Travel News: February 22, 2019

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Libya’s ancient ruins blighted by theft, shunned by tourists
Reuters

The deserted souvenir shops and cafes on the mountainous road leading to the 2,600-year-old site are the only reminder that this used to be a major tourist destination.

Looting has hit Libya’s archaeological sites since the overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, when the country descended into turmoil with rival administrations competing for control.

Cyrene is one of five of UNESCO’s World Heritage sites in the North African country listed for their outstanding value. Others include the ruins of the Roman city of Leptis Magna, and Sabratha, both in western Libya.

 

Corinthia Hotels Plans to Introduce New Luxury Hotel in Moscow
Luxury Travel Advisor

IHI plc, the owners of the Corinthia Hotels Group, announced a Corinthia Hotel & Residences project in Moscow. Located along Moscow’s main avenue between the Kremlin and Red Square, the property will become a luxury Corinthia Hotel with an element of high-end retail along the street.

IHI is acquiring a minority share in a company with a group of investors in order to purchase a property at 10 Tverskaya. The group currently has permits in hand to allow for up to 462,800 square feet of development behind the retained frontage. In addition to the luxury Corinthia Hotel, the consortium plans to create branded serviced apartments.

 

Violent street protests in Haiti hit tourism industry
FRANCE 24

With flaming barricades and widespread looting, 10 days of street violence in Haiti have all but buried a tourism industry that managed to resurrect itself after a devastating earthquake in 2010.

Ugly, violent footage beamed around the world has again sent the message that this impoverished Caribbean country is politically unstable and no place to go on vacation.

The final straw was the helicopter evacuation last week of 100-odd Canadian tourists trapped as angry protesters demanded the resignation of the president, whom they accuse of corruption.

 

American Airlines passengers can take helicopters to skip airport lines, traffic
USA Today

American Airlines is letting passengers arrive at the airport faster via a private helicopter − if they’re willing to pay handsomely, that is.

Customers who participate in American Airlines’ Five Star Service program in Los Angeles and New York can use Blade, a digitally powered aviation company, for their private helicopter needs.

The service doesn’t come cheap, however: A private aircraft alone today (Feb. 19) from downtown Los Angeles to Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) starts at $1,995

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