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Wednesday
Mar212012

'Corruption Tours' Are A Hot Ticket In Prague

A travel agency in the Czech Republic is offering popular tours of local sites linked to corruption.

The CorruptTour agency takes 26 tourists around Prague in a black mini-bus, according to a report by News24.com.

Their guide, 'wearing a funny orange hat and a waistcoat, points out posh villas, a nonsensical funicular, an empty meadow hosting a non-existent Olympic stadium, even a big, boxy concrete mausoleum.'

On its website, CorruptTour said graft is 'a worldwide phenomenon but most people do not know what it looks like. At CorruptTour we pride ourselves on providing the most comprehensive range of corruption experiences.'

CorruptTour's founder Petr Sourek said: 'The idea was to reverse the usual situation wherein corruption feeds on business by creating a business that uses corruption as input by exposing it.'

The Czech Republic ranked 57 on the latest corruption perceptions index, tied with Namibia and Saudi Arabia. Four ministers have been fired for graft since Prime Minister Petr Necas took office in 2010.

CorruptTour also offers a drive by of hospitals 'known for shady tendering procedures, and a trip to the northern city of Usti nad Labem, the home of a pointless yet overpriced funicular and of a municipal park expensively decked out thanks to EU subsidies.'

The hospital tour, according to the agency's website, includes 'three Prague hospitals notorious for graft and sleaze. Our tour, Hospitals on the Edge of the Law, starts on Sunday April 15th 2012 4pm. Only 499 CZK ($27) per person.'

An endorsement on CorruptTour's website says: 'On behalf of NYU Prague, thanks so much for a fantastic safari. We'll be back!! -- Thea Favaloro, Associate Director, New York University in Prague.'

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