News and Deals: May 13, 2013 – Responsible tourism valued at Indaba, Epecuen, Argentina’s ‘Atlantis’ Reemerges As A Tourist Destination, Airlines look to make a killing, without informing you of extra charges and SeaWorld Orlando brings Antarctica’s penguins to Florida

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Responsible tourism valued at Indaba

Delegates at this weekend’s Tourism Indaba will contribute to the future sustainability of tourism in Cape Town when they vote for the beneficiary of a development prize which will be awarded by the City of Cape Town and Cape Town Tourism respectively.

A winner of the responsible tourism tree is expected to receive a whopping R20 000 in funding from the City of Cape Town and a further R15 000 in marketing support from Cape Town Tourism in order to take their Responsible Tourism project to the next level.

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Epecuen, Argentina’s ‘Atlantis’ Reemerges As A Tourist Destination
Huffington Post UK

An abandoned village which spent 25 years submerged under water is re-emerging as an unlikely tourist destination.

Inhabitants of lakeside spa resort Epecuen in Argentina were forced to flee their homes in 1985 when rising water levels broke through an earthen dam, slowly sinking the village like a modern day Atlantis.

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Airlines look to make a killing, without informing you of extra charges

Airlines are scrambling to charge for small things like priority seats, check-in at counters where you may not need to stand in a long queue and some have already lowered baggage allowance for domestic travel. But here’s the funny part: no one is willing to talk about these charges.

If you are flying an LCC this week, take a few minutes to browse the airline’s website and see which services are being offered for what charges, else you may get an unpleasant surprise at the airport.

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SeaWorld Orlando brings Antarctica’s penguins to Florida

There’s nothing quite like being among a huge colony of cold-weather penguins as they plunge into the water in fine torpedo-like fashion, waddle to and fro and chatter with one another. For starters: It’s really noisy.

“If you listen close, each species has a different type of vocalization,” says Mike Boos, vice president of zoological operations at SeaWorld Orlando.

Some make dolphin-style squeaks, others honk with gusto, and many let out sounds reminiscent of Chewbacca. On top of that, they are quite curious. “They all greet you in their own unique way,” he says. “They just want to come over and see what you’re doing.”

Typically, people have to travel to far-flung locales to score this type of quality time with Gentoo, King, Adelie and Rockhopper penguins. But come May 24, when SeaWorld opens its new Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin attraction, they need only to head to Orlando.

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