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The world’s most expensive city might surprise you, Wal-Mart royalty is opening an American art museum, inappropriate beach wear on the Cornish seaside, and more. Here are the stories that travellers are buzzing about:

World’s most expensive cities list released
Consulting firm Mercer’s annual worldwide cost of living survey is out, and the priciest and cheapest cities on the list might surprise you. The most expensive is Luanda, Angola, where American’s will pay about $20 for a club sandwich. Managua, Nicaragua is the next least expensive city, followed by La Paz, Bolivia, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. In this year’s rankings, American and European cities dropped, while Asian and African cities rose. A total of 214 cities in five continents were evaluated for the survey. Rankings are determined by evaluating the cost of housing, coffee, food, clothing and transportation for expatriates in the city, CNN Money reports.

Walton family member to open American art museum in Arkansas
Alice Walton, member of the Wal-Mart owning Walton family, plans to open the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in a town of 35,000 residents — Bentonville, Arkansas, home of Wal-Mart. The museum is slated to open in November and officials expect 250,000 visitors in the first year. They also expect it to generate “millions of tourist dollars” in the surrounding northwest Arkansas area, the New York Times reports.

Slide show
In light of the recent police crackdown on inappropriate beach wear in the Cornish seaside destination of Newquay, the Huffington Post created a slideshow titled “The Mankini & Other Beach Trends We’d Like to See Banned”.

Quotable
"It's clear the airports are not secure," says Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, chairman of the House Subcommittee on National Security, Homeland Defense and Foreign Operations. "For all the money, time and persistence we have thrown at airport security, it's a real mess." 

– USA Today reports on newly released Department of Homeland Security documents that list security breaches since 2001.

The mega retweet
We scour Twitter to publish a standout travel tweet

“Seattle hotels embrace $2 tax to lure visitors http://on.msnbc.com/oK9RU8” -@msnbc_travel

Yesterday we reported on the (total) lack of tourism funding in the state of Washington. It might seem counterintuitive, but as MSNBC Travel reports, Seattle is charging hotel guests in order to generate more money to promote tourism.

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