Trashiest Spring Break spots ... Buffalo/Niagara airport growing... Greece riots
Here's a nice way to start your week: a list of the 10 trashiest spots in the U.S. (sorry) for spring break, as chosen by Coedmagazine.com. Too bad it isn't more inclusive, but, then again, nobody goes on spring break to Edmonton or Quebec City.
The magazine website, which I don't think will be confused any time soon with The Walrus or even Time Magazine, has ranked the most popular U.S. spring break destinations by their degree of trashiness (which is a GOOD thing, apparently), taking into account such as things as strip clubs, liquor stores, tattoo parlours and Hooters franchises, that wonderful bastion of taste and food quality. Here's the list, courtesy of USA Today's website
1. Las Vegas -- "…home of gambling, strip clubs, and anything else you can buy with money."
3. South Padre Island, Texas – "How can it get any trashier than South Padre, a beach that essentially exists for the sole purpose of having wild parties?"
4. Daytona Beach, Fla. – "According to the Orlando Sentinel, Daytona Beach has become the 'undisputed party capital for underage drinkers'. "
5. Myrtle Beach, S.C. – "South Myrtle (the trashier side) is run by three defining places: the beach, Broadway on the Beach, and the strip clubs."
6. Miami Beach -- "The Jersey Shore went here. Plus, it's probably one of two places where you can wear a shiny button-down shirt, rent a Lambo, and wear white pants ... "
7. Panama City Beach, Fla. – "Take a trip down to the beach in your pickup and make sure to have lawn chairs and coolers in the back – only poor people walk in Panama City."
8. Fort Myers, Fla. – Head for Lana Kai, "an older, run-down area of the beach that is perfect for hosting the daily 'booty contests' that happen during high-season."
9. Lake Havasu City,Ariz. —"… chicks with humongous fake implants wearing tassels on a couple dinghies in a lake …"
10. San Diego -- "…most of the people who live in the San Diego area head to other destinations for spring break, but that just means the people left partying here are extra trashy."
Remember when Fort Lauderdale used to be up there on these lists? They've done a great job of turning that strip of Florida beach into something much nicer. I'm sure the hotel and condo owners appreciate the change, especially when it comes to clean-up time.
BUFFALO NIAGARA AIRPORT CHALLENGING PEARSON
The Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority, which runs the Buffalo Niagara International Airport, is planning to spend $406 million to fix up the terminal, airfield and parking facilities, according to the Buffalo News. And it's not necessarily because of a Buffalo travel boom.
Someone I work with told me the other day he and his wife and two children found flights to Orlando from Buffalo/Niagara for something like $250. They had to drive over the border and spend $160 or something for a hotel in Buffalo, but they figured it was better to go through customs with their kids in the backseat in their pajamas than to run the gauntlet at Pearson and go through x-ray machines and such, and they got free parking at the hotel. Plus, you don't have to get to Buffalo Niagara as early for a flight as you do at Pearson, so even the two-hour drive isn't so bad.
I'm sure they saved a pretty decent amount of hassle and undoubtedly saved hundreds of dollars, if not close to $1,000.
The News story said NFTA and its consultants now envision about 8 million travelers per year by 2030 -- a major spurt from 5.4 million in 2011.
GREECE RIOTS NOT HELPING TOURISM
We carried an item in the Star the other day about how rates for hotels in Greece were down as much as 10 or even 20 per cent in some places. All those images of burning buildings in Athens aren't going to help the country's tourism image, so you have to wonder if there might, sadly, be more deals to come.
A report I read this morning suggested there were riots in Corfu and Crete, as well. Generally the smaller islands such as Mykonos and Santorini seem to get spared this sort of thing. If troubles ever spread to those tourist spots, Greece will REALLY have travel problems.