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House Hunting in England: Nestled in a London Viaduct for $1.3 Million

A Two-Bedroom Marvel Built Into a London Viaduct$1.3 MILLION (975,000 BRITISH POUNDS)This arched two-bedroom, two-bath house is built below and beside an active 19th-century railway viaduct in South London. The open-plan home, covering 1,600 square feet, is wrapped in a rust-colored steel shell and brings in light through a slender three-story atrium.The front door, clad in palm wood and topped with a square window, sits in an underpass below the viaduct. A two-door entrance hall acts as a physical and acoustic buffer between inside and outside, said Didier Ryan, the architect, who designed the home for his brother, completing it in 2012.“When you come through the second door, it opens up into the vast, cavernous space of the arch,” Mr. Ryan said. “It’s such a big scale change that it’s...

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Breaking Travel News interview: Elie Farhat, general manager, Telal Resort Al Ain | Focus

Breaking Travel News here talks to Elie Farhat, general manager, Telal Resort Al Ain, United Arab Emirates, about his resort’s inspirational approach to the challenges set by Covid-19, and his upbeat prognosis for the future. Breaking Travel News: What operational changes have you implemented at Telal Resort Al Ain in order to continue operating through the pandemic? Elie Farhat: We have implemented various things to ensure the safety of our guests and colleagues. During the early stages of Covid-19 last year, we took the decision to close the resort for 15 days in order to perform a thorough cleaning, sanitisation and disinfection of the entire resort and its surroundings. We also took this time to train our team members on how to handle and care for our guests while protecting them...

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Breaking Travel News interview: Mushtak Gafoor, chief executive, Farhat Tours | Focus

Breaking Travel News here chats to Mushtak Gafoor, chief executive and manging director, Farhat Tours about his approach to the challenges set by Covid-19, and his thoughts on new travel trends. Breaking Travel News: What is Farhat Tours’ business model, and what changes in the way you operate have you had to implement due to Covid-19?Mushtak Gafoor: Since its inception in 2007, Farhat Tours is a destination management company by nature. As a DMC, we promote our beautiful island country Bahrain to world travellers. Being in the trade for over 14 years, we provide unmatched quality services to explore and enjoy Bahrain. The pandemic has made some radical and unexpected changes to the nature of travel trade business. We also had to acclimatise ourselves with the world. There are so man...

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Breaking Travel News interview: Pankaj Pradhan, chief executive, Beauty of Japan Tours | Focus

Pankaj Pradhan is the chief executive of Beauty of Japan Tours, Japan’s leading destination management company, and has a mission to connect travellers with local experience of Japanese culture in a responsible and sustainable manner. Here he shares his thoughts and insights of ways forward for the industry. Breaking Travel News: As an industry veteran, how does the current crisis compare to previous shocks to the travel sector you have experienced? Pankaj Pradhan: I started my stint in tourism in 2001, almost two decades ago. Along the way, I’ve personally experienced number of crisis such as SARS, 9/ 11, the global economic recession of 2008/2009, plus the great Japan earthquake about ten years ago. All of these had put halt on the development of tourism. We also had an opportunity...

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Modest decline in value of European hotels | News

Sharp declines in revenue caused by the pandemic coupled with a more cautious approach to lending has prompted hotel valuations to fall over the past 12 months, although not as steeply as some had initially anticipated. This is the key finding of the annual European Hotel Valuation Index (HVI) compiled by global hotel consultancy HVS, which reports that in the year of the Covid-19 outbreak hotel values saw average declines of between five and 15 per cent compared with the previous year. Last year followed a decade of hotel value rises across Europe, with 2019 posting an average three per cent increase – with some properties in southern Europe experiencine seven per cent rises. However, widespread lockdowns in 2020 which resulted in the majority of Europe’s hotel’s closing for busine...

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airBaltic to add Munich to growing schedule | News

airBaltic has announced plans to launch new direct flights from Tallinn to Munich, Germany. The carrier will offer three weekly flights between the two cities, with the first one scheduled to take place on May 1st. Martin Gauss, chief executive of airBaltic, said: “airBaltic showed its strong commitment to Estonia, by continuing to serve the country in market conditions, where traffic volumes decreased significantly. “Now, while rebuilding our network, we are adding new flight opportunities for those passengers that need to travel. “This summer from Tallinn we intend to offer flights to 12 destinations.” Currently airBaltic offers direct flights from Tallinn to Amsterdam, Berlin, Copenhagen, London, Oslo and Stockholm as well as connections via Riga. In the upcoming months airBalti...

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British Airways leads $24m investment in ZeroAvia | News

British Airways has invested in ZeroAvia in an effort to accelerate the development of 50+ seater aircraft capable of running on zero emissions hydrogen-electric power. The flag-carrier had previous struck a partnership with the company. Now, British Airways and a group of investors including Horizons Ventures, Breakthrough Energy Ventures, Ecosystem Integrity Fund, Summa Equity, Shell Ventures, and Systemiq have invested a total of $24.3 million. It is hoped the cash will enable ZeroAvia to launch a new development programme to further demonstrate the credibility of its technology and accelerate the development of a larger hydrogen-electric engine, capable of flying further and using larger aircraft as soon as 2026. ZeroAvia says it could achieve commercialisation for its hydrogen-el...

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Breaking Travel News interview: Remco Althuis, chief executive, Air Seychelles. | Focus

As the Indian Ocean gradually repens to tourism, Remco Althuis, chief executive of Air Seychelles, here tells Breaking Travel News how his airline has reshaped operations in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. Breaking Travel News: How have the global travel restrictions, in particular the constantly shifting travel corridors, impacted your operations as an airline over the past year? Remco Althuis: Following travel restrictions imposed globally early last year due to the pandemic, leading to reduction in commercial passenger services, Air Seychelles had to transform its business model to focus on operating cargo and repatriation flights only. Within a short period of time, the team had to work on a concept to ensure that these flights are conducted sustainably, within the health protoc...

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Emirates to return to Orlando in June | News

Emirates has announced it will resume four-weekly services to Orlando from June 2nd, further expanding its US network. With the addition of Orlando, Emirates will be serving over 60 weekly services to and from 11 US destinations including Boston, New York (JFK), Los Angeles, Chicago, Washington D.C, Seattle, Dallas, Houston, San Francisco and Newark. Emirates customers also have seamless access to other US cities via the airline’s codeshare agreements with Jetblue and Alaskan Airlines. Flights to/from Orlando will operate four times weekly on Emirates’ two-class Boeing 777-200LR. Emirates flight EK219 will depart Dubai at 08:55, arriving in Orlando at 16:30 while the return flight EK220 will depart Orlando at 21:00, arriving in Dubai at 19:10 the next day.Emirates has safely and gradu...

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New art installations debut at Expo 2020 Dubai | News

Five thought-provoking art installations by four local and regional contemporary artists are now on display in Terra – the Sustainability Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai. Each deconstrues a specifically Middle Eastern response to the issues of sustainability. Specially commissioned by Expo 2020 in collaboration with Art Dubai, the artworks from the four, who represent the cream of Emirati and regional contemporary art talent, add an extra layer of engagement to the Sustainability Pavilion as it tells the story of humans’ relationship to the planet and challenges visitors to live in balance with the natural world.Marjan Faraidooni, chief experience officer, Expo 2020 Dubai, said: “We are very excited to be showcasing such a wonderful array of installations by some of the most talented and...

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