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EMEA Pulse: Stories You Should Read for Dec. 9, 2015

Destination & Tourism | Josh Lew | December 09, 2015

EMEA Pulse: Stories You Should Read for Dec. 9, 2015

Anantara Hotels Installs Elephant Statues In Bangkok To Celebrate King’s Birthday
Anantara Hotels is sponsoring the 2015 Elephant Parade in Bangkok. The event features 88 artfully decorated elephant statues, erected to celebrate the 88th birthday of Thailand’s revered royal, King Bhumibol Adulyadej. The pachyderms will be on display until February, when they will be auctioned off by Christie's.

Angkor Wat Has Earned $53 Million From Admission Fees This Year
Angkor Wat, the temple complex in Cambodia, has enjoyed a profitable 2015. During the first 11 months of the year, the attraction saw 1.87 million foreign visitors. The entrance fees, which range from $20-$60, added up to more than $53 million.

Malaysia Tries To Find Owners Of Abandoned Boeing 747s
Authorities at Kuala Lumpur International Airport have taken out newspaper ads to find the owners of two Boeing 747s that have been abandoned on the tarmac. If no one responds within 14 days, the planes can be auctioned or destroyed under Malaysian law.

Enjoy Winter Travels in One Of The World's Coldest Places 
Finnish Lapland is hardly the first place that most people think of when seeking a winter getaway. However, the Arctic region has a lot going on during the coldest time of year. Winter sports and Northern Lights viewing are on the agenda, but so are plenty of non-chilly attractions, including museums, theaters and the popular Santa Claus Village.



Myanmar has seen an incredible rise in the number of foreign tourists since 2012. Some industry insiders actually think that the numbers are too good to be true, and perhaps the government is adding imaginary visitors to the actual tally.  

Drones have made it possible to see parts of the Plain of Jars in Laos that are off limits to tourists and archeologists because of unexploded ordinance. 

What will the world’s next “it” city be? According to many, Barcelona currently holds the crown, but travel experts have tagged Ljubljana, Tblisi, Lisbon, Shanghai, Budapest, and even Reykjavik as possible contenders in the next decade or so. 

Icehotel, in the town of Jukkasjärvi in Swedish Lapland, is north of the Arctic Circle. Guests here get to sleep, drink and eat in below freezing temps (necessary because the hotel is literally made out of ice). Warm jackets and even warmer bedding are provided. 
There is a positive side to Beijing’s smog problems (at least for the travel industry). Local agents and national booking sites have seen a spike in the number of flights and package vacations being bought by Beijingers seeking fresh air. 


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