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Hilton Becomes Socialist, But prices Stay Same (Caracas)
The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 9-3-2007 | Jeremy McDermott

Posted on 09/02/2007 7:06:43 PM PDT by blam

Hilton becomes socialist, but prices stay same

By Jeremy McDermott, Latin America Correspondent
Last Updated: 1:21am BST 03/09/2007

It has been a landmark for the last 38 years, a point of navigation for taxi drivers and tourists alike, but now the Hilton Hotel in Caracas has been taken over by the state to become a "socialist tourism business".

"We want to put this hotel at the service of the people," said Eustacio Aguilera, the president of the Simon Bolivar Centre, the government cultural institution that owns the hotel. "Now everyone will have access to a great hotel and be able to enjoy it."

How the people will be able to afford a stay at the rechristened Hotel Alba Caracas is another question, as room prices will remain unchanged at £70 for the most simple rooms in a country where the average person lives on about £100 a month.

The word "alba" means dawn in Spanish and is also the acronym for a trade initiative which Mr Chavez hopes will make the region less dependent on trade with the United States.

Last week the 900-room hotel's operating licence expired and the government took it over, planning to take this flagship of international capitalism and turn it into a symbol of President Hugo Chavez's "Socialism of the 21st Century".

The takeover is just the latest example of nationalisation of key industries. In February telecommunications companies were taken over by the government and in May it was the turn of the key oil sector with the government taking majority control of all existing contracts and concessions.

The Hilton has refused to comment about the takeover, although it has no plans to abandon Venezuela where it has two other hotels.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: caracas; chavez; hilton; landgrab; socialism; socialist; tourism; venezuela

1 posted on 09/02/2007 7:06:45 PM PDT by blam
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To: blam

lol, prices stay the same... hilarious


2 posted on 09/02/2007 7:09:28 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: blam

Guess if business takes me to Caracas I won’t be booking here to add to my HHonors points...


3 posted on 09/02/2007 7:10:43 PM PDT by sionnsar (trad-anglican.faithweb.com |Iran Azadi| 5yst3m 0wn3d - it's N0t Y0ur5 (SONY) | UN: Useless Nations)
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To: blam
the government cultural institution that owns the hotel

Try "STOLE the hotel"

4 posted on 09/02/2007 7:12:53 PM PDT by the_Watchman
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To: sionnsar

I can imagine that in a couple of years a Motel 6 in Knoxville will be a better place to stay.


5 posted on 09/02/2007 7:13:58 PM PDT by Patrick1
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To: blam
>>The word "alba" means dawn in Spanish<<

Just following the rules.


6 posted on 09/02/2007 7:15:38 PM PDT by gondramB (Preach the Gospel at all times, and when necessary, use words)
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To: blam

most of the mediterranean-settled countries have a desire for

failure.


7 posted on 09/02/2007 7:15:59 PM PDT by ken21
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To: blam
...which Mr Chavez hopes will make the region less dependent on trade with the United States.

Always smart business sense to voluntarily avoid doing business with the largest market in the world. Yes, that'll really make Venezuela's economy take off.
8 posted on 09/02/2007 7:17:40 PM PDT by Hazwaste (Now with added lemony freshness!)
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To: blam

The hail you say..........


9 posted on 09/02/2007 7:19:18 PM PDT by yldstrk (My heros have always been cowboys--Reagan and Bush)
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To: blam
The Hilton has refused to comment about the takeover, although it has no plans to abandon Venezuela where it has two other hotels.

For now.

And, by the way, why not comment? If someone stole my crap I would comment.

10 posted on 09/02/2007 7:21:28 PM PDT by keat (You know who I feel bad for? Arab-Americans who truly want to get into crop-dusting.)
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To: keat

I would fer dang sure be making some loud and ticked off comments...


11 posted on 09/02/2007 7:23:34 PM PDT by yldstrk (My heros have always been cowboys--Reagan and Bush)
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To: blam

Socialists are like spoiled children. They always want what someone else has. Then when they get it, it’s all theirs.

The most selfish people on Earth.


12 posted on 09/02/2007 7:27:00 PM PDT by A_Former_Democrat
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To: blam
Prices will stay the same but you know, any bets that the prices will soon include bedbugs in about 6 months?

What a joke.

13 posted on 09/02/2007 7:30:38 PM PDT by Candor7 (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Baghdad_(1258))
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To: blam

Venezuela= Soon to be communist hell hole.


14 posted on 09/02/2007 7:33:15 PM PDT by Bullish ( Reality is the best cure for delusion.)
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To: blam

and here I thought Paris was adding politics to her list of accomplishments


15 posted on 09/02/2007 7:35:01 PM PDT by bigbob (2)
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To: blam
"We want to put this hotel at the service of the people,"

Unless they're from the wrong side of the tracks?

Socialists are such hypocrites

16 posted on 09/02/2007 7:45:18 PM PDT by LibWhacker
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To: Bullish
Dial 8 for room service, then walk to the nearest restaurant {not in the hotel} and serve your self.

Bring your own towels and make your bed before check out.

17 posted on 09/02/2007 7:47:36 PM PDT by USS Alaska (Nuke the terrorist savages - In Honor of Standing Wolf)
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To: blam

Bienvenidos al Nuevo: People’s Republic of Venezuela!

Coming soon: The “Caracas Wall”.

Complete with Russian-supplied Sniper-rifle towers.


18 posted on 09/02/2007 7:53:24 PM PDT by Cringing Negativism Network (Communist China: Walmart's answer to that pesky 13th Amendment.)
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To: blam
turn it into a symbol of President Hugo Chavez's "Socialism of the 21st Century".

It was stolen. That means it is ALREADY a perfect symbol for socialism...

19 posted on 09/02/2007 7:54:02 PM PDT by Onelifetogive (* Sarcasm tag ALWAYS required. For some FReepers, sarcasm can NEVER be obvious enough.)
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To: Onelifetogive

Anybody in Venezuela with (anything) of value.

Better get out. Now.


20 posted on 09/02/2007 7:55:20 PM PDT by Cringing Negativism Network (Communist China: Walmart's answer to that pesky 13th Amendment.)
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To: keat
And, by the way, why not comment? If someone stole my crap I would comment.

Perhaps they're concerned that complaining would hasten the confiscation of their remaining Venezuelan properties.

21 posted on 09/02/2007 8:36:53 PM PDT by rogue yam
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To: blam
Perhaps we can put some of our unwanted Mexican immigrants up in Chavez's Socialist Paradise Hotel.

Rates are gonna be reasonable, right....its Socialism.

22 posted on 09/02/2007 9:08:16 PM PDT by HardStarboard (Take No Prisoners - We're Out of Qurans)
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To: Bullish
Venezuela= Soon to be communist hell hole.

Well down the road. Spent a day last year in Mexico City with some customers from Caracas, a really great group of guys. The news since from my Mexican "intermediary" is not good.

23 posted on 09/03/2007 9:22:05 AM PDT by sionnsar (trad-anglican.faithweb.com |Iran Azadi| 5yst3m 0wn3d - it's N0t Y0ur5 (SONY) | UN: Useless Nations)
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