Roundup: New Equinox Hotel, Balkans Tourism, Fake Bali Hot Spot, $24M Gift Card Scheme

This is a list of news from around the web which I came across in the last few days. I found these articles interesting and somewhat related to the travel and deal content you regularly see here at Danny the Deal Guru. Sometimes just interesting and not related at all, but I hope you enjoy them just the same. If you come across any interesting articles, please send them my way.

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Equinox Gets Into the Hospitality Game

The first hotel from the luxury fitness brand has plenty of opportunities to work out, but the company says it really wants you to sleep. Read more here.

Passengers Violently Ejected From Seats on Turbulent Flight; 37 Hurt

An Air Canada flight to Australia made an emergency landing in Honolulu after 37 people were injured, nine seriously, during the sudden loss of altitude that sent people flying into the luggage compartments and aisles of the airplane. Read more here.

The Balkans Is a Bright Spot in Europe’s Modest Tourism Growth

In the sea of just so-so growth, the southern Mediterranean and Balkan regions were stand-out success stories, thanks to efforts to “expand the tourism season, diversify the product offer, and develop niche marketing” campaigns. Read more here.

Bali tourist attraction popular with Instagram influencers is actually a fake photo op

The Pura Lempuyang Luhur, a temple site popularly known as the Gates of Heaven, is a major tourist attraction in the Indonesian island of Bali and a frequent hot spot for Instagram influencers and travel bloggers. But recent visitors have noted that the reflective lake seen in many of these influencers’ photos at the temple doesn’t exist. Read more here.

Cops bust $1 million-a-month gift card scam in Queens

A Queens grand jury indicted 13 people accused of running a sprawling gift-card scam that raked in approximately $24 million over a two-year period. Read more here.

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