In brief: Fewer rooms listed through online travel agencies
Hotels post less of their inventory on travel agency sites, businesses allocate more money for corporate travel, and more. Here are the stories travellers are buzzing about:
Fewer hotel rooms listed through online travel agencies
Hotels are filling up, but fewer people have booked through online travel agencies like Expedia, Orbitz and Priceline. Hotel chains including Hyatt, Hilton, Marriot and Intercontinental Hotels Groups turned 9.1% of their room inventory last quarter over to online travel agencies. In 2009 that number was 14%, according to the Washington Post. Rooms available through online travel agency sites run an average of $31 less than the price listed on the hotels' sites, but hotel operators are upping average daily prices across the board.
Corporate business travel budgets rise
Prepare to see more suited professionals catching flights, as more than half of corporate managers say their travel budgets will grow up to 10% this year, reported USA Today. The survey, which included businesses and organizations worldwide, also indicated more plans to cover costs for in-flight Internet and a la carte meals.
Woman with breast cancer denied seat on flight
Despite having the approval of two doctors, Korean Airlines kept a woman with stage 4 breast cancer from boarding a flight from Seattle to South Korea because she "looked too frail to fly," MSNBC reports. A Korean Air spokesperson said the situation was unfortunate, but that a passenger dying during a flight would be traumatizing to others on board. The woman and her daughter, with whom she was to travel, returned to the doctor for another note stating she is able to fly. "It's absolutely ludicrous, heartless and unbelievable," the woman's daughter says in the story.
"In the past three decades, the Adélie [penguin] population on the peninsula, northeast of the Ross Sea, has fallen by almost 90%. The peninsula's only emperor colony is now extinct. The mean winter air temperature of the Western Antarctic Peninsula, one of the most rapidly warming areas on the planet, has risen 10.8 degrees Fahrenheit in the past half-century, delivering more snowfall that buries the rocks the Adélie penguins return to each spring to nest - and favouring penguins that can survive without ice and breed later, like gentoos, whose numbers have surged by 14,000 percent."
The New York Times reported on how the changing climate of Cape Royds, Antarctica is affecting the world's southernmost penguin population.
The mega retweet
We scour Twitter to highlight a standout travel tweet.
"Should the government be able to text your phone in case of a natural disaster? http://bit.ly/lI6C4I"
-- @whatstrending, the CBS Twitter account, asked followers to sound off on the story.