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  • Some 400 climbers may still be on erupting Indonesia volcano: officials

    09/28/2016 8:53:49 AM PDT · by JimSEA · 29 replies
    Japan Times ^ | 9/28/2016 | Staf
    JAKARTA – At least 389 climbers, including 333 foreigners, might be still on a volcano near the Indonesian resort island of Bali that had erupted Tuesday afternoon, government officials said. Mount Barujari on Lombok Island, which is located east of Bali, erupted at 3 p.m. local time Tuesday, spewing volcanic ash as high as 2 km into the air. The eruption forced the Center for Volcanology and Geological Hazard Mitigation to raise the status of the volcano, which is located inside the caldera of bigger Mount Rinjani, to Level 2. Level 4 is the highest alert. The volcanology agency also...
  • Fukushima nuclear zone 'to become world's next macabre tourist hotspot'

    09/24/2016 3:11:18 PM PDT · by LouieFisk · 22 replies
    Mirror UK ^ | September 24th 2016 | Laura Connor
    Full Title: "Fukushima nuclear zone 'to become world's next macabre tourist hotspot' as visitors get set to don radioactive suits" "The site of the Fukushima nuclear disaster is set to become a bizarre new tourist attraction, as people flock to visit the radioactive exclusion zone."
  • The British Are Coming—to the Deep South

    08/22/2016 10:51:56 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 49 replies
    Condé Nast Traveler ^ | August 22, 2016 | Danica Lo
    The Brits are coming for our po' boys, our music, and our swamp tours. A deep-seated curiosity about America's cultural and political history brings international travelers south, in droves. It will probably come as no surprise that for the more than 3.8 million Brits who travel to the United States each year, their most-visited regions stateside are California and the Northeast. But over the past 18 months, travel agents in the U.K. have noticed a surprising surge in inquiries around trips to the Deep South—making it the third most-requested destination at travel agencies such as Audley, who curate individual itineraries...
  • At Least 12 Tourists Abducted from Mexican Resort City

    08/16/2016 10:44:30 AM PDT · by C19fan · 31 replies
    Breitbart ^ | August 15, 2016 | Ildefonso Ortiz
    Mexican authorities are scrambling to rescue at between 12 and 16 victims who were taken at gunpoint from an upscale restaurant in the resort town of Puerto Vallarta. On Monday afternoon, the Jalisco Prosecutor’s Office confirmed to Breitbart Texas through a prepared statement the ongoing investigation into a large kidnapping.
  • 'Wealthy American tourists' snub France over terror fears

    08/10/2016 7:32:58 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 51 replies ^ | 08 Aug 2016 10:47 GMT+02:00
    Tourists are turning their backs on France due to fears of terrorist attacks, with the wealthiest being the most likely not to come, a government minister has said. It is perhaps inevitable that many of the millions of visitors to France would change their travel plans after repeated terror attacks. But certain groups of tourists are have been put off more than others Overall since the start of 2016 the number of nights spent in France by foreign visitors has dropped by 10 percent. And things are not looking too bright for the months to come with travel data company...
  • In Numbers: How the tourists are deserting France (thanks to terrorism)

    08/10/2016 7:11:38 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 32 replies ^ | 10 Aug 2016 16:04 GMT+02:00
    France feared the repeated terrorist attacks and constant threat would put some of the 85 million annual visitors off coming. Now the evidence is emerging. August 15th is one of the biggest weekends for tourism in France. It’s the height of the summer holidays and a long weekend which pretty much guarantees everyone who can get away will do. It’s a date that those who work in the tourist industry look forward to, but far less so this year as hotel owners, museum managers and restaurant workers all know that many of the usual visitors will stay away. …
  • Tourism Slumps As Immigration Surges In Germany

