World’s tallest skyscraper closes one month after opening
Dubai’s Burj Khalifa—the largest skyscraper in the world—has closed to the public. Electrical problems are to blame for the closure, but the tower’s owner isn’t saying how long repairs will take. Since its opening, thousands of tourists have lined up to buy tickets for the 160-floor tower, often days in advance.
Top destinations for thrill-seekers
Adrenaline junkies have a new resource for travel planning: Lonely Planet’s thrill-seekers’ list, which appears in its book 1000 Ultimate Experiences. Destinations include the Big Shot ride in Las Vegas, which rockets you 49 m (160 ft) in just over two seconds; parasailing in Acapulco, Mexico; running with bulls in Pamplona, Spain; and flying in an MiG-29 fighter jet in Russia.
Tourism operators in Vancouver, Washington are asking potential customers an odd question: are you sure you have the right city? Hotels in this city of 165,000 people—located across the Columbia River from Portland, Oregon—are making sure callers know they aren’t hosting the 2010 Olympic Games, and even contacting registered guests to confirm they haven’t mixed them up with Vancouver, BC.