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:
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
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
Las Vegas trying to boost tourism even
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
He's been travelling full-time for five
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
"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.
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