Municipal Corruption as a Tourist Attraction

Entreprenuers in economically depressed hotbeds of American municipal corruption (I'm looking at you, Detroit), take note: a Czech artist has launched a tour company built around "trips to sites and monuments highlighting some of the most recent and notorious corruption scandals" in the Czech Republic.

The Czech daily Hospodářské noviny(HN) reports that Petr Šourek's new venture "Corrupt Tour" aims to increase public awareness of government-sanctioned graft and add context by taking people to the scenes of the crimes.

"One of the high points, literally, will be the Kč 80 million cable car, which has been described by critics as absolutely useless. A rest is offered in a local park where the benches cost an average Kč 60,000 each, around 10 times the normal price."

Sourek doesn't intend to stop at showcasing the buildings and public works where tax dollars go to die, he also intends to take the tour to the gilded homes of businessmen who benefit from Prague-style crony capitalism:

A so-called ornithological safari takes in the Prague villas, or “nests” of some of the wheelers and dealers said to be behind some of the most famous scandals.  The residences of lobbyist Tomáš Hrdlička, lawyer Ivo Rittig, and former CEO of power company ČEZ, Martin Roman, investigated on suspicion of passing orders onto engineering giant Škoda Plzeň, his former employer, after taking up his new job.

While Sourek doesn't expect this project to be a runaway commercial success, he hopes to at least break even, and perhaps do well enough to expand the tour to more exotic locations in the Mediterranean, the Carribean and the Alps, where many "shell companies" are located and where vacationing Czech politicians have been known to make some of their most notorious dirty deals.

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  • sarcasmic||

    From the headline I thought it was going to be about California.

  • Suki||

    He should add that as a sister tour.

  • Chicago||

    Hey, what are we chopped liver.

    We can include corruption tours into the mob tours.

  • Suki||

    I forgot about the Chicago mob tours! That is one I really want to do.

  • shrike||

    Better dead than Red

  • sum kenyan muslim president||

    what?

  • Ice Nine||

    "Nice corrupt cable car tour you have there. It'd be a shame if you were to fall out of it."

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    The residences of lobbyist Tomáš Hrdlička, lawyer Ivo Rittig, and former CEO of power company ČEZ, Martin Roman, investigated on suspicion of passing orders onto engineering giant Škoda Plzeň, his former employer, after taking up his new job.

    The real scandal is that alphabet they use. Who's profiting from all those accent marks, anyway?

  • Dekedin||

    Ink and pencil manufacturers.

  • ||

    The United Pixel Mine Workers. Duh.

  • hnedka||

    Everyone reading the language :) Accent marks differenciate between differently pronounced letters (or short vs. long vowels). There is no guessing when reading czech texts, you know exactly how to pronounce all words, even when you don't know them. I wish all languages were like this.

  • ||

    Tour of a Solyndra factory?

  • almost blind||

    While Sourek doesn't expect this project to be a runaway commercial success

    Sourek would up his odds for making money if he would include meetings with some of the "girlfriends" of those corrupt crony capitalists.

  • ||

    We call this "going to a baseball/football game" in 'Murca.

  • ||

    The could be just the idea to turn around America's Faltering Economy.

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