Locals worldwide share the lies they tell tourists, airlines may discount plane tickets more than usual this fall in the US, low-cost airline easyJet is coming to London's Southend airport, Amsterdam gives a sneak peak of its revamped national art museum, and more. Here are the stories that travellers are buzzing about:
Lies to tell
For years, Time Out London has been publishing Lies
to tell tourists in London, a weekly series of "cheeky
misdirections" for locals to tell visitors. The publication recently
invited Twitter users to chime in, and the response was enormous. Example lie:
"When on the tube its customary to
introduce yourself to the people sitting next to and opposite you. (@magiczebras)” The
Economist got into the fun yesterday by inviting its readers to share their own
ideas, and more than 180 readers spoke up with their own lies to tell
tourists at destinations worldwide. Worldseekerfrank
Morocco, to get the best price from a vendor, make sure you tell him that you
are from a rich country, this is your first time there, and you have just arrived!”
US airlines are likely to put tickets on
sale this fall
This week, JetBlue and AirTran launched sales for mid to late autumn 2011, and
the Associated Press reports that other airlines will be forced to discount
their airfares after Labor Day more than they usually do in the off-season.
"We're going to see less demand and more discounting", according to Helane
Becker, an analyst for Dahlman Rose & Co, quoted in the article. In the
meantime, the average flight in May was more than 83% full, a near record
level, which means summer airfare prices will continue to soar.
London gets a new hub airport for
discount flights in 2012
Discount airline EasyJet says it will
begin operating 70 flights a week from London's Southend Airport, giving that
airport its first service with a major low-cost carrier serving continental
Europe. Commencing in April 2012 (well before the 2012 Olympic Games), the
service is expected to fly about 800,000 passengers a year to European
destinations. The airport is a five-minute shuttle ride from Rochford train
station, which connects to London's central Liverpool Street station on a
50-minute train ride.
Rijksmuseum redo on track
Rembrandt's Night Watch and other illustrious works by Golden Age Dutch masters
will be showcased in snazzy exhibition spaces once a full design rethink
of the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam opens
to the public in 2013. The Associated Press was granted a
sneak preview of the renovation work, and it reports that the former
maze-like corridors have been replaced with large spaces and high ceilings,
including a window-lined public tunnel for bicycles that runs through the
ground floor. The new museum will be able to comfortably host an expected 2
million visitors a year, says the report.
Auckland's new hotspot
This New Zealand city is experiencing a pop-up bar craze in the run-up to its
biggest celebration in decades: the Rugby World Cup, which kicks off in
September. The hub of the action is Britomart, a former warehouse district that
has been revitalised since new train station arrived in 2003, according to Monocle. Popular venues include 1885 Britomart, whose martini bar is
separate from an underground basement bar often showcasing live music.
slide show about the district, which was published last weekend by The
New York Times.
We scour Twitter to highlight a standout
"The birds are refusing to work?
:-) RT @bbc_travel: Bird strike
endangers passengers on a US flight: http://bit.ly/iuj9kE #bbcinbrief"
-- @howtotraveler,��Brad Benner, American traveller and entrepreneur, poking fun
at one of the headlines from yesterday's In brief.
(Touché, Brad, touché.)
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