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US airlines are struggling to make money from China's travel boom

CNN News Feed - Tue, 08/28/2018 - 12:19
China will soon become the world's biggest market for air travel, but American carriers are having trouble profiting from the rapid growth.
Categories: Money

House of Fraser attacks 'greedy' landlords

BBC Business News - Tue, 08/28/2018 - 12:10
Mike Ashley's firm says "time is running out" to prevent store closures and save hundreds of jobs.
Categories: Business

House of Fraser attacks 'greedy' landlords

BBC Business News Feed - Tue, 08/28/2018 - 12:10
Mike Ashley's firm says "time is running out" to prevent store closures and save hundreds of jobs.
Categories: Business

BBC Business News Feed: Boeing says Asia needs 240,000 pilots over next two decades

Business Now Mag - Tue, 08/28/2018 - 12:09
Growing Asia-Pacific travel demand means a huge increase in pilots, cabin crew and technicians.
Categories: Business

Boeing says Asia needs 240,000 pilots over next two decades

BBC Business News - Tue, 08/28/2018 - 12:09
Growing Asia-Pacific travel demand means a huge increase in pilots, cabin crew and technicians.
Categories: Business

Boeing says Asia needs 240,000 pilots over next two decades

BBC Business News Feed - Tue, 08/28/2018 - 12:09
Growing Asia-Pacific travel demand means a huge increase in pilots, cabin crew and technicians.
Categories: Business

California Declares Surfing the Official State Sport

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 08/28/2018 - 12:04
<p>Looks like the Beach Boys were right about California: "If everybody had an ocean across the USA, then everybody'd be surfin’, like Californ-i-a."</p><p>And since California is so synonymous with beaches, boards, and hitting the waves, the state government wanted to make surfing the official state sport.</p><p>According to <a href="http://www.capradio.org/articles/2018/08/20/surfing-is-now-californias-official-state-sport/" target="_blank">Capital Public Radio</a>, California Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill into law on Aug. 20 that declares surfing as the state’s “official” sport. The state assembly passed the measure just before the governor signed it into law.</p><p>“I think surfing really stands apart not only for being an iconic part of California culture, but also for the environmental message of respecting and protecting our ocean and our environment,” the measure’s author, state assemblyman Al Muratsuchi, said in a statement.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-tips/travel-trends/surfer-study-next-cool-travel-destinations" target="_blank">Why Surfers Are Always the First to Know About Cool New Travel Destinations</a></p><p>However, despite the sport being an integral part of California culture, Hawaiians have been <a href="http://www.surfingforlife.com/history.html" target="_blank">surfing for centuries</a>, and surfing was declared the <a href="https://statesymbolsusa.org/symbol-official-item/hawaii/state-sport/surfing" target="_blank">Hawaiian state sport back in 1998</a>. </p><p>One writer for the <a href="https://www.sfchronicle.com/entertainment/article/California-lawmakers-steal-Hawaii-s-13180455.php" target="_blank"><em>San Francisco Chronicle</em></a> asserts that the official bill completely ignores the state’s true sport: skateboarding.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/adventure-travel/where-to-find-the-biggest-waves-in-world" target="_blank">Where to Catch the Biggest Waves in the World</a></p><p>Former skateboarder and surfer, Stacy Peralta, told the <em>Chronicle</em>: “The great irony of this is that there’s no other sport that represents the spirit of California as well as this one. If you think about the California ethos — going it alone, making it happen yourself — that’s what skateboarding is all about.”</p><p>Still, Muratsuchi estimates that surfing generates more than $6 billion for the state’s economy each year, so it’s hard to deny that the sport isn’t also ingrained in the hearts of Californians. </p>
Categories: Travel

How to Take a Cruise in the Caribbean — and Feel Like You're Staying on a Private Yacht

