Winter's 10 Most Outrageous Travel Stories Selected by Adirondack Towels and Scrubs

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A list of the most outrageous travel stories for winter 2007.

Adirondack Towels and Scrubs, a national supplier to the hospitality industry, announces their selection of the most outrageous travel stories for winter 2007.

Adirondack Towels and Scrubs keeps their customers up to date on important industry developments with daily news links posted on their web site's home page as well as weekly newsletters sent via email. Every 3 months the company issues their most outrageous travel stories for the previous quarter.

Among the travel stories selected:

This sure doesn't look like Sydney

A 21 year old German tourist entered the wrong destination on a travel web site and ended up on the wrong continent. Tobi Gutt wanted to go to Sydney, Australia, but the flight he incorrectly booked was for Sidney, Montana. Gutt didn't notice the mistake until he reached a stop in Portland, Oregon. "I did wonder, but I didn't want to say anything," he said. "I thought to myself, you can fly to Australia via the United States." Gutt spent three days in the Billings airport before he was able to buy a new ticket to Sydney with cash sent from his parents and friends in Germany.

Man tries to steal $76 million hotel

A Staten Island man faces prison time for allegedly trying to steal the trendy SoHo Grand Hotel by filing phony papers with the city. Kouadio Kouassi tried several times to file paperwork that would have transferred ownership of the hotel to him. But the paperwork itself was one of the things that uncovered the scam and led to Kouassi's arrest on December 29. "The documents were not filled out in a professional way or not filled out at all," says Gill Hearn, commissioner of the city's Department of Investigation. "It was just not the kind of filing you would see if it was a real commercial transaction."

Probably not "American Idol" material

A night porter at the four star Holiday Club Hotel in Are, Sweden, got in trouble for signing over the hotel's intercom. In an attempt to amuse himself and the cleaning crews, the porter sang songs containing a lot of foul and risqué language. Unfortunately, many of the hotel guests also heard him and complained. Some of the guests were so upset they threatened to beat the porter up if they saw him again. The hotel paid guests $5,000 in compensation and offered free stays if they visit the area again.

Those sneaky hotel managers

Employees of the Royal Arkansas Hotel and Suites made a shocking discovery when they arrived for work on February 5. The business was shut down with guests still inside. They found the office safe empty and the door left open. A cash drawer from the restaurant had several thousand dollars removed, and employees said managers had ransacked offices, ripped out hard drives, and skipped town after the business closed the night before. Furniture and fixtures had also been removed from several areas of the hotel.

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