International hospitality from Iceland to Bosnia
London tourism remains unaffected by the riots in the city's outlying districts, a foreign correspondent creates a tour company aimed at news junkies, Norwegian Cruise Lines plans a "Tweet-up" sailing, Spanish airports brace for possible strikes in late August, and more. Here are the stories travellers are buzzing about:
Parts of London experience riots, alarming travellers
A third consecutive night of looting and arson by hundreds of young people has upset Londoners, but the criminal activity was confined to neighbourhoods far from the tourist circuit, as shown by the Telegraph's real-time map of incidents. Yesterday, the only landmark district affected by violence was Notting Hill, made famous by the movie of the same name. Visitors to the city's museums, Oxford Street shops and West End theatres enjoyed sunny weather unaffected by the lawlessness elsewhere. That said, the borough of Hackney was hard hit by violence, and it is a borough encompassing part of the Olympic Park for the 2012 Games.
"Political Tours" debut this fall at hotspots worldwide
Former New York Times foreign correspondent Nicholas Wood founded a tour company called Political Tours, aimed at people who are fascinated by current events. Starting this fall, Wood and another host will offer guided tours of places like Egypt, North Korea and South Africa, with expert political commentary. For example, a tour of Bosnia and Serbia on 10 to 18 September will cover key battlegrounds in the 1990s conflict; it includes eight nights' accommodation, local transport and meals, starting at $3,765 per person.
Introducing a "Tweet-up" cruise
Norwegian Cruise Line plans to host its first "Tweetup" cruise on a November sailing from Florida through parts of the Caribbean. USA Today reports that activities will include networking events, social media marketing panels and "exclusive in-port events" where guests can "post, tweet and blog". Get details by following @SeaTweetup on Twitter, of course.
Spain airport strike watch
More than 60,000 ground staff at Spanish international airports may strike sometime between 18 to 26 August, reports the Irish Independent. We'll keep an eye on this story as it develops.
Travel analyst Henry Harteveldt leaving Forrester Research
After 11 years with the company, the much-quoted travel analyst Harteveldt is leaving to start a new venture, Atmosphere Research, reports Tnooz. We wish him well.