    08/10/2016 5:10:07 AM PDT · by C19fan · 26 replies
    Breitbart ^ | August 10, 2016 | Virginia Hale
    As the number of migrants requesting asylum in Germany rises on last year’s figure, the country’s tourism industry is suffering. July saw 74,545 people make applications for asylum in Germany, according to the Ministry of the Interior, almost double last year’s figure for the month.
  • Terrorism Scares Away the Tourists Europe Was Counting On

    07/29/2016 7:37:03 AM PDT · by C19fan · 51 replies
    NY Times ^ | July 29, 2016 | Liz Alderman
    The shocks have come one after another: Islamic State killings of civilians in Brussels and Nice. A deadly outburst of terrorism in Germany. A fresh terror-linked atrocity in a small French town. Warnings abound that more may be on the way. The surge of attacks in Europe has raised questions over whether a potentially durable new threat to stability is settling in. The political challenges for Europe’s leaders are stark, and the impact on the region’s economy may be just as profound.
  • A Google Maps Glitch Turned this Korean Fishing Town Into a 'Pokémon Go' Haven

    07/19/2016 6:23:19 PM PDT · by Utilizer · 5 replies
    Motherboard ^ | July 19, 2016 // 11:29 AM EST | Madison Margolin
    A glitch in Google Maps has turned the small fishing town of Sokcho, South Korea, into a Pokémon Go tourist haven. The globally popular mobile game hasn't launched yet in South Korea, but that hasn't stopped clever gamers from finding a way to play it anyways. The city of Sokcho is taking full advantage of it, according to this video by the Wall Street Journal.
  • Zika, other Brazilian problems dull U.S. appetite for Olympics travel

    06/16/2016 11:37:03 AM PDT · by C19fan · 13 replies ^ | June 16, 2016 | Sabrina Eaton
    Problems like the Zika virus, crime and political turmoil are giving tourists second thoughts about travel to Brazil for the 2016 Olympic games, tourism experts say. University of Florida tourism professor Lori Pennington-Gray says advance travel bookings are down from what they were for previous Olympics.
  • About 92K Coloradans to lose Obamacare coverage as insurers drop out, cut back, raise rates

    06/06/2016 2:44:03 PM PDT · by george76 · 36 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | June 6, 2016 | Valerie Richardson
    More than 92,000 Coloradans will lose their Obamacare health care coverage in 2017 as four leading insurance companies scale back or eliminate their plans while others propose rate hikes of as much as 40 percent. Insurance holders with individual plans through Anthem, UnitedHealthCare, Humana and Rocky Mountain Health Plans will need to find new coverage for the 2017 coverage year, according to a Monday statement from the Colorado Division of Insurance. ... the news came as a devastating blow to the state’s already-shaky insurance market. Colorado is one of 14 states that opted to launch its own Obamacare exchange instead...
  • Gas Prices To Remain Low This Summer

    05/31/2016 3:47:11 PM PDT · by bananaman22 · 18 replies ^ | 31-05-2016 | Geiger
    It’s easy for U.S. drivers to forget the high gas prices in recent years after the ultra-lows seen only months ago, but prices going into the summer months of 2016 are still well below what they were this time last year, and the lowest price heading into the summer months since 2009. Despite a recent uptick in the price per barrel of oil—up $20 since the last week of January 2016—U.S. drivers will still enjoy the low gas prices this summer. The spot price for WTI crude oil is still significantly lower than this time last year, trading today at...
  • Foreign Tourists Stay Away From Turkey in Record Numbers [Bloomberg Link Only]

    05/27/2016 8:08:40 AM PDT · by C19fan · 21 replies
    Bloomberg [Link in Body] ^ | May 27, 2016 | Selcan Hacaoglu, Onur Ant, and Constantine Courcoulas
  • Egypt's tourism industry 'one disaster from being finished' after MS804 crash, say experts

