News and notes from around the interweb:
- Haunted 18th century jail turned into a hotel
- Qatar Airways introduced a program for passengers to voluntarily buy carbon offsets. This is a convenient way for airlines to say they’re doing something for the environment, without spending their own money. But more importantly almost no one actually buys carbon offsets from airlines when they’re offered, as Lufthansa’s CEO has said purchases are so rare he “could greet them all individually with a handshake.”
- Former Survivor contestants now call the show Survivor: Hilton (HT: Paul H.)
- United’s new self-help tool for booking hotels during overnight maintenance and crew delays
- Some Las Vegas hotels are closing Monday – Thursday due to low occupancy. In addition to Park MGM,
Wynn Resort’s Encore is also closed Mondays through Thursdays, according to the report. Sand’s Palazzo hasn’t taken weekday reservations since July, but it will open Nov. 19-30 and Dec. 21-Jan. 4, a spokesperson told the Review-Journal.
Two Caesars Entertainment properties, the LINQ Hotel and Experience and Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino, are only accepting weekend hotel reservations also
- I’ve consistently argued that travel in an airplane is safer than many other indoor activities. I don’t love time in airports or even on the jet bridge, but United Airlines runs the auxiliary power unit to refresh cabin air while passengers board and deplane which is a great precaution. Still it’s worth offering the counterpoint that plane travel can’t be as safe as airlines claim though I think it’s a strawman, no one claims a person won’t ever catch the virus and the rates discussed here from a public health perspective wouldn’t make air travel a significant vector of spread.