Posted by Svit on August 14, 2002 at 14:26:16:
In Reply to: Re: Price Discrimination Against Foreigners posted by Larry on August 13, 2002 at 23:36:34:
To all you guys.
I can say that double prices in hotels are under the law. You can complain about it in every case. Just the problem is that officials so far don't pay too much attention to this as they still don't ave any punishment regulation against it (that is from the conversation with deputy of Tourism Comettee, the same as other problems...). The prices are high because of taxes. This issue is also lobbied by many hotel owners and especially old hotel complexes, because they cannot make lower prices (like private hotels surely hide some part of income for development).
Taxies: of course they make own price - why not to earn more?! If nobody would pay this price - they would make it less. But people - foreigners - pay, so... To avoid such prices - you can take a bus also to the city and then to take a car within the city and it will be much cheaper, depending on the rout of course.
Maybe you don't want to believe this but we (locals) also struggle for lower taxes and prices and to make our country more civilized.
By the way - with this average salary - locals don't live in the hotel. Among those who earns 300 grivna (58 dollars) it is hard to find one who ever stayed in the hotel in his life or ever had been on vacation (what you used to call vacations) and 99,9% of them never took the plane in their life, only maybe when they were young and had a chance to travel on soviet rates on soviet flights.
I'm not trying to argue with you - yu are completely right, just please understand that not everything depends on people. I kept hope for elections can change something. I underestimated today president's power and attitudes. Now I keep small hope for presidential elections. Very small.
: Chervona Ruta may be as much the victim as you are. There is probably serious political pressure to keep the rates low for the locals and free for certain select people. These ships were once government owned assets that mysteriously fell into the hands of Kiev's former mayor (the crook was named Zgurska) and some of his henchmen. None of the big wigs complained too much because they let all of them and their families travel for free. That $370 rate your wife got is probably quite negotiable, depending on how much political pull she can muster. If Chervona Ruta doesn't play the game, it losses its docking rights, the Tax Administration guy starts to come on a regular basis, etc. It's Ukraine man. Get used to it.
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