Starbucks on SBB Swiss Train

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

  • Loews Hotels to allow booking rooms by Twitter – Starting next week, Loews Hotels and Resorts will launch their “social reservations,” enabling travelers to book rooms at most of its properties via the social site, Twitter. (USA Today)
  • Emirates builds their own aircraft – Taking matters into their own hands, the Gulf carrier has decided to flex its muscles and show off by building their first plane, a small, 335-kg, propeller-driven plane. (TDN, link now dead)
  • Qatar officially joins oneworld Alliance – Last week, Qatar Airways officially joined the oneworld airline alliance. (Arabian Business)
  • Tell your travel stories with Google Earth – Google has unveiled their Tour Builder, a program that runs on the Google Earth platform where users can map their travels and add photos and text. (TNW)
  • Europe follows U.S. lead with in-flight electronics use – The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has approved passengers’ use of electronic devices during takeoff and landing. (Guardian)
  • Starbucks introduces tiny, moving cafe – Starbucks has unveiled a small coffee shop built on a Swiss train, Swiss Federal Railways (SBB), as they try to gain a foothold outside their conventional brick-and-mortar stores. (USA Today)
  • Hotel made completely of ice required to install fire alarms – Sounds funny, but Sweden’s famous ICEHOTEL must install some fire alarms before it can renew some operational permits for the following year. (TIME)

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