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A goodwill tour is a term used to indicate a tour by someone or something famous to a series of places, with the purpose of (1) expressing benevolent interest or concern for a group of people or a region, (2) improving or maintaining a relationship between parties, and (3) exhibiting the item or person to places visited.
Goodwill tours are meant to be friendly; however, in some cases, they may be intimidating to the people or the government at the place visited. At the same time, a visit by a goodwill tour might be used as a way of “reminding” the place and government visited of a friendship previously established or assumed.
Examples of the term
- A goodwill tour of the Mediterranean by ships of the U.S. Navy.
- A goodwill tour by the Graf zeppelin.
- A goodwill tour of the Commonwealths by the King.
- A goodwill tour of South America by the Pope.
- A goodwill tour of the United States by James Monroe
- "Dance Troupe From Israel Wraps Up Goodwill Tour of America"
- "Denver Nuggets Goodwill Tour"
Notable goodwill tours
- The goodwill tour by the USS Maine (ACR-1) to Havana harbor.
- The goodwill tour to Japan by Admiral Perry in 1852.
- The goodwill tour to Japan by the San Francisco Seals (baseball) in 1949.
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