In brief: British Airways uniforms to hit the runway
Mexico sees an increased number of travellers despite the country’s border violence, models show off the uniforms worn by British Airways flight crews since the 1920s, Starwood offers new customers a 30,000-loyalty-point bonus, Las Vegas tries to lure even more visitors, and more. Here are the stories travellers are buzzing about:
Despite border violence, tourism to Mexico grows
Mexico saw a 2% increase in foreign visitors during the first five months of 2011, as compared to the same period in 2010, according to a recent report by Mexico's Tourism Board. The biggest gains were from Russia, Brazil and China. Crime related-violence in the border area, which is more than 1,000 miles from most tourist sites, may be grabbing headlines in the US, but the drug war hasn't scared away most travellers. Mexico remains the number one foreign destination for Americans, CNN reports.
British Airways flight crew uniforms strut the catwalk
This weekend, London's Southbank Centre arts complex will host a Vintage Festival focusing on the music and fashion of British popular culture from the 1920s to the 1980s. A highlight comes on Sunday evening with a catwalk show of past British Airways' uniforms. These are "serious fashion barometers", said Time Out London. Daylong admission starts at 30 pounds.
Las Vegas trying to boost tourism even further
Sin City is constructing a performing-arts centre, a new City Hall and a museum devoted to organised crime -- all in an effort to attract more tourism, reports Bloomberg News. The city, which has the fastest growing population of any US metropolis, also has the cheapest nightly hotel rates on average for a US city of its size, according to Hotels.com.
He's been travelling full-time for five years
Matt Kepnes, aka Nomadic Matt (who was recently featured on BBC Travel's Forms of identification column), has struck a balance between making a living from travelling, blogging, and helping other people blog about travelling. On Monday, he celebrated his fifth anniversary of hop-scotching the globe nonstop by launching a contest: Simply "like" his Facebook page by 1 August and you'll be entered to win a contest with prizes including a free round-the-world ticket. Details on his website.
30,000-point Starwood bonus offer
If you're eligible to apply for a US credit card and have never had a Starwood card from American Express, consider applying for a personal card now. You have a short-term chance to earn 10,000 Starpoints for signing up and another 20,000 after you spend $4,500 on the card, as Rick Ingersoll "the Frugal Travel Guy" has blogged. There's an annual fee of $65, waived in the first year. Points can be used toward hotel bookings and for flights on many major airlines.
The mega re-tweet
We scour Twitter to highlight a standout travel tweet.
"I want headphones and I want them now; snorers have no souls and should be purged from the face of this world #ARGH"
-- @TravelingEditor, aka, Dylan Lowe, a travel blogger, during an overnight stay in Montreal. Perhaps he'd be interested in Crowne Plaza's efforts to have a "snore patrol" – staffers who prowl hallways at night to wake-up sleepers who may be loudly disturbing guests.