The LG Weekly News Roundup: 1.14.10Air, Car, Mexico, Weekly Travel News — By Molly F on January 14, 2010 at 6:00 am
By Molly Fergus
LG Travel News Editor
Missed the big travel stories of the week? And the weird, wacky and insignificant ones? We’ve got your round-up right here….
Can Facebook help Mexico recover from last year’s onslaught of, well, everything awful? The Mexican Council for the Promotion of Tourism hopes so. After Swine Flu, drug wars and a worldwide drop in travel, the Mexican tourism industry was a little limp. Now, the council is focusing on getting Mexican residents to the beach. The council launched its Gracias A Ti Vive Mexcio site via Facebook Connect and gave away 10 vacays. The only catch: winners needed a Mexican Facebook account. Incidentally, two of the three Lost Girls (Jen and Amanda) will be traveling to Mexico next Monday to research “Cancun for Grown Ups.” Stay tuned for more on that-and the state of the beach-later this month.
The dirt on full-body scanners
Most of us don’t want to don a bikini post-holidays, much less prance around in the buff for all of airport security to see. That’s only one (vain) concern with full-body scanners, the new airport technology that lets TSA officials see nudie photos of everyone before hopping on a flight. Jaunted took a peek at some of the images, though, and we have to admit, they look more sci-fi than Playboy. Whatever your opinion, remember that these 19 U.S. airports currently have the scanners.
Road trip worries
“Infotainment systems,” the new buzzword for internet-equipped cars, made a big showing at this week’s Consumer Electronics Show. Each of the systems, from Audi’s to Ford’s, merge music, maps and media into a dashboard PC. The shiny products promise to thrill shot-gun riders on road trips, but of course they beg the very serious question of…isn’t this way worse than texting or chatting on the phone while driving? It’s one thing to plug an address into a GPS or switch the dial on the radio, but scanning Yelp for the best four-star diner while keeping an eye on the road? That seems perilous.
Source: New York Times
An old, faithful vacation
One bright spot in a dismal travel year: National Parks seem to be attracting more tourists. Yellowstone saw a record number of travelers last year, up 7.5 percent from 2008 to 3.3 million guests. The world’s first national park, with its famous bears and spouting geysers, had its busiest travel decade ever in the 2000s. So, maybe this is one place to visit during the off-season?
Source: USA Today