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British Airways’ Parent Wants Another Airline and Finnair Is the Best Target

Motivation for this buy out is an adaptation to Gulf competition. Not a hostile or reactionary response — British Airways has encouraged the acceptance of Qatar Airways in the Oneworld Alliance. It is part of a long-game strategy connecting continents around the globe with a sustainable operating model that ensures standards of service far better than, as Järvinen himself suggested, mere alliances could.Marisa Garcia (Skift)

Airbnb Apologizes To San Francisco For Passive Aggressive Ad Campaign

After being called out repeatedly on social and local media, Airbnb has said it’s removing an outdoor ad campaign in San Francisco that attempted to make light of the $12 million the company has paid the city in hotel taxes.Jeff Beer (Fast Company)

For Middle Eastern Tourists, Only One Austrian Ski Town Will Do

Vacation often brings to mind relaxing on a sandy white beach, enjoying the surf and sun. But if you live in the Middle East, where the beaches can hit triple digits, it makes a whole lot more sense to head for cooler climes. And many in the Persian Gulf region head for the Austrian resort town of Zell am See for a cool holiday in the mountains. […] The town, long a popular tourist destination, has in the past decade catered specifically to visitors from the Persian Gulf, giving rise to Middle Eastern restaurants and advertised as “paradise.”Taylor Glascock (Wired)

Ljubljana za korak bliže InterContinentalu

Podpredsednica Delte Marija Desivojević Cvetković, ki je zadolžena za strategijo in razvoj, je ob podpisu napovedala, da bo hotel najvišja in obenem ena najlepših stavb v Ljubljani. Hotel s petimi zvezdicami bo imel 165 sob, dve dvorani za 500 gostov, predsedniški apartma, spa center s fitnesom, na vrhu, na 21. nadstropju, pa bo restavracija s panoramskim razgledom. […] Hotel, ki bo skupaj z anteno visok 100 metrov, bodo po Deltinih napovedih odprli konec naslednjega leta oziroma v začetku leta 2017.Mladen Miković (Finance)

Amazon Abruptly Shuts Its Hotels Business After Stilted Efforts to Compete

We have learned a lot and have decided to discontinue Amazon Destinations.Amazon

Israel Is Offering Vacation Deals On Groupon To Attract Tourists

When you shout, ‘Crisis, crisis,’ it only intensifies the external crisis and makes people hesitate whether to come to Israel. When they see that we keep marketing Israel as usual, it projects business as usual.Yariv Levin (Israel’s minister of tourism)

The Benches Are the Coolest Part of Times Square’s Redesign

It’s not easy to make a public bench sound sexy, but the ones slated for installation in Times Square—the first two will go in by the end of October—aren’t ordinary benches. These are supercharged planes of granite, each roughly the length of a humpback whale, and they’ll be plugged into the city’s power grid. Once installed, they’ll be capable of powering anything from a one-man karaoke show to a full-blown rock concert.Margaret Rhodes (Wired)

Germany’s Nazi-era Weinstrasse wine route

The Weinstrasse was created as a way to sell off wine in a time of plenty.John Malathronas (CNN)

Lufthansa Eyeing Berlin as Its New Low-Cost European Hub

Eurowings is looking at stationing Airbus Group SE A330 wide-body jets in the German capital, Chief Executive Officer Carsten Spohr said at the city’s Tegel airport Monday. It’s already due to get seven of the planes by the end of next year for flights from Cologne to destinations including Dubai and Mauritius. […] Eurowings is set to take over all of Lufthansa’s European flights away from Frankfurt and Munich as Spohr seeks to sharpen competition with both low-cost carriers and rivals from beyond Europe led by the big three Gulf airlines.Stefan Nicola and Richard Weiss (Bloomberg)

The best European ski resorts for beginners

Kranjska Gora, Slovenia is on the list … Foreigners may force them into specialization, because they’re too dumb to do it on their own.Žiga Sancin

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