In this Tuesday, March 24, 2015 photo, Jordanian royal desert forces stand guard in front of Al Khazneh, Arabic for the Treasury, the most dramatic of many facades carved into the mountains, in the ancient city of Petra, Jordan. It's high season in Petra, the ancient city hewn from rose-colored rock and Jordan's biggest tourist draw. Yet nearby hotels stand virtually empty these days and only a trickle of tourists make their way through a landmark canyon to the Treasury building where scenes of one of the "Indiana Jones" movies were filmed. (AP Photo/Raad Adayleh)

“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.

In this Jan. 22, 2015 photo, Gentoo penguins gather near a post of wooden arrows with names of cities and their respective distances, at the Bernardo O'Higgins scientific station, Antarctica. Increasing foot traffic poses “particular risks of disturbance or contamination to some of the last remaining essentially pristine areas on the planet,” said Alan Hemmings, an environmental consultant on polar regions. “We should not passively watch Antarctica being turned into a theme park.” (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

“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.”

FILE - In this Jan. 23, 2015, file photo, tourists use a 'selfie stick' in London. A French palace and a British museum have joined the growing list of global tourist attractions that have banned “selfie sticks” _ devices visitors use to improve snapshots, but which critics say are obnoxious and potentially dangerous. (AP Photo/PA, John Stillwell) UNITED KINGDOM OUT NO SALES NO ARCHIVE

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.

Queen Elizabeth II, standing on the stage at left,  officially names new cruiser liner Britannia, in Southampton England Tuesday March 10, 2015. The Queen christened P&O Cruises’ 141,000-ton liner Britannia  a 473 million pound ($714 million) mega ship that’s longer than four superjumbo jets.   (AP Photo/Steve Parsons/PA) UNITED KINGDOM OUT NO SALES NO ARCHIVE

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.

FILE - In this March 31, 2014 file photo, the Las Vegas High Roller at The LINQ begins to operate in Las Vegas. The High Roller observation wheel towering behind the Las Vegas Strip may be hard to miss but apparently plenty of the destination’s more than 41 million visitors have taken a pass on taking a spin. (AP Photo/David Becker, file)

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.

This Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015 photo shows simple and bedazzled suits once worn by Elvis, many while performing on-stage in Las Vegas displayed at the Westgate Las Vegas Hotel, originally the International Hotel in Las Vegas, Nev. The costumes are expected to be among the memorabilia straight from his Graceland home in Memphis, Tenn. It’s part of a partnership between Graceland and the Westgate Las Vegas to establish a permanent exhibit and revive the Elvis concert experience in the showroom where the icon once performed. (AP Photo/ Kimberly Pierceall)

“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.”

FILE - This March 12, 2013 file photo shows the US Bank Tower in downtown Los Angeles. From towering basketball legend Wilt Chamberlain’s hillside home to downtown’s towering US Bank building, Los Angeles is putting all its landmarks online. Officials gathered Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015 to roll out a new website called (AP Photo/Richard Vogel, File)

“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.

FILE - In this March 10, 2012 file photo, people hang out on the beach during spring break in Cancun, Mexico. The beach resort remains a top destination for American spring-breakers seeking an escape from winter. (AP Photo/Israel Leal, File)

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!”