Friday, October 3, 2014

Men of la mañana

They'll get around to it, eventually, in Andalusia;
Public prosecutors say that between 2002 and 2005, a 45-strong network of tour guides, hoteliers, travel agents, and monument employees made around €3.5 million from selling entrance tickets to the Alhambra palace in Granada.The alleged scam involved hoteliers and travel agents taking the money for entry tickets from groups of tourists, and then cutting a deal with staff at the Moorish complex, one of Spain’s most-visited historical sites, who would let them in, either without tickets or using forgeries.
After a 10-year investigation, public prosecutors are calling for prison sentences of between four and nine years, along with heavy fines, for the accused.
The Unesco World Heritage Site was supposed to restrict tourist attendance to 3,000 per day. Thanks to the entrepreneurs, that was regularly exceeded by 50%.

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