New Zealand Hobbit Tourism
Tolkien Tourism – Since the first “Lord of the Rings” movie was released, more than 250,000 people have visited Hobbiton. Credit: Andrew Quilty for The New York Times.

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

  • Last native speaker of Scots dialect dies – A 92 year old man, the last native speaker of his Scots dialect, called “Cromarty fisherfolk”, has died, leaving us with nothing more than a few recordings of this language dialect. Spoken in the Scottish fishing village of Cromarty, it appears to be the only Germanic descendant without “wh” pronunciation. (CNN)
  • AA fixed seats on 42 airplanes – American Airlines, over the past two weeks, has been hit several times for plane seats coming loose mid-flight. Some flights even had to be diverted, hurting the company which is already struggling to restructure and avoid bankruptcy. (USA Today)
  • Rumors that Royal Caribbean may again build world’s largest cruise ship – Royal Caribbean already has the two largest cruise ships in the world, the Oasis of the Seas and the Allure of the Seas. Rumors this week state that RC might again be building one larger than that, costing about 1 billion euros ($1.29 billion). (Turun Sanomat {Finnish})
  • New Zealand’s Hobbit Trail – As three more Hobbit movies are scheduled to be released, New Zealand prepares for more tourism based on the set. (NY Times)

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