Coming and Going: Travel news and notes

October 28, 2011

Lost items in Singapore; new reviews at Starwood properties

At airports, what a loss

Thousands of items — phones, coats, cats — disappear annually at airports worldwide. Some are reunited with their owners (see Jack the feline, who recently surfaced at JFK), but others are never claimed.

Singapore’s busy Changi Airport recently offered a fascinating peek at its Land of Lost and Found.

In 2010, the airport logged 2,603 lost items (defined as objects reported missing) and 14,613 found items. For the first half of 2011, the numbers were 1,617 and 4,561.

Predictably, the most common lost items are of the digital or electronic variety, such as mobile phones, cameras, iPods and iPads. Also on the list: reading glasses, passports, outerwear, wallets, books and luggage.

The airport has also come across some truly befuddling objects, such as car batteries, washing machines and dentures.

About 55 percent of the items are claimed within a month. The airport holds unclaimed items for 60 days before disposing of them.

Travel tickers

Panama City Beach, Fla., recently opened the Conservation Park, a 2,900-acre space with boardwalks, 24 miles of dirt trails and wildlife viewing. . . . Starwood Hotels and Resorts has launched Ratings and Reviews, a new service allowing guests to post their critiques on the brand’s Web site, www.starwoodhotels.com. Previously, guests would have to go to a third-party site such as TripAdvisor to voice their opinions. . . . A new dog-friendly travel site, DogWonderful.com, kicked off last week, offering lodging info, reservations and more. Ten percent of the booking commissions and fees paid to the site are donated to two dog-related charities.

Andrea Sachs (not the one who wears Prada) has been writing for Travel since 2000. She travels near (Ellicott City, Jersey Shore) and far (Burma, Namibia, Russia), and finds adventure no matter the mileage. She is all packed for the Moon or North Korea, whichever opens first.
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