(Re: Slovak hotels re-think higher prices for tourists, Vol. 4 No. 29, Nov. 23 - 29). I am a Canadian of Slovak origin, and I must say that the practice of charging foreigners more than native Slovaks is not only discriminatory but downright disgusting. I have traveled all over the world, and I am sorry to say that this practice is limited to a handful of backward, third-world countries.
If Slovakia is ever to assume its position among the nations of Europe, it has to realize that discrimination and petty price gouging have no place in the life of the nation. Is it perhaps envy of higher incomes in the west that causes this ill-advised behaviour?
Perhaps the people who defend this two-tier price structure should realize that if the prices are "cheap" by European standards, this will attract many more tourists who will spend more money which will ultimately profit Slovakia.
Do not let short term gain blind you to a potential windfall.
7. Dec 1998 at 0:00