The LG Weekly News Roundup: 4.1.10

Weekly Travel News — By on April 1, 2010 at 6:00 am

By Molly Fergus
LG Deputy Editor, Travel News

Missed the big travel stories of the week? And the weird, wacky and insignificant ones? We’ve got your roundup right here….

The (new) most magical place on earth
Muggles, ready your brooms! The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Universal Studio’s recreation of J.K. Rowling’s magical world, opens in Orlando June 18…to everyone except the British. Our friends on the other side of the pond get to join the Quidditch game as early as May 28. We’re a little jealous, but at $1,010 for a seven-night Quality Inn stay, maybe we should all wait until fall.
Source: Jaunted

Flip your travel karma
The worst travel experiences always make the best stories, and now they could also win you a vacation worth $10 grand. Travel Guard, a travel insurance company, is hosting “The World’s Unluckiest Traveler” competition. Competitors enter their wild travel stories, and each month Travel Guard will give two Flip UltraHD camcorders-one to the winner and one to a lucky voter who helped select the winner (chosen at random). At the end of the year, another very lucky contestant (and another lucky voter!) score the grand prize – a $10,000 vacation or upgrade to their next trip. How’s that for good mojo?
Source: Travel Guard

Lands of the free

Jonesing for some outdoorsy fun now that winter is finally thawing? Hit up one of the country’s 392 national parks April 17-25, when admission to nearly all of them is free. Some fees on lodging and food won’t be waived, but the weeklong celebration is still a steal. Anyone ready for a road trip?
Source: National Park Service

Contagious travels
Ugh. Can we just keep our diseases to ourselves? Visitors to an Indian resort on one of the Andaman islands have brought foreign diseases such as measles to the Jarawa, a formerly remote tribe. Only about 320 Jarawa are left, and the government wants to close the resort to save the people. Let’s hope they approve that.
Source: Gadling

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Travel Bits
Go, go Internet! US Airways teams with Gogo Inflight for first Wi-Fi enabled flight.
Source: Gadling

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