THIS IS THE SECOND HOUR OF AN ENCORE PRESENTATION OF A SHOW THAT ORIGINALLY AIRED ON FEB. 11, 2012.
“Dark Tourism” describes travel to places associated with tragedies or death. Think: Chernobyl or the concentration camps of Eastern Europe. Dr. Philip Stone, the executive director of the Institute for Dark Tourism Research at the University of Central Lancashire in England, explains the historical importance of dark tourism. Then, say you’ve just arrived in a new city. How do you find a great bar, which is often a handy way to meet some of the locals? Jon Taffer, host and co-executive producer of “Bar Rescue on Spike TV, explains. And choosing the right travel insurance can be a confusing process. John Cook of Quotewright.com simplifies the chore. Plus, as usual each hour, Rudy offers his pick of the week’s best travel deals and delivers all the travel news fit to broadcast.
Would you pay extra to deplane before your fellow passengers? The founder of AirfareWatchDog.com, George Hobica, says people would be willing to do exactly that. Meanwhile, Charles MacPherson, owner of the Toronto-based butler school called Charles MacPherson Associates, instructs listeners on how to be the perfect summer house guest. The show’s tech expert, Jason Harris of TechCraver.com, reports on the new Kindle and discusses new mapping services and their impact on the more traditional GPS industry. Looking for deals on autumn cruises? Paul Motter of Cruisemates.com shares a few. Plus, Rudy weighs in with his own deals and the week’s news in travel. that may affect you.
Special Broadcast from the David Intercontinental Hotel in Tel Aviv, Israel
Rudy took the show on the road this weekend to the very cosmopolitan city of Tel Aviv. Among his guests: Eliana Bar-El, editor of Time Out Israel, a monthly English publication about events, museums, art, music, dining and shopping. To comment on the music scene, the two lead singers of Israel’s hot, English-language rock group, Idan Rabinovici and Roy Rieck of Acollective, joined Rudy and played a clip from their song, “Turn to Cry.” Ross Belfer, an American public relations executive, described life in Tel Aviv through his eyes. And Eyal de Leeuw from the Design Museum Holon, an art and design center located just outside of Tel Aviv, explains why he hopes his organization leads Israel to a new age in architecture and design.
The second hour of a special broadcast from the David Intercontinental Hotel in Tel Aviv, Israel
Tel Aviv is one of the world’s leading cities in terms of nightlife and design. Rudy’s first guest, Leon Avigad, is a hotelier and owner of Brown TLV, a stylish, Tel Aviv, boutique hotel that he hopes will be the first in a string of similar hotels. Dalit Nevirovsky, editor of a new guidebook, City Guide Tel Aviv, explains why Tel Aviv is such a popular beach town. And Yair Feinberg, chef and owner of Fein Cook, describes the robust culinary scene in Tel Aviv; he offers food market tours and cooking classes to visitors. You might know actor Aki Avni from appearances on the television show “24″ or the 2009 movie “Universal Soldier: Regeneration.” Currently starring in the musical “Cabaret” in Tel Aviv, Avni says Tel Aviv is “a city that belongs to the youngsters . . . a cross [between] Rio de Janeiro and Manhattan.” And, finally, Eytan Schwartz, from the mayor’s office in Tel Aviv, says the city is “a technologically oriented city” with more start-up companies than any European city. Not to mention 300 days of sun a year.