Cape Town in the pink over gay tourism numbers
CAPE Town is scoring economic gains from international gay travellers, who constitute up to 12 percent of the city’s tourists, says a report.
The city is loved by the Lesbians, Gays, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) travellers from Europe and the US for its matchless beauty, diverse lifestyle, colourful people and large local gay population.
The report was published last month by the UN World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) in partnership with the International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association. The report cautioned against making assumptions about this market, as sexuality is not necessarily an indicator of socio-economic status or leisure choices.
Fantasy camp for those who love to fly
ABOARD AMERICAN AIRLINES FLIGHT 9454 — Eric Mueller’s vacation started when his plane filled with smoke. Soon, people slid down an emergency chute, inflated life vests and climbed into a raft.
Mueller loved every minute of it.
Most days he runs a book review website. But on this day he was living out a fantasy at American Airlines’ flight attendant academy, practicing evacuation procedures most people hope to never use.
Blur to close Olympics
Blur will headline an Olympics Closing Celebration concert in August.
The Britpop band have joined a line up including The Specials and New Order for the BT London Live concert in Hyde Park, which will follow the sporting event in the city this summer and the band promise it will surpass their 2009 reunion shows at the same venue.
Airlines impose weight limits for carry-on bags
When my friend Mike, a financial analyst based in Newton, Mass., opened the overhead bin during a British Airways flight from Boston to London several years ago, he got a nasty surprise. No doubt he had listened carefully to the preflight safety announcement, including the bit about “items in the overhead bins tend to shift during flight.” (We all listen to those warnings carefully, right? And we all heed them, right?).
Unfortunately for Mike, something had indeed shifted. A heavy carry-on bag (not his, but one belonging to another passenger) popped out of the bin and landed squarely on a fellow passenger’s head with a sickening thud.
Being the courteous and honest chap that he is, Mike apologized profusely and even though the victim insisted that he was fine, he accepted Mike’s business card, just in case. Imagine his surprise, then, when a couple of weeks later he was sued for bodily injury. Luckily, Mike’s home-insurance policy picked up the tab, which was settled for $20,000.
Not for nothing, then, are airlines (mostly foreign carriers) limiting the weight of carry-on bags. Before you jump to the conclusion that airlines are merely trying to force you to check your bag and collect a checked bag fee, consider: Heavy bags can indeed become dangerous when they fall from bins; and the bins themselves are designed to operate properly within specific weight limits.