The travel industry hasn’t escaped being embraced by April 1, April Fool’s Day jokes, and Travel Weekly Asia has sifted through some of the best and least cringe-worthy spoofs of the day.
A budget airline "A-Go-Go Airlines" has been given outline permission by Thai air authorities to start flying direct from European capital cities to Pattaya beginning in May, according to the ThaiVisa website.
The airline will feature scantily clad Thai "trolley dollies" in economy class and a special upper deck "Jumbo Room" with topless girls for VIPs on First and Business Class tickets.
Free flow of cocktails and "food as spicy as our stewardesses" has been promised on all A-Go-Go flights.
The motto of the airline is "Fly in the lap of luxury - with a lap dancer".
"We are able to offer an attractive benefit package to successful applicants that includes free dental work and care for the family buffaloes, if any,” said an airline “spokesperson”.
Another prank: Travellers compete to remain on trip in game show-style tours.
Meanwhile, Tucan Travel has announced a range of game-show style tours, where customers have to compete to remain on the trip.
Three itineraries will see customers take part in “unique and fun challenges, winning points to keep their spot on tour”. Travellers work in two's and are able to vote each other off as the days go by, with the winning couple announced on the final day.
The Ultimate Challenge List includes: Catch a fish with your bare hands in Halong Bay and cook up a feast; food tasting challenge in Cambodia (complete with tarantulas); create Vietnamese spring rolls blindfolded in Ho Chi Minh City and impersonate Lara Croft in Siem Reap.
Not to be outdone, Travelodge Hotels has announced Bedshare – “an exciting new room share option that will be rolled out through Australian and New Zealand hotel properties this April”.
Travelodge says the Bedshare option differs from a standard hotel check-in in that guests can be paired with travellers that are checking in and out at a similar time. And, if they decide to extend their stay, someone else can replace their previous Bedshare buddy in their room.
A spokesperson for Travelodge Hotels said that the Bedshare was a strategic move aimed at capitalising on the share economy boom.
“We are about making things refreshingly simple for our hotel guests and if making friends and cutting costs is important, then we are willing to make it happen.”
And Wotif has launched Emu Airlines – the world’s first airline catering exclusively to tall people.
“Whether it’s having their knees crushed by the seat in front of them, having to fake-laugh at endless ‘You should have been a basketball player’ jokes, or being asked to put everyone’s bags in the overhead compartment, flying can be a real nightmare for our tall friends. Today, with Emu Airlines, Wotif says no more!”