American gets 15 years of hard labor in North Korea for 'hostile acts' An American tour operator has been sentenced to 15 years of hard labor in North Korea for alleged “hostile acts” against the repressive regime, according to its official state news agency. Kenneth Bae, who is in his mid-40s and lives in Washington state, has been described by friends as a devout Christian who took tourists on trips to North Korea, The Associated Press reported. More
U.S. plans to drop gray wolves from endangered list The planned ruling would eliminate protection for the top predators, but scientists and conservationists say the proposal is flawed. Federal authorities intend to remove endangered species protections for all gray wolves in the Lower 48 states, carving out an a exception for a small pocket of about 75 Mexican wolves in the wild in Arizona and New Mexico, according to a draft document obtained by The Times. More
South Africa: Elephant overturns vehicle South African officials say an elephant has overturned a vehicle carrying two tourists, injuring one of them. A statement from Kruger National Park says the tourists are of "Chinese origin." The statement says an elephant in the park attacked the vehicle on a road at 6:30 a.m. More
Ariz. sheriff releases records from Giffords' shooting The Pima County Sheriff's Office released an estimated 2,700 pages of investigative records Wednesday from a shooting rampage here two years ago — documents that are expected to shed new light on a massacre that left six dead and 14 wounded. More
The Commons’ Cost: The Price Native Americans Pay for America’s National Parks The 26 Native American tribes who have ancestral connections to the natural sites at Yellowstone are, in theory, just as much a part of the public as the tourists who frequent ... prayers and ceremonies like Sweat Lodge. Rock climbing on Devils Tower ... 03/15/2015 - 3:00 am | View Link
Shaman's Herbal Hallucinogen a Fatal Lure for New Age Tourists Three people died in the sweat lodge, 18 were hospitalized ... of the indigenous culture but rather personal spiritual growth, healing, and transformative experience." Ayahuasca tourists who fail to understand the importance of the cultural context ... 06/20/2014 - 4:22 am | View Link
Sweat-Lodge Guru’s Homicide Verdict James Ray avoided ... at his 2009 “Spiritual Warrior” Sedona retreat, but was found guilty of negligent homicide—and prosecutors will push for the maximum 11-year sentence. Terry Greene Sterling reports on the fallout of the sweat lodge business. 06/23/2011 - 7:56 am | View Link
A Fading Aura For Arizona's Spiritual Tourism Spiritual tourism, an economic staple of northern Arizona, continues to suffer in the wake of a fatal incident at a Sedona-area sweat lodge. In 2009 ... says spiritual tourists don't make travel decisions based on money. As a result, he says, "The leisure ... 02/15/2011 - 4:10 pm | View Link
A Fading Aura For Arizona's Spiritual Tourism A self-help guru goes on trial this week for manslaughter after three people died during an event he hosted at a sweat lodge near Sedona, Ariz. Following that deadly spiritual retreat, tourists have retreated from the area's mecca of spiritual energy ... 02/15/2011 - 4:04 pm | View Link
The Death Dealer | The Verge When James Arthur Ray lifted the heavy tarp door and beckoned his devotees into a wood-frame dome, they obeyed. Tall and confident, Ray watched them enter ... 07/1/2015 - 11:34 pm | View Website
Barcelo Maya Palace Deluxe, Riviera Maya | Oyster.com ... The Barcelo Maya Palace, built in 2008, is the newest, smallest (by megaresort standards) and most luxurious property of the hotels in the Barcelo complex. 07/1/2015 - 9:54 pm | View Website
ISSUU South African Business 2014. The year 2014 is the 20th anniversary of democracy in South Africa, and to mark this significant milestone, Global Africa Network has ... 07/1/2015 - 12:18 am | View Website
Cozumel Mayan Steam Lodge Cleanse your body, mind and soul on this unique tour to a Mayan steam lodge or temazcal. Learn about the spiritual beliefs of the ancient Mayans and enjoy the most ... 06/30/2015 - 12:44 pm | View Website
Sweat lodges in South Africa – South African Tourism Visit a sweat lodge in South Africa and experience a Native American cleansing ceremony with an African twist. 06/29/2015 - 5:31 pm | View Website
WASHINGTON — The U. S. government is investigating possible collusion among major airlines to limit available seats, which keeps airfares high, according to a document obtained by the Associated Press. The civil antitrust investigation by the Justice Department appears to focus on whether airlines illegally signaled to each other how quickly they would add new flights, routes and extra seats.
Greece, a country of great beauty and incredible historical wealth, has always been a popular tourist destination. But the financial turmoil that has hammered the Greek economy hasn’t spared the huge tourism industry. Marty Adler of Bexley Travel said his clients have been avoiding Greece because of the financial crisis.