Tourists have been dropping off for years. It costs a …

Comment on Now that the Rock can’t be climbed, visiting it will cost more by Pwerle.

Tourists have been dropping off for years.
It costs a fortune to get here, hotels charge like wounded bulls and are fit with late 70s decor, WiFi connectivity is dodgy AND you have to pay for it, there are no pools with day parties raging with dance music and cheap booze (see Bali), our national parks are full of cattle and buffel grass that breed up the fly-swarms, lack of tourism products coupled with often poor customer service in retail, and social issues and safety act as a deterrent.
Is the closure of The Rock climb or gate entry price hikes really causal to our tourism woes? In the big scheme of things, likely not.

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