“We are not optimistic for 2015,” said Ahmad Amarat, manager of the 95-room Kings’ Way Hotel near Petra, which closed four months ago after an average occupancy rate of 28 percent for 2014, compared to 95 percent in 2010.
“Was it worth it? Yes, of course it was,” said Christine Brannan of England, who along with dozens of other tourists spent a few days stranded on a cruise ship waiting for thick fog to clear so they could go home. “But I would say to anybody who wants to do the flight and cruise to be aware of the unpredictability.”
The devices are used to improve snapshots, but critics say they are obnoxious and potentially dangerous. Officials at Palace of Versailles outside Paris, and Britain’s National Gallery in London, announced the bans Wednesday, saying they need to protect artworks and other visitors.
The queen is likely to have a special affection for the new ship’s name. Britannia was also the name of the royal yacht, which saw service from 1954-1997.
Caesars Entertainment officials have said the High Roller — its towering Las Vegas Strip attraction that stands 550 feet tall — was just shy of 5,000 daily riders in the past three months, up 10 percent compared to the prior quarter.
The plane, operated by U.S. Airways, was taxiing to the gate at Denver International Airport when smoke was reported in the aircraft just before noon, airport spokeswoman Mindy Crane said. The captain ordered that the chutes be activated, and 158 passengers slid down to safety from Flight 445 before being taken by bus to the concourse, she said.
“We walk into everything with ‘what would Elvis want,” said Joel Weinshanker, managing partner of the company that has owned a majority of Elvis Presley Enterprises since November 2013. “Absolutely positively, he would want to be back in Vegas.”
“A city of the future has to be built on the past, and it has to be built on a past that is preserved,” said James Cuno, president and CEO of the J. Paul Getty Trust, which oversees The Getty Conservation Institute, which began the study in 2000.
“They are in an expansion mode and this is the logical place for them to expand,” said Mike Driscoll, editor of the industry newsletter Cruise Week.
The winter in Ithaca, New York, has been so rough that all Noah Zheutlin can do is joke about it. “Snow almost every day and temperatures low enough to freeze an egg on the sidewalk,” said the Ithaca College student. “I have more degrees than the weather and I haven’t even graduated yet!”