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Washington state has no tourism budget, United flier reaches 10 million miles, Rio encourages gay tourism and more. Here are the stories that travellers are buzzing about:

Washington state only one without tourism office, budget
Washington state has tourist attractions — the Puget Sound, Mount Rainier and the city of Seattle to name a few — but no money to promote them. The Pacific state is the only in the US without a tourism office or budget for tourism. The New York Times looks into the repercussions of the lack of financing, which is due to budget cuts, and shows how it might have some long-term costly effects.

Traveller hits 10 million miles
It took about 6,000 United flights since 1982 to get Tom Stuker to 10 million miles, a milestone he hit over the weekend. The airline honoured him at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport over the weekend, and the festivities included naming a Boeing 747-400 for him and gifting him the first-ever Titanium United Mileage Plus card. CNN posted an interview with the frequent flier.

Rio angles to attract gay tourism
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, is hoping to become the world capital for gay tourism. Efforts include everything from launching Rio’s diversity week to vocational training courses for transvestites, according to the Guardian. Last year, 25% of visitors to Rio (880,000 people) were gay, and the tourism board hopes to increase that number.

Quotable
“Gneiding's house, which abuts the state park, was built at the end of a long driveway. That driveway somehow made its way into Google Maps as the correct address when you search "Round Valley Reservoir". Obviously, it's not, and if Gneiding lived in a different state, it might just be a matter of putting up a kindly sign at the foot of the driveway.”

-The short Gawker article, Google Maps Ruins Woman’s Life, describes how one New Jersey resident is struggling to keep unknown park-seekers out of her driveway.

Watch
The video How Does Venice Work runs about 20 minutes and contains fascinating details about the canals and walkways of Venice. The company Insula Spa, which operates the city’s waterway system, also launched a catchy website, Venice Backstage, where you can see the video.

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