    05/19/2016 7:24:23 AM PDT · by C19fan · 51 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | May 19, 2016 | Qin Xie
    After a decade of political turmoil and the downing of a holiday jet last year, tourism in Egypt was left in a desperate state - so will the MS804 tragedy sound the death knell for the industry? Figures from February this year show that visitor numbers to Egypt practically halved and the average number of nights spent in the country is down by 67.2 per cent compared to 2015. The country's tourism industry, says one expert, is now one disaster away from being finished altogether.
  • Donald Trump Jr. On The Record: Why Trump International Hotels And Residences Are Still Winning

    05/06/2016 1:26:04 PM PDT · by Beautiful_Gracious_Skies · 7 replies
    Forbes / Lifestyle ^ | May 2, 2016 | Peter Taylor
    Days before a critical Indiana primary that could sew up the presidential nomination for the “presumptive” Republican party nominee, the candidate’s eldest son, who is also his current campaign surrogate and Executive Vice President of the Trump Organization, isn’t interested in talking politics at all..... If all of these Trump business traits—passion, hard work, getting your hands dirty—sound distinctly similar to many of the themes Donald Sr. is hammering home on the Republican campaign trail it’s because they’ve run in the family for decades—and Don Jr. isn’t shy about telling voters as much. Presidential campaigns have a habit of throwing...
  • Tourists are trashing Shanghai Disney, but it's not even open

    05/05/2016 10:32:03 AM PDT · by drop 50 and fire for effect · 16 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 05, 2016 | Fox News Travel
    The Shanghai Disney Resort, the first Disney park in mainland China, is scheduled to open on June 16, but tourists apparently can’t wait another month to do what tourists often do – behave badly. Disney Town, located adjacent to the park, opened to the public on Monday – China’s Labor Day – and, according to the South China Morning Post, the behavior of visitors left a lot to be desired.
  • Common sense and volcano tourism

    04/20/2016 8:08:58 PM PDT · by JimSEA · 10 replies
    AGU Blogosphere ^ | 4/19/2016 | Jessica Bell
    It’s not very often that I comment on news articles, but a reader of the blog recently brought this one to my attention, and it hits close to home. The article is in the Washington Post’s Travel section and is entitled, “In Guatemala, a treacherous hike to one of the world’s most active volcanoes”. That title pretty much covers why I’m so upset – and conflicted – about the author of the piece is writing about. Anyone who knows me knows that I love volcanoes. BUT. I can’t stress enough that the Santiaguito hikes, conducted in this manner, ARE NOT...
  • Employees at Kentucky's new Noah's Ark attraction must be Christian and 'profess Christ as [tr]

    04/15/2016 6:10:20 AM PDT · by C19fan · 30 replies
    AP ^ | April 15, 2016 | Staff
    Want to serve food or operate rides at Kentucky's new Noah's Ark attraction? Then you must first pledge your Christianity. The theme park will be searching for 300 to 400 workers to fill food service, ticketing and other theme park-related positions at the 510-foot long Ark Encounter before it opens in July. Ken Ham, founder of the ministry Answers in Genesis, says employees will be required to sign a statement saying they're Christian and 'profess Christ as their savior'.
  • Puffery or Proof? The Business of Tourism Subsidy 'Budget Justification'

    04/05/2016 6:56:42 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 1 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 4/1/2016 | Michael LaFaive
    For a number of years, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation has purchased reports from a Canadian company called Longwoods International that purport to show very high returns from state spending on tourism ads. But these reports have a stunning lack of transparency that makes the uses to which they are put inappropriate and even patronizing to legislators and the people they represent. The MEDC is the agency in charge of this state’s business subsidy programs, including tourism promotion. Its most recent contract with Longwoods generated a report that claimed the “Pure Michigan” advertising campaign has increased state tax collections by...
  • Priceline unit strikes Cuba deal for Americans

    03/21/2016 2:36:04 PM PDT · by C19fan · 6 replies
    Reuters ^ | March 21, 2016 | Mimi Dwyer
    Priceline Group has agreed with Cuba to make Cuban hotel rooms available to U.S. customers via subsidiary, becoming the first U.S. online travel agency to strike a deal with the island's government, a executive said. The deal comes on the first full day of U.S. President Barack Obama's visit to Cuba and on the heels of U.S. hotel firm Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide's agreement with the Cuban government to manage and market three Havana hotel properties.
  • Turkey Shocked At Lack Of Russian Tourists

