The LG Weekly News Roundup: 8.12.10

Weekly Travel News — By on August 12, 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….

Dirty Dancing Resort Business Drops
This news will strike a sentimental chord with anyone who grew up in the pre-Jennifer Grey nose job world.  Mountain Lake Resort in Pembroke, Virginia, where Patrick Swayze and Grey got their groove on during the iconic ‘80s film, is looking a bit aged. The resort’s iconic lake has shrunk to nearly a third of its original size in the last two years alone, and the recession means that business now consists almost exclusively of Dirty Dancing pilgrims. The good news: Themed movie stays are still available (rates start at $230 for a two-night stay), and the annual Dirty Dancing retreat almost sold out this summer. Source: USA Today

French Employees Most Likely to Take All Vacation Days
File this one under “more proof that the French know how to live.” In a worldwide survey by Reuters/Ipsos, only 33 percent of employees in Japan are likely to take all of their vacation time while 89 percent of workers in France tend to cash in their full allotment of days off. Stateside, the numbers are still pretty grim. Only 57 percent of workers plan to use all of their vacation time each year, which means 43 out of every 100 people in the country will spend some of those precious days off in a cubicle. Maybe it’s time to rethink that American Dream. Source: Gadling

Jetblue Seeks NYPD and Firefighters
Perhaps this will make Jetblue’s flight attendants less likely to go berserk and launch the emergency evacuation chute on the tarmac: The New York City-based budget airline prefers to recruit city police and firefighters to join its ranks as flight attendants. Since the company launched, it’s hired several hundred officers, reportedly because firefighters and cops know how to work erratic hours, deal with the public and handle stressful emergency situations. The only question here: Is it possible that flying the skies in 2010 is actually more demanding than manning New York’s bustling streets? Source: AOL Travel

Obama Eases More Cuba Travel Restrictions
We’re yet another step closer to legally smoking Cuban cigars. A year after lifting restrictions on family travel to Cuba, Obama is making it a little easier for students to visit the island to complete educational research and certain qualifying universities. Raise a Cuba Libre to that one! Source: Gadling

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Travel News Bits

Let them eat bugs: U.N. study encourages farming insects for food
Source: ForeignPolicy.com

New Kids on the Boat: New Kids on the Block to host third Carnival cruise.
Source: Huffington Post

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