In April of this year, President Richard Nixon announced further United States troop withdrawals from south Vietnam for May and December.
In April of this year, President Richard Nixon announced further United States troop withdrawals from south Vietnam for May and December. On Friday night (2 November) Mr. Nixon again addressed the nation on the subject of the Indochina conflict. He announced that he would pull another 45,000 U.S. troops out of Vietnam by the end of January and proclaimed the end of America's ground combat role in the war.
Under the present withdrawal programme, U.S. strength in South Vietnam on 1 december is planned to be at a maximum of 184,000. One side effect of the withdrawal programme is that U.S. servicemen from South Vietnam are making fewer visits to Australia for "rest and recreation leave", "R and R".
King's Cross, the hub of Sydney nightlife has been a mecca for free-spending servicemen enjoying leave from the war. But "R and R" leave to Australia is to end in December, and many businesses that dater to the servicemen are expected to fold.
An estimated 270,000 U.S. servicemen have been to Sydney, since the city was declared a leave centre four years ago, and they have poured about 80 million dollars into the tourist industry there. The manager of the sydney Convention and Visitors' Bureau, Mr. Puckeridge, said that at the peak of the R and R programme, his Bureau booked 1500 rooms in Sydney every six days. Now the number has fallen to about 500. "It would be foolish," he said , "to deny that the industry will not feel the pinch when the programme ends.
"This VISNEWS feature report examines this one problem that Sydney faces as a result of increased U.S. withdrawal from South Vietnam.