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A botched fresco restoration in Spain first became a viral hit, then a massive tourist draw. Now it looks like it also will be parlayed into merchandise. The elderly woman who rendered Jesus as a “beast” when touching up an artwork in Borja, Spain, has been offered a deal to reproduce the image on T-shirts, postcards and more. [Huffington Post]

Chinese nouveau riche are flocking to South Korea for destination weddings, looking to incorporate some of that Korean Gangnam cool into their special day. In general, Chinese tourists account for 25% of all visitors to the country, and now additional wedding companies are forming to accommodate the influx. [AP]

This week saw two big wins for futuristic modes of transport:

Developers in New Zealand working on a personal jetpack received a permit to begin manned tests of the contraption. The inventor behind the pack began working at it more than 30 years ago with the goal of creating a flight contraption for ordinary people and everyday use. [BI]

Entrepreneur Elon Musk unveiled the details and mechanics behind his super-high-speed transit system Hyperloop, which involves solar power, low-pressure tubes and pods on skis. To learn more about how it works and the physics involved, see here. [Businessweek]

Inflight entertainment
Photos and videos that went viral on the Web this week

Put aside your GPS and printed maps for a second and look at the world a little differently with these 27 maps, including one of all the red-haired people in Europe, as well as a modern-day Pangea. [BuzzFeed]

Ready for takeoff
All set to go, but too soon to tell what’s ahead

Air Canada will now accommodate passengers with pet allergies after one flyer suffered an attack during a flight from Toronto to Phoenix. Passengers will have to declare and show proof of their allergy and the airline will either ban animals or reassign seats. [CBC.ca]

 

Turbulence
Hold on folks, we’re in for a rocky ride

Asiana Airlines is offering $10,000 to each of the 288 survivors of July’s San Francisco plane crash. The sum is not a settlement, nor does it necessarily prevent passengers from suing the company, according to a spokesperson. [CBS]

The Queen of England’s former footman returned to his native India when his visa expired. The media was quick to label his home in Calcutta as part of the “slums”, a word that many in India believe is a loaded term used too freely. This BBC piece takes a deeper look at the term and its context. [BBC News]

Cancelled
It’s a no-go

Travellers without insurance are placing public hospitals on the Thai island of Phuket under serious financial strain. A significant number of tourists hospitalised are Australian, usually as the result of nights of reckless drinking and partying. [The Sydney Morning Herald]

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