Condé Nast Traveler‘s “15 Best Places to See Right Now” by contributing editor Bob Payne, appearing in its April issue, is causing all sorts of controversy. First it included Brooklyn as one of its places to visit, in a move FishbowlNY thought simultaneously praised and insulted the borough.
Now WWD reports that the Number 10 “Best Place to See Right Now” is none other than… war-torn Libya.
The 250-word blurb proclaims “a door long shut is open again,” and ends with a recommendation to fly Lufthansa from New York’s JFK via Frankfurt to Tripoli, which has since been shrouded in a NATO-imposed no-fly zone.
“It’s a lead-time situation,” said editor-in-chief Klara Glowczewska. “Libya exploded two days after we went to press.”
It turns out luxury travel reporting is often fraught with such complications. “This has happened to us several times recently,” said Glowczewska. “We had a feature story with a cover line on Egypt that went to press about two weeks before the revolution happened.”