Hong Kong has retained the title of the world’s most visited city for the eighth consecutive year in Euromonitor International’s latest Top 100 City Destinations Ranking 2017 Edition. Unveiled on Tuesday at World Travel Market London, the report puts Bangkok in second place and London in third spot, and stresses the pivotal impact of the inexorable rise of Chinese outbound tourism.
Sweden and Switzerland have been suffering from a long-standing problem; people keep confusing them. It may seem unlikely to the seasoned traveller but it’s been a long-running bone of contention for proud residents of both countries. Now one airline is aiming to end that confusion by offering people a trip to Swederland.
UK low cost airline and holiday company Monarch Airlines has collapsed and been placed in administration leaving 110,000 customers stranded abroad. The accountants KPMG announced in the early hours of Monday that Monarch, Britain’s longest-surviving airline, had been placed into administration and that all further flights from the UK had been cancelled and would not be rescheduled.
For the second year in a row, Bangkok is poised to be the most popular city in the world for international travelers. The Thai capital is projected to welcome nearly 20.2 million international overnight visitors this year, according to a report by financial services corporation Mastercard. Mastercard's 2017 Global Destination Cities Index looks at visitor volume and spending to rank 132 top destination cities.
Air France formally launched on Monday its new “Joon” lower-cost airline, which the company hopes will attract a younger clientele and restore some routes to profitability. Air France said on Monday that Joon would start off by flying to six destinations. Joon is “especially aimed at a young working clientele, the millennials (18- to 35-year-olds), whose lifestyles revolve around digital technology,” Air France said in a statement, without elaborating on what new technology would be deployed.
More than 300,000 Ryanair passengers have had their travel plans thrown into disarray as a result of a rolling programme of flight cancellations that will hit 2 per cent of all of the airline’s flights between now and the end of October. Ryanair chief executive Michael O’Leary blamed a “messed-up” rostering system and a need to give pilots “lots of holidays over the next four months”. He said the roster issues arose due to a change in the way the airline records flight hours. Under EU rules, pilots can only fly 900 hours a year, and 100 hours in any month.
Wizz Air today introduces its new “Flexible Travel Partner” service, allowing customers to create a new reservation without including all passengers’ names at the time of booking. This innovative new product has been designed for customers who want to book their trip securing low-cost fares well in advance, yet are uncertain who their travel partners will be.
The Swiss federak price watchdog has initiated proceedings against Booking.com, hotel booking platform, after finding signs of “price abuse” concerning commissions that hoteliers have to pay in Switzerland. During an investigation, watchdog Stefan Meierhans examined commissions paid by hoteliers to the site and found indications of abusive prices, news agency ATS reported on Tuesday.
If you're going on a certain kind of holiday, the price of a drink might take precedence over certain other factors, but even if you're not planning on wearing a bright pink polo with a lurid slogan printed on the back, knowing the price of a pint is always useful. The study, carried out by UK based FX comparison site Travelex, who produced an International Beer Index for 2017, looked at the average price of half a litre of beer in 32 countries which are popular holiday destinations for British holidaymakers.
The issue of tax in Europe does not seem to be a happy one when it comes to tech giants like Apple, Google, Amazon, and Facebook. According to France's new Finance Minister, Bruno Le Maire, France and Germany can harmonize their corporate tax rates by 2018, paving the way for full harmonization across the eurozone. Le Maire made the comments during a television interview with Bloomberg. When asked if he wishes to lower the corporate tax rate to 25 percent across all states in the eurozone, Le Maire replied that the Macron Government has decided first to reduce the level of taxation in France. He argued that the tax burden is "too high and too unstable."
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