#TravelTuesday Travel News Roundup, July 19th 2016

#TravelTuesday Travel News Roundup, July 19th 2016

Michelin stars in Singapore and the Pokèmon Go craze

Tourism feels the Pokemon Go effect

pokemon-go-1As has been widely reported, the Pokèmon Go gaming craze has swept across the world, and the app now has more active users than Twitter, just 10 days after its release. The insane surge of users across North America, Canada and Europe aligning with peak summer vacation season makes for an interesting blend of gaming and tourism. While some tourist offices are capitalizing on the craze, such as Travel Portland, where you can find a full itinerary of Pokèmon Go “stops”, other institutions aren’t as keen. In Washington DC, the United States Holocaust Museum in Washington is asking app users to put the game down before they enter the museum, and are hoping their address will be removed from the app soon. Smaller museums like the McNay Art Museum in San Antonio are leveraging Pokèmon Go’s popularity, advertising the presence of the digital creatures within their walls as a means to attract patrons. The McNay has already noticed a spike in visitors this week alone.

Wherever your Pokemon-fueled travels take you this summer, be sure to keep your head up! There have been a handful of Pokèmon-related injuries already from users not paying attention to their surroundings – including one man who crashed into a cop car while trying to catch ’em all.

Singapore is getting its own Michelin Guide this week 

singapore-food-stallOne of just a handful of destinations in Asia to have its own Michelin Guide, Singapore joins Hong Kong, Macau and five cities in Japan as must-try foodie destinations with the Michelin stamp of approval. The Michelin Guide to Singapore will be published on Thursday, and, according to the BBC, will consist of seventeen hawker stalls (street food outlets) and fourteen restaurants spanning nineteen different cuisines. Singapore’s cuisine fuses flavors from China, India, Indonesia and Malaysia, and is known for its rich traditions that fuse traditional cooking methods with unique flavor combinations. The coolest part about the Singaporean Guide is its heavy focus on small, mom-and-pop stalls selling goodies like beef noodles and Haianese chicken and rice, meaning travelers can eat their way through many of the city’s Michelin-starred eateries without breaking the bank.

Qantas is now offering wine tastings on long-haul flights

qantas-plane-1Thanks to Qantas’ unique Sommelier in the Sky Program (designed by celebrity chef Neil Perry who conceptualized the airlines’ culinary program), flying just got a whole lot more interesting for oenophiles. Not only does Qantas offer nearly 250 varieties of Australian wine on its flights, but nearly 2,000 members of its staff have received wine-tasting training, ready to guide passengers through a complimentary tasting, no matter what cabin they’re sitting in. The tastings take place in the plane’s galley, and, apart from the chance of turbulence, you’ll be treated to a typical wine tasting experience (maybe with slightly more cramped conditions!). The airline works exclusively with Australian wineries and you’ll find a fine new favorite aboard. Cheers to flying well!

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Colleen McNamara