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Month: April 2018 (Page 1 of 2)

Etihad Plans to Stay a Major Global Carrier Despite Financial Woes

Etihad has been working on restructuring plans for the best part of a year after posting a $1.87 billion loss for 2016 that cost previous chief James Hogan his job. While the carrier has slimmed down its freighter fleet and is cutting passenger destinations including Edinburgh and Perth, Douglas has so far held off from announcing widely anticipated plans for further fleet and network cuts. […] Etihad poured billions of dollars into struggling airlines around the world under Hogan’s so-called Equity Alliance strategy in a bid to quickly add more customers and propel the company into the global aviation elite. Earnings were hurt by a decline in Mideast traffic after lower crude-oil prices weighed on oil-industry travel, as well as mounting loss at Alitalia and Air Berlin.Mahmoud Habboush (Bloomberg)

Airbnb Wants To Turn Every Day Of Your Life Into A Vacation

Airbnb wants its platform–with its array of activities, attractions, homes, and restaurant suggestions–to influence you when you’re choosing a travel destination, and perhaps even convince you to visit a place you’ve never thought of before.Ruth Reader (Fast Company)

In an Era of Empowerment, More Trips for Women

Travel is a male-dominated profession, so it’s very important to us that we hire female guides, which also helps educate the community in the places that we visit on the importance of females in the workplace.Robin Brooks (Exodus Travels)

Turkey bounces back as package holiday favourite

Package holidays to Turkey are up 84% year on year, according to Thomas Cook – a growth being fuelled by families, who account for 61% of bookings. The country is also seeing the highest number of return customers of any of Thomas Cook’s destinations.Isabel Choat (The Guardian)

In Switzerland, the soup quarrelling politicians share

Straightforward yet scrumptious, the soup was traditionally made with two simple ingredients: milk and bread. Today, it is simmered with Sbrinz, a flavourful Parmesan-type cheese, then topped with a sprig of parsley. Once the staple of peasants, the recipe has been dictated by history, its essence packed with meaning – from the ingredients first supplied by warring cantons to the bread that floats on the surface – shaped over the years so flavour can be dispersed into each slurp. But as moreish as the dish is, it comes with an even more delicious backstory.Mike MacEacheran (BBC)

Why Everybody Now Wants a Piece of the Tours and Activities Sector

Skift Research sees three main drivers of investments and acquisitions in tours and activities. First, the sector has strong internal growth dynamics, in part driven by consumer shifting to experiences over things. Next, while the sector is still mostly offline, that is rapidly changing due to a shift reminiscent of the early days of online hotel and airline booking. Lastly, all of these changes are happening at a time of consolidation for the largest, hyper-competitive global travel brands. These corporations are also beginning to shift business models toward a full-service platform approach.Seth Borko (Skift)

Ski Resorts Fight Climate Change With Snow Guns and Buses

Until recently, Alta and other western resorts didn’t have to rely on snowmaking. But that’s changed. The resort has doubled its capacity in the past decade, although it finishes snowmaking by January, Olivos says. The resort paints snowmaking machines and water lines in camouflage colors to hide them from customers who are expecting a verdant scene of spruce trees and white powder in the winter, or wildflowers in the summer.Eric Niiler (Wired)

Flixtrain: Der Kampf der Monopolisten

Die Strecke Frankfurt–Berlin kostet bei Flixtrain 19 Euro, wenn man zwei Wochen vorher bucht, bei der Deutschen Bahn sind es mit Spartarif 33,90 Euro. Dafür bekommt man laut der Flixtrain-Website eine Sitzplatzgarantie, extra Beinfreiheit, W-Lan und Steckdosen beziehungsweise Powerbanks, wenn kein Stromanschluss verfügbar ist. Wie bei der Bahn soll es auch eine Snackbar und reservierungspflichtige Stellplätze für Fahrräder geben. Zudem werden Kombitickets für grüne Züge und Busse angeboten, mit denen man einen Teil der Strecke mit dem Zug bewältigen kann, um später in einen Bus umzusteigen.Katharina Wilhelm (FAZ)

Turisti, pozor: Ljubljana turistično takso dviguje na 2,5 evra

Zlasti med svetniki opozicije je bilo slišati pripombe glede visoke spremembe turistične takse pri sobodajalcih. Ljubljanski župan Zoran Janković je pojasnil, da so imeli na občini tehtno razpravo o tem, ali bi iz višine 2,5 evra izločili hostle in sobodajalce, a bi se te izjeme nato širile. Po premisleku so jo poenotili. So pa po besedah župana ugotovili, da nekateri hoteli štiri leta niso plačevali te takse in bodo zdaj kaznovani.K. K. (RTV Slovenija)

Vada Pav: The ‘Indian burger’ McDonald’s can’t master

Vada pav is a deep-fried potato patty served on a soft bread roll with spicy green chilli.Charukesi Ramadurai (BBC)

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