What’s hot: June 2013
CD-Traveller tells you what’s hot and what’s not in the travel world right now
Every August, tourists flock to the Spanish town of Bunol to hurl tomatoes at one another as part of La Tomatina – aka the world’s largest vegetable fight. And this year, the festival looks like being busier than ever which is why Spanish authorities have announced that they plan to ticket the event. Around 20,000 tickets will be released costing approximately 10 Euros, per person.
South African airlines
South African airlines (SAA) has been hailed as the most punctual airline in the world according to a report by airline and flight information services provider, FlightStats. So if you want to be sure that your flight will depart on time, SAA could be the way to go…
Keeping tabs on tourists
Sri Lankan police have asked the island’s hotels to inform them of the visa details and passport numbers of all foreigners staying with them. The initiative is believed to be in response to the death of Khuram Shaikh – a British national who was attached in Sri Lanka on Christmas Day in 2011.
Dozing at Abu Dhabi airport
Abu Dhabi International Airport has installed dozens of sleeping pods to allow passengers to enjoy a power nap in privacy. The GoSleep chairs shield sleepy travellers from noise, lights and crowds – for a fee of £8.
Trips to Tibet
The Chinese government have lifted the ban on travel to Tibet, meaning that now is the time to book that trip to Tibet. British, Aussie and Kiwi travellers will be able to visit the country on organised trips for the first time since June 2012.
Fancy becoming a flight attendant? Think again. A survey of 200 careers by Canadian website, careerscast.com, has ranked the role of flight attendant 191 out of 200. “High stress, low pay and a shrinking job market all contribute to flight attendant’s inclusion among the worst jobs of 2013,” says the survey.
Expensive ice creams
Two British couples who craved a couple of scoops of creamy Italian ice cream while in Rome, found themselves forking out a whopping £54 for the cold stuff. Here at CD-Traveller towers we think that the phrase ‘off‘ and ‘rip‘ could easily be rearranged and it seems that the city councillor Matteo Costantini agrees, telling Sky News: “It’s scandalous and should not be allowed to happen.”
A pilot was forced to make an emergency landing enroute from Los Angeles to New York, because of a power ballad blasting Whitney Houston fan. The woman wouldn’t stop singing Houston’s hit song, I Will Always Love You, and her off key warbling proved too much for other passengers – and the pilot.
Bulldozing Belize’s pyramids
One of Belize’s largest Mayan pyramids has been bulldozed by a construction company. The 2,300 year old structure at the Normal complex was torn down because of a road building project, to worldwide dismay and condemnation.
Putting on the glitz at the Ritz
Forbes travel guide has given six of London’s hotel’s a prestigious five star rating in the company’s first assessment of a European city. However while competitors such as Claridges, The Dorchester, The Savoy and The Lanesborough were awarded five stars, The Ritz was only awarded four. Forbes guides use 500 different stands to rate hotels in Asia and the US, and are highly regarded in the travel industry.