Terrorists strike tourists in Egypt...again.
At least 30 people have been killed
, 114 injured today when a truck bomb blew up the Hilton hotel in Taba, Egypt, a resort town in the Sinai. A concurrent explosion
occurred nearby in Nuweiba, Egypt, and early casualty reports there are 4 dead, 40 wounded. The apparent target? The many Israeli families who were vacationing in the area, celebrating Simchas Torah. The less-apparent target? The $4 billion/year 7 million people/year Egyptian tourism industry
, a crucial
part of that country's economy. While this is not the first time
that tourists from Israel have been singled out worldwide, it's also part of a decade-long pattern of mass-casualty terrorist attacks
against tourists from multiple countries within Egypt. Keeping in mind that one of the most devastating economic after-effects of 9/11 was the blow it dealt to air travel
and tourism worldwide
, not to mention close calls
and tragic events
at famed tourist destinations
, is tourism-terrorism
going to become the wave of the future?
posted by Asparagirl
on Oct 7, 2004 -
That most peculiar of spectacles the Fiesta de san Fermín
(Running of the Bulls) seems to still exist and will be going ahead tomorrow. The event is held in parallel with Feria del Toro
(the Bullfighting Fair); the run itself seems to be in the interests of transporting the bulls to the fair while getting them good and angry, confused, scared and weakened
in the process. Being that the event is in honor of Saint Fermín
, when the San Fermín
church strikes 8am, the bulls are released and the runners get underway, trying to avoid them on their just under 1km trip
. On arrival at the Plaza del Toro (Bullring) they are herded into corrals and later released so the crowd can watch the matadors kill them in traditional bullfighting fashion [wmv: 380k | 150k | 56k]
. Of course, many people are not really so keen
on this event; and it seems PETA
will be holding one of their typically daft protests
Can't people just throw tomatoes at each other
posted by ed\26h
on Jul 6, 2004 -
The Exorcist Experience:
U.S. soldier pops The Exorcist
into his portable DVD player and discovers that he's right there, where the opening scenes were filmed. Now the Army (and movie director William Friedkin) plan to back an Exorcist
-themed tourist attraction.
Admission will be $2 or $5 with a kabob lunch.
posted by Holden
on Feb 3, 2004 -
I have to travel the highways and byways of America by car and train a great deal, and its much more fun if you actually see
America on the way. Two of my favorite sites for finding offbeat attractions and tasty eats are By The Way Magazine
and Roadside America
posted by anastasiav
on Sep 22, 2003 -
White house open to tours again
to the public on September 16th-only by reservation that is. How do you get a reservation? Submit your full name
, date of birth
, social security number
and a copy of a photo ID
-to your member of Congress for a security "screening". Visit the house paid for by you
posted by omidius
on Sep 8, 2003 -
Visit Madison, Indiana. Why? We're not New York City!
Sure you can be opportunistic about selling gas masks
if you're an internet entrepreneur, but what if you're a small town in Indiana and you want to cash in on fear of terrorism. Why, tout what you don't have, of course.
"A safe place to visit...When you visit Madison you will discover that we have no tall buildings to fear, no nuclear power plants, airports or anything anyone would want to blow up."
posted by m@
on Aug 15, 2003 -
Walk the Great Wall of China,
or rather, take a virtual stroll through the use of a QTVR-esque java applet along a good stretch of the Wall that seems to be in pretty fair shape. For the vast majority of us that will never get there in person, this is an interesting close up.
posted by jonson
on Aug 11, 2003 -
has an interesting idea about helping out the third world.
The basic mission and strategy of Backpack Nation is to transform the world's dire political situation by sending individual travelers from the developed countries to serve as roving ambassadors to the world's less-wealthy countries.
posted by Karmakaze
on Jun 10, 2003 -
Hooters is coming to San Francisco
Oh My, Hooters
, The ultimate in crass disgusting guy-ness and un-PC-ness is finally coming to San Francisco-the utlimate in PC-ness and "new-age-king-of-guy-ness." Will San Francisco be able to handle it? Granted the self-professed "slightly tacky yet unrefined" Hooters IS going into Fisherman's Wharf, which is tacky tourist-central. But, "it's about so much more than...that..." you know.
posted by aacheson
on May 20, 2003 -
The principality of Liechtenstein
has thought of an innovative way of rasing tourism revenue: Rent the whole country!
