A roundup of travel news from around the world
In the room: New York
A French company that rents rooms in boutique hotels for periods as short as three hours will add upscale properties in New York next month. The 30-year-old co-owners of Dayuse-Hotels.com say they are upgrading the concept of love hotels, which have existed for some time in Japan and Brazil. Whether rooms are used for romance, rest or work, daytime room rates are 30-to-70-per cent below normal costs. There are already participating hotels throughout France and in London, Belgium, Switzerland and Luxembourg. Details: dayuse-hotels.com/en.
On tour: Myanmar
As once-isolated Myanmar opens up to tourism, Thailand-based Khiri Travel is offering a “millionaires” tour by private Cessna jet. Four-day, three-night expeditions are on offer from May through September. Participants land in Bagan, where they can bicycle among ancient temples and cruise on the Irrawaddy River. At Heho they visit an elephant sanctuary. And at Inle Lake they can chat with villagers and monks. The price ranges from about $8,500 for each of six passengers to $22,100 for each of two. Details: khiri.com.
In the underground: London
London’s tube stations are going wireless in time for this summer’s Olympic Games. Wi-Fi in 120 stations will allow passengers to check e-mails and surf the Internet from the platforms. The remaining stations will come online in 2013-2014. Early indications are that a London Underground site will make transit, news, sports and entertainment information available for free, but access to outside sites and links could be subject to a subscription fee. The service will not be available in moving trains.
Sources: TravelMole USA, Breaking Travel News, ABTN Industry News
Special to The Globe and Mail