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Social media is increasingly becoming the method airlines, hotels, credit cards and consumers get in touch with one another about the latest news, deals and promotions. Here’s a look at the latest interesting contests, trending topics and more on social media from the week.

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Here are some of the hottest news stories and promotions that everyone has been tweeting about this week.

AP Travel announced the opening of an Indian casino in Sonoma.
AP Travel announced the opening of an Indian casino in Sonoma.

Las Vegas-Style Casino Opens In Sonoma Wine Country: There are a lot of things you shouldn’t do while drunk, and gambling is one of them! Gamblers don’t have to travel to Las Vegas anymore after a new Indian casino opened in the heart of Northern California’s wine country this week, just 50 miles from San Francisco, announced @APTravel.  The $800 million Graton Resort & Casino in Sonoma County has Las Vegas-style gambling with 3,000 slot and video poker machines, blackjack and other card games, and is owned by the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria.

Female pilots still not trusted.
Female pilots still not trusted.

Female Pilots Still Not Trusted: Even in this age of equality, many travelers still don’t trust a female pilot, according to @TelegraphTravel. A survey conducted by determined that 51% of passengers were less likely to trust a female pilot, while just 14 per cent said they would feel safer with a woman at the control of an aircraft, and 25% said the sex of their pilot did not matter, and 9% said they were “unsure.” Reasons for their distrust included the belief that “male pilots are more skilled” and fear that women couldn’t handle the pressure of commercial flights.

The Bud Light Hotel will host football fans for the upcoming 2014 Super Bowl.

Norwegian Cruise Ship Will Set Sail As A Bud Light Hotel During The Super Bowl: Now football fans won’t be lost at sea if their vacation plans clash with the big game as a Norwegian cruise ship has been named the ‘Bud Light Hotel’ for the 2014 Super Bowl. The 4,028-passenger Norwegian Getaway ship will be transformed into a booze-themed lodging and entertainment venue for Super Bowl XLVIII by docking in New York from the Thursday before the February 2, 2014 match-up. Along with beer, sports and the obligatory Super Bowl food, the ship will have typical cruise amenities, including a fun zone with water slides, large production shows, and a two-deck spa, revealed @HuffPostTravel.

Wellness Trends
Wellness vacations are on the rise.

The Top 10 Wellness Trends Of 2014 Revealed: If you need some rest and relaxation before the holiday season kicks off, @Skift has named the top wellness trends in 2o14. Compiled by Wellness Tourism Worldwide, a wellness travel research and promotion business, the list includes the rise of food tourism, mindful vacations such as yoga retreats, doctors prescribing vacations to combat stress, and wellness travel agents.

Arthur Frommer is returning to his book publishing empire.
Arthur Frommer is returning to his book publishing empire.

The Frommer Family Are Relaunching Their Iconic Travel Guide Book Series: The guide book is alive and well! @LATimesTravel tweeted that Arthur Frommer, 84, is taking back his place at the helm of the famous guide book empire and relaunching the brand with his daughter, Pauline, and between now and Christmas 30 new Frommer guidebooks – paperbacks and e-books – will be published. “Fifty-seven years later, I’m returning to what I originally did,” Frommer said. “I’m probably the oldest fledgling publisher in world history.” The new editions will also include information on budget-travel options such as Airbnb and

The most beautiful airports in the world.
The most beautiful airports in the world.

Ranking The World’s Most Scenic Airports: Sometimes just getting there is half the joy of traveling, especially if you are flying into one of these airports. @HuffPostTravel has ranked the most scenic places to touchdown, based on location, views from the air, and even picturesque runways. Included in the list of 11 are Male in the Maldives, Queenstown in New Zealand and Lukla in Nepal.

Alligator is captured in Chicago O’Hare.

Alligator On The Loose In Chicago O’Hare Airport Is Caught: While dogs are an increasingly common sight in airports, an alligator is one creature that you don’t want to find in a terminal. Flyers at Chicago O’Hare had a scaly encounter when a two-foot creature was on the loose on Friday, tweeted @TodayInTheSky. A passenger spotted the alligator under an escalator and quickly alerted a security guard, who was on patrol in Terminal 3 at the time. Officers eventually captured the reptile by placing a trash can over it. They then called the Chicago Herpetological Society, which now has possession of the animal. WBBM reported that “a major clue to how it ended up at the airport emerged on Twitter on Friday when someone posted photos of a man holding what appeared to be the same alligator.”

LAX shooting survivor tells his story.
LAX shooting survivor tells his story.

LAX Shooting Survivor Speaks Out: A school teacher who survived the LAX shooting is sharing his story is sharing his story by speaking out about the tragedy from his hospital bed, reported @CBS Los Angeles. Brad Ludmer, 29, said he was heading to his hometown of Chicago to attend a wedding when gunshots erupted Friday on a floor below him as he waited in a long, snaking line at a Terminal 3 security checkpoint. “I didn’t know what his intention was,” said Ludmer, who was shot in the leg, said from his hospital bed in Calabasas, California. “I only saw me and him. I was in total panic.”

