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Fri Aug 1, 2014, 08:44 AM

Venezuela starts tourism campaign and Twitter responds

Cartoon character "Cheverito" launched to promote tourism




Cheverito is a cool dude enjoying Venezuelas beautiful places.


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Cheverito watching a cadaver float down the river.



Cheverito and his friends at UCV.



Cheverito taking a selfie with some friends.



Cheverito watching a man receive much patria and amor.

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CHeverito and Marvinia patria and amor



Cheverito dancing with a doctor and policeman



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Reply Venezuela starts tourism campaign and Twitter responds (Original post)
Bacchus4.0 Aug 2014 OP
MADem Aug 2014 #1
Bacchus4.0 Aug 2014 #2
MADem Aug 2014 #7
Bacchus4.0 Aug 2014 #9
MADem Aug 2014 #10
Enrique Aug 2014 #3
Bacchus4.0 Aug 2014 #4
Enrique Aug 2014 #5
COLGATE4 Aug 2014 #6
MADem Aug 2014 #11
Bacchus4.0 Aug 2014 #15
MADem Aug 2014 #16
MADem Aug 2014 #8
Socialistlemur Aug 2014 #12
Marksman_91 Aug 2014 #13
Bacchus4.0 Aug 2014 #17
Bacchus4.0 Aug 2014 #14
MADem Aug 2014 #18
Bacchus4.0 Aug 2014 #19
MADem Aug 2014 #20
Socialistlemur Aug 2014 #21
MADem Aug 2014 #22
Socialistlemur Aug 2014 #23
Bacchus4.0 Aug 2014 #24
Marksman_91 Aug 2014 #25
Bacchus4.0 Aug 2014 #26
Bacchus4.0 Aug 2014 #27

Response to Bacchus4.0 (Original post)

Fri Aug 1, 2014, 08:51 AM

1. Maduro is a moron.

He thinks a cartoon character will persuade people to go to that crime-ridden, inflation-crazy, corrupt nation?

Cheverito is funny as hell, though--a gift that will keep on giving!

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Response to MADem (Reply #1)

Fri Aug 1, 2014, 08:58 AM

2. No-one goes there

Here is Cheverito at one of the most visited places in Caracas



Bello Monte morgue.

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Response to Bacchus4.0 (Reply #2)

Fri Aug 1, 2014, 04:46 PM

7. OMG....this is so dark, yet hilarious at the same time.

I applaud the brilliant minds that applied this stupid cartoon to the reality of VZ today--it's a real "nail on the head" project!

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Response to MADem (Reply #7)

Fri Aug 1, 2014, 05:58 PM

9. Too bad there are no flights going there, Cheverito has really inspired me n/t

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Response to Bacchus4.0 (Reply #9)

Fri Aug 1, 2014, 06:27 PM

10. Don't let that stop you! Fly to Colombia and go over roads, risking highway robbery (literally!).

But take Cheverito's advice...and bring your own toilet paper!!!!!!


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Response to Bacchus4.0 (Original post)

Fri Aug 1, 2014, 09:02 AM

3. nothing inherently ridiculous about promoting tourism

of course there will be partisans that are going to ridicule anything Maduro does, whether it's good for Venezuela or not.

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Response to Enrique (Reply #3)

Fri Aug 1, 2014, 09:05 AM

4. or just ordinary citizens keeping it real by mocking the government's infantile propaganda n/t

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Response to Bacchus4.0 (Reply #4)

Fri Aug 1, 2014, 09:21 AM

5. all partisans claim to be the voice of ordinary citizens

most countries promote tourism. If someone had an agenda, they could mock such efforts in any country.

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Response to Enrique (Reply #5)

Fri Aug 1, 2014, 10:55 AM

6. Except for the fact that, for mocking to

be effective it has to contain elements of truth. Somehow I don't think making a British "Cheverito" would produce the same type of answer.

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Response to COLGATE4 (Reply #6)

Fri Aug 1, 2014, 06:40 PM

11. What's doubly hilarious is that Cheverito gleefully breaks VZ law in his "adventures."

See: http://caracaschronicles.com/2014/08/01/the-crazy-expensive-and-illegal-adventures-of-cheverito/

But that is typical of this regime...if you are one of the Boligarchs, you can get away with anything.

