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Woman gives birth during a flight, Scratch-n-sniff guide includes the best and worst smells of New York, Avatar theme park coming to Orlando, and more. Here are the stories that travellers are buzzing about:
Baby's citizenship still up in the air
Normally passengers don't cheer at the sound of a screaming baby, but that's what happened Monday when a Filipino woman gave birth during a flight from Manila to San Francisco. Now officials are trying to determine the nationality of the baby. According to a report by Fox News, the woman was immigrating to the states and was hoping for the baby to be born in the US, so it would gain automatic citizenship. But the baby’s citizenship depends on where it was born: if the birth was over international waters, it will be a Filipino citizen, if it was over US airspace, it will be an American.
Woman publishing scratch-n-sniff guide to New York
In what could either turn out to be a brilliant idea or a complete stinker, hotel concierge Amber Jones is releasing a scratch-n-sniff guide to New York, the first in a planned series of scratch-n-sniff guides. In an attempt to give an honest depiction of the city, the book — called New York, Phew York — will include both good smells (mostly food) and bad (garbage, sewer steam and horse manure). She has already received more than 450 orders of the $35 book, which will be released at the end of November, the Guardian reports.
IHG announces low-price guarantee
In an effort to bring customers back to its own websites from booking giants like Expedia, Intercontinental Hotels Group (IHG) — the parent company of Crowne Plaza and Holiday Inn — has started the Book With Us Advantage, Gadling reports. IHG is guaranteeing that travellers will find the lowest prices through its website, and any guest who finds a qualifying, lower room price for one of its hotels anywhere else on the internet will receive the first night free, and the rest of their stay will match the low price. Of course, in order to compare IHG prices with its competitors, it's still a good idea to start with a large booking site.
"Our goal is to go beyond current boundaries of technical innovation and experiential storytelling, and give park-goers the chance to see, hear and touch the world of 'Avatar' with an unprecedented sense of reality."
-James Cameron. The director of Avatar is teaming up with Disney and Fox Filmed Entertainment to create a theme park based on the blockbuster film at Disney World in Orlando, Reuters reports.