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 08/28/2018 - 12:00
<p>Grenada was never on my list. Neither was Martinique. The only detail I knew of the Grenadines was that Mick Jagger had a house somewhere there — maybe on the island of Mustique? To be honest, these particular destinations, part of the Windward Islands in the southeastern Caribbean, seemed vaguely far, immeasurably small, and not entirely worth the multiple flights required to visit from the Midwest. While I like a <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/beach-vacations/white-sand-beach" target="_blank">beach</a> as much as the next girl, a day or two with my toes in the sand is plenty.</p><p>Then came my first real Chicago winter and, with it, an insatiable desire to linger in the sun. Around the same time, I learned that you can visit most of the Windward Islands in a week, thanks to the calm Caribbean waters and their proximity to one another. Suddenly they seemed full of promise. I texted my always-keen travel partner, Julianna, and invited her on a weeklong sun-quest aboard <a href="https://www.windstarcruises.com/" target="_blank">Windstar Cruises</a>’ Wind Surf that would begin and end in Barbados and visit St. Lucia; Grenada; Bequia and Mayreau, in the Grenadines; and Martinique.</p><p>That the <a href="https://www.windstarcruises.com/yachts/wind-surf/overview/" target="_blank">Wind Surf</a> was no typical cruise ship became obvious the instant I clicked my first photo of it in Bridgetown, the capital of Barbados. With its seven white sails billowing in the tropical breeze, the 310-passenger vessel was a far cry from the behemoths that ply the region. At the check-in desk, I sipped a mimosa while scoping out my fellow travelers. That old maxim that cruises appeal to newlyweds and nearly-deads didn’t apply on this small-scale beauty, which felt more like one of those members-only social clubs so popular with Chicagoans during <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/where-to-go-for-warm-weather" target="_blank">long winters</a> and humid summers. In fact, about 50 of the passengers belonged to a country club in Cleveland; let’s call them middle-aged (which I define as anyone 10 years older than me, in perpetuity). A few families had invited their young-adult offspring. I saw no brides, witnessed only one cane, and spied a smattering of fit passengers — all eager to sign up for diving excursions and morning yoga.</p><p>Key cards in hand, we swiftly stashed our suitcases in two 188-square-foot staterooms and made for the lounge chairs on the uppermost Star Deck. As soon as the vitamin D washed over my legs, the serotonin kicked in. <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/yoga-wellness/august-seasonal-affective-disorder" target="_blank">Seasonal affective disorder</a>? Gone. The guilt that my husband was toiling away in corporate America? Erased with one sexy photo text. For the next seven days, I’d go on shore adventures and teach Julianna, a cruise skeptic, that small-ship sailing — I’d banned the word <em>cruising </em>— was a killer way to travel to pristine lands that you could barely find on a map.</p><p>Julianna was, admittedly, pretty easy to convince. She gleefully <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/animals/swim-with-animals" target="_blank">swam with turtles</a> on our Sunday snorkeling excursion in tourist-free Martinique. Just as blithely, she agreed to stay on board in Castries, St. Lucia, because she was eager to taste that day’s special dish, courtesy of a new partnership between Windstar and the James Beard Foundation. At the main restaurant, AmphorA, we feasted on grilled guajillo-glazed prawns with charred corn relish and creamy polenta — a recipe from chef Annie Pettry, of Decca in Louisville, Kentucky.</p><p><strong>Related</strong>: <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/worlds-best/medium-ocean-cruise-ships" target="_blank">The Top 5 Midsize-ship Ocean Cruise Lines</a></p><p>On Grenada, we explored the rugged western coast by minivan, passing red-tiled roofs and crashing waterfalls to reach an isolated beach where glass-bottomed kayaks bobbed in the shallows. Other cruise ships don’t go there; the island was ours and the Granadans’ alone. We hopped in the kayaks and paddled out to a steel-and-cement art installation, <em>Vicissitudes</em>, by British sculptor Jason deCaires Taylor, submerged 15 feet below the surface. As we peered at the circle of hand-holding human forms beneath the waves, I reconsidered the wisdom of downing three glasses of fresh-squeezed orange juice at breakfast. So did Julianna. We hurried back to shore for warm Cokes to settle our stomachs. Funny how clear-bottomed kayaking could make us queasy, but navigating six-foot swells while standing on the bridge with Captain Pedro Pinto was smooth sailing.</p><p>The Windward Islands are a subset of the Lesser Antilles, which are surely misnamed. They are Greater, or at least Good Enough, for a day of hanging out on an otherwise deserted beach, reached by tender. On Mayreau, the smallest inhabited island of the Grenadines and the model for any castaway fantasy, we ate barbecue, swam among erosion-smoothed rocks, and posed for selfies with the crew. Continuing that lazy theme on our final day, we did exactly what any true sailors should: stayed on board. Rather than take a tender to Bequia, which is beloved for its hawksbill turtles and stone forts, we opted to bounce on the trampoline floating off the ship’s retractable sea-level platform. As the sails were hoisted, we toasted with champagne cocktails on deck in our bikinis while Puccini’s “Nessun Dorma” blasted over the loudspeaker.</p><p>After we’d gone to our cabins to dress for one final dinner, Julianna texted me a photo of a double rainbow, taken from the bridge of the Wind Surf. “And you say rainbows can’t be photographed,” her message read. The images kept coming: a bat made from a face towel, left at turndown. Us chasing a turtle with snorkelers on day one. “I love this ship,” she wrote. “Your cruise-hating compatriot loves this ship.” Of course. I knew all along she’d fall for this roving resort. <em>(Seven-night Jewels of the Windward Islands sailings from $2,199 per person.)</em></p>
Categories: Travel

