News and Deals: August 7, 2013 – Tourists leave Egypt as protests rage, IHG’s new EVEN fitness hotel brand hits the suburbs, Huge Fire Shuts Down Nairobi’s International Airport and Hair Robbery Is The New Trend In Venezuela

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Tourists leave Egypt as protests rage
New Zealand Herald

By Giza’s Great Pyramids, souvenir vendors wait restlessly in the shade, watching for the handful of tourists who still make their way down the empty street to the once-bustling landmark.

The 2011 revolution that toppled dictator Hosni Mubarak dealt a severe blow to the country’s tourist industry, once a mainstay of Egypt’s economy.

And things have gone from bad to worse since June, when violent protests broke out against president Mohamed Morsi. On July 3, the army ousted the Islamist leader, leading to further deadly violence and an ongoing standoff between the two sides.

The tour buses that lined the streets around the pyramids have disappeared.

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IHG’s new EVEN fitness hotel brand hits the suburbs
USA TODAY

InterContinental Hotels Group has chosen suburban locations outside of Washington, D.C., and New York City for its next two EVEN Hotels, a new brand devoted to wellness and fitness.

This week, global hotel giant IHG signed deals to convert properties in Rockville, Md., and Norwalk, Conn., into EVEN Hotels. That brings the number of EVEN Hotels scheduled to be open by 2015 to four.

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Huge Fire Shuts Down Nairobi’s International Airport
New York Times

The Kenyan authorities ordered the closure on Wednesday of Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, the busiest in the country, after a huge fire broke out and spread to the international arrivals area, officials said.

The blaze shut down one of East Africa’s most important transportation hubs, with only emergency landings permitted. The fire started at around 5 a.m., when many flights to and from Europe and elsewhere are scheduled. It was contained after several hours, Kenyan officials said, but there was no indication of when the airport would reopen.

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Hair Robbery Is The New Trend In Venezuela
Huffington Post

Venezuelans now need to worry about their hair.

Women in the city of Maracaibo in Venezuela should be careful when wearing their hair down. According to local news sources, a group known as “piranhas” are now stealing women’s hair — and they prefer it straight.

The robbers will hold women at gunpoint in malls and tell them to tie their hair into a ponytail so that they can then cut it off and sell it to beauty salons as hair extensions, according to Venezuelan digital newspaper Informe 21.

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