When one thinks of logistics planning, one usually thinks of trucking and shipping of goods around the country or the world. However cruise ships have to consider providing their customers not only with the best itinerary, but also with a path and set of ports that provides the best experience. That often means figuring out the logistics in relation to the weather, and that’s why Royal Caribbean now has a chief meteorologist.
A late 1400’s Aztec temple was found beneath a Mexico City hotel. A museum is planned for the excavation location. Now and then, something OLDWorthy becomes NEWWorthy.
According to Wired magazine, Paul Allen’s company Stratolaunch has built the world’s largest plane — a 385-foot wingspan — making it easier to launch some satellites into space.
Science Daily reports on “How atmospheric waves radiate out of hurricanes…The waves, known as atmospheric gravity waves, are produced by strong thunderstorms near the eye and radiate outward in expanding spirals.”
Researchers now hope to monitor hurricane and typhoon wind speed from long distance with barometers and anemometers. It is possible that this could improve future forecasts.
According to the Guardian, April 21, 2017 was the U.K.’s first ever working day without coal power since the Industrial Revolution. That’s NEWWorthy!
Okay, cabin may be an exaggeration. It’s really called a capsule or maybe a pod. Since it will travel at over 700 mph, presumably it will have to be austere to avoid safety hazards. Also, compared to subways, you have to wonder if people will be allowed to stand during 760 mph travel from point A to point B.
Not all rental car companies are advertising their spring 2017 one-way rental out of Florida deals — or at least I couldn’t find them all — but you can still check to see the rates. For example, go to Hertz.com and check out a reservation on a car from Tampa, FL (or some other airport in Florida) to Atlanta, GA (or some other airport up north of Florida). Try a 4 or 5 day period starting in mid-April. I found daily rates starting around $7.50 or so, though they still add on taxes and fees to bring it between $15-$20 per day. I didn’t check local Hertz car rental locations. If you can rent one way from those, you might be able to find a one-way in April without the airport fees.
Enterprise has posted one-way out of Florida rates for Spring 2017.
And Alamo too.
If you go, have fun!
Touted as an “underwater Yellowstone” and “a deep sea Serengeti”, this new marine national monument is the first in the Atlantic Ocean. Considering that there has been enough press about damaging hurricanes, oil spills, and garbage floating in Earth’s oceans, it’s refreshing and NEWWorthy to read about a new monument off Cape Cod.
Tropical Storm Julia, formed late night Sep. 13, 2016, may be the first named storm to form over land in Florida. The National Hurricane Center had reported earlier in the day a zero percent chance of Julia becoming a named storm. But Julia defied history, and that’s NEWWorthy.
With summer approaching and families preparing to travel, here at NEWWorthy we figured it was time to update our list of New Hotel and Grand Opening websites. Please note that this list is considered incomplete, as there are many other hoteliers and hotel listing sites not shown here.
Note that some motels and hotels may also list renovated properties as new. One possibly method for detecting a renovated versus a new property is to search out reviews on the property and see how far back in time they go.
Belmond Hotels – Select “Our Collection” to see (Opening …) properties
Choice Hotels – I couldn’t find a complete list of new hotels, but their development pages talk about some of them.
Five Star Alliance lists some new hotels
Four Seasons hotels
Hotel Industry News lists recent openings of hotels around the world.
IHG (such as Holiday Inn)
Kimpton Hotels – See “Coming Soon” on that page
NewSleeps provides a search for many new hotel properties
Oberoi Hotels – See list of “Upcoming Hotels” on that page
Taj Hotels – See “Happenings” at bottom of that page
Travel and Leisure provides their top picks for new hotels in 2016.
For U.S. travelers these places get you more for your dollar. That might make them feel NEWWorthy again.
ROOTMetrics evaluated mobile network performance at airports. Southwest Florida International in Fort Myers, Florida scored 100% in reliability. As the busiest airport in the country, Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International continues to rank in the top 5.
Professional baseball in America is more than 100 years old. That’s OLDWorthy.
In 1999, the Baltimore Orioles played Cuba, but no Major League Baseball team has played in Cuba since. Today (2pm Eastern Time), the Tampa Bay Rays play Cuba at Estadio Latinoamericano in an exhibition game before the regular season starts. President Obama will attend the game — and possibly throwing out the first pitch.
Will this become an annual event? It is too early to tell, but the first MLB game in Cuba in 17 years makes the match-up feel NEWWorthy once again.
If you want to watch the game on ESPN streaming and you have a sign-in through your cable provider to Watch ESPN, you can download the app or watch it from ESPN’s website.
NASA successfully tested a rocket engine that will eventually take astronauts to Mars.
USA Today reports that Marriott International is buying Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide for $12 billion. So would the new hotelier be called Marriott International? Or would they agree upon a new name, like Starriott or Marrywood? Below, the Wall Street Journal reports on the possible merger, noting that it still needs to be reviewed by the government.
According to The Science Explorer, Animal Kingdom at Disneyworld will have a Pandora-themed section of the park by 2017. James Cameron sounds particularly excited about the Flight of Passage ride, said to offer a strong sense of flying.
Singapore will offer the world’s first online-to-offline shopping mall. According to Astroawani.com, customers can purchase items from the store, order them online from the mall, and have them delivered home.
To further confuse us, online shopping malls are opening offline malls, such as those mentioned in Korea in the video below. Even Amazon recently opened their first brick=and=mortar bookstore in Seattle.
Yes, micro-hotel rooms are small. But USA Today reports that there is a trend in the hotel industry towards smaller hotels. Marriott’s hotel version is called Moxy. In the video below, micro-hotel brand Tommie is discussed.
What could be more NEWWorthy than the discovery of a new human-like species? NationalGeographic.com explains the new finding. Below is a BBC News video on the subject.