Planet DMC

News and tidbits from the travel industry

Month: April 2019

Is ultra-low-cost air travel really worth it?

Ryanair, the famed European budget carrier, boasts that its average fares do not actually cover the cost of flying the passenger. […] The airlines use complex software to make dynamic price adjustments based on historical data, competitor fares, expected and actual sales for a particular fare class on a flight, along with some oversight by internal teams.Mike Arnot (CNN)

Singapore’s $1.3 billion airport expansion is half botanical garden, half mega-mall

Singapore’s government creates stringent guidelines for building projects, a necessity in a country that only has 279 square miles to work with. The city-state’s Urban Redevelopment Authority gives architects clear briefs that go far beyond most conventional building projects.Kelsey Campbell-Dollaghan (Fast Company)

JetBlue’s new NYC to London service may drive down ALL fares by 12%

The new JetBlue routes will be served by Airbus A321LR single-aisle aircraft featuring a version of the carrier’s premium cabin, Mint. It is not known how much the flights will cost.Jennifer Newton (Daily Mail)

Iceland used to be the hottest tourism destination. What happened?

So why is Iceland no longer the hottest cold-weather destination? The truth is, nobody’s totally sure. But the lure of other destinations, the country’s expensive accommodations and the demise of WOW Air could all be partly to blame.David Oliver (USA Today)

Ryanair Ranked a Top-10 Polluter in Europe

Ryanair was ninth on the list of top polluters in Europe. The remaining slots in the top 10 were taken by utilities that generate electricity from coal, the dirtiest fossil fuel.Mathew Carr and William Wilkes (Bloomberg)

Inside Airbnb’s ‘Guerrilla War’ Against Local Governments

… about the wars you’re fighting, gee, that looks like fun!Žiga Sancin

“Če Slovencem sneg ne pade na glavo, potem ne vedo, da je zima”

Če slovenskim žičničarjem država ne časti nove naprave, potem je ni. Če Pohorcem po sili razmer občina ne donira denarja, potem lahko zaprejo štacuno. In če ne bi bilo Manuele Božič Badalič, potem bi se še vedno našel kakšen Srečko. 😂Žiga Sancin

Martinique: A Slice of France, Tropical Forests and, Yes, Beaches Too

And while Martinique is very much a part of France — most of the tourists are French, meaning you can go days without running into any Americans — it also has its own rich history and culture. These traditions actually are becoming more prominent on the island in recent years, as younger islanders look for ways to try to reconnect with their culture.Eric Lipton (New York Times)

The new frontier for ultra-wealthy tourists? Underwater hotels and restaurants

It’s telling that projects like Under and the Muraka are being built at this particular moment, when anxiety around climate change is rising with the sea level. Both projects—an underwater luxury villa and a submerged high-end restaurant—exist in the middle of a Venn Diagram of sheer novelty and savvy architectural foresight. They’re neither practical nor impractical. They’re certainly not scalable solutions to the very real ecological problem cities are facing, but they are an early, if excessive, glimpse of what could become a more common way to build in the future.Liz Stinson (Fast Company)

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