    02/23/2016 7:07:23 PM PST · by DeathBeforeDishonor1 · 23 replies
    Sott ^ | 2/23/2016
    Turkish PM Ahmed Davutoglu said the government expects Russian tourists to come despite tensions between Ankara and Moscow, as shrinkage in the sector was "unexpected." Russia earlier urged tourists not to visit Turkey, citing security concerns. Speaking at a news conference on Monday, Davutoglu announced an action plan to provide support for the tourism industry, including an $87-million government grant and setting up a facility to allow travel firms to restructure their debts. "We believe Russian tourists will start coming back to Turkey," he was quoted as saying by the Daily Sabah, an English-language newspaper published in Turkey. Davutoglu added...
  • Florida Attorney General investigating rental car companies for fees added to toll charges

    02/21/2016 5:11:34 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 20 replies
    WPTV ^ | February 19, 2016 | Jenn Strathman
    WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - Take a drive on Florida's toll road. It's not how far you go that determines what you pay. We found it may be the car you drive. "I was mad going on vacation with my wife," explained Steve Pasek. For Pasek, the memories of his Florida vacation are as fresh as the snow back in Ohio. He declined the rental car company's toll service. With the rental car company's automated billing services, you are billed weeks after you return the car. A third party company is used to send you the bill. While Pasek declined...
  • World's oldest aircraft carrier to be converted into luxury hotel

    02/12/2016 6:44:29 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 29 replies
    The Khaleej Times ^ | February 10, 2016 | P S Jayaram
    The world's oldest aircraft carrier INS Viraat will be converted into a hotel to attract tourists after it is decommissioned from service later this year. The Defence Ministry has approved a proposal from Andhra Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation (APTDC) to convert the Centaur-class aircraft carrier into a hotel. The decision was conveyed to the state authorities on the sidelines of the International Fleet Review (IFR- 2016) at the coastal Andhra city of Visakhapatnam. The state government has drawn up plans to convert Viraat into a 500-room hotel, the Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu said. The warship would be docked at...
  • Zika virus taking a bite out of tourism in Puerto Rico

    02/04/2016 12:36:52 PM PST · by rrstar96 · 2 replies ^ | February 4, 2016 | NotiUno
    (English translation) The tourism industry in Puerto Rico has begun to feel the impact of [the] Zika [virus]. Hotel & Tourism Association President Clarisa Jimenez told the newspaper El Vocero that some hotels have reported cancellations after the island was included among scores of countries under the World Health Organization alert declaring the disease a global public-health emergency. The cancellations have been mainly for trips related to so-called destination weddings since guests have included pregnant women, a population for whom public-health authorities have recommended special caution. According to Jimenez, it is still too difficult to estimate the economic impact of...
  • Survey: Religious objections law cost Indiana as much as $60 million

    01/26/2016 4:41:49 PM PST · by Gandalf the Mauve · 21 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 1-26-16 | Brian Slodysko
    Indiana may have lost as much as $60 million in hotel profits, tax revenue and other economic benefits when a dozen groups decided against hosting conventions in Indianapolis last year due at least in part to the controversy surrounding the state's religious objections law. A document prepared by the tourism group Visit Indy shows that the 12 out-of-state groups were surveyed and all said that the state's controversial law played a role in their decision to hold their events elsewhere. The document was obtained by The Associated Press ahead of its formal release Thursday. The Republican-backed law garnered quick and...
  • 6 Shocking New Discoveries About Jesus of Nazareth

