In brief: A round-up of today's news
World’s best restaurants announced, gas prices climb in the US, scalpers have a hold on Yosemite and more. Here are the stories that travellers are buzzing about:
World's best restaurants announced
Foodie travellers, your itinerary is out: The San Pelligrino World's 50 Best Restaurants were announced yesterday in London. Copenhagen's Noma took the top spot for the second year in a row, and seven restaurants remained in the top 10 from 2010, according to the New York Times. Ferran Adrià's El Bulli was conspicuously absent from the annual list as it is set to close this summer, but Spain still had the strongest showing, with three restaurants in the top 10.
And in case you missed it, the New York Times published a behind-the-scenes piece last week - before this year's list debuted - about how the rankings work.
Gas prices continue to rise in US
Gas prices in the US jumped another nickel in the past week, the government reported Monday. The average gas price in six states and the District of Columbia is now over $4, and AAA is reporting an increase in calls from people out of gas on the road. About 75% of Americans are already cutting costs or plan to do so soon, according to CBS news. Should the trend continue, many families might rethink summer travel plans.
Scalpers flipping Yosemite reservations, permits
Admission to US national parks is free this week, but for those who plan to visit Yosemite National Park (despite the aforementioned steep gas prices), the trip could cost much more than it should. Scalping coveted campsite reservations and Half Dome scaling permits has become rampant, and The National Park Service is battling to keep the exorbitant re-selling off of Craigslist and other sites. The Sacramento Bee has an in-depth look at the issue.
Travel costs skyrocket in Rome for Pope's ceremony
Another place people are taking advantage of high demand is in Rome, where hotel prices have increased sixfold and agents are pawning off non-existent tickets for John Paul II's beatification ceremony on 1 May. Around 1 million people are expected to make the pilgrimage, according to an Associated Press article that explores options for lodging and travel recommendations for the city.
"Wing chun can be used in small, confined spaces so it's suited for an airplane...It's easy to learn but difficult to master."
- Hong Kong Airlines is now requiring flight attendants to learn wing chun, a form of kung fu. The airlines' deputy general manager of corporate communication told reporters that airline staff face about three "disruptive passenger incidents" each week, MSNBC reported.