn on it

The most glamorous: a VCD with hit singles from South Korea's latest pop stars and clips from hit movies

The kinkiest: two interlocked rubber bands (Finland). We have no idea what they are for, but perhaps they could be used as mock handcuffs for adventurous couples.