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Month: January 2016 Page 1 of 7

»Tak ’ trese, da plombe vun letijo«

“Mariborčani so ga prepričali, da se ne bo zgodilo to, kar se je organizatorjem v Flachauu in Schladmingu, kjer je bila preparacija proge borna, temu primerna je bila takšna tudi tekma.” Oh, že spet pohorski izmečki na delu. 😀 Kako lahko primerjajo slabih 80 milijonov priznanih terjatev v stečaju (pa še Branikov društveni milijonček na slabi banki), vsesplošno zgubarske poslovne rezultate, manj kot polovico odprtih smučarskih prog, nobene v celoti zasnežene smučarske proge, polovico naprav brez obratovalnega dovoljenja in zastarel zasneževalni sistem … em, s čimerkoli (ok, mogoče s tisto progico nad Zagrebom)?Vito Divac (Delo), Žiga Sancin

San Francisco-Singapore will be world’s longest Dreamliner route

This long-awaited service has been made possible by the newest version of our customer-pleasing Boeing 787 Dreamliner, and will offer unique benefits to customers traveling between our West Coast hub at San Francisco and Singapore. Customers arriving to San Francisco will have dozens of options to connect to other cities across the Americas.Marcel Fuchs (United Airlines)

Meeting Planners Are Relying More on Tourism Bureaus in 2016

We’re seeing that DMOs, and I think this has started happening in the last several years, are becoming more like partners with planners, because again, we have a common goal of driving attendance. Meeting success is all about good attendance, a good experience, so I think that’s where we’ve been very active is helping boost attendance, whether that’s creating webpages or helping finding speakers or local experts.Richard Scharf (Visit Denver)

Uber Plans To Be In 100 Cities In China By The End Of The Year

However, as TechCrunch notes, even if Uber can pull of its massive Chinese expansion in 2016 it will still lag well behind China’s biggest ride-sharer, Didi Kuaidi, which is in over 360 cities and towns in China.Michael Grothaus (Fast Company)

The 30 most beautiful towns in Europe

Piran (Slovenia) is on the list.Žiga Sancin

World’s most visited cities: Hong Kong top, London second, Rio climbs but Kiev falls

London has leap-frogged Bangkok and Singapore to be named the second most visited city in the world. Nearly 17.4 million foreigners visited the UK capital in 2014, an increase of 3.6 per cent on the previous year, according to research by travel analysts Euromonito. Hong Kong however, which hosted 27.7 million visitors in 2014, representing an increase of 8.2 per cent, retained top spot in the 100-strong list for the sixth consecutive year.Peter Walker (The Independent)

Is Qatar Airways about to launch the world’s longest direct flight?

Qatar Airways may be set to launch the world’s longest direct flight, after it was revealed that a non-stop route between Doha and Auckland is part of its latest expansion plans. Should the new route go ahead, the 9,034 mile journey will take an estimated 18 hours and 34 minutes, a journey time that exceeds the current longest scheduled passenger flight – Qantas’s Dallas to Sydney route – by nearly two hours.Will Coldwell (The Guardian)

Why Iran should be your ski destination this winter

Despite a long season and dependable snow conditions, a recent report states that of the 500,000 people who step into their skis annually in Iran, a mere 1% are from outside the country.Thomas Page (CNN)

Hilton announces new affordable hotel brand, Tru

The move comes as the hotel industry is consolidating, with Marriott International buying Starwood Hotels and Resorts, and AccorHotels acquiring Fairmont, Raffles and Swissotels. Rather than buy an existing brand, Nassetta says the company preferred to start its own. Nassetta says that 40% of demand for hotel rooms is in the midscale segment, which includes brands such as Comfort Inn by Choice Hotels and Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott. Rates at Tru will vary by location, but will be in the $90 to $100 range. The brand will target all age groups, but is intended to appeal to a “millennial” mindset, Nassetta says. Millennials, those in their twenties and early thirties, tend to like modern design, public spaces where they can work and socialize, and advanced technology such as mobile check-in.Nancy Trejos (USA Today)

The Cost of Airline Fuel Drops While Airplane Ticket Prices Stay Steady

Delta Air Lines Inc., United Continental Holdings Inc. and Southwest Airlines Co. all reported record adjusted profits in 2015 and paid a combined $7.6 billion less for fuel — which historically accounts for about one-third of industry operating costs. The companies said they would have saved more if not for contracts that locked in some prices in advance at above-market rates. American, the world’s biggest carrier, will report its full-year results Jan. 29.Mary Schlangenstein and Michael Sasso (Bloomberg)

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