In brief: Lies to tell tourists
Locals worldwide share the lies they tell tourists, airlines may discount plane tickets more than usual this fall in the US, low-cost airline easyJet is coming to London's Southend airport, Amsterdam gives a sneak peak of its revamped national art museum, and more. Here are the stories that travellers are buzzing about:
Lies to tell tourists
For years, Time Out London has been publishing Lies to tell tourists in London, a weekly series of "cheeky misdirections" for locals to tell visitors. The publication recently invited Twitter users to chime in, and the response was enormous. Example lie: "When on the tube its customary to introduce yourself to the people sitting next to and opposite you. (@magiczebras)” The Economist got into the fun yesterday by inviting its readers to share their own ideas, and more than 180 readers spoke up with their own lies to tell tourists at destinations worldwide. Worldseekerfrank wrote: “In Morocco, to get the best price from a vendor, make sure you tell him that you are from a rich country, this is your first time there, and you have just arrived!”
US airlines are likely to put tickets on sale this fall
This week, JetBlue and AirTran launched sales for mid to late autumn 2011, and the Associated Press reports that other airlines will be forced to discount their airfares after Labor Day more than they usually do in the off-season. "We're going to see less demand and more discounting", according to Helane Becker, an analyst for Dahlman Rose & Co, quoted in the article. In the meantime, the average flight in May was more than 83% full, a near record level, which means summer airfare prices will continue to soar.
London gets a new hub airport for discount flights in 2012
Discount airline EasyJet says it will begin operating 70 flights a week from London's Southend Airport, giving that airport its first service with a major low-cost carrier serving continental Europe. Commencing in April 2012 (well before the 2012 Olympic Games), the service is expected to fly about 800,000 passengers a year to European destinations. The airport is a five-minute shuttle ride from Rochford train station, which connects to London's central Liverpool Street station on a 50-minute train ride.
Rijksmuseum redo on track
Rembrandt's Night Watch and other illustrious works by Golden Age Dutch masters will be showcased in snazzy exhibition spaces once a full design rethink of the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam opens to the public in 2013. The Associated Press was granted a sneak preview of the renovation work, and it reports that the former maze-like corridors have been replaced with large spaces and high ceilings, including a window-lined public tunnel for bicycles that runs through the ground floor. The new museum will be able to comfortably host an expected 2 million visitors a year, says the report.
Auckland's new hotspot
This New Zealand city is experiencing a pop-up bar craze in the run-up to its biggest celebration in decades: the Rugby World Cup, which kicks off in September. The hub of the action is Britomart, a former warehouse district that has been revitalised since new train station arrived in 2003, according to Monocle. Popular venues include 1885 Britomart, whose martini bar is separate from an underground basement bar often showcasing live music. See a slide show about the district, which was published last weekend by The New York Times.
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