General Travel News

Saudi Hospitality Industry Prepares For Makkah Pilgrimage Drop

Saudi airlines and hotels are preparing for a steep fall in tourism revenues.  The number of pilgrims travelling to Makkah is expected to fall because of swine flu fears.     There will probably be 25% less travel on the kingdom’s airlines for the Umrah and Haj pilgrimage this year.  In order to reduce the spread of the H1N1 virus, health officials from the UAE and other Arab countries have decided to ban the Haj and Umrah pilgrimage for vulnerable groups of people.

Saudi Arabia is issuing Haj visas only to  pilgrims between the ages of 12 and 65, and its Health Ministry is advising people to delay their pilgrimages if they have any health problems.  Tunisia and Iran are not allowing pilgrims to travel to Makkah for Umrah.  Senior Vice President at Jones Lang LaSalle Hotels said the timing is terrible and “It’s a very interesting case of tourism crisis management for destination marketing authorities.”

More General Travel News
View Dubai’s Iconic Landmarks in a Helicopter
ATM Dubai to launch Holiday Shopper on 27 April 2019
Agoda partners with Saudi Ministry of Hajj to try to attract 30 million pilgrims
Latest Travel News
Big jump in international passengers for...
flydubai will fly to Tashkent from 11 Ma...
ATM Dubai to launch Holiday Shopper on 2...
Featured Sights To See
Gibran Museum

Gibran Museum

Beirut, Lebanon

Located in the picturesque town of Besharre (or Bsharri), about 120km from Beirut, the Gibran Museum is dedicated to famed Lebanese poet, philosopher, painter, and author Gibran Khalil Gibran.  He was born into poverty in 1883 and received no formal education – priests taught him how to read and write.  In 1895, after their land was confiscated, Gibran moved to the US with his family. ...

Houston Museum of Natural Science

Houston Museum of Natural Science

Houston, United States

The Houston Museum of Natural Science is located in Hermann Park and hosts over 2 million visitors a year.  It has four floors of natural science halls and exhibits, a planetarium, butterfly center and IMAX theatre.  Throughout the year, the museum hosts numerous special events and exhibits. Address: 5401 Caroline Street, Museum District Tel: (713) 942 8000. Website: www.hmn...

City Botanic Gardens

City Botanic Gardens

Brisbane, Australia

Bigger than the Roma St Parklands, here you’ll find expansive lawns, macadamia trees, tropical flora and the famous Moreton Bay fig trees. There are lots of trails that draw everyone for quiet respites and there is the Mangrove Boardwalk: a wooden walkway that skirts the riverbank on the eastern rim. Here is where you’ll attend the Moonlight Cinema if you’re so inclined. Location: 3403 0666 A...

The Church of Our Saviour

The Church of Our Saviour

Copenhagen, Denmark

Resting on a mount, the church has a 400 step stairway and is visited by many tourists all year round. The golden steeple and towers are sky rocketing which gleam under the sunlight, giving it a very picturesque view. It can be visited by travelers between April and October. Address: Sankt Annægade 29 Telephone: 32 57 27 98                    {loadpositi...