    12/22/2015 11:32:34 AM PST · by amorphous · 29 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 22 Dec 2015 | Robert J. Hutchinson
    The entrance to the Mary of Nazareth International Center in central Nazareth doesn't look like much. It's just a simple doorway off narrow Casa Nova Street, a few hundred yards from the Basilica of the Annunciation. Yet inside this recently built Catholic evangelism center lies an amazing discovery that has sent shockwaves through the world of Biblical archaeology: the remains of a first-century stone house reliably dated to the early Roman period in Palestine. The Nazareth excavations are the first concrete archaeological proof that Nazareth was settled in the time of Jesus - and, judging from the limestone cups found...
  • Polluted nuclear weapons site to become tourist destination

    12/22/2015 12:50:19 PM PST · by PROCON · 20 replies
    AP ^ | Dec. 20, 2015 | NICHOLAS K. GERANIOS
    SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) -- The nation's most polluted nuclear weapons production site is now its newest national park. Thousands of people are expected next year to tour the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, home of the world's first full-sized nuclear reactor, near Richland, about 200 miles east of Seattle in south-central Washington. They won't be allowed anywhere near the nation's largest collection of toxic radioactive waste.
  • Rental car toll fees stir backlash that threatens Florida’s image

    12/16/2015 11:08:36 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 55 replies
    The Miami Herald ^ | October 29, 2015 | Steve Bousquet
    TALLAHASSEE Visitors to Florida who rent cars are being shocked by toll charges long after they get home, and enough are complaining that legislators say it could damage the state’s tourist-friendly image. In Florida, a tourist climbs behind the wheel of a rental car and enters a world of 600 miles of toll roads, more than any other state. As cash toll booths are steadily giving way to cashless, all-electronic tolling, car renters are being hit with service fees of $4 to $15 a day on top of unpaid toll charges. The rental car industry calls it a convenience as...
  • Tourism, Spending Likely to See Biggest Economic Impact of Paris Attacks(Don't buy airline stocks)

    11/16/2015 12:40:01 PM PST · by bestintxas · 3 replies
    fox news ^ | 11/16/15 | v craig
    The human impact from Friday’s terrorist attacks in Paris is immeasurable. As the world mourns the loss of life and the threat of terrorism, analysts say there’s no doubt fear will ricochet through the global economy. But they have varying opinions about the degree to which it will likely be felt not just in France, but as far away as the United States. France’s tourism industry is likely to take the biggest immediate punch from Friday’s gruesome events. According to 2014 data from the International Monetary Fund, France is the world’s sixth-largest economy – the second-biggest in the eurozone, and...
  • Killing of Mexican Tourists in Egypt: How Did the Tragedy Happen?

    09/19/2015 10:51:42 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 12 replies
    Al Alarabiya ^ | Friday, 18 September 2015 | Sonia Farid
    The killing of 12 people, eight of whom were Mexican nationals, in Egypt’s Western Desert is an incident like no other for several reasons. Egypt has seen cases of terrorists killing tourists, and security forces killing terrorists. But this time it was security forces killing tourists. The reason for the attack, which also injured six other Mexicans, and four Egyptians, is that security forces mistook the tourists, their guides and drivers for militants. The controversy was taken to another level when victims were said to have ventured into a restricted area. Each relevant state authority absolved itself of contributing to...
  • Key West Man Arrested For Plotting To Use Weapon Of Mass Destruction

    07/28/2015 1:42:46 PM PDT · by ruralvoter · 46 replies
    CBS Miami ^ | 7/28/15 | Staff
    A South Florida man has been charged with attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction in Key West. According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Harlem Suarez, a/k/a “Almlak Benitez,” 23, of Key West was posting extremist rhetoric on his Facebook page which promoted the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), a foreign terrorist organization. That caught the attention of the FBI. The criminal complaint states Suarez told an undercover FBI informant that he wanted to make a “timer bomb.” Suarez bought galvanized nails, which were to be hidden in a backpack and remotely detonated by cell phone,...
  • Greek banks down to €500m in cash reserves as economy crashes

