Every Friday, we help you navigate the week’s most
important and interesting travel news stories.
travel news for travellers
This week US carriers cancelled
nearly 20,000 flights because of “Superstorm Sandy”. Our most re-tweeted
hurricane-themed item was: “Gate C34 at LaGuardia Airport in NYC is ready to accept
Today airlines look to
resume full flight schedules at New York City airports.
BBC Travel expresses its
condolences to anyone who lost a loved one during this week’s tragedy.
and videos that went viral on the Web this week
This week Air New Zealand revealed its Hobbit-themed
in-flight safety video, which stars characters from the upcoming movie The
Hobbit. During the four and a half minute short video, various minor figures
from the Lord of the Rings series pop up, teaching passengers about emergency
procedures. Director Peter Jackson, Gollum and JRR Tolkien’s great-grandsons
Mike and Royd Tolkien all do funny turns on camera. It may become the one
safety video to rule them all.
One of our most re-tweeted items of the week
was of a gorgeous video of Iceland’s
loveliest summer scenes. The wanderlust-inspiring five-minute film has been
viewed more than 300,000 times. [Vimeo]
FlightRadar24 tracks all of the
world’s commercial flights on online maps. BBC Travel reader Tomas
Longa pointed out to us that you can see a Google Earth flight simulation
of any flight by clicking on any aeroplane icon on a map and then selecting
"cockpit view.” (Users must download a plug-in from Google first). [Arctic
Amazing things that should
happen more often
Young British couple Alex Pelling and Lisa
Gant are travelling the world in a van and getting married everywhere they go.
In the past year and a half, they’ve gotten
married 26 times, in places as diverse as Peru and Hawaii. [Buzzfeed]
Party with a Local is a new
app for Android and Apple devices that aims to connect travellers for fun. But
that begs a question: Would you use an app to meet strangers while on vacation?
[Party with a Local]
Hold on folks, we’re in for
a rocky ride
North Korea says that it will open the
world's tallest hotel next year, with help from the luxury German hotel brand
Kempinski, which runs
other famous properties like Berlin’s Hotel Aldon. The Pyongyang Ryugyong Hotel, described as the “worst
building in the history of mankind”, has stood vacant in Pyongyang for 25
years. It’s unclear who will be visiting it when it finally opens.
[Bloomberg Businessweek; Esquire; The Telegraph]
an airline jointly owned by Sweden, Denmark and Norway, has been unprofitable
since 2007. Its parent company, SAS Group, said this week that it will cut
costs to survive. [Bloomberg]
It’s a no-go
The new Dutch government has scrapped
legislation that would have effectively banned
tourists from Amsterdam's marijuana cafes. No word yet on how the
government plans to respond to the rise in organised crime around the trade. [AP]
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