The LG Weekly News Roundup: 3.11

Mexico, Passports & Visas, Weekly Travel News — By on March 11, 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 roundup right here….

Viva spring break!
Mexico’s back! Swine Flu, drug wars and a nasty economy essentially sunk Mexico’s tourism industry last year and lost the country nearly $2 billion. This year, rowdy spring breakers snapped up cheap airfare and all-inclusive packages, which put hotel sales back in the black. Travelocity even reports that Mexico bookings are up nearly 25 percent over last year. Raise a margarita to that!
Source: USA Today

Pinching pennies for passports
Ouch. U.S. State Department officials are considering a passport fee hike of $35, which brings the price of identification up to $135 — more than double its 2002 cost of $60. Officials say the new passport’s high-tech features justify the increase, but that’s not comforting to a family of four, who would shell out nearly $500 just to cross the Canadian border.  Either way, if you’re due for a new passport, high-tail it to the post office!
Source: Chicago Tribune

A mile high dream job

Aspiring travel writers and ski bunnies take note. Qittle, a cell phone marketing company, is recruiting bloggers for its “Live the Dream” contest until May. Only one lucky winner gets the plush gig, which includes Aspen accommodations, a living stipend and a ski pass for a year. Presumably, responsibilities include skiing, video blogging and hot-tubbing, in no particular order.
Source: CBS 4

Underage and clearing for takeoff, the sequel
He’s done it again. The same air traffic controller who let his son clear planes for take-off gave his daughter the mic, too! This incident was on a completely different day, which changes the game a bit for the investigation. Some pilots have stood behind the controller, but this is definitely murky safety ground. At least we’re seeing some gender equality!
Source: Jaunted

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