February 5, 2011 |
The tourist camels are idle. The trinket shops are empty. The gates of the pyramid complex are locked up tight. The 12-day-old uprising against President Hosni Mubarak has delivered a body blow to Egypt's lucrative tourist trade. Visitors are the country's principal source of foreign exchange, and tourism accounts for 7% of Egypt's gross domestic product. In normal times, which these most decidedly are not, winter is the height of the tourist season. With a respite from soaring summer temperatures, the cooler months are the most popular for taking languid cruises on the Nile, visiting desert oases, touring the majestic temples of Luxor or snorkeling and scuba-diving among the Red Sea coral reefs.
February 1, 2011 |
The economy may be bouncing back, but cheap hotel rooms in Las Vegas endure. Here are three hotels with rates starting at $24 to $38 a night. Of course, those prices don't reflect the daily resort fees. But where else can you score a four-day getaway for less than $250? Excalibur: The 20% off sale starts at $24 a night. While savings may be slim, $4 a night, the overall rate is pretty cheap. As usual, midweek rates are cheaper than weekend rates. The lowest rates are available online only; phone reservations carry a charge and require the code "X0126P.
August 31, 2008 |
AFTER midnight on a recent Tuesday, a crowd has gathered behind velvet ropes in front of the Luxor on the Las Vegas Strip, as if waiting for the Hilton sisters to arrive. Instead, they're watching a flatbed truck with a huge piece of jagged, round steel that looks like a postmodern sculpture. Slowly, workers arrange two conveyors to lift the heavily wrapped, padded and Styrofoam-protected steel, taking their instructions from Alison Worrell, project director of Premier Exhibitions, whose construction helmet stands out by virtue of being pink.
July 13, 2007 |
You can take a pyramid out of Egypt, but can you take Egypt out of a pyramid? The Luxor hotel-casino, whose giant pyramid is an icon on the Las Vegas Strip, is spending $300 million to tone down its sphinx-and-mummy motif and transform itself into a hipper venue. In the next few months, owner MGM Mirage Inc.
June 3, 2007 |
IN an episode midway through last season of "Criss Angel: Mindfreak," the titular magician hypnotizes an entire restaurant full of people. "I cannot be hypnotized," he proclaimed. "Nor can anybody else that does not want to be hypnotized." In other words, you can't make someone believe who doesn't want to believe. And by extension, magic is only as good as the gullibility -- willingness to believe, that is -- of its audience. A charismatic Greek boy from Long Island, N.Y.
April 20, 2006 |
"AiDA" abuse has not, alas, been licked. It may not be as pervasive or as severe as it was 30, 40, 50, 60 years ago, but incidents aren't uncommon. One occurred Tuesday night in Costa Mesa. No other opera this great, I think it's safe to say, has endured so much silliness, so many indignities. But "Aida," a late Verdi masterpiece with a striking relevance to our time, is a long sufferer and suffers still.
July 11, 2003 |
A suspected planner of the 1997 Luxor massacre that killed 62 people -- mostly tourists -- was handed over by Uruguayan authorities to Egyptian police, Egypt's Middle East News Agency said. Uruguayan police arrested Mohammed Ali Hassan Mokhlis in early 1999. Mokhlis was taken into custody after his arrival at Cairo's international airport, according to the news agency. He is wanted in the Nov.
September 4, 2002 |
There was a sea of red in this gambling mecca last weekend, but it wasn't necessarily the color of Wisconsin fans' apparel. It was the color of their faces. Hundreds of Badger football fans were outraged that Saturday's Wisconsin-Nevada Las Vegas game was called with 7:41 left and the Badgers holding a 27-7 lead. Wisconsin, a six-or seven-point favorite at most sports books at kickoff, was 2:41 from an apparent victory against the betting line when the lights went out at Sam Boyd Stadium because of an equipment failure at a power riser.
May 6, 2001 |
In a town known for its bountiful buffets, the most unusual one is staged at the Luxor Hotel-Casino, where freeloaders fly in for a feeding frenzy. We're talking bats, at a bug buffet, served after sunset not inside the pyramid-shaped hotel, but above it, in its famous "sky beam." The sight of hundreds, maybe thousands, of bats flying frenetically in a column of white light against the black sky is so dramatic that motorists sometimes pull off to the side of Interstate 15 to watch.