Weekly Travel News Recap: June 16 – 22, 2013

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NYC Mobile Charging Stations. Photo: Bebeto Matthews.
NYC Mobile Charging Stations. Photo: Bebeto Matthews.

Here are some of the relevant travel news headlines and stories from the previous week through today:

  • The 2013 Airline Awards are out – The yearly World Airline Awards by Skytrax were given out this week during the 7-day International Paris Air Show, the world’s largest aviation expo, at the Le Bourget Airport in Paris, France. Emirates got the top honor, the Airline of the Year Award. (DJ, Previously)
  • Saudi prince looks to build mile-high tower – Saudi billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal is looking at the world’s largest cities, including Shanghai, Moscow, London and New York, as possible locations to build a mile-high skyscraper (1.6 km tall) that would be the world’s tallest building by far. (Reuters)
  • Croatia is ready for their EU entry – Next week, on July 1, 2013, Croatia will become the next member of the European Union; leaders of the small country hope that this will boost tourism. (France 24 [link dead; removed])
  • United to add spend requirement to FF program – United Airlines will join Delta Airlines by adding a minimum spend requirement to its frequent flier program for those wishing to earn elite status. (Wash Post [link dead; removed])
  • NYC to offer free mobile charging stations around city – New York City will be adding no-charge mobile charging stations at 25 points around the city this summer. (Fast Co. Design)
  • Air travel by train not so far away – Swiss researchers have proposed a concept, called the Clip Air Project, that would allow passengers to board a plane at a railway station and disembark at their destination without ever setting foot in an airport. (Reuters TV)
  • Japan to end short-stay visa for Malaysians – Japan is exempting the requirement for short-term visiting Malaysians to obtain a travel visa. (Malay STAR [link dead; removed])
  • Eye-scan tech may be the next innovation at airports – After a successful trial program over the past 2 years in London, the airline industry is looking to implement eye-scan technology at airports to speed up the boarding and security processes. (UK Daily Telegraph)
  • Philippines will now offer 6-month tourist visa – Tourists who want to stay in the country longer will now have this extended option to choose without having to go through the usual complications. (Philippine Daily Inquirer)

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