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Groupon plans to offer travel deals, airlines fear the E. coli outbreak spreading in Europe, Trip Palin considers her vacation with mom wrecked, and more. Here are the stories that travellers are buzzing about:
Groupon prepares to offer travel deals
If you’re signed up for daily deal master Groupon, expect many-a-tempting travel deal to start landing in your inbox. Two days ago, Groupon announced plans to launch Groupon Getaways with Expedia, and yesterday the company filed initial public offering documents. A focus on developing travel sales is a key motive behind the filing, according to Tnooz.
Fearful of European E. coli outbreak, airlines alter menus
A highly toxic strain of E. coli has spread to 10 European countries so far and is responsible for at least 16 deaths and hundreds of illnesses, CNN reports. The rapid outbreak has many airlines scrambling to remove salads from the menus on flights out of Europe, as lettuce, cucumbers and other salad ingredients are suspected of carrying the rare strain, according to MSNBC.
Qantas makes news for rats, ‘voluntary redundancies’
The past day has been big on news about Qantas airlines, but none of it good. For one, a flight from Sydney to Brisbane never made it off the ground when baby rats were discovered on board, reports the BBC. Now Qantas has announced it is offering all 7,000 cabin crew staff “voluntary redundancies”. It has nothing to do with rats, of course, but rather high fuel prices that have the company’s wanting to reduce its flights, according to the Sydney Morning Herald.
“Thanks for ruining our vacation.”
-Ten-year-old Piper Palin, quoted in the Washington Post, let a Time magazine photographer know what she thought of the media tailing her family’s bus trek along the US east coast. Funded by Political Action Committee money, some speculate the trip is foreshadowing Sarah Palin’s bid for US President.