Report: Mac users guided to pricier hotels on Orbitz
Orbitz Worldwide Inc has found that people who use Apple Inc’s Mac computers spend as much as 30 percent more per night on hotels, so the online travel agency is starting to show them different, and sometimes costlier, travel options than Windows visitors see, the Wall Street Journal reported on Monday.
Orbitz executives said the online travel agency is experimenting with showing different hotel offers to Mac and PC visitors, but said the company isn’t showing the same room to different users at different prices, the Journal reported. They also pointed out that users can opt to rank results by price.
Tourist jumps to death from Eiffel Tower
Security was stepped up around the Eiffel Tower today after an English-speaking man climbed to the top and then jumped to his death.
The 25-year-old suicide victim, who has not been named but who came from Israel, was spotted at the Paris tourist attraction late on Sunday evening.
Police evacuated and sealed off the area after the man was seen scaling the 1,063ft tower, at around 11.30pm.
Legal marijuana, but Uruguay won’t be a drug tourist haven
Sydney Morning Herald
Uruguay’s government plans to start growing marijuana soon after a law legalising sales of the drug passes Congress, but a ban on selling to foreigners will stop the country becoming a drug tourism hot-spot, officials say.
The leftist government announced plans last week to legalise the marijuana market as part of a drive to stop rising crime, arguing that the drug is less harmful than the black market where it currently trades.
The use of cannabis and other drugs is already legal in Uruguay, one of Latin America’s safest countries and a trailblazer on liberal lawmaking. The reform being sent to Congress would legalise and regulate its sale and production.
ANA to Offer Wi-Fi on International Flights
Wall Street Journal
All Nippon Airways plans to begin offering Wi-Fi on international routes starting July 2013, joining the growing fleet of airlines giving passengers the option to keep tweeting, emailing and sharing as they cross time zones from thousands of feet above ground.
ANA said it will use Geneva-based OnAir as its service provider, and will outfit 28 of its international aircrafts with the satellite-based system. The airline will start with the B777-300ER and B767-300ER fleets next summer and later expand to include its star B787 Dreamliners. ANA spokeswoman Megumi Tezuka said the project will cost the airline about ¥1 billion ($12.5 million), which will cover the purchase and antennae-installation fees. That price doesn’t include the Dreamliners.