Earlier this week Canada’s own WestJet airlines spread a bit of holiday cheer online, thanks to a “Christmas Miracle” video that’s now gone viral. Unwitting, weary passengers on a recent Calgary-bound WestJet flight were part of the heartwarming stunt, which was put on by more than 150 airline staff. Prior to their departure, WestJet passengers were asked by a virtual Santa Claus what they wanted for Christmas, after scanning their boarding passes at kiosks set up by the airline. While the unsuspecting passengers made their way to Calgary, WestJet staff (who recorded all the requests) scrambled to buy, wrap, and deliver the presents to Calgary International Airport. When the plane touched down, passengers waiting for their luggage were in disbelief when instead of bags, they saw the wrapped presents they had asked for coming down the carousel – from socks and underwear, to an android tablet and a 50 inch flatscreen TV. In a video explaining the “Christmas miracle” stunt, WestJet VP of communications Richard Bartrem said the company would donate flights to the Ronald McDonald Children’s Charities once it cracked its goal of 200,000 views. That feat was easily reached, as the video has so far amassed over 17 million views.
Disneyland Paris has been named as the most visited European attraction in 2013 by Facebook, closely followed by the 02 Stadium, London, and Las Ramblas Boulevard, Barcelona. The social networking site compiled lists of the most visited destinations in Europe, Asia and the US over the past year based on users ‘checking into’ destinations, attractions and iconic sites. Other locations featured at the top of the European list include Piazza San Marco in Venice and Taksim Square in Istanbul.
Some like to become a seasonal local, but for others, travel is an opportunity to visit and discover new places. Clearly, the internet is now the most popular method of researching travel before making a decision and booking. With this in mind, Bing have revealed the top 10 searched travel destinations by people in the US. Hawaii and the Bahamas take the top two spots, followed closely by our very own London. Istanbul, Costa Rica and Rome all feature in the list which shows that many people are still interested in finding out more about beach getaways. So, have a look through the list and get planning…where will you go next?
This week Twitter published its most tweeted topics for 2013 – and it’s been a busy year. Topping the chart of the 2013 big Twitter moments were Andy Murray’s Wimbledon success and Manchester United’s defeat against Real Madrid. Of course no top five would be complete without an appearance from One Direction. Other talked about topics included some of the more morbid events – the deaths of Cory Monteith and Paul Walker both featured. We had better get tweeting if we want to shape next year’s top five…