    07/02/2015 7:18:44 PM PDT · by familyop · 34 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 02 Jul 2015 | Ambrose Evans-Pritchard
    The party's hardline chief and defence minister, Panos Kammenos, dismissed them contemptuously. "We are at war and there will be no backing down. Whoever does not have the stomach for war, be gone," he said... Mr Varoufakis vowed to resign if the Greek people voted yes. "I prefer to cut off my own arm rather than sign an agreement without debt restructuring," he told Bloomberg TV. He said there is not a "smidgeon of an iota of possibility" that the terms on offer can lift the Greek economy out of a deflationary tailspin, insisting that the talks broke down because...
  • Steve Forbes Pens Open Letter to Greek Leaders; Greece Can Teach The World A Needed Lesson

    07/01/2015 6:29:09 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    The Pappas Post ^ | 03/05/2015 | BY GREGORY PAPPAS
    Former US Presidential candidate and publisher of Forbes Magazine, Steve Forbes, used the platform of his magazine to pen an open letter to the prime minister and finance minister of Greece, Alexis Tsipras and Yanis Varoufakis. The full text of his letter appears below. ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Dear Prime Minister Tsipras and Finance Minister Varoufakis: You may have won a four-month reprieve of sorts from your creditors, but your situation is desperate, and everyone knows it, most particularly Europe’s paymasters, the Germans. As you just painfully learned, your ability to blackmail your creditors is a fraction of what it once was. Businesses,...
  • Baltimore tourism industry tries to put riots in rear view mirror (Good luck with that!)

    06/14/2015 1:15:21 PM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 67 replies
    In the wake of months of unrest and a record month of murders, Baltimore may be a tough sell to potential vacationers as a destination for care-free summer fun. That won't stop hotels, restaurants, attractions and city officials in Charm City, who insist they are up for the challenge. For Baltimore's economy, the stakes are high. About 80,000 local jobs are dependent on the tourism industry, and close to 24 million tourists visited the city and spent $5.15 billion in 2013, a 2.2 percent increase in visitor spending over the year before.
  • Note to Michigan's Tourism Lobbyist: GEICO Pays For Its Own Advertising and You Should Too

    06/12/2015 9:07:58 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 3 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 6/12/2015 | Michael LaFaive
    The Michigan Lodging and Tourism Industry Association has issued a statement disagreeing with the Mackinac Center for Public Policy over an argument that the center did not make. The association says it is responding to a new Mackinac Center analysis that finds government tourism promotion an ineffective use of taxpayers dollars. However, the association’s response does not address the evidence or methodology presented in the Mackinac Center analysis, presents no evidence of its own to rebut the findings, and makes no argument relevant to the issue of government funding PR campaigns that benefit a particular industry. The trade group's statement...
  • State Tourism Spending Ineffective

    06/12/2015 7:49:13 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 8 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 6/8/2015 | Michael LaFaive
    Government spending on tourism — including the popular “Pure Michigan” commercials — do not create net new jobs for the Great Lake State. The taxpayer resources spent on tourism marketing should be redirected elsewhere, such as to repairing Michigan’s roads or cutting the personal income tax. We developed a statistical model designed to analyze the impact of state tourism spending on economic growth as measured by employment between 1973 and 2012. We used employment and tourism spending data from the U.S. Census Bureau and the U.S. Department of Labor for the 48 contiguous states. The model, described below, shows that...

