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Tasteless And Offensive: Fake Slum For Tourists

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What an offense! A Southafrican luxury hotel group offers tourists to stay in a shanty, a slum.

South Africa.  According to the website of the Emoya Private Game Reserve, situated on the western border of Bloemfontein, they offer their guest accomodation

“… within the safe environment of a private game reserve. This is the only Shanty Town in the world equipped with under-floor heating and wireless internet access. … The Shanty Town is ideal for team building, … fancy theme parties and an experience of a lifetime. … Our Shantys are completely safe and child friendly.”

This is Africa has reported extensively about this tasteless tourist attraction in November and their readers have bombarded the publication with thousands of critical comments, making the article the most popular article of 2013.

This is Africa author Siji Jabbar writes: 

If you thought the idea of rich tourists on holiday taking time out for a walking (or riding) tour through a slum in order to stare at slum inhabitants like they’re animals at a safari was tasteless, insensitive and offensive, the people at Emoya Luxury Hotel & Spa in Bloemfontein, South Africa, have found a way to offer something even more tasteless. … The Emoya people have built a fake shanty town consisting of “shacks” so that guests can experience what it’s like to stay in a shanty town. For R850 (€60; $82) – about half the average monthly salary in South Africa – you and three friends, family members or colleagues can spend a night in a shack made of corrugated iron sheets.

To read the whole article is a MUST. Your comments are welcome, you can also send them directly to the Emoya people here. bw 

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