November 03, 2003

Tourism Industry

No need to spend more time here. Sydney is nice, but there's not much to do without moving miles away and spend a loadcrap of money in tourist activities here and there or going to the bar (which leads to the same financial problem). Alternatively it is also possible to crawl the bars (even worse) which might be the big time occupation here. I remember my first visit to Sydney in 1996, just 5 minutes after getting out from my hotel (it was about 8AM), the very first thing I saw was a trashed guy getting out from a bar and vomiting in the streets. Welcome to Sydney

Nothing special today, I did not feel like going to the zoo, or pay A$155-225 to climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge (no camera allowed to avoid dropping it on the cars crossing the bridge) nor going to the aquarium and I don't feel very museum oriented these days.

It makes me think that as usual, France is bad at doing business in the tourism industry. Let's face it. A$155/95€ to climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge (up to A$225/138€ during week-end) and 10.2€ for the third floor of the Eiffel Tower. As the Eiffel Tower is the most visited paying monument with 6 million of foreign tourists a year, I suggest raising the ticket price to something in accordance with other developed countries. Let's say a 100€ for daylight and 150€ for sunset, night and weekends. That's still a bargain, right ?

That said, I'm moving tomorrow to Cairns. Just in case there is something extraordinary to do in Sydney, I'm coming back here after New-Zealand to take my flight to Hawaii.

Posted by stephane at November 3, 2003 07:59 AM