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Uluru Reviews #1: flies are certain to be more welcoming than the locals

Uluru Reviews: This series features reviews and comments about the Uluru Experience. These are the ones you are unlikely to see promoted by Parks Australia.

#1  Flies are certain to be more welcoming than the locals
It's worth checking out Online Opinion for articles and stories about Uluru. Ross Barnett is a Sydney-based travel writer and photographer and has a number of interesting articles about the Uluru Experience that are a must read for any prospective or past visitor:
When Australians are unwelcome in their own country ...
Law & Liberties - 9/07/2010 - 33 comments
Uluru: dancing - and stripping - on solid rock
Indigenous Affairs - 2/07/2010 - 49 comments
Talinguru Nyakunytjaku - has Australia been hoodwinked?
Indigenous Affairs - 25/06/2010 - 6 comments
Landscape photographers, including you, are losing rights
Law & Liberties - 29/03/2010 - 37 comments
Why does Parks Australia not encourage more tourism to Uluru?
Environment - 28/10/2003

We found this comment by Cornflower in the article When Australians are unwelcome in their own country a good summary of the current situation.

It is a long way to go to see a rock. 
It is very easy for a tourist destination to earn a permanent reputation as a tourist trap where the locals and the authorities are luke-warm about tourists and regard them as geese to be herded and plucked. 
There was the attempt previously to close the rock because of the death of a 'keeper'. It is not exactly Wally World and locking it down for even a short time would have had a long term effect on overseas tourism. Travel agents work well in advance, particularly where international travel is involved and who wants to disappoint customers?
It is very short-sighted to ramp up park fees when those visitors are spending money in the district.
Before scolding visitors, corralling them in cattle crushes to take their happy snaps, or ramping up fees, Parks Australia and indigenous spokespeople need to put themselves in the position of an overseas travel agent who is recommending destinations to tourists. Would you stake your reputation and valuable repeat business on recommending a long trip to a remote place where the flies are certain to be more welcoming than the locals?
Saturday, 10 July 2010

Uluru: Flies are more friendly!



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