The LG Travel News Roundup: 12.31.10

Weekly Travel News — By on December 31, 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…

Mandarin Oriental Charges $650 for Chinese Meal

Forget cheap, greasy Chinese take-out. The Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Tokyo is launching a program that will serve guests a traditional Cantonese meal for a wildly expensive $650 a head – more than some rooms in the posh, upscale hotel. The price encompasses eight courses and traditional Chinese liquor, but don’t forget to tip; that will cost an extra 13 percent, about $83. Source: USA Today

Obama Vacation Home for Rent

Even laymen can rent out the Obama family’s five-bedroom Hawaii vacation home – as long as they have the cash. Priced at about $3,500 per night and listed for rent on HomeAway.com, the Kailua Bay home that Michelle, Barack, Sasha and Malia have spent the last three Christmases in comes with an in-house Jacuzzi, a lagoon-shaped swimming pool, and plenty of privacy. Source:  USA Today

Charles De Gaulle Airport Evacuated

The beginning of winter 2010 is starting to look like the season of sagging roofs. A few weeks after the Vikings Stadium roof collapsed under the weight of some 20-inches of snow, Paris’ Charles De Gaulle Airport was evacuated due to piles of the white stuff; although the roof never caved in, the concerns were – and prevented travelers from making it home for Christmas. Source: Huffington Post

Continental Makes More Room for Bags

Good news for the carry-on travelers among us (and isn’t that all of us now?): Continental’s new Boeing 737-800 plane with the Sky Interiors design features larger overhead bins that make room for more roll-on suitcases. The news is certainly welcome for anyone who has opted to carry-on, only to have to valet-check a suitcase once the plane fills up.  Source: AOL Travel

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Travel News Bits

New iPhone App Translates in Real Time
Augmented reality gets what might be its most impressive – and practical – function with the new iPhone app QuestVisual, which automatically translates photos of text between Spanish and English.  Source: Gadling

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