Many believe that planning is the key towards a successful vacation. But it looks like many thriving tourist destinations were not thought out that well.
Case for example, Revel Resorts. After two years in business, the luxury resort and casino in Atlantic City just announced that it would be closing its doors forever in September. Only two years after opening its doors, Revel Casino will shut them for good next month. The $2.4 billion glass-covered casino sits on the north end of the Boardwalk.
And while this seems to be one of the biggest failures, it isn’t the worst travel flop on record.
It’s hard to believe but there are lots of tourist destinations, hotels, entertainment parks, and even beaches that have proved the saying “the devil is in the details” originally published by Yahoo.
In June, MGM initiated what will be a yearlong demolition project of the only portion of the $8.5 billion dollar, 67-acre CityCenter development that never got completed. The Foster + Partners-designed Harmon was set to be a spectacular high-rise, but production was halted in 2008 when construction defects were discovered. Responsibility over the $400-million in damages has since turned into a legal nightmare. And now the 26 floors of the unfinished 47-floor tower are being deconstructed for scrap metal. A Vegas’ ultimate Strip tease they said.
The North Korea’s Ryugyong Hotel was originally planned to be the tallest hotel on earth. The architectural plans were designed in every way — including seven restaurants that would be situated at the 100-foot peak and spin in tandem over the Pyongyang skyline. It was supposed to be unveiled — the first time — by the World Festival of Youth and Students in 1989. Delays were blamed on the lack of raw material supplies. In 2008 an Egyptian company attempted to bring the building back to life. Today it remains unfinished and unoccupied.
The original plan for Brandenburg is to replace both the Schonefeld and Berlin Tegel airports. And with more than 27 million annual passengers, it was estimated to be the one of the busiest in Europe. Originally planned to open in 2010, the project has been waylaid by poor construction and planning — not to mention corruption. Corrective work on the airport is going to take an estimated 18 months before construction can resume. Management has stated that it should be ready by 2015, but insiders hint that the date will be closer to 2019.
This artificial archipelago of small islands was dreamt up by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the ruler of Dubai, to look like the map of the world. And his hope was to turn the World Islands into the playground for the rich and famous. Construction of the 300 islands began in 2003. But due to world’s financial crisis, it brought production of this $14 billion-dollar fantastical world to a halt. To date only two of the islands have come to fruition.
Just 20 miles north of Central Beijing, off a busy highway, sits an abandoned amusement park known as “Wonderland.” Set to be the largest amusement park in Asia, construction came screeching to a halt in 1998 when contractors couldn’t get past government red tape or come to terms with local farmers over property prices. Today, the eerie ruins resemble an apocalyptic city with no signs of life.
Construction work at the park, which was promoted by developers as ‘the largest amusement park in Asia’, stopped around 1998 after funds were withdrawn due to disagreements over property prices with the local government and farmers. With local governments often dependent on land sales to fund payments on a staggering 10.7 trillion yuan ($1.7 trillion) of debt, Beijing worries that a collapsing property market will trigger a wave of defaults that in turn will hit the banks. More worrisome, the property market, which contributes about 10 percent of Chinese growth and drives activity in 50 other sectors, could drag the real economy to a hard landing.
The biggest mall in the world, the New South China Mall, which is mostly empty, in Dongguan, Guangdong, China — like the New South China Mall. More than twice the size of the Mall of America — the largest shopping center in the U.S. — it measures over 5 million square feet, with 2,350 stories. There is an outdoor plaza with palm trees, flanked by long canals and now-empty gondolas and giant replicas of the Arc de Triomphe and the Egyptian Sphinx. But it is the inside that is super spooky. While most of the mall is a deserted, a smattering of stores continue to do business. Even the amusement park, with its 1,814-foot roller coaster and haunting musical rides, seems like an opening scene from a horror movie.
Measuring 1,722.4-feet deep and 4,101-feet wide, the hole is so large that the sky above it has been designated a no-fly zone out of concern that an aircraft could be sucked in.
RMS Titanic was a passenger liner that sank in the North Atlantic Ocean on 15 April 1912 after colliding with an iceberg during her maiden voyage from Southampton to New York City. The sinking of Titanic caused the deaths of 1,517 people in one of the deadliest peacetime maritime disasters in history. She was the largest ship afloat at the time of her maiden voyage. One of three Olympic class ocean liners operated by the White Star Line, she was built between 1909- 1911 by the Harland and Wolff shipyard in Belfast. She carried over 2,200 people Ð 1,316 passengers and about 900 crew.
The British passenger liner was traveling in the North Atlantic Ocean on its way to New York City when it hit an iceberg and sank in the early morning hours of April 15, 1912. At the time, it was the largest ship afloat and believed to be unsinkable.
Among the 2,224 passengers were some of the wealthiest people in the world, including millionaires John Jacob Astor and Margaret “Molly” Brown, industrialist Benjamin Guggenheim and Macy’s owner Isador Straus — just to name a few. Additionally, hundreds of emigrants from England, Ireland, and Scandinavia were also on board heading to what they hoped would be better lives in America.
Only 705 people survived. Definitely not a good start to a vacation.