The LG Weekly News Roundup: 3.18

Weekly Travel News — By on March 18, 2010 at 6:00 am

By Molly Fergus
LG Deputy Editor, Travel News

Missed the big travel stories of the week? And the weird, wacky and insignificant ones? We’ve got your roundup right here….

After floods, Machu Picchu back in business
Trekkers, grab your packs! Destructive floods and rains closed Machu Picchu for two months, but the park is finally set to reopen April 1. This is quite a feat: January rains swelled the Vilcanota River, destroyed roads and rail lines, and left thousands of tourists stuck in nearby town Aguas Calientes. Now that the region is up and running again, expect a rush of visitors who changed mid-winter travel plans.
Source: Jaunted

Be responsible: Travel!
A sluggish economy might sink cruise ship cabin sales, but more philanthropic tourism is staying afloat – and even prospering — despite the industry’s bleak outlook. According to a study by the Center for Responsible Travel, vacations that bolster local economies are faring better than other sectors of the travel industry. Everyone from alternative spring-breakers to round-the-world backpackers, it seems, want to use their cash for good. Amen to that!
Source: Center for Responsible Travel

Puttin’ on the Ritz, for way less
If you’re jonesing for plush terrycloth robes and mints on your hotel pillows, now is definitely the time. Luxury hotels across the country are cutting room rates by as much as 22 percent. The dramatic discounts at glamorous hotel names like the Ritz-Carlton have at least succeeded in filling up vacancies: On average, bookings in the top 25 markets are up 7.2 percent compared to April through June 2008.
Source: USA Today

An unhealthy scare
This seems wildly extreme. One U.K. theme park is offering riders of its new coaster, Thirteen, health insurance before hopping on board. The ride promises to combine the “ultimate elements of physical and psychological fear.” To ward against any unforeseen injuries or, apparently, psychological damages, riders may cough up $1.50 for an insurance voucher. Don’t physicists design these things? Let’s hope the insurance is just one more “psychological fear” tactic.
Source: Gadling


Travel Bits
Calling all foodie writers: Lonely Planet seeks submissions for its upcoming anthology, A Moveable Feast: Life Changing Food Encounters Around the World
Source: Gadling

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