Luxury is a word that one would rarely use to describe the current state of accommodations in Ethiopia. Its famous landmarks include the Simien Mountains and Gelada monkeys, the submerged churches of Lalibela, the religiously significant cities of Gondor and Aksum, and the otherworldly Danakil Depression.
Ethiopia is also one of the poorest nations in the world and for many Western tourists its image is tied to the devastating 1980s famine.
Traveling through the region has traditionally been trying, but a new generation of foreign and local industry players are eager for change with hopes that tourism can provide a steady foundation for an economy in flux.
The world’s largest cruise ship, Royal Caribbean’s Symphony of the Seas, will make its debut in the United States when it arrives at Port Canaveral Thursday.
The 6,680-passenger Symphony of the Seas has been offering itineraries in the Mediterranean since first setting sail in April and it will make its home at Royal Caribbean’s new cruise terminal at the Port of Miami.
Flash floods in Jordan have killed 11 people and forced the evacuation of nearly 4,000 tourists from the ancient city of Petra.
Rescue teams and helicopters are searching for five people whose car was swept away in Madaba, south-west of the capital, Amman.
Downpours also triggered a state of emergency in the port city of Aqaba.
After numerous complaints about drunk passengers from budget airlines like Ryanair and easyJet, the British government announced last week that it would review airport licensing rules that allow travelers to get an early start on their holiday boozing.
To be clear: the British Home Office is not looking to completely ban drinking at airports. It is just investigating the possibility of delaying the opening of airport bars until 10 a.m., eliminating the early-morning drinking hours British citizens currently enjoy.Add to Flipboard Magazine.