Hotel & Travel News – Sunday 27th February

Every week, more or less, I will be doing a little summary of some of the more interesting, amusing, strange or practical news from the hotel industry that we think will be interesting to our customers and readers of this blog. This will be plucked from some my own favourite blogs, those of the Skoosh team and any others that might be recommended by readers, fans, followers, customers or anyone else.

If you can recommend an entire blog or news listing, or just a particular article that you think people might be interested in, please let me know.

This week:

Christchurch Tram

A tram in Christchurch, which is recovering from a massive earthquake last week

After the grim news in New Zealand of the earthquake that killed at least 75 with still many to be found, the High Commissioner of the country Derek Leask has urged travellers to not be put off visiting what is one of the most beautiful countries on earth, although to avoid Christchurch and Lyttelton. More at Breaking Travel News. Bloomberg discuss the task of rebuilding Christchurch, one of the most popular tourist draws as the country’s oldest city.

Barbara over at USA Today Travel reports on the Fairmont San Francisco who gave over 100 people lifetime VIP status at an ultra cheap rate due to a ‘human error’. Credit to them they honoured it, too! Read more…

Ben from the same source reported on Easyjet’s apology for providing unsuitable food options on a flight from Tel Aviv. It could be questioned if it would even be suitable to include only bacon/ham products as meat selections on a flight to/from anywhere really. Decide for yourself here.

The Travel Ranter Darren Cronian tells us all the 5 things he hates about public transport. My own personal gripe would be the price – on a trip I’m going on to Cornwall from Brighton before Easter it is actually cheaper to fly than to get the train, which leaves an environmental concern but saves both time and money. Let him know your own.

Adriana at Peter Greenberg Worldwide tells the story of how an airline managed to send an 80-year-old Ethiopian lady over 200 miles from her Atlanta, Georgia, USA destination. Scary stuff…

Palms Casino

Palms Casino - more goes on behind that cool façade than you'd imagine!

And finally something a bit different (and my proudest find of the past couple of weeks!) – a cool video “violating the laws of nature”  from one Tom Guilmette which he filmed using some serious high-tech camera equipment in a Las Vegas hotel room at the Palms Casino Resort! Prettyamazing stuff I’m sure you’ll agree.

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