Thursday, 10 February 2005

Courchevel - Playground of the wealthy is being taken over by the super-rich

by Captain Oates

Having recently holidayed in Courchevel, I noticed to my alarm that there is some disquiet amongst the English visitors about the influx of super-rich Russian visitors. This disquiet is also echoed by the local ski shop, restaurant and bar owners. This new breed of Russian holiday maker flashes huge amounts of cash, has caviar flown in specially and forces the English tourists from their beloved Courchevel. They are however easy to spot outside their 5 star hotels as they are either skiing very badly, displaying very poor manners to locals, or shopping with a passion for expensive designer goods. An interesting article from the travel section of the Telegraph can be seen here.

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