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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 trending topics and more on social media from the week.
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Here are some of the biggest news stories and promotions that everyone has been tweeting about this week.
From Yoga To Getting Married, Things To Do When You’re Stuck In An Airport: Getting delayed at the airport is a rite of passage for holiday travelers, so @ABCTravel has compiled a list of ways to entertain yourself when unexpectedly stuck. At Dallas/Fort Worth, delayed passengers can while away the hours with yoga or in the sculpture garden, or at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport you can visit an off-shoot of the Rijksmuseum museum where you can learn about the Dutch masters. There’s also the Holland Casino on-site, where you can try and hit it big while waiting for your flight. Those with more romantic aspirations in mind can get married at Frankfurt Airport. For $2,000 couples can “take their wedding vows in one of the terminal buildings, celebrate at the airport with a reception, spend the night in a five-star hotel there, and then take straight off on their honeymoon,” reported ABC.com.
The Best Travel Companies To Work For: Looking for a job in the travel industry? @USTravel has shared Skift.com’s post on the Best US Travel Companies To Work For In 2014, with Hyatt, Southwest and Orbitz all making the list. Then survey was conducted by Glassdoor and covered large companies with 1,000 or more employees. They also did a similar study for medium-sized companies, with only one travel company – Travelzoo – making the cut.
How Well Do You Know The World? Test your global knowledge by playing @BBCTravel‘s quiz, which will prove if you are a geography expert or a passive tourist. The BBC Travel Geoguessr features a round of photos of locations where you have to guess where in the world you are – pick incorrectly and points will be subtracted from your total. You can then share your results with friends on social media, or invite them to play against you.
A Quick Visitors Guide To Sochi: The 2014 Winter Olympics begin on February 7, 2014, and @USATravel has everything you need to know about the host city of Sochi in Russia. The interactive gallery has a map, photos, history and geographical facts. Nuggets of information include details on the 12,000-seat capacity Bolshoy Ice Dome, the Olympic Village that lies at an altitude of 4,757 feet, and things to do if you visit Sochi, which is known as the Russian Rivera, in the summertime.
Washington D.C. Opens Three TSA Pre-Check Sign-Up Centers: The TSA Pre-Check program was created to help passengers move more quickly through security lines at airports. In theory, with Pre-Check, passengers that do not present threats will be moved quickly through security so TSA agents can focus on looking for people who may actually present a threat. @Skift tweets that now Washington D.C. has three new enrollment centers where you can sign up.
Trisha Yearwood and Martina McBride Cancel SeaWorld Concert: More entertainers have canceled shows at SeaWorld Orlando since the release of the disturbing documentary, Blackfish, reported @APTravel. Trisha Yearwood and Martina McBride are the latest performers to pull out of the park’s February concert series, “Bands, Brew and BBQ.” Barenaked Ladies, Willie Nelson and Heart had all previously canceled obligations after watching the eye-opening film that tells the story of Tilikum, the killer whale who was involved in the deaths of three people including trainer Dawn Brancheau, and investigates the deadly consequences of keeping such marine animals in captivity.
The Hottest Places To Visit In 2014: If you’re looking for inspiration on where to go in 2014, @CNNTravel has suggestions of the 11 places that you should put on your immediate travel bucket list that will be hot next year. Included is the Panama Canal, which celebrates its 100th anniversary, Brazil for the World Cup, Myanmar – described as “the next big tourism destination” – and East Africa, as new visa regulations mean you can visit Uganda, Kenya and Rwanda on the same paperwork.
High Speed Train From Barcelona To Paris Opens: Previously, it took a long 12 hours by train to travel between Paris and Barcelona. @Skift reports that now a high-speed train operated by Spain’s Renfe train system will make the trip in just 6 hours. The high-speed train trip is still obviously longer than a flight, but should be more spacious and comfortable.
French Cafe Overcharges Rude Customers: Being polite doesn’t cost a thing, and at one cafe in France, it can actually save you money, revealed @HuffPostTravel. The La Petite Syrah in Nice charges extra for rudeness and posted a hilarious sign for customers telling them that a typical cup of coffee with a “Bonjour” and “S’il vous plaît” runs 1.40 EUR (around $2), but customers must pay nearly $4 more if they skip the greeting, or about $8 more if they skip both.
Southwest Airlines Increases Presence At LaGuardia: Southwest Airlines is increasing its presence on the East Coast by expanding their schedule into New York LaGuardia airport, tweeted @USATravel. The budget airline has announced a new schedule to begin May 11, 2014, when the carrier increases its number of flights to Akron-Canton (Ohio), Chicago Midway, Houston Hobby and Nashville. Some of the flights on those routes are operated by Southwest subsidiary AirTran. Southwest will also add more services from San Diego and Portland, but are discontinuing two seasonal routes, Hartford/Springfield to Fort Myers, and Orlando to Minneapolis-St. Paul.
The First Court Case Challenging the “No Fly List” May End Up With A Classified Verdict: Rahinah Ibrahim, a 48-year-old Malaysian woman has posed a case against the government for putting her on the No Fly List, marking the first-of-its kind federal trial challenging a traveler’s alleged placement on the terror watch list. @Skift tweets that after a week of testimony, there is a full possibility that the verdict may end up being kept a secret, even from Ibrahim herself.
Win An Amex Gift Card and A Set of Samsonite Products: It only takes two easy steps to enter this contest, tweets @Samsonite. Step One: Take a photo of your packed life – studying, running to class, a full suitcase, whatever! Step Two: Upload a photo on Instagram with the hashtag #LifePacked and tag @SamsoniteUS in the post. You can enter once a day now through December 20, 2013 11:59 pm EST. You must be over 18, a US resident and enrolled in an undergraduate college program to apply. Winners will be chosen at random around December 30, 2013. The grand prize is a $2,000 Amex gift card and a set of Samsonite Products. Second place winners will get $1,000 Amex gift card and a set of Samsonite products. $500 Amex gift card and a set of Samsonite products.
Subscribe To The ANA Newsletter To Win A Trip To Tokyo: @FlyANA_USA tweets about a contest where you can win roundtrip tickets to Tokyo, and five second-place winners will receive an iPad Mini. All you need to do to win is subscribe to the ANA newsletter. You must be 18 years or older and a US resident to win. You have until January 31, 2014 11:59 PM PST to apply.