News and Deals: September 28, 2012 – It’s not too early to book Thanksgiving travel, experts say, Ban in India’s tiger reserves hits tourism, Florida tourist chief posted photo of himself making a Nazi salute and Hotels expand in Kenya as business travel surges

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It’s not too early to book Thanksgiving travel, experts say
NBCNews.com

While your barbecue grill hasn’t completely cooled off from heavy use this summer, travel experts say it’s not too early to book your Thanksgiving travel plans.

The holiday, just 55 days away, falls on Nov. 22 this year and always draws tens of millions of Americans to the nation’s airports and roads.

Airfares during the holiday week are slightly higher than last year, FareCompare.com CEO Rick Seaney said in a statement, because airlines assume that demand will be high. Additionally, there have already been a number of domestic airfare hikes this year.

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Ban in India’s tiger reserves hits tourism
Aljazeera.com

India is home to half the world’s tigers, whose numbers are rapidly dwindling.

Now the country’s highest court says the government is not doing enough to protect the endangered animals. So it has temporarily banned tourists from core areas inside tiger reserves.

Tour operators say that puts their livelihoods at risk, while conservationists are saying responsible tourism may actually save the tiger.

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Florida tourist chief posted photo of himself making a Nazi salute
Daily Mail

A Florida tourist chief is under investigation after posting a photo of himself making a Nazi salute in front of a symbol resembling a swastika.

Roland Loog appears smiling as he raises his hand in the salute associated with Adolf Hitler while standing in front of the symbol during a visit to Alabama.

Loog posted the photo on his Facebook page and wrote:’Something strange came over me and I wave in this horrid way.’

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Hotels expand in Kenya as business travel surges
Montreal Gazette

Some of the world’s biggest hotel brands including Marriott, Hilton and Rezidor are planning to open hotels in Kenya to cash in on a surge in business travellers from China and the Middle East to east Africa’s biggest economy.

Interest in Kenya from China and other new markets including India and the United Arab Emirates led to a 15 percent surge in visitors to the country to 1.26 million last year, accounting for about 80 percent of total bookings in Nairobi.

Kenya is racing to improve facilities to meet this growing demand, which has important economic implications – the sector generated foreign exchange earnings of 98 billion shillings ($1.2 billion) last year, second only to tea.

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