The LG Weekly News Roundup: 9.3.10

Weekly Travel News — By on September 3, 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….

Thousands of Redheads Flock to Netherlands for Annual Fest
Carrot tops, pack your bags! The fifth Coebergh Redhead Day kicks off this Sunday, September 5, in Breda, a city in the southern Netherlands. Started by artist Bart Rouwenhorst in 2005 (himself a blond), the annual festival celebrates all things related to the fiery haired – including redhead-inspired art; a feisty cocktail, made with mint, triple sec and orange juice, called the Coebergh Cosmo; a long braid that supposedly belonged to Rapunzel; and a gathering of thousands of gingers from nearly 40 countries. Source: Roodharigen

At Least Eight Killed in Cancun Attack
Mexico’s tourism industry just can’t seem to catch a break. At least eight people died in Cancun on Tuesday when bombs were thrown into a bar in what looks like another drug-related killing. Although the bar is in a residential neighborhood outside of the popular resort district – and most touristy destinations on the Pacific and Caribbean are perfectly safe – the incident is yet another strike against the country’s downtrodden tourism industry. Last Saturday, Mexicana airlines halted all flights due to bankruptcy; on Wednesday, a bridge collapsed and stranded passengers near Puerto Vallarta; and much of the country’s tourism industry is still recovering from the swine flu epidemic.  Source: USA Today

How To Fly First Class For Free
Snagging a seat at the front of the plane often seems out of reach for all but the wealthiest travelers (or the best schmoozers). But racking up enough miles to ride in business class – even on long, overseas routes — is more about savvy spending and wise credit card use than hefty bank account balances or even those highly sought-after elite miles. At least, that’s what Nomadic Matt, a travel writer who has been touring the world and writing about it since 1006, says. Even though he’s only flown about 20,000 miles in the last year, he’s earned 150,000 miles on British Airlines alone – enough for a free business class flight. The only question: Is it worth it to spend those miles on luxury flights, or would you rather book several trips?  Source: Nomadic Matt

JetBlue CEO Speaks Out About Steven Slater
For all its social media savvy, JetBlue is not thrilled about flight attendant Seven Slater, who rose to rapid Internet stardom earlier this month when he quit his job by launching the emergency exit chute after the plane had touched down at JFK airport. JetBlue CEO Dave Barger spoke out against the fiasco in earlier this week, lambasting the act as dangerous and out of line. Frankly, we can’t blame JetBlue. Everyone’s experienced some workplace rage before, but we don’t all get to race out of plane with a couple of Heinekens in hand. Source: Jaunted

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