The New Seven Wonders of the World

The new seven wonders of the world were announced a couple of days based on an online poll. Votes were cast by over 100 million people from over 200 countries. Of the many iconic tourist attractions in the US only the Statue of Liberty made it to the list of twenty one nominees. In the end, given that Americans are the most prolific users of the internet, it was surprising that Lady Liberty did not make it to the top seven – that is a shame as, despite the inevitable carping including somewhat absurdly from an arm of the corruption ridden United Nations – UNESCO, there are distinct benefits for an American site to be on the list. For starters, the new list was by popular vote and even if the disenfranchised (those without a computer) were not included, it can be assumed that it was an outcome driven at least in part by informed opinion. Nevertheless, the seven that did make it are truly great wonders by most measures and, as is often the case, Americans will likely constitute the largest number of tourists visiting those seven wonders.

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Vijay Dandapani

Co-founder and president of a New York based hotel company for 24 years. Grew the firm to five hotels in Manhattan and also developed a greenfield project at MacArthur airport, New York. Speaker at numerous prestigious forums including Economy Hotels World Asia, Lodging Conference, NYU, Columbia University Real Estate Roundtable, Baruch College's Zicklin School and ALIS. President and ceo of New York City Hotel Association since January 2017.