Travel News: October 30, 2019

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Joker Stairs’ and the Problem With Meme Tourism
Wired

The internet loves a dance craze—Gangnam Style, the Harlem Shake, the whip, flossing, and the triangle have all sashayed across social media, leaving how-tos and trend pieces in their wake. As a rule, the internet’s favorite moves tend to be gleefully wacky, the kind of thing you bust out when you’ve hit peak party. Which makes the semi-disturbing, stair-based flailing of

Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker—a moment of literal descent into villainous ecstasy after he completes his transformation from disgruntled dude to Clown Prince of Crime—a strange addition to the pantheon.

 

Queen’s former home in Malta to become tourist attraction
Sky News

The Maltese government has bought a property in Malta once home to the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh.

Villa Guardamangia was a royal residence while Philip served on HMS Chequers with the Royal Navy Mediterranean Fleet between 1949 and 1951.

 

A Budget Hotel Chain That You’ve Never Heard Of Is Exploding In The United States
Forbes

Have you heard of OYO Hotels? It’s about to become a household name. The six-year-old budget hotel chain is scaling faster than any other hospitality company in the world and is now taking the United States by storm.

This startup is run by an upstart. OYO stands for “on your own” rooms, which sounds like something a teenager might make up. Maybe that’s because OYO’s Indian founder and CEO, Ritesh Agarwal, founded his company when he was a 19-year-old college dropout. The idea came to Agarwal while he was backpacking in India and noted the lack of reliability and predictability when choosing accommodations.

 

Airline chiefs grow frustrated as 737 Max grounding costs near $1 billion
CNBC

The grounding of the 737 Max after two fatal crashes continues to drag on, frustrating airline executives as the carriers miss out on close to $1 billion in revenue this year alone.

Southwest Airlines, the largest U.S. operator of the Max, said the grounding cost it $210 million in revenue in the last quarter, $435 million in revenue in the first nine months of the year, and said it expects the “the damages to grow into 2020.”

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