Every Friday, we help you navigate the week’s most important and interesting travel news stories.

Amazing things that should happen more often

Bloomberg unveiled a chart this week that ranked the “best-value cities for foreign investment”. Singapore came out on top, calculated using factors including total costs to set up a business and per-capita GDP. [Bloomberg]

Tourism is hitting record highs in Ireland this year, a boost related to the large numbers of Americans visiting for “The Gathering", a government-funded programme of events that encourages people with Irish surnames to attend clan reunions throughout 2013. [Huff Po]

Flight attendants might soon be relieved of running up and down the aisles to make sure tablets and laptops are turned off. A Federal Aviation Administration advisory panel met behind closed doors this week to discuss potentially easing restrictions on the use of personal electronics. The final recommendations are expected to be delivered at the end of this month. [AFP]

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Photos and videos that went viral on the Web this week

A stunning series of aerial photographs looks at how humans interact with water, from constructing geometric irrigation systems to bathing pilgrimages. [Daily Mail]

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

Many of the world’s biggest film stars were halfway across the world the night of the Emmys, attending a red-carpet event for a new studio/entertainment/tourism complex in Qingdao, China. The wealthy Chinese property developer behind the (more than) $8-billion project hopes it will overtake Hollywood as the world’s movie capital in the coming years. [Quartz]

In a simple but telling experiment, Reader’s Digest dropped wallets in a number cities around the world to determine which are the most (and least) honest places. More wallets were returning in Helsinki than anywhere else, while the fewest resurfaced in Lisbon. [Reader’s Digest]

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

It’s no secret that air travel is pretty dirty, contributing to about 2.5% of greenhouse gas emissions. Not all airlines emit equally, though, and the International Council on Clean Transportation has released a report comparing airlines’ fuel efficiency. [Co.Exist]

Protestors jumped into Venice’s waters this week to prevent cruise ships from docking. Their concern is the ships are overwhelming the city, from overcrowding to damaging the city’s already-sinking foundations. [Telegraph]

The Australian government is currently facing making a decision on a proposal to build the world’s biggest coal port in Queensland. The project would place the Great Barrier Reef at risk, prompting Unesco to consider putting on its World Heritage in-danger list. [Time]

It’s a no-go

Yet again, another tale of a digital map mishap. Apple Maps, already considered by many technophiles to be a laughable map system, supposedly gave faulty guidance to drivers, directing them to cross an airport runway in Fairbanks, Alaska. [CNet]

The tragic Costa Concordia saga continues, now with the captain of the shipwrecked vessel in court and looking to pass off blame to others on the ship. In prior interviews he has claimed responsibility for the accident. [Reuters]

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