Spain Train Derailment

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

  • Horrific train crash in Spain; 80 dead – So far, 80 people have died in a train derailment near Santiago de Compostela, in northern Spain. Over 130 are reported to be injured, and the driver was doing nearly 120 mph in the 50 mph stretch. (Guardian UK)
  • London’s Gatwick Airport looks to add second runway – Gatwick Airport looks to nearly double its capacity as it mulls over adding a second plane runway. (BBC)
  • Guangzhou now allows 72-hour visa-free visits – Citizens of 45 different countries, including the United States, will in August be allowed to stay for up to three days in Guangzhou, China, without needing a visa or invitation; Guangzhou became the third city to offer such a deal after Beijing and Shanghai. (S. China Morning Post)
  • Turkish Airlines to add Boston to itinerary – The Turkish flag carrier will add Boston as its 6th US city next summer, with nonstop service to Istanbul. (USA Today)
  • Germany’s DB officially discouraging use of English – The German state-owned railway, Deutsche Bahn, has provided their employees with a list of 2,200 Anglicisms that they are discouraged from using, including terms like “bonus,” “business class,” and “VIP.” (Economist)
  • Majorca will soon ban public drinking – In a major rebranding effort, the famous Spanish holiday island will ban public consumption of alcohol, first from 10 am to 1 pm, then to a full 24-hour ban, in order to attract a better crowd of tourists. (Daily Mail)

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