The LG Weekly News Roundup: 5.27.10

Weekly Travel News — By on May 27, 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….

Staying Sober on the Sand
Well, happy Memorial Day to Miami. Just before the long weekend, the sunny city passed a law that prohibits hotels from selling booze on the beach – which most properties currently do through oceanfront concession stands. That means adios to that beach-side daiquiri, but the worst could be yet to come: The city attorney’s office plans to crack down on noisy rooftop bars next.
Source: USA Today

Python on the Lam
In one Mason City, IA Holiday Inn, it only costs $65 to let your pet python roam the halls. That’s what one 25-year-old guest was fined, anyway, when he let his five-year-old snake loose in the hotel chain. No one knows why the guest thought this was a good idea, but the hotel did say that he was “apologetic.” Better be.
Source: Gadling

Room Keys: Now there’s an app for that
Finally! A solution to the de-magnetized keycard issue (that doesn’t involve dashing down to the front desk). Two Chicago-area Holiday Inns are testing programs that will let guests use smart phones as room keys. To use the system, travelers download the “Open Way “ app and hold the phone up to a censor at the door, nixing the check-in process altogether. In the long run, this could even save hotels money by slashing front desk staff. The biggest downside we see: Now, it could be even more of a hassle to forget your phone.
Source: USA Today

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