Extra Room
Is premium economy value for money?

Is Extra Legroom Worth The Cost?: In light of Hawaiian Airlines announcing their new Extra Comfort seating option, @HuffPostTravel asked if it was worth it to economy travelers to pay for more space and perks. With some premium economy tickets such as on Qantas costing almost twice as much, the site determines that many airlines to are putting their focus on the “premium” over the “economy.” To learn how to get a better plane position without the extra price, read my post Top 10 Ways To Get A Better Economy Seat.

Indians light up to celebrate Diwali
India lights up to celebrate Diwali.

India Prepares For Diwali, The Hindu Festival Of Lights: Millions of Indians adorned their homes with glowing lanterns and sparklers this week in anticipation of Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, which symbolizes the triumph of good over evil. @APTravel reported that by Sunday, people will set off a near-constant stream of firecrackers, however this year authorities are encouraging them to reduce the number of fireworks because of the dangers of pollution.

Airlines in Arizona have been fined for scales violations.
Airlines in Arizona have been fined for scales violations.

Airlines Penalized For Inaccurate Luggage Scales: The Arizona Star’s Twitter page @StarNet revealed that a number of airlines have been fined for inaccurate luggage scales at Tucson and Sky Harbor international airports. Along with errors with weighing devices, inspectors from the state Department of Weights and Measures found situations where airlines did not post their policies on how much customers would pay if their bags were considered overweight.

Instagram photos of North Korea.

Instagram Allows A Rare Insight Into North Korea: @IBTimes is revealing how social media is changing the way we see one of the world’s most secretive communist countries, North Korea. While most official photos and all news is vetted by the government for approval, photos taken on Instagram by foreigners traveling in North Korea allow for an uncensored peek behind the borders.

How to avoid terrible travel fees.
How to avoid terrible travel fees.

The Most Outrageous Travel Fees: Do you feel like you are always paying for added extras when you’re on the road? @BudgetTravel is here to help with ways to prepare and hopefully avoid price hikes, such as visa fees, resort fees, departure taxes and cruise gratuities.

Breaking down the new FAA rules on electronics.
Breaking down the new FAA rules on electronics.

New FAA Rules On Electronics Are Explained: In light of the FAA loosening the rules on in-flight electronics, the Wall Street Journal and @WSJ are telling readers what they need to know before they power up gadgets. Under the new guidelines, virtually all airlines are soon expected to allow fliers to use devices from gate to gate, some as earlier as year’s end.

The Place Djema el Fna and Koutoubia mosque at sunset
The Place Djema el Fna and Koutoubia mosque at sunset.

Enter Your Most Stunning “Sunlight” Travel Photo For The Guardian Competition: The theme of photo competition this month is sunlight in all its manifestations. Click here to enter your photo with an 80-word caption between now and 24 November 2013 at 11.59pm GMT. Your photo should be at least 240dpi, a raw TIFF image or high-resolution JPEG, and be accompanied by a detailed caption of up to 80 words – where it was taken, what’s happening in the shot, what inspired you to take it, and any technical details. The winner will get a an Arctic adventure to Canada, including polar bear and whale tours, courtesy of the Canadian Tourism Commission.

Nominate your town to be the coolest in America.
Nominate your town to be the coolest in America.

Nominations Now Open For America’s Coolest Small Towns 2014: @BudgetTravel has opened the ballots for the coolest smallest town in America. Criteria include great shops, food, a unique history, a breathtaking location, peerless music scene, or art galleries. To nominate your town, click here and tell them why you think it is the hippest ‘hood in the US. 15 finalists will be announced in January, then readers will have the chance to cast their votes for the 10 winners, which will be announced in February.

The Star Alliance Gold Game.
The Star Alliance Gold Game.

Go For Gold With The Star Alliance Game: Star Alliance is giving you the chance to show off your air travel skills with their Gold Game. Enter to win Star Alliance Gold Status on a frequent flyer program of your choice by answering five questions related to the Gold Status benefit. If you answer correctly in the quickest time, you can win or give Gold Status as a gift to a friend/family member. Click here to enter and choose from mileage programs including Air Canada, Air New Zealand, ANA and United.

Win a trip to the 2014 Winter Olympics.
Win a trip to the 2014 Winter Olympics.

Win A Trip The 2014 Winter Olympics With United Airlines: You could cheer on the US team in person with United Airlines’ competition Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Enter at the airline’s Facebook page by selecting a category from bobsled to downhill skiing or figure skating, then answer the trivia questions for each category, now through 11.59 pm EST on November 11, 2013. The lucky winner will receive an 8 day/7 night trip for you and a guest to Sochi during the 2014 Olympic Winter Games, including roundtrip economy air transportation on United Airlines or Star Alliance partner for two, 7 night accommodation, and two tickets to the Opening Ceremony, Women’s Ice Hockey (USA vs. Finland), Men’s 5,000 m Speed Skating, Snowboard (Women’s slope style); roundtrip ground transportation to and from the destination airport, hotel and events, and $500 spending money awarded in the form of a check payable to winner.

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