The free towels? That evolved from an idea to attract more tourists by attaining spa status for the city’s public pools, which have seawater and sulfur baths. For accreditation under certain European Union rules, however, a spa has to offer free towels, so that became a campaign slogan.

You what?

The government of 500 million people has taken it into its head to write rules about whether a spa must offer free towels or not?

Can we leave yet?

4 thoughts on “Seriously?”

  1. Some years ago, I heard someone describing a vacation trip to Ireland and, in describing accomodations and food encountered in different places, they remarked that the government had regulations requiring that certain foods be served at certain meals, etc. Iwasn’t much interested either then or now–but maybe that’s something of the same sort as this “towel regulation.” I wonder if the size and minimum coefficiency of absorption are also laid down by law?

  2. Nothing wrong with that (although hotel star systems are often more about ticking boxes “The rooms are this size” “There is a restaurant open for so many hours” etc etc rather than the key question of “Is this a nice hotel?”), but I see no reason why accrediting organisations responsible for such star ratings need to regulated by the European Union, or even require the input of government at all. (In many places motoring organisations do the job) . There may be some need for harmonisation (ie a four star hotel in England should be approximately the same standard as a four star hotel in Italy), but there is also some room for regional differences (bacon and eggs are not going to be required for a one star hotel in Hungary). Harmonisation can be achieved by organisations in different countries talking to one another rather than regulation.

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