Posts Tagged ‘tourism’

Empty sunbeds

September 28, 2015
Protaras rows of empty sun beds

Protaras rows of empty sun beds

Rows of empty sunbeds.

Empty bars and restaurants

September 28, 2015
Eden Square taverna opened June already closed

Eden Square taverna opened June already closed

Guru daytime almost as empty nighttime

Guru daytime almost as empty nighttime

Saturday night, Marcello’s and Lemongrass in the centre of Protaras were busy, as was the Italian across the street, but these were the exceptions, not the norm. And they are only busy because part of Sunrise group and it is an alternative to eating in hotel or apartment.

No 1, a few rows of tables by the street occupied, the tables behind, empty.

Japanese restaurant in Eden Square empty.

New restaurant in Eden Square that only opened in June, already closed.

A new restaurant opened in Eden Square last year, it opened end of May, a few weeks later it had closed.

A coffee bar in Eden Square, last year was replaced by a new coffee bar. It did not open until June, by end of August had already closed.

The coffee bar became part of Guru. A bar with white seats, expensive prices and moronic music blasting out. A recipe for failure. Saturday night, the extension empty, in the original part, a handful of people, all but empty.

No tourists

May 19, 2015
Protaras deserted beach

Protaras deserted beach

Protaras deserted beach

Protaras deserted beach

Several days ago a friend posted a couple of pictures of the beach. It was deserted.

No tourists.

Now middle of third week in May.

Looking along the beach yesterday, rows of empty sunbeds.

This morning little better.

Boats that sail from the pier twice a day, of three boats only one sailing.

Last May boats only sailing in the morning, not in the afternoon.

This May worse than last May, which was worse than May the year before, which was bad, the year Cyprus faced economic crisis when EU decided to trash the Cypriot economy.

Hotels are sitting empty, staff not paid, one hotel group has gone bust.

All very much as predicted in a report last year, that if the problems were not addressed, the collapse of Cypriot tourist economy would accelerate.

look out point sails hang in tatters

look out point sails hang in tatters

A few years ago, at great expense, a coastal path was constructed along the beach. It has proved to be very successful, but. This time of year, it would be a delight, spring wild flowers. A couple of years ago, the wild flowers were all scraped away with a  digger. They have never recovered. Overlooking the beach, a look out point, shaded with sails. Or was. The sails hang in tatters. All winter, but no attempt to repair the sails.

These are but a  few examples indicative of why the tourist industry is collapsing.

Each year, more tourists from the bottom end of the market which drive away the quality tourists.

Each year, more fast food takeaways.

Dependency upon any one country makes highly vulnerable to economic situation in that country. It used to be the Brits, of late the Russians.

Valdimir Putin has done an excellent job of destroying the Russian economy. Russian economy collapsed, rouble collapsed, no Russian tourists.

Dependency upon a handful of big tour companies, rather than intelligent use of internet and direct bookings, means on a whim, tourist flow turned off as easily as turning a tap.

All inclusive, means no money finds its way into the local economy.

If you want to kill local tourism, wipe out the local economy, then allow all inclusive hotels

October 12, 2014


If you want to kill local tourist industry, wipe out the local economy dependent on tourism, then allow all inclusive hotels.

This is what is happening in Puerto de la Cruz in Tenerife.

This is happening in Protaras in Cyprus.

There are other factors at play, austerity means people have no spending money, poor and falling standards at hotels, taking clients for granted, bad tourists losing the good tourists, but the prime mover destroying the tourist industry is all inclusive hotels.

In Puerto de la Cruz, boarded-up shops and bars and restaurants, businesses of 30 years closed, bars that would be open gone midnight, where they employed four or more people, now closing at ten o’clock at night, only employing one person. A dozen hotels are sitting empty, others are not full, two or three floors empty. Dependency on subsidised Spanish peasants (a back door to bailing out failing hotels), is driving out quality tourists.

In Protaras in May, few people on the streets at night, restaurant and bar owners with long faces, during the day, boats that sailed from the pier along the coast twice a day were only sailing once a day as there was not enough passengers to justify the fuel for a second trip. In September, where the streets would normally be crowded, more like a typical May, only May was no longer typical. Whereas the bars and restaurants were busy, they were not full, and several were almost empty.

Protaras has an additional problem. All inclusive hotels, most of the money goes to the tour company (and that is why they are so keen to push all inclusive), some goes to the hotel owner, and a little trickles down to the staff employed, some of which finds its way into the local economy. Only with Protaras, many of the all inclusive hotels are employing cheap foreign labour not local labour, and so almost nothing finds its way into the local economy.

All inclusive attracts the bottom end of the tourist market who wish to drink themselves senseless all day.

They is no such thing as a free lunch, or free dinner. Quality suffers.

If drinks and food is free all day, no reason to go out to a bar or restaurant. It is not only the bars and restaurants that suffer, so do all the other businesses that people no longer walk by, footfall dries up.

Sex in Thailand

July 4, 2013

Girls from poor villages go to work in the sex bars in Bangkok. They earn $100 per month for which they have to sell Lady Drinks and go off with at least five men. Each time they go off with a man, the bar gets paid a Finders Fee. What the girls do when they go off with a man, what they charge, is their choice. When a man walks into a bar, they are mobbed by the girls.

The model is very similar to that described in Eleven Minutes, where Maria works in a bar in Geneva. The only difference is that the girls are expected to go off with three men every night, and it is the men who approach the girls. The other main difference is that the girls are international, not Swiss.

The main lure for the girls is not the money they earn in the sex bars, what they are after is catching a foreign husband, which is seen as a high status symbol. The girls also use the net, one of the girls spending half her salary on using the internet to try and hook a foreign husband.

Exploitation of children in orphanages in Bali

December 12, 2011
orphans in Bali

orphans in Bali

We are used to reading in Dickens of the exploitation of children in orphanages, their poor living conditions, forced to work. That was Industrial Revolution England. Travel to modern-day Bali and you will find exactly the same model for orphanages run by equally crooked and unscrupulous owners.

There are 78 registered orphanages in Bali. All are private. Almost all are commercial scams exploiting children for tourist dollars. Such is the profitability of these private orphanages that their numbers have doubled in the last few years.

Many of the children are not orphans. The owners of the orphanages persuade poor families to part with their children to fill their orphanages as to them they are a source of income.

The children do not receive education, are poorly fed, lack proper health care, are poorly housed, live in dirty squalid conditions, are forced into child labour, begging on the streets, street performers, are working on dangerous building sites.

The children are beaten by the owners of the orphanages.

The owners of these private orphanages are becoming rich on the back of the children, driving around in expensive cars, sending their own children to university.

The corrupt police, social workers, judges, politicians, in the pocket of the owners turn a blind eye to the abuses.

Taxi drivers in league with the orphanages deliver gullible tourists to their doorstep.

It is the tourists who are financing this abuse of the orphans. It is their tourist dollars that is financing child exploitation. If they no longer donated money, or at least asked questions, asked to inspect inside, talked to the children, the orphanages would close as there would be no incentive to run them.

Bali orphanages: How tourist cash funds a racket
Exposing Bali’s Orphanages
Bali’s orphanage scam
Children exploited by fake orphanages in Indonesia