In brief: Yelp opens in Spain and France fights Expedia
Yelp debuts a site in Spain, France is accusing Expedia of unfair practices and more. Here are the stories that travellers are buzzing about:
Yelp expands to Spain
Yelp has launched the Spain branch of its customer review-centred site, making it the company's fifth international Yelp site. (The first four were France, Germany, Austria and the Netherlands.) Non-US traffic for Yelp skyrocketed in the past year with twice as many unique visitors, Techcrunch reports, which bodes well for its new Spanish outpost.
France takes on Expedia
Earlier this week we reported sites like Expedia have fewer hotel rooms available to post online. Now Expedia has another problem, this one in the form of the French government. France's tourism minister, Frédéric Lefebvre, says the French government is joining France's hotel association Synhorcat in bringing legal action against Expedia. The already-filed Synhorcat case accuses Expedia of "unfair commercial practices", including listing hotels with vacancies as full, the Economist reports.
Woman discovered after seven weeks in wilderness
A woman from British Columbia who had driven off-road with her husband in Nevada backcountry was discovered yesterday after fending for seven weeks alone in a van, undetected. The 911 operators were in disbelief she survived, the Associated Press reports. Rescuers are still searching for the woman's husband.
The mega retweet
We scour Twitter to highlight a standout travel tweet.
Freelance travel writer Mike Barish is likely not the only who was unaware most major airlines prohibit passengers from using Bluetooth keyboards during flight. San Francisco Chronicle travel editor Spud Hilton wrote in the linked piece that he recently saw a number of Bluetooth accessories for sale in a San Francisco airport terminal. Absent was a sign informing shoppers they would be unable to use them on board.