In brief: A round-up of today's news
Torrential rains pummel Thailand, a vacationing CEO kills an elephant and Enterprise is off Orbitz. Here are the stories that travellers are buzzing about:
Downpour, flooding continue in Thailand
Torrential downpours persist in Thailand, where already 700,000 people have been displaced and 11 killed, according to the Daily Mail. Many tourists, including a number of Brits on holiday, are now sleeping in airports, though few flights have left the tarmac. The British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) warns of mudslides and additional flash flooding.
GoDaddy CEO shoots elephant in Zimbabwe, posts video
GoDaddy CEO Bob Parsons recently posted a graphic video online of him shooting and killing an elephant during his trip to Zimbabwe in early March, Time reported. After the clips of the midnight hunt and stills of Parsons smiling, leaning against the carcass (he identifies the animal as a "problem elephant" that tramples local crops) it gets even more unsettling. The following morning, locals (wearing hot orange GoDaddy baseball caps) flock to the dead pachyderm and strip it of its meat. AC/DC's "Hell's Bells" plays throughout the morning scenes.
Several GoDaddy users have said they will be moving their websites to new domains. Namecheap.com, a competing hosting service, is offering domain transfers for $4.99, along with a pledge to donate $1 to savetheelephants.org with each transfer.
Orbitz drops Enterprise, Alamo, National car rentals from site
First American Airlines pulled its listings from Orbitz in December. Now the site, as well as affiliated site CheapTickets, will no longer include car rental options from the Enterprise, Alamo or National brands. Enterprise Holdings owns the three car rental services, which total 1 million vehicles, and announced the decision on Wednesday. Enterprise Holdings CEO and president says the change, effective 1 April, "limits consumer choice and makes renting a car less affordable", while Orbitz claims it already has replacement suppliers in line, according to CNN.
"In Havana or Rio de Janeiro, well, big deal. But historically this has been a city of formalities, of long-sleeved shirts, not skin-tight skirts. Blushing has generally been the response to overt sexuality... And yet, despite such reserve - or perhaps because of it - public affection has increasingly become a symbol of what experts describe as a city learning to loosen up."
- The New York Times article In Mexico City, Kissing Tells of More Than Romance Times, describes how, and explains possible reasons why, sex is out in the open more now than ever before in Mexico City, citing examples like public displays of affection and the capital hosting one of the biggest sex fairs in the world.
The mega retweet
We scour Twitter and republish a standout travel tweet.
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Writer Susan Orlean is currently in Alaska. Yesterday she tweeted a picture of her lodging's calling directory, which included the option for an Aurora Borealis wake-up call.