    06/08/2015 9:36:35 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 31 replies
    New Times ^ | 6/8/15 | DEIRDRA FUNCHEON
    For months, hype has been building about a set of 15 giant sculptures that were built and designed to be sunk yesterday off the coast of Deerfield Beach, making an artificial reef for scuba divers to explore. These pieces were eight to 22 feet tall and designed as replicas of the mysterious heads at Easter Island, also known as Rapa Nui. But things took a bizarre turn when the barge carrying the sculptures tipped over and sunk on top of them, crushing them all.
  • Aging Hippies Can Buy Children in Cuba for the Price of a Happy Meal

    05/26/2015 6:23:14 PM PDT · by CharlesOConnell · 15 replies
    Letter to Congressman Tom McClintock, CA 4th District | 5/26/2015 | Charles O'Connell
    Letter to Cogressman Tom McClintock, California 4th District Please raise Congressman McClintock's concern regarding the issue of sex tourism to Cuba with his colleagues on committees concerned with suppression of international sex tourism from the US.Please see the search string "Daniel Greenfield Cuba Sex Tourism" for evidence of concern to Federal agencies charged with enforcement against organized international pedophilia. At The Death of the Left it is possible to read: "The embargo didn’t turn Cuba into a hellhole whose main tourism industry is inviting progressive Canadian pedophiles to rape its children. Castro did that with help from the dead guy...
  • City in the sky: world's biggest hotel to open in Mecca

    05/25/2015 12:05:26 AM PDT · by Cronos · 27 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 22 May 2015 | Oliver Wainwright
    <p>Four helipads will cluster around one of the largest domes in the world, like sideplates awaiting the unveiling of a momentous main course, which will be jacked up 45 storeys into the sky above the deserts of Mecca. It is the crowning feature of the holy city’s crowning glory, the superlative summit of what will be the world’s largest hotel when it opens in 2017.</p>
  • Why It's Wise to Ride an Elephant When You Visit Phuket

    05/09/2015 11:13:37 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 18 replies
    PhuketWan ^ | Sunday, May 10, 2015 | John Everingham
    PHUKET: If you wish to help an elephant in Phuket, jump onto its back. Ride it. Buy it some bananas or sugar cane. If this seems a little demeaning to the elephant, remember its meagre alternatives; begging or going hungry. In Phuket elephants are sometimes seen in the streets, performing tricks to entertain people, begging and even going to sleep hungry. The elephants that carry tourists on short treks through the forest - and get sufficient to eat each day - are the lucky ones. These are not just animals in humiliation, they are beasts in real danger. Some experts...
  • See The Constitution While You Still Can

    04/22/2015 4:17:09 PM PDT · by Bigg Red · 31 replies
    self ^ | April 22, 2015 | self
    Please, if you are able, visit Washington, D.C., and see the Constitution and the Bill of Rights before Obamugabe has them shredded. When you visit the National Archives you will find them housed in the same room as the Declaration of Independence. Although I am a Boomer who has lived in Maryland all of her life, I just saw these precious documents for the first time yesterday. Embarrassed that it has taken me so long. We just spent a week at a DC-area private campground, a fairly affordable alternative to staying in a hotel. I highly recommend this place, Cherry...
  • Obama’s Earth Day trek to Fla. to highlight climate change

    04/18/2015 5:48:11 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 18, 2015 11:23 AM EDT | Nedra Pickler
    President Barack Obama plans to celebrate Earth Day by visiting the Florida Everglades. In his weekly radio and Internet address Saturday, Obama says “there’s no greater threat to our planet than climate change.” He says he’ll visit the Everglades on Wednesday to talk about how global warming threatens the U.S. economy. He says rising sea levels are putting the “economic engine for the South Florida tourism industry” at risk. …
  • 2 American tourists charged over names carved into Colosseum, in latest act of vandalism

    03/12/2015 9:50:14 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 29 replies
    Carabinieri Captain Lorenzo Iacobone said Monday two tourists from California, ages 21 and 25, were picked up Saturday for carving their names eight centimeters (three inches) high into an upper level of the Colosseum. They were freed later but will face trial for aggravated damage to a monument. Iacobone said the young women apologized for the vandalism, but he said such acts "are extremely serious, and no one considers the damage they are creating."
  • How Medical Tourism Could Save Us All Money

    02/22/2015 8:31:54 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 26 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 2-22-15 | John Graham
    One of the most under-reported medical success stories in recent years has been the increase in medical tourism: traveling abroad to get high-quality care at a fraction of what it would cost in the United States. The same Lasik eye surgery that might cost $4,400 here (for both eyes) is available in India, for example, for $500, according to the Medical Tourism Association. A heart-valve replacement that might cost $170,000 in the United States could cost less than $30,000 in Israel. While going overseas for care isn’t for most people, it certainly should make us wonder why we don’t encourage...
  • Did anybody tell Rep. Pelosi about the hotel that she stayed in Cuba?

