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News and tidbits from the travel industry

Month: December 2020

Boeing 737 Max returns to US skies with first commercial flight on American Airlines

American Airlines’ Flight 718, the first commercial 737 Max flight by a major U.S. airline since its recertification on Nov. 18, departed from Miami shortly before 10:30 a.m. ET and is scheduled to arrive at New York LaGuardia a little early at 1:18 p.m. ET.Jayme Deerwester (USA Today)

Sanbokan: Japan’s rare, sour citrus fruit

In fact, sanbokan is both eaten as fresh fruit and used as an acidic seasoning. It’s easy to peel, and once its large seeds are removed, it’s cut into chunks and served. Because it’s so high in citric acid, it’s also used by chefs to season winter’s rich seafoods, often taking the place of lemon. One way it’s used takes advantage of sanbokan’s large orange-like size: the fruit is cut in half, its flesh scooped out and the shells used as bowls, which are filled with such delicacies as chawan mushi (a seafood egg custard), steamed cod milt and fugu blowfish.Tom Schiller (BBC)

Singapore street food added to Unesco heritage list

Despite the accolades and local love for hawkers, though, the culture has faced challenges in recent years. Hawkers are ageing – the average vendor is 59 – and there are few young Singaporeans keen to adopt a profession that entails 14-hour shifts. The cost of raw ingredients is also rising, but the average dish price is kept low so that people of all incomes can afford it – meaning profit margins can be small.Olivia Lee (The Guardian)

Sweden’s Icehotel reveals its new one-of-a-kind suites for 2021

This year, artists have created six one-of-a-kind suites in what is being billed Icehotel 31, which will stand until April 11, 2021 – when the hotel melts. A further six ice suites and a ‘frozen forest’ ceremony room – ‘for intimate weddings and other celebrations’ – have also been created in Icehotel 365, a permanent part of the property that is open all year round. What’s more, you can see the hotel via an interactive tour.Jennifer Newton (Daily Mail)

Airbnb Share Price More Than Doubles in First Day of Historic Public Debut

Given some of the headwinds in Airbnb’s future, the opening had a generous touch of unreality to it.Dennis Schaal (Skift)

A Chilling Question Divides Europe: Open Ski Slopes or Keep Them Closed?

European nations have for months struggled to adopt a unified response, each imposing their own restrictions. And while many imposed new lockdowns this month, some, like France, are easing restrictions ahead of the holidays.Elian Peltier, Melissa Eddy and Emma Bubola (New York Times)

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