The LG Travel News Roundup: 2.4.11

Weekly Travel News — By on February 4, 2011 at 6:00 am

By Susmita Baral
LG News Intern

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

King Tut’s Tomb to Be Roped-Off Forever

As if Egypt didn’t have enough to worry about right now, several tombs, including that of Tutankhamun, in the famed Valley of the Kings are going to be shut down by the end of the year. Humidity, fungi and dust have been causing paint to flake off and mold to grow in certain parts of the tombs. Zahi Hawass, head of Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities, has commissioned an exact replica of King Tut’s tomb so that visitors can still see what it once looked like. If you want to see the original, though, there’s no time like the present. Source: Guardian

Europe’s Troubled Economy Makes for Travelers’ Paradise

One man’s financial problems are another man’s golden opportunity. At least in this case, it is: the struggling economies of several European countries have weakened the Euro and made it more affordable than ever for Americans to travel across the pond. Hotels, transportation providers and airlines are offering great deals as well. Now’s the time to change those dollars into Euros and visit countries like Spain, Portugal, Greece and Ireland. Source: NY Times

Never Judge a Hotel by its Photo-Op

Your parents may have taught you an important lesson when they said “never judge a book by its cover.” The same rule applies to picking a hotel these days, as an increasing number of customers are disappointed by the real thing after viewing the marketing images provided by hotel websites. Hotels use a variety of tricks to lure in customers, zooming in to make landmarks appear closer to the hotel, carefully cropping images to block out unsightly buildings and unattractive crowds, or planting a sexy lady (read: model) in the set, taking photographs from a specific angle and accessorizing the hotel to make it seem cozier than reality. Source: CNN

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall, Whose the Rudest of them All?

Travelers in the U.S. beware: According to a poll conducted by Travel + Leisure, the rudest American city is Los Angeles, followed by New York, Philadelphia and Miami. Good advice to keep in mind when planning your next Great American roadtrip! Source: Travel + Leisure

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Travel News Bits

STA Travel Announces the Internship of a Lifetime

If your idea of the perfect internship is traveling through sixteen countries over three months, the latest contest being run by STA Travel could be your answer: their 2011 World Traveler Internship is looking for two people to send out around the world this summer. Source: STA Travel

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