TRENDING TOPICS – WEEK 29/2017

By Jennifer-Hohepa-Lam and Tim van der Pas, Efficient Hotel Partner, 21 July 2017

Trending - Iceberg
Image 1: Iceberg Antarctic / Source: Metro.co.uk

An Iceberg twice size of Luxembourg breaks off Antarctic ice shelf.
A giant iceberg twice the size of Luxembourg (5800 square KM) has broken off an ice shelf on the Antarctic peninsula and is now adrift in the Weddell Sea. The new iceberg is half as big as the record-holding iceberg B-15 which split off from the Ross ice shelf in 2000, but it is nonetheless believed to be among the 10 largest icebergs ever recorded. There is enough ice in Antarctica that if it all melted, or even just flowed into the ocean, sea levels would rise by 60 metres. But while the birth of the huge iceberg might look dramatic, experts say it will not itself result in sea level rises.

 

Trending - United Airlines
Image 2: United Airlines / Source: TripAdvisor

United destroys $40k custom wheelchair.
When 24-year old, France-native Valentin Duthion planned a holiday to the United States, it took months of planning. He was travelling with eight of his friends and he is also confined to a custom $40,000 wheelchair due to spinal muscular atrophy. Finding accessible lodging and planning ways to get around in major metropolitan areas, everything was settled. As is normal procedure, the friends left the wheelchair at the airplane door before boarding the aircraft. Upon arriving, a nasty surprise awaited them. The wheelchair had been completely destroyed by United Airlines. This wasn’t a case of simple damage either. Instead, one wheel had been completely destroyed while another was tilted off its axis. The steering handle had been mangled and the user interface box had been completely removed from the chair. Despite the added obstacle presented by United Airlines, the group is determined to continue on their vacation as planned.

Trending - Walking Dead Cruise
Image 3: Walking Dead cruise / Source: Google images

New ‘Walking Dead’ cruise departs in 2018.
Fans of the hit television series The Walking Dead can rejoice! Officials have announced that the third annual Walker Stalker Cruise will return in 2018. Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman and special makeup effects supervisor Greg Nicotero will join the cruise, with more names from the series being added in the coming months. Activities include meet-and-greet sessions with the cast and crew, Q&A panels, zombie-themed activities, live music and access to the ship’s amenities and services. Prices for the voyage start at $895 per person (based on double occupancy), before taxes and fees. For more information about the Walker Stalker Cruise, check out the voyage’s official website.

TripAdvisor and Deliveroo announce agreement.
TripAdvisor and Deliveroo, the on-demand food-delivery service, announced the integration of Deliveroo’s restaurant network into the TripAdvisor desktop website, mobile web and mobile app experiences across 12 countries throughout Europe, the Middle East and the Asia Pacific regions. Consumers browsing TripAdvisor restaurant listings now have the option to order food from more than 20,000 of Deliveroo’s restaurant partners spanning across 12 countries and more than 140 cities. By simply clicking the “Order Online” button when browsing the TripAdvisor restaurant listing of one of Deliveroo’s partners, consumers are brought to Deliveroo’s online or mobile platforms to quickly and easily place an order.

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