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Month: November 2019

Italy Revives Abandoned Villages as Experiential Travel Destinations

Alberghi diffusi, the literal translation of which is widespread hotels (or scattered hotels), represents a unique model that redevelops abandoned buildings in small villages with an eye to hosting tourists. These lodgings, instead of being in one vertical building, are distributed horizontally among various restored buildings around the settlement, integrating guests within the community. At least one of those buildings houses a central reception and common space. Typical hotel services, like housekeeping and room service, are provided under the realm of a single manager.Laura Powell (Skift)

Behind the scenes at the world’s most punctual mega airport

Haneda, officially called Tokyo International Airport, is the fifth busiest airport in the world, with almost 87 million passengers passing through in 2018. It surpasses major international hubs Chicago O’Hare, (83 million) Heathrow (80 million) and Hong Kong (74.5 million) in terms of passenger demand. Despite such heavy traffic, Haneda delivered 85.6% of its flights on time in 2018, making it the most punctual mega airport in the world — an outstanding feat considering that the average for an airport of its size — with over 30 million departing seats per year — was only 77.1%.Vivien Jones (CNN)

Emirates buys 50 Airbus A350 jets for $16billion in down-scaled deal

Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, chairman of Emirates, announced he would buy the Airbus A350 jets the Dubai Air Show on Monday in a down-scaled deal that initially called for 70 planes worth $21billion. Sheikh Maktoum added that his airline is still in talks with Boeing on a provisional order of 40 787 Dreamliner jets, in a blow for the American plane-maker.Chris Pleasance (Daily Mail)

Stella Artois to release first-ever limited-edition, US holiday brew: Midnight Lager

The Belgian beer maker has announced Midnight Lager, a U.S.-exclusive, limited-edition holiday beer available nationwide Nov. 4 through the end of the calendar year. The new brew features subtle notes of dark chocolate and espresso with a smoky finish.Morgan Hines (USA Today)

Thriving Hotel Industry Scrambles for Workers

There are simply not enough domestic job seekers to meet our work force needs. The hotel industry is a major employer of immigrants, and they will continue to be part of any work force solution. We support a balanced approach to immigration that enables hotels and other businesses to meet the increasing demand for employees, while protecting national security.Jennifer Myers (American Hotel and Lodging Association)

Michelinove zvezdice bodo končno zasijale tudi v Sloveniji

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The tourists nobody wants

Today, the challenge is to be a “good” tourist. And as we try to travel to places without making a negative impact, destinations are becoming emboldened to speak openly about which kinds of travelers are welcome — and which are not.Julia Buckley (CNN)

Southwest Will Look at Buying Jets Other Than Boeing 737s After 48-Year Run

As late as 2011, when we agreed to launch the Max, we gave a very serious look to an alternative. There are people who do have this question, “Is it time for us to look at the question?” Yes. Not now. But next year. Maybe the following year. It is time to look at that question yet again. I wouldn’t prejudge the answer at all.Gary Kelly (Southwest Airlines)

Boeing replaces senior executive in charge of 737 Max after two fatal crashes

The aircraft manufacturer has replaced president and CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes, Kevin McAllister, who was in charge of the Boeing 737 Max programme. Mr McAllister is the most senior executive to leave the company since the jet was grounded in March.Cathy Adams (The Independent)

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