Myanmar Earthquake Damages Famous Bagan Temples

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/26/2016, 4:00 AM

Bagan Temples following Wednesday's earthquake in Myanmar (photo: baganurbanadventures/Instagram) Wednesday's 6.8-magnitude earthquake in Myanmar killed at least one person and damaged about 60 historic Buddhist temples in the ancient city of Bagan, a major archaeological site and one of the country's top tourist destinations. Built between the 10th and 14th centuries, the pagodas...

Sydney Opera House Getting a $202 Million Renovation

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/22/2016, 4:00 AM

(photo by Bkamprath/Wikimedia Commons) The Sydney Opera House is unquesionably one of Australia's most iconic sights—if we're talking manmade landmarks, it probably tops the list. But let's be honest: few who visit the architectural stunner come back raving about how entertained they were. Most just snap a photo or two (or 30). That could change in the not too distant future, ...

30-Acre Re-Creation of The Flintstones' Bedrock Can Be Yours

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 08/11/2016, 8:00 AM

It’s a real estate opportunity that comes along once in a Stone Age: You can be the proud owner of a full-scale, real-life version of Bedrock from the classic animated sitcom “The Flintstones.”   The 30-acre spread, a master architecture class in mid-century Road Trip Folly, comes complete with a gift shop, a diner serving 5¢ coffee, RV park, campground, and a full-size brontosaurus wi...

UK Tourism Boom Following Brexit and Falling Pound

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/10/2016, 12:30 PM

Looks like Brexit has given a short-term boost to tourism in the United Kingdom.  Flight bookings to the UK have surged since June, following a sharp drop in the pound after Britain's vote to leave the European Union. Overall, the number of flights booked to the UK are up 4.3% compared to last summer. Bookings from Hong Kong jumped by 30%, while they've increased by 9% from the U.S. an...

Italy Fining Beachgoers for Reserving Spots with Towels and Chairs

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/09/2016, 1:15 PM

The Italian coastguard has had it with people leaving towels, chairs, and umbrellas on Italy's beaches overnight in order to save prime spots for the next day.  Along the coast from Tuscany to Sardinia, authorities have begun seizing gear left unattended in the early morning hours and fining those responsible to the tune of 200 euros (about $222), as part of an initiative called Operation ...

Price Hike and Dress Code Announced at Angkor Wat

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/08/2016, 12:00 PM

If you plan to visit Angkor Wat soon, be prepared for higher ticket prices and a stricter dress code. The price of admission to the Cambodian temple complex will be increasing by almost double in February, when single-day passes will go from $20 to $37. As of last week, visitors are also being asked to cover their shoulders and knees at all times while onsite out of respect for Angkor's sa...

Nashville Airport to Get $1.2 Billion Revamp

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/03/2016, 12:30 PM

Nashville International Airport is undergoing a massive renovation to the tune of $1.2 billion.  The overhaul will expand or improve pretty much every part of the facility. Plans call for new parking garages, a new hotel, and expanded ticketing, baggage claim, and concourse areas. A spacious new entrance hall will be dubbed the Grand Ole Lobby. Officials say the move comes in response ...

Houston's Cruise Project Sinks for Good

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 08/01/2016, 11:45 AM

Looks like Houston's hopes of becoming a cruise destination have finally sunk for good. Port of Houston authorities voted last week to seek another use for the city's Bayport Cruise Terminal, which has sat empty since April, when Norwegian Cruise Line and Princess Cruises stopped setting sail from there. Port commissioners had offered the lines a slew of incentives to the tune of $6.7 mill...

International Tourism Boom in South Africa

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 07/28/2016, 12:45 PM

South Africa experienced an international tourism boom in the first five months of the year, according to the country's Tourism Ministry. The number of travelers from places like the United States and Germany visiting South African game parks, beaches, and vineyards was up 19% compared to last year. The surge can largely be attributed to South Africa's falling currency, spurred on by econo...

21 New UNESCO World Heritage Sites Announced

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 07/19/2016, 11:45 AM

The UNESCO World Heritage Committee added 21 sites to its World Heritage List during the group's annual meeting in Istanbul last week (a meeting that had to be cut short because of the failed coup attempt in Turkey). Among the new natural and cultural spots deemed worth preserving: 17 buildings across seven countries designed by 20th-century Swiss-French architect Le Corbusier, the fossil-rich...

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