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Here are the world’s best-value attractions and worst tourist traps

Here are the world’s best-value attractions and worst tourist traps

Finance
The Burj Khalifa looms over Dubai, United Arab Emirates.owngardenBack in early 2012, I bounded up to the ticket booth at the then-new, 2,722-foot Burj Khalifa in Dubai, hoping to snag a last-minute elevator ride to the top of the world's tallest skyscraper.Taking a seven-hour tourist detour from a business stay in neighboring Abu Dhabi, I had little on my to-do list for my quick day trip to the ultra-wealthy Mideast city-state, apart from the view from that iconic building's 124th floor observation deck.Much to my disappointment, tickets were sold out for the next few days. I consoled myself with a camel-milk ice cream cone and plaintive window-shopping in the high-end mega-mall at the base of the Burj.Turns out I might not have missed out on much.According to a new ranking of worst and be...
Elon Musk unveils first tourist for SpaceX 'Moon loop'

Elon Musk unveils first tourist for SpaceX 'Moon loop'

Science
Elon Musk's company SpaceX has unveiled the first private passenger it plans to fly around the Moon.Japanese billionaire and online fashion tycoon Yusaku Maezawa, 42, announced: "I choose to go to the Moon."The mission is planned for 2023, and would be the first lunar journey by humans since 1972.But it is reliant on a rocket that has not been built yet, and Mr Musk cautioned: "It's not 100% certain we can bring this to flight."The man hoping to become world's first moon touristThe announcement was made at SpaceX's headquarters in Hawthorne, California, on Tuesday. The company said the flight on board the Big Falcon Rocket (BFR) - a launch system that was unveiled by Mr Musk in 2016 - represented...
Indonesia earthquake: 13 dead on tourist island of Lombok

Indonesia earthquake: 13 dead on tourist island of Lombok

World
A powerful earthquake has struck a popular tourist destination in Indonesia, killing at least 13 people.The 6.4 magnitude quake hit the central island of Lombok just before 07:00 local time (00:00 GMT) on Sunday.The island attracts tourists from around the world due to its beaches and hiking trails, and is located about 40km (25 miles) east of Bali.Hundreds of people are injured and thousands of homes are damaged, officials say.A Malaysian tourist who was on a hiking trip to Mount Rinjani is among those killed. The US Geological Survey said the epicentre of the earthquake was 50km (31 miles) north-east of the city of Mataram, in northern Lombok.It was followed by more than 60 smaller earthquakes, with the largest recorded at a ma...
Thai cave where rescue of boys and coach unfolded may become tourist attraction

Thai cave where rescue of boys and coach unfolded may become tourist attraction

World
It may be the most famous cave in the world and could soon become Thailand's biggest tourist attraction. The underground maze where the dramatic rescue of 12 boys and their soccer coach unfolded might be made into a sightseeing destination, Thai officials said Tuesday. "In this crisis situation, today, I don't want to talk about work, but I think the Thai people, we are lucky that we are going to have a world-class tourist attraction," Chongklai Woraponsathron, Thailand's deputy head of national parks, said during a news conference Tuesday. He said the final decision to turn the cave into a must-see travel site would be up to the Thailand Department of Natural Resources. But Woraponsathron floated the idea, assuming that people from around the world who have been following the sto...
Over 130,000 flee menacing volcano on Bali tourist island

Over 130,000 flee menacing volcano on Bali tourist island

Technology
More than 130,000 people have fled the region around the Mount Agung volcano on the Indonesian tourist island of Bali, fearing it will soon erupt. The disaster mitigation agency's command post in Bali said the number of evacuees has swelled to about 134,200 by Thursday evening. That's more than double the estimated population within the immediate danger zone, but people farther from the mountain are leaving too. Those who have fled are scattered in more than 500 locations across the island famed for its beaches, lush green interior and elegant Hindu culture, taking shelter in temporary camps, sports centers and other public buildings. The volcano has been at its highest alert level for a week, sparking the exodus. Thousands of cows were left behind in the rural communities where farming i...