    02/20/2015 9:30:34 AM PST · by jazusamo · 38 replies
    American Thinker ^ | February 20, 2015 | Silvio Canto, Jr.
    We understand that Nancy Pelosi is married to a very successful businessman in California. We are very happy that the Pelosi family has enjoyed the fruits of capitalism. Of course, they've enjoyed those fruits because they live in a country that respects property rights and does not confiscate businesses. This week, Rep Pelosi went to Cuba and stayed at the Hotel Saratoga. Let me share this from our good friends at Capitol Hill Cubans: "The Hotel Saratoga is a beautiful neoclassical structure in Old Havana. It was purchased in 1939 by Blanco Lopez and Co., headed by Jose Blanco and...
  • VANITY--Trip To NOLA Recommendations

    02/16/2015 2:13:39 PM PST · by AbolishCSEU · 62 replies
    Planning a 4 day trip to New Orleans. Tourism Suggestions please?
  • That's not London Bridge! Fed-up local trolls hapless tourists who mislabel Tower Bridge in

    02/06/2015 6:39:07 AM PST · by C19fan · 33 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | February 6, 2015 | Sarah Gordon
    It is one of the most common mistakes made by tourists visiting the capital - referring to beautiful Tower Bridge as London Bridge. But a father-of-one has found the mislabelling of the iconic landmark so frustrating, he has launched a one-man campaign to correct tourists from around the world. Charles Lawley, from London, trawls Instagram looking for users who have who have made the mistake as he gets a kick out of correcting them. His typical reply is 'That's Tower Bridge not London Bridge.'
  • First gay tour of Auschwitz announced

    02/03/2015 7:24:31 PM PST · by NetAddicted · 37 replies
    Gaystarnews ^ | 2/2/2015 | Jamie Tabberer
    Israeli travel group Hebro Travel is to hold the first gay tour of WWII concentration camp Auschwitz, it's been revealed. The tour is marketed as 'The Poland and Prague pride trip'. In addition to the visit to the historical site, the trip – taking place from 7-16 August – will take in various Jewish heritage tours, also visiting Krakow and Warsaw before ending up in Prague for the Czech Republic's Pride Festival. Jayson Littman, founder of Hebro Travel – a company for 'gay Jews and those who love us' – last week told the Jewish Daily: 'I knew I was...
  • Irish police officer shot while visiting New Orleans.

    02/01/2015 9:03:26 AM PST · by shemyk344 · 24 replies
    nola The Times-Picayune ^ | 1/28/15 | Carlie Kollath Wells
    NOPD said the 30-year-old victim, who Irish media have identified as Hanrahan, was approached by a gunman in the 2200 block of New Orleans Street. The gunman demanded money, and the victim refused.
  • Greece's radical new leader declares war on country's all-inclusive resorts visited

    01/27/2015 7:33:58 AM PST · by C19fan · 56 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | January 27, 2015 | Hannah Roberts and Jenny Stanton
    Greece's new radical Prime Minister has declared war on the country's all-inclusive holiday resorts and vowed to limit them. All-you-can-eat breakfast buffets and unlimited cocktails and ouzo by the pool could become a thing of the past in Greece despite the all-inclusive travel industry, that brings in £1.5billion for the country. Alexis Tsipras, leader of the triumphant anti-bailout party Syriza, believes such deals 'alienate tourists from the local economy' by keeping them behind resort gates and away from local businesses and attractions. He has warned that contracts with large resort chains will be reviewed and deals to sell public land...