Liechtenstein, established by the Holy Roman Empire in 1719 and sovereign since 1806, is among the smallest nations on the planet. It boasts a population around 33,000 living in a nation around 0.9 times the size of Washington DC. Check out the Liechtensteinian homepage.
posted by elwoodwiles
on Feb 8, 2003 -
Jorlon khaan bain ve?
The first stop in Oissubke's trip around the online world is the beautiful
land of Mongolia
. Take a moment to leave the America-centric (not that there's anything wrong with that!) Web and see what the internet looks like from someone else's eyes...
I've tried to pick sites that provide unique and interesting insights into the Mongolian internet, not just whatever Google coughed up for "Mongolia". Unless this post particularly annoys people, I'll plan to continue my journey with Liechtenstein in a few days.
posted by oissubke
on Oct 21, 2002 -
Watch those Waterway in Florida
says the U.S. Coast Guard. Possible terrorist threats include drawing or taking photographs of the shore, being near the shore for a long time, and under no circumstances would any law abiding citizen be doing something as daring and thoroughly terrorist-like as renting a boat
posted by benjh
on Aug 23, 2002 -
Sneaky! Grr . . .
A few months ago, while surfing for wreck diving info, I stumbled upon this page
as a main link entitled Nightlife in the Philippines.
Because it promotes outright trafficking of women, I made a ruckus and sent an email complaining about it to the site admin and our government's Department of Tourism
. (Prostitution, BTW, is illegal in the Philippines.) Shortly afterwards, the site admin removed the main link. So how come it's still on the site via this page?
I know Southeast Asia (the Philippines second only to Thailand, I think) has a rep for cheap beer and
women, but I HATE the fact that many foreigners (like the owners of this shop,
) feel that they can buy anything they want while on vacation in third world countries, and that it's alright to perpetuate the trafficking of Filipino women under the guise of tourism
posted by lillitot
on Apr 13, 2002 -
is the amazing labor of love built solely by Ed Leedskalnin
, a man who claimed to have discovered the "secrets of the pyramids". Did he? We may never know, but this frail, tubercular, 100-pound man managed to quarry, transport, shape, and erect chunks of coral weighing up to 28 tons
by himself, using only the simplest of tools. The castle also includes a nine-ton gate
that is so perfectly balanced it can be opened by a child, and the world's largest valentine
, which weighs in at an incredible 5,000 pounds.
posted by mr_crash_davis
on Feb 14, 2002 -
Svalbard, the Arctic pearl.
It appears Svalbard
has a tourism industry
, a pretty good FAQ
, some cold weather
, but not that cold, since the Gulf Stream terminates there
(scroll down to map).
The Polar bears are being studied for PCB accumulation
, which strikes me as interesting, considering the location of Svalbard
. Granted, it's not out of the way, like Franz Josef Land
, but then they don't have Restaurant Nansen
, do they?
posted by dglynn
on Jan 29, 2002 -
It's not germ warfare...
and it's not terrorism, but it is the strongest argument to put off that Hawaiian vacation this winter to date. Nothing like a little tropical disease to take the shine off of paradise. I wonder what else is passing underneath the radar with this whole war on terror thing.
posted by shagoth
on Oct 15, 2001 -
Rioting in Jamaica.
This one hits very
close to home, as it's where my family is from and where I partially grew up. While the immediate effect of people dying is terrible, the long term effects of this news on tourism (Jamaica's top industry) will probably be devastating to an already poor country.
posted by owillis
on Jul 10, 2001 -
Tourists swimming with the fishes...
Ok, more accurately swimming with sharks. Summer is coming and with it my little coastal town is starting to endure the first surges of tourist crowds. With the changing of the seasons comes the eternal question, just what can you convince tourists to spend money on? I live in great white shark country so it's unlikely that this particular tourist activity will take off locally. However, we have had problems with commercial shark chummers in the past.
posted by rdr
on Apr 15, 2001 -
Yes, but will they have a Quisp Quorner?
Personally, this sounds pretty cool, but it's too dang bad they had to put it in the Mall of America. The higher-ups probably wanted
to build next to the other theme parks in Orlando, but i've heard this wild rumor that Florida's getting a bad rep these days...
posted by NickBarat
on Nov 12, 2000 -
It turns out there are three bike tours
in New York City. You can also run
through the the city. The Super Roll is a lot less tiring than the bike tours or the marathon.
posted by tamim
on Sep 1, 2000 -