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Travel News: Ethiopia touts ancient churches, dramatic landscape in tourism drive

File photo of a man standing above the Bet Medhane Alem rock church during an Orthodox Good Friday celebration in LalibelaBy Aaron Maasho ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - When Scottish explorer James Bruce published a five-volume work in 1790 about his search in Ethiopia for the source of the Nile, European readers dismissed his account of ancient churches and castles: surely no such things existed in the heart of Africa. Fast forward to 2014 and Solomon Tadesse sometimes feels he faces similar preconceptions as he seeks to attract tourists three decades after images of famine and communist purges filled TV screens and shaped the world's view for a generation. Yet Solomon's Ethiopian Tourism Organisation is making headway in the battle to change attitudes. "That aspect has definitely diminished: the old clichés, the old paradigm, the old mentality of Ethiopia being a country of famine and war, but rather now with a potential for economic growth," said Solomon, chief executive of the organization, a joint initiative between the state and private enterprise.


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Travel News: Choice Hotels beats 3Q profit forecasts

The Rockville, Maryland-based company said it had profit of 67 cents per share. The results surpassed Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research was ...

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Travel News: US automaker Ford starts luxury Lincoln sales in China

Visitors checking out a Lincoln car on display at the China International Exhibition Center during "Auto China 2014" Beijing International Automotive ExhibitionUS automaker Ford has launched its first vehicles under the luxury Lincoln brand in China, the company said, as it seeks to make inroads into a market dominated by German cars.


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Travel News: Kenyan shilling steady, seen weaker on dollar demand from importers

NAIROBI (Reuters) - The Kenyan shilling was stable in early trading on Friday, with traders expecting it to weaken into next week due to substantial end-month dollar demand from importers. At 0850 GMT, commercial banks quoted the shilling at 89.35/45, unchanged from Thursday's close. A downturn in the tourism industry after a spate of bomb and gun attacks along the coast and in the capital this year has hurt one of the major sources of hard currency for East Africa's biggest economy. Tea earnings, another key source of dollars, have suffered due to a global glut of the commodity. ...

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Travel News: Dubai cuts profile as Mideast plastic surgery hub

In this Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014 photo, Italian plastic surgeon Roberto Viel gives Italian Irina Tzoneva, a 41-year-old restaurant manager, a treatment at London Centre for Aesthetic Surgery in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Dubai, the emirate known for its celebration of over-the-top glamour and luxury, is racing ahead to dominate the Middle East's plastic surgery market with plans to attract half a million medical tourists in six years. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Dubai, the emirate known for its celebration of over-the-top glamour and luxury, is racing ahead to dominate the Middle East's plastic surgery market with plans to attract half a million medical tourists in six years.


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