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Cancun Airport Transportation: Changing Lives One Trip at a Time | Focus

Are you relinquishing the idea of visiting the beautiful suburbs of Mexico only because you face any issue with transportation? Don’t worry. This is the case with most travelers. That is because more than the language, the principal issue you face in a new place is commutation. Everyone dreams of romantic or scenic spots at a foreign location, but seldom does it cross one’s mind as to how will you get there? Transportation is one of the main issues and also solutions to a tourist’s travel problems. But is the domain restricted to tourists only? What Services Do They Render?Regardless of what anyone might think, the people at Cancun Airport Transportation are changing the way you see travel and commuting issues. You have a complete travel party but don’t know how to travel? They’ve g...

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The Dilly to launch in London next spring | News

In early 2021, Le Méridien Piccadilly will become the Dilly, an independently owned and operated hotel. The historic hotel dates back to 1908 and the transformation over the coming months and years will see the Dilly defined by its London location, style and connections. The Dilly Hotel general manager, James Olivier, commented: “When you explore everything that makes a location the place to be for business or pleasure, or simply to recharge, this is it – London’s epicentre, Piccadilly Circus and a meeting point known throughout the world.  “Our hotel’s very name is memorable, playful and ultimately inspired by our address in the centre of London on Piccadilly.” The property’s owners - Archer Hotel Capital - made the decision to operate the Dilly as an independent hotel when the man...

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Breaking Travel News interview: Steve Sammut, chief executive, Rocky Mountaineer | Focus

Having been honoured by voters at the World Travel Awards, Steve Sammut, chief executive of Rocky Mountaineer, here tells Breaking Travel News how it feels to have won the prestigious title Breaking Travel News: Congratulations on your victory at the World Travel Awards, with Rocky Mountaineer having taken the title of World’s Leading Luxury Train. How does it feel to have won? Steve Sammut: Thank you, this recognition means a great deal to us. This past year has been incredibly challenging for the entire travel industry, so receiving this award is welcome good news for us, as we look forward to 2021 and beyond. BTN: Can you tell us a little about Rocky Mountaineer – what is it brings to the luxury travel scene in Canada?SS: We offer luxury train journeys that showcase some of the mos...

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Finnair takes inflight dining options into supermarkets | News

Finnair is bringing its famous signature blueberry juice drink to travel-thirsty grounded customers by making it available to buy in supermarkets across Finland. The hugely popular delicious blueberry juice drink will be on sale for fans at a selection of over 300 K-group grocery stores across the country from next month. Finnish cuisine is known worldwide for its use of tasty wild berries, and Finnair introduced blueberry juice as its signature drink in 2014. Since then, a staggering up to one million litres of blueberry juice have been served on board Finnair flights every single year. Marika Nieminen, vice president, Finnair Kitchen, said: “Blueberry juice has been a distinctive part of the Finnair customer experience and it is loved by many of our customers. “We wanted to offer t...

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Etihad to launch new Beijing flights in December | News

Etihad Airways will commence another service from China, with flights from Beijing to Abu Dhabi, capital of the United Arab Emirates, from December 7th. The service will operate with a weekly flight using a Boeing 787 Dreamliner. Etihad resumed services between Abu Dhabi and Shanghai in late July this year, which has helped meet the large demand from travellers in the UAE, China, and other countries in the Middle East, Europe, and Africa. With the second weekly flight added to Etihad’s global network, the airline becomes the only carrier in the MENA region operating non-stop passenger flights departing from both Shanghai and Beijing.  Martin Drew, senior vice president sales and cargo, Etihad Aviation Group, said: “China continues to be a strategically important market for Etihad a...

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Qantas cuts 2,000 staff as ground handling is outsourced | News

Qantas has notified around 2,000 employees that it will move to outsource ground handling operations at ten airports across Australia. The decision comes as the flag-carrier works to recover from the Covid-19 crisis. In August, the airline announced its reasons for needing to restructure its ground handling operations, which includes baggage handling and aircraft cleaning, and commenced a review of external bids from specialist ground handlers and in-house bids from employees. The Transport Workers Union (TWU) submitted a bid to keep the service in-house on behalf of employees in accordance with terms in the enterprise agreement. However, the bid was, by their own admission, “theoretical” with no roadmap of how projected cost savings would be achieved. It also did not meet the object...

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ABTA launches chargeback helpline to members | News

ABTA has launched two new member advice helplines. They will provide 30 minutes of free advice from leading financial experts on how best to dispute a chargeback, or how to protect a business from data breaches and other issues relating to cybersecurity. The two new helplines join existing ABTA helplines on mergers and acquisitions, finance, employment law, crisis support, training and recruitment and VAT. All of the helplines are operated by ABTA partners, who are leading experts in their respective fields. Due to the ongoing pandemic, many refunds have been severely delayed mainly due to suppliers not issuing refunds swiftly, some customers have now turned to their card provider and asked them to raise a chargeback. In some cases, ABTA members have been receiving chargebacks from ...

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Accor creates new lifestyle business with Ennismore | News

Accor will merge its lifestyle brands with London-based group Ennismore, owner of the Hoxton hotel chain. The new entity, which will operate under the Ennismore name, will be two-thirds owned by Accor and one-third owned by Ennismore founder Sharan Pasricha. The new group was developed following a cash-free merger. It will operate ten Accor lifestyle brands, including Mondrian, Delano and SLS. Accor itself acquired full ownership of these brands earlier this month when it took complete control of sbe.The merged entity will focus heavily on driving food and beverage, as well as entertainment. It will be led by Pasricha and Accor chief development officer, Gaurav Bhushan. The group will launch with 73 hotels and 110 development sites, as well as over 150 restaurants and an enterprise...

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Which? urges passengers to book direct with providers | News

Holidaymakers are usually better off avoiding booking sites when arranging a holiday and booking directly with a travel provider instead, according to Which?. The consumer organisation surveyed nearly 5,000 members about their experiences with various travel booking sites, broken down into flight booking sites, accommodation booking sites and travel comparison sites. The results highlighted a slew of problems with using booking sites – usually presented as a hassle-free way to compare prices and get the best deal when booking a holiday – which have been exacerbated by the pandemic. Respondents rated sites on a variety of criteria, including the functionality of the site, prices, and transparency of fees, with many sites earning an overall lower score than they did last year. Flight bo...

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Hidden in Plain Sight: The Ghosts of Segregation

The six faded letters are all that remain, and few people notice them. I would never have seen them if a friend hadn’t pointed them out to me while we walked through New Orleans’s French Quarter. I certainly wouldn’t have realized their significance.On Chartres Street, above a beautifully arched doorway, is a curious and enigmatic inscription: “CHANGE.” Now part of the facade of the Omni Royal Orleans Hotel, the letters mark the onetime site of the St. Louis Hotel & Exchange, where, under the building’s famed rotunda, enslaved people were once sold.All human landscapes are embedded with cultural meaning. And since we rarely consider our constructions as evidence of our priorities, beliefs and behaviors, the testimonies our landscapes offer are more honest than many of the things we ...

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