The LG Weekly News Roundup: 10.27.09

Hotels & Resorts, Weekly Travel News — By on October 26, 2009 at 5:48 pm

by Molly Fergus
LG Travel News Editor

Missed the big travel stories of the week? And the weird, wacky and under-the-radar ones? We’ve got your round-up right here….
Stateside Steals
Europe’s not the only continent hustling to fill its hotels. American hoteliers posted room rate averages 30 percent lower in some of the country’s most expensive markets, including Las Vegas and New York. Case in point: A seven-night stay at New York’s Hotel on Rivington evens out to just $73/night. Maybe it’s time for that cross-country road trip.
Source: TimesOnline

Win! Free nights anywhere
Even better than cheap domestic hotels: Free international beds. Sign up for our blogger friend Nomadic Matt‘s RSS feed or e-newsletter to win three free nights at a hostel. Can’t afford a vacay, even with gratis lodging? Join as one of Matt’s e-book affiliates to win an iPod touch. Whoever draws the most traffic to the book wins the gadget – and everyone else still gets 50 percent of the sales! More info on Matt’s site.
Source: Nomadic Matt

Epcot’s newest equation
Talk about foresight. “Sum of all Thrills,” Disney’s newest addition to the Epcot Innoventions pavilion, lets kids design their own virtual ride – and sponsor Raytheon hopes those same amateur engineers will return to the industry after college. The high-tech defense contractor – recruiting for the wide-open engineering field – wants the attraction to prove that math is more than multiplication tables, and that there isn’t always one right answer. Can grown-ups play, too?
Source: Chicago Tribune

Everything in moderation
Turn that smile upside down: Catalonian officials have banned happy hour promotions to cut down on binge drinking in the northern region of Spain. Barcelona, the capital of the area, has a hard-won reputation as a party town that regularly hosts British hen parties and rowdy backpackers. Violators – that is, any bar offering a two-for-one special or open bar tickets – will face fines as high as $9,000.
Source: BBC

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