FIATA TOP SIX!

Having just returned last month from the annual FIATA World Congress 2011, the Belly Ache gang have half-a-dozen reflections to share on their experiences in the fascinating land of the pharaohs.


FIATA World Congress 2011


FIATA TOP SIX! Having just returned last month from the annual FIATA World Congress 2011, the Belly Ache gang have half-a-dozen reflections to share on their experiences in the fascinating land of the pharaohs. Not that we’re a bunch of whinging complainers here at Belly Ache Central, but here’s our top six ‘observations’ of the recent event. And really, we DID have a great time!

6. Egypt is a great place to part with your money.

We’ve been to a lot of places around the world, but we have to say there are few places on the planet that are as good at separating tourists from their money as Eqypt! The welcome as you walk into the famous Khan el-Khalili bazaar in Cairo sums up the situation rather aptly… “Welcome friend! How can I relieve you of your money!?!” shouts the first vendor!

5. The concept of ‘carbon footprint’ is not well understood in Egypt.

We’re all for cool comfort while listening to the sometimes lengthy and overly verbose proceedings but, having to step outside of the Congress ballroom to warm up and get the blood flowing back to our finger tips seems a bit ridiculous! We’re thinking the temperature was set absurdly low on purpose – an IATA conspiracy perhaps! – to help cool the heated rhetoric that ‘certain’ FIATA council members seem to have a well versed proclivity for.