EMEA Pulse: Stories You Should Read for Nov 13, 2015
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Here are some of the most interesting travel stories from Europe, Africa and Asia for Friday the 13th:
In response to the fad of foreigners taking naked pics inside Angkor Wat, Cambodian authorities have published a new “code of conduct” for tourists. In addition to remaining clothed, visitors will be told not to smoke or take unsolicited selfies with the resident monks... Read more from the Telegraph.
Loy Krathong is an annual festival celebrated in Northern Thailand. Traditionally, people release lit paper lanterns into the sky (the practice is said to symbolize releasing bad luck). The tradition is visually stunning, but it can also be dangerous for airplanes that happen to be passing overhead when the lanterns float skyward. Thai Airways has altered flight paths and even canceled some flights during the festival, which lasts from Nov. 24-27.
India’s festival of lights is contributing to pollution in New Delhi. The annual celebration of Diwali features lanterns and fireworks displays. These practices have led to a decrease in air quality in India’s capital. High levels of sulfur dioxide have been measured in the air. To be fair, Diwali isn’t the only culprit. Cropland outside the city is cleared by controlled burning. This causes a great deal of smoke, which floats into Delhi if the wind is blowing in the wrong direction.... Read more from the BBC.
Disneyland Hong Kong keeps getting more and more expensive. The theme park has announced that it will raise its admission prices for the third consecutive year. The hope is that Disney fans will overlook the price hike because the park is planning a number of new attractions… Read more from the Standard.
Hong Kong’s Mandarin Oriental has announced that it will be the official hotel for Art Basel’s show in Hong Kong. The art festival will take place in March of 2016. The luxury hotel will offer special packages designed to enhance guests' artistic experience.
Despite complaints from hotels about unfair competition and concerns about condo owners exploiting tax loopholes, Airbnb is still thriving in some of the world’s most popular tourist destinations. 3.9 million tourists in France booked rooms on the site during the 2014-2015 fiscal year…. Read more from Euronews.
Traditional junks once dominated Macau’s waters. Now, the only thing you can see on the water is the reflection of the nearby casinos. A few model-makers and shipbuilders are trying to make sure that visitors know about the former Portuguese territory’s seafaring history… Read more from the BBC.
It might be the ultimate package vacation: Intrepid Travel is offering an epic 365-day trip. This one-year journey starts in Bangkok and ends in Buenos Aires. The flights, activities and many of the meals are included in the cost. That cost is quite steep: $75,000 for the whole year... Read more from Mashable.
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