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Response to MADem (Reply #11)

Sun Aug 3, 2014, 12:45 PM

15. I see Cheverito's companion is blue ball. Nice touch n/t

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Response to Bacchus4.0 (Reply #15)

Sun Aug 3, 2014, 01:00 PM

16. Heh heh....! How apropos! This whole thing is hilarious! nt

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Response to Enrique (Reply #3)

Fri Aug 1, 2014, 04:55 PM

8. When VENEZUELANS are ridiculing anything Maduro does, it's time to recalibrate.

He needs to get a handle on the crime, murder and inflation rate before he starts touting VZ as a paradise....it's a paradise if you want to be robbed/killed, because there's PLENTY of that going on.

http://985wbow.com/news/articles/2014/jul/30/venezuelans-find-solace-in-comedy-amid-economic-travails/

....The imposing skyscrapers of Caracas are a testament to decades of oil wealth, adding to the sense of bewilderment now at barren shelves and near-worthless bundles of cash.

On the street, Venezuelans constantly josh with each other about the situation. "Careful you don't get robbed! Hide it!" people shout at shoppers seen with flour, oil or sugar.

"Welcome to Havana!" passersby sometimes taunt the queues.

The increasing surrealism means genuine news stories sometimes rival satire for absurdity, say Juan Andres Ravell and Oswaldo Graziani Lemoine, creators of El Chiguire Bipolar.

Their stories often fool readers who stumble upon outlandish stories on social media without realizing they are fake.

"The government has done so many crazy things in the past you can believe anything," said Graziani.

Maduro's recent assertion that airlines' cutting of flights to Venezuela was due to reassignments for the World Cup, and not a $4 billion debt, might not have looked amiss as a satire.

Ditto a genuine announcement that passengers at Caracas' international airport would have to pay a new ozone tax....

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Response to Enrique (Reply #3)

Sat Aug 2, 2014, 07:01 AM

12. Promoting tourism is fine but...

It sounds a bit like Marie Antoinette saying "let them eat cake".

The ugly reality is that most Venezuelans aren't in the mood nor able to start traveling in Venezuela. Inflation is running 60 %, there are food and medicine shortages, and the crime rate is appalling. Foreign tourists aren't about to take up an offer given the high crime rate and the lack of flights (most airlines have reduced or suspended flight schedules due to government non payment of the hard currency they are owed).

Therefore the campaign does have a surreal feel, it's as if the tourism minister was telling the people to eat cake.

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Response to Socialistlemur (Reply #12)

Sat Aug 2, 2014, 08:10 AM

13. Some months ago a German tourist was murdered in Margarita Island by common street thugs

 

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Margarita is supposed to be the jewel of Venezuelan tourism, especially for foreigners. But how do they expect to keep people doing tourism there if they're not relatively safe from criminals? Hell, Monica Spear, the former Miss Venezuela who was murdered along with her husband back in Jamuary, was only in Venezuela only for a few days doing tourism as well, only in the mainland, a few hours drive from Caracas. She doesn't even live in Venezuela anymore, and she and her partner ended up getting killed in cold blood by street scum, and even their little 5-year-old girl was caught in the crossfire, leaving her with a bullet wound to the leg and an orphan. Yeah, I'm sure "Cheverito" thinks that's totally fine in this tourist "paradise."

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Response to Marksman_91 (Reply #13)

Sun Aug 3, 2014, 01:12 PM

17. Some cost info to Cheverito's adventures

Cheverito uses a professional type camera with changeable lenses valued at US$5800 or so at government rate.

CHeverito has a tablet too. Lowest priced tablet is about US$800

Trip to Canaima (Angel Falls area) 3 days two nights about $2400 includes hotel, flight, and transportation. 3.5x minimum wage and pretty fucking outrageous.

Margarita 3 days 2 nights $1600 (about a 15 minute flight from Caracas)

http://prodavinci.com/blogs/cuanto-costarian-las-aventuras-de-cheverito-en-la-venezuela-real-por-anabella-abadi-y-daniel-ragua/

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Response to Socialistlemur (Reply #12)

Sat Aug 2, 2014, 05:02 PM

14. Very unfavorable exchange rate too

Even with the tourist exchange rate of 12 Bs or so to the dollar, its not an economical vacation when most of the economy uses informal market or black market prices at 50+Bs. Taking out cash for ATM or a credit card you'll get official rate and will drain your wallet. May as well go to Europe, safer and cheaper. Backpacker types can't afford Venezuela, and people with more means avoid Ven due to crime. There are so many more options in Latin America for the foreign tourist.

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Response to Bacchus4.0 (Reply #14)

Sun Aug 3, 2014, 01:13 PM

18. You take your life in your hands--and of course if you get caught "smuggling" dollars in,

they'll arrest you, beat you and take your cash.

If you can get away with it, though, you can make a FORTUNE on the black market.

This is just an idiotic pipe dream--typical of Maduro.

You'd think if the place was so pristine, he could use actual photos of the locations, rather than draw cartoons to represent them; of course, like some of these images reflect, the reality can get a bit ugly.

But back to your point about expense--this article makes your very point:

http://prodavinci.com/blogs/cuanto-costarian-las-aventuras-de-cheverito-en-la-venezuela-real-por-anabella-abadi-y-daniel-ragua/

¿Cuánto costarían las Aventuras de Cheverito en la Venezuela real?; por Anabella Abadi y Daniel Raguá


El Ministerio del Turismo (Mintur) lanzó las Las Aventuras de Cheverito, un cómic protagonizado por un joven dedicado a hacer turismo en Venezuela. En la historieta se puede ver a Cheverito surfeando en la playa, escalando tepuyes y cabalgando en los llanos venezolanos. Así que podemos intuir que, en cada una de sus aventuras, Cheverito se aprovecha de toda la riqueza turística que, sin lugar a dudas, ofrece Venezuela.

Ahora bien: al revisar la historia que se narra en el archivo PDF descargable ofrecido en la página del Ministerio del Turismo, surgen algunas preguntas: ¿qué hace falta y cuánto cuesta viajar dentro de Venezuela al estilo de Cheverito? Veamos cuánto sería si consideramos dos aspectos: los implementos y el equipamiento del viajero y, por otro lado, los destinos y el hospedaje....



Ah, on edit--I see, upthread, you've referenced the same blog--great minds!

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Response to MADem (Reply #18)

Sun Aug 3, 2014, 01:19 PM

19. 50% of rooms at Venetur hotel in Maracaibo have NO a/c

Hotel was expropriated in 2006. Nothing like a little trip to 100 degree Maracaibo without a/c.

http://www.maduradas.com/hecho-en-revolucion-50-de-habitaciones-del-venetur-no-tienen-aires-acondicionados/

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Response to Bacchus4.0 (Reply #19)

Sun Aug 3, 2014, 02:32 PM

20. I'll bring my camera and drive my jeep!!

Who needs a/c? It's an adventure!

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Response to MADem (Reply #20)

Sun Aug 3, 2014, 07:23 PM

21. Your chances of survival are slim to none.

The jeep will make you a prime kidnap candidate. With your camera you bring a bonus. I wouldn't give you 72 hours before you are either shot and killed or find yourself tied up and dropped down a rabbit hole in a small shack in the woods until they can arrange to sell you to the Farc. I hope your family has money to pay your rescue.

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Response to Socialistlemur (Reply #21)

Mon Aug 4, 2014, 03:30 AM

22. Good thing I'm not a professional baseball player! The ransom would be huge!

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Response to MADem (Reply #22)

Mon Aug 4, 2014, 04:56 AM

23. It will be proportional to what they think you are worth

If you show up driving a jeep with foreign plates in Venezuela you would be considered a rich capitalist. I'd say the would ask more than you have, hold you for years while your family holds cookie sales to get you back.

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Response to Bacchus4.0 (Original post)

Mon Aug 4, 2014, 06:08 PM

24. See other adventures of Cheverito here https://twitter.com/HeySoyCheverito

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Response to Bacchus4.0 (Original post)

Tue Aug 5, 2014, 03:39 PM

25. Welp, it was bound to happen at some point

 

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Response to Marksman_91 (Reply #25)

Tue Aug 5, 2014, 06:00 PM

26. haha, of course Cheverito and Blue Ball are chavistas n/t

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Response to Bacchus4.0 (Original post)

Tue Aug 5, 2014, 06:27 PM

27. Cheverito on politics

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