Entrepreneur: 8 Productivity Tips for Entrepreneurs With Kids Waiting for Them to Get Home

Business Now Mag - Tue, 08/28/2018 - 12:00
Parenthood makes your priorities crystal clears, though scheduling does get more complicated.
Categories: Business

Cornwall Businnes: Rise in demand for ‘stress free’ holidays

Business Now Mag - Tue, 08/28/2018 - 11:38
Cornish holiday company Duchy Holidays has welcomed a report that says breaks on the British coast can help enhance relationships and reduce stress.
Categories: Business

Ryanair Will Now Charge You for Any Bag That Doesn't Fit Under the Seat in Front of You

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 08/28/2018 - 11:35
<p>European <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/ryanair-is-europes-number-one-airline" target="_blank">budget airline Ryanair</a> is a favorite among broke study abroad students for its eye-popping low fares. But, as they say, you get what you pay for. And soon you’re about to get even less.</p><p>Ryanair announced this week that it will decrease its already-miniscule carry-on baggage allowance. Starting Nov. 1, basic passengers will get one less bag than on previous Ryanair flights.</p><p>The allotment will now include only one small carry-on bag for passengers, which must fit below the seat in front of them. Previously, passengers could also bring one bigger bag, which was tagged at the gate and put in the plane’s hold.</p><p>“This led to the tagging of up to 120 free gate bags which caused delays to 25min turnarounds,” a statement released by airline reps explained.</p><p>This fall, only passengers who purchase priority boarding will be able to gate check their larger bag for free. Fees for priority boarding plus two cabin bags start at £6 (about $7.74) per ticket, <a href="https://www.ryanair.com/gb/en/plan-trip/travel-extras/priority-boarding" target="_blank">according to the airline's website</a>. </p><p>However, at the same time, the airline is increasing the dimensions of what it considers a “small” bag. Now, anything that fits in the 16.4” x 7.8” x 11.8” sizer will be allowed on board. (Previously, the dimensions were 13.7” x 7.8” x 7.8”.)</p><p>“This new policy will speed up the boarding and cut flight delays,” Kenny Jacobs, Ryanair’s chief marketing officer, said in a statement. “60% of customers will be unaffected by these changes and we expect that the other 40% will either choose to buy Priority Boarding or a 10kg check bag or will choose to travel with only one (free) small bag as 30% already do so today.”</p><p>This is the <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/travel-news/ryanair-new-baggage-fees-policy" target="_blank">second time this year Ryanair is changing its baggage policy</a> in an attempt to cut boarding time. </p>
Categories: Travel

If You Want to Visit This Famous Italian Island, You'll Have to Apply

Travel and Leisure - Tue, 08/28/2018 - 11:32
<p>The toughest place to get into in Italy is not the hottest restaurant in Milan or a chic underground club in Florence. It is an <a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/island-vacations/secret-islands-italy" target="_blank">island</a> off the coast of France.</p><p>Up until 10 years ago, <a href="http://www.islepark.it/visitare-il-parco/montecristo" target="_blank">Montecristo</a> wasn't open to tourists at all, and access is still extremely limited. The island opens to visitors twice per year — once from April 1 through 15 and again from Aug. 31 to Oct. 31 — but not just anybody can go. The Italian government only gives out 1,000 day permits per year to visit, and 600 of those spaces are reserved for students.</p><p>But demand to visit the island is high, considering it was the setting of Alexandre