In brief: A round-up of today's news
Virgin Atlantic makes headlines, a viral police video from England, a 75-year-old guidebook and more. Here are the top stories that travellers are buzzing about:
Richard Branson may sell Virgin Atlantic
The billionaire, who owns a majority stake in the UK airline, has hired an accounting firm to prepare options for a possible sale of his shares. Delta Air Lines, Air France-KLM, and the rest of their StarTeam Alliance airlines are eager to buy. They see it as a "once-in-a-lifetime opportunity" to boost the number of flights they serve out of London's Heathrow Airport. Virgin Atlantic has 3% of the take-off and landing slots at Heathrow. No word on how a sale might affect JetBlue and Virgin Atlantic teaming up to sell tickets on each other's airline.
The kick felt 'round the world
A 23-year old woman viciously kicked the night manager of the Britannia Hotel in Manchester, England, says the Manchester Evening News. Gemma Ryan became upset when suspicious hotel staff refused to let her enter the hotel at night to visit a guest. Uploaded yesterday to YouTube, a police video shows the groin kick that will make men everywhere wince in empathy.
The mega retweet: We search Twitter and republish a standout tweet.
Danfield sums up Australia in 5 words "hotels full in major cities". Especially Syd, Bne and Per #novac11
-- Tim Hughes (@hughestim)
Hughes was tweeting from the No Vacancy industry conference in Sydney, where speaker Dean Dransfield, Managing Director, Dransfield Hotels and Resorts, pointed out that Australia's hotels, in general, have nearly no vacancies. The situation won't change anytime soon. There are no plans by major hotel companies to open new hotels within the next three years, Hughes later tweeted. Hughes works for Orbitz and blogs about the online travel world at the Business Of Online Travel and Tnooz.