New 7 Wonders Tensions
You might remember that a guy with a bright idea and an urge to travel around the world for a long time (at someone else's expense) came up with the idea of voting for the world's New 7 Wonders, with it all winding up on 7/7/07. As the tour progresses, some nominated wonders are not acting so wonderfully.
Egyptians in particular are unhappy that their pyramids were nominated at all. They think as the only surviving ancient wonders of the world, the pyramids don't need the humiliation of being involved in a vote where they have only a 1 in 3 chance of ending up a Wonder--Egyptian government officials even refused to meet with the New 7 Wonders team.Meanwhile down in Sydney, tourism officials are campaigning for people to vote for the the Sydney Opera House as it languishes in the bottom 7 of the 21 nominated wonders, according to recent voting updates. And the Peruvian government has paid for posters on city streets to urge locals to vote for Macchu Pichu. Might the New 7 Wonders just be a matter of who has the best marketing? Not that we'd be cynical about this, of course.
· Egypt Derides 7 Wonders Contest [Washington Post]
· Peru Pushes for Inca City [MercoPress]
· The New 7 Wonders [Jaunted]