you azzume zis becauze of ze little speedos und ze big tum tums.
now mach schnell mit der n00dz
actually, i read that these ppl stayed out of respect to the ppl there working in the tourist industry. They wanted to keep "their money" in the region rather than flocking to a fairweather resort elsewhere.
I've heard that, too, but it just looks totally weird and imperialist to me.