Every Friday, we help you navigate the week’s most important and interesting travel news stories.
Amazing things that should happen more often
1899 a group of French artists created photos of what travel might look like in the year 2000. Unfortunately, we
don't yet have aerotaxis or
boats pulled by whales, but thankfully we don't have to worry about flying
policemen either. [tnooz]
Johnson strapped on his GoPro camera
and leapt into the Churchill River with scores of beluga whales, giving the rest of us a glimpse of
what it’s like to swim among them. [Matador Network]
Ready for takeoff
All set to go, but too soon to tell what’s
weeks after news of the acquisition broke, Google has closed the deal to buy Frommer's travel guides for an unknown sum that could be as
much as $20 million, but the internet giant's
future plans for Frommer's are
still unclear. [tnooz]
building an empire from slinging slaughtered beef, McDonald's will open its
first ever vegetarian outlet in
attempts to woo customers in the land of the holy cow. [Economic Times]
jet-maker Air Bus put together a forecast of what air travel might look like in 2050, and it included
gliding aeroplanes and jets that use biofuel,
solar power and hydrogen. [BBC]
Hold on folks, we’re in for a rocky ride
striking in Germany last week, Lufthansa cabin crew expanded their industrial action over pay and conditions by
staging two more 24-hour strikes this week. Friday's work stoppage resulted in the carrier cancelling 1,200
flights — two-thirds of its total scheduled flights. The union representing the
cabin crew said it would resume labour talks with the airline Friday afternoon.
Affected travellers can check Lufthansa's website for updates.
An outbreak of Hantavirus in California's
Yosemite National Park last week resulted in two deaths. Now the National Park
Service has expanded its warning, saying as many as 10,000 people in 39
countries could be affected. [Gadling]
It’s a no-go
A man flying from Togo to Switzerland attempted
15kg of caterpillars into the country. When caught, he began eating
as many as he could in an attempt to prove they were harmless, saying
"they were a snack,” and he was addicted to them.
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