Travel news roundup.
At the hotel
Because the club is found on hotel menus worldwide, Hotels.com chose the sandwich to use as a barometer of local costs. The most expensive sandwich uncovered – costing the equivalent of $54.10 (U.S.) – was at a five-star hostelry in Paris. Average for all surveyed Paris hotels was $33.10, putting the city in first place, a dubious distinction. The runners-up were Geneva, Oslo, Tokyo and Rome. The least expensive club sandwiches, averaging $9.57, were found in New Delhi.
At the museum
Is English Canada ready for Sex: A Tell-All Exhibition, which opens May 17 at the Canada Science and Technology Museum in Ottawa? The exhibit is aimed at teenagers; those under 12 will need parental accompaniment. It has already been seen without controversy at the Montreal Science Centre, where it was created with input from doctors, public health experts, science education specialists, sexologists, young people and parents. A teachers’ guide is also available with activities for before and after a field trip.
On the ground
London and Edinburgh continue to be Britain’s most popular urban destinations for overseas visitors, but England’s industrial cities are gaining ground. Manchester, in third place, saw overnight stays increase by 15 per cent last year, thanks to its two renowned football teams, new landmark buildings, a tourist-friendly BBC media centre and world-class shopping. Helping Birmingham into place fourth were its major art exhibits and the Bullring shopping complex. Liverpool, playing on its image of the World Capital of Pop, overtook Glasgow to grab fifth place.
Sources: Canada Science and Technology Museum, VisitBritain, Hotels.com.
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