Zooropa wrote:I don't think the wonders of Luxor or anywhere else should be off limits to those that cant afford "Monte Carlo" prices.
What makes those who can so special?
It's not about you. Egypt owes you nothing. It's not your God-given right to a cheap vacation wherever you want to take a vacation. A destination's establishments have the right to set their prices at whatever rate they want and that the market can bear. You want one week in Luxor? Well, the people of Luxor have to live in Luxor year round. A lot of those cruise ship employees are earning 500LE/month so that you can enjoy your "cheap" holiday. What makes YOU so special compared to them? Cheap package tourism is exploitation, plain and simple. I'm not blaming the tourists because most probably aren't even aware of how those who serve them suffer, but it is still a fact of how things are. And Egypt, with its limited water, electric, and fragile tombs, can't afford to waste them.
I didn't say it was about me, nor did I say Egypt owed me anything.
I was making the point that everyone, regardless of class has a right to pursue what ever they want in life.
And if they manage to save enough to be able to do it they should be allowed to do so free from snooty people looking down on them, a lot of which came from the same humble beginnings as the people they are sneering at.
At the end of the day if there never had been any tourism for the last 50 years how many of these 500 le a month people would have had jobs elsewhere?
And what if I deliberately went "high end" are you suggesting that the local employees of these more expensive holidays are better paid and less exploited than those employed by Thomson and the like?
In any case, not that it matters, I don't take package trips to Luxor in the true sense of the word and have not done since the first two trips I made.
Yes I have a local agent put together the reservations but when in Luxor im not part of a package tour and any trips and services I partake in whilst there are booked directly with local providers.
The reason why Egypt is short on the things you mention and the reason why there is poverty and a lack of education is not down to tourists, its the fault of successive governments doing a poor job and being corrupt and allowing the tourism industry to do a pretty poor job of providing a decent living to the people they employ.
Its no coincidence that the best living conditions, employment rights and opportunities are to be had in countries with functioning democracies and lower levels of corruption.
The locals also have to accept that their refusal to change their ways, as Dusak points out has contributed to the attitude that tourists now have of them.