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Month: December 2017 (Page 1 of 3)

Bomo turistične zvezde tudi pozimi? Hotelirji so samozavestni

Sami rekorderji. ?Žiga Sancin

Airports Are Losing Money as Ride-Hailing Services Grow

Fewer people are parking cars at airports, using taxis or renting cars, according to a recent report from the National Academies Press. Those trend lines are hurting airports, which depend on fees from parking lots, rental car companies and taxis as their biggest source of revenue other than the fees paid by the airlines. The money they currently collect from ride-hailing services do not compensate for the lower revenues from the other sources.Amy Zipkin (New York Times)

Emirates Puts London’s Third-Largest Airport on the Map

Emirates, the world’s largest intercontinental airline, will commence daily services from the Persian Gulf shiekdom to Stansted starting next June using Boeing Co. 777-300ER jetliners, it said in a statement Wednesday.Christopher Jasper (Bloomberg)

Skiurlaub in den USA: Der Nobelskiort Aspen bangt um das „Big Business“

Den CO₂-Verbrauch zu reduzieren, sei „gut fürs Gewissen und gut fürs Geschäft“, sagt Matt Hamilton, Direktor für Nachhaltigkeit. Machtwechsel in Washington hin oder her, seine Firma habe sich längst freiwillig dazu verpflichtet, bis 2020 ein Viertel weniger Emissionen zu verursachen als im Jahr 2000. „Daran halten wir fest“, bekräftigt er. Ausgerechnet Aspen entpuppt sich also als progressiver Vorkämpfer in der Skiindustrie. Doch wie rettet man den Winter?Heike Schmidt (Die Welt)

Skipasspreise: Bei Schneefall ist es billiger

Zehn Franken – das ist doch mal ein Wort in einem Land, in dem oft schon ein „Dezi“ (100 Milliliter!) Hauswein so viel kostet. An den zehn Wochentagen vom 8. bis 12. und vom 15. bis 19. Januar 2018 wird es für diesen Schnäppchenpreis im Skigebiet Andermatt-Sedrun in der Zentralschweiz eine ganze Tageskarte geben, pauschal für alle. Das ist aber auch schon der einzige Fixpreis. Denn an allen anderen Tagen des Winters sollen erstmals flexible Tarife gelten. […] Ein anderes Experiment starteten bereits im Januar 2017 die Schweizer Skigebiete Pizol (Sarganserland) und Belalp (Oberwallis). Sie machen den Preis von der Witterung abhängig.Günter Kast (FAZ)

Eröffnung der neuen Zugspitzbahn: Hochgefühl

Gleich drei Weltrekorde stellt die neue Bahn auf: Mit 3213 Meter Abstand von der einzigen Stütze bis zur Bergstation ist die zu überwindende Entfernung so groß wie bei keiner anderen Pendelseilbahn. Einzigartig ist auch der Höhenunterschied von 1945 Metern zwischen Tal- und Bergstation. Und der neu errichtete Seilbahnstützpfeiler ist mit 127 Meter Höhe zugleich der Größte seiner Art in Stahlbauweise.abl/dpa (Spiegel)

Germany’s deserted airport of the future

A faulty fire-protection system design has taken most of the blame. The system devised proved to be extremely complex. It envisaged that, in the event of a fire, smoke would be pumped downwards, below the terminal’s structure, instead of upwards through the ceiling as per the natural flow of hot air. But this was hardly the only issue. As time went by, multiple other problems were found such as wiring that overheated, escalators that were too short and serious structural faults in the ceiling, to name just a few. Ultimately the construction work was found to have fallen short of regulatory requirements, meaning many elements had to be started from scratch.Miquel Ros (CNN)

Boeing Is Interested in Taking Over Rival Embraer

Boeing and Airbus have focused on larger, higher-margin aircraft, avoiding planes with 100 seats or less that have similar development costs while selling for commodity-like prices. Boeing’s potential Embraer deal raises the prospect of a duopoly with Airbus that would extend into the market for smaller planes, where manufacturers in Canada, China, Russia and Japan are emerging as competitive threats.Julie Johnsson, Fabiola Moura and Thomas Black (Bloomberg)

Inside Royal Caribbean’s Wild, Tech-Filled Cruise Of The Future

From the looks of things, the future of cruising is pretty wild. At the event, guests were asked to download an app, snap a selfie, and turn on their Bluetooth. Once those steps were taken, the techie magic took over. Guests were greeted by name, thanks to Bluetooth signaling. Pull up the app’s drink menu, make your choice, and a server delivers it wherever you are in the crowd thanks to a face-recognition system.Melissa Locker (Fast Company)

The European city that loves strangers

Amid the ancient ruins, another survivor of the centuries is the Greek concept of philoxenia – a term that directly translates as ‘love of strangers’, but which locals define more as a warmth that makes foreigners feel immediately welcomed when they come to the capital city.Lindsey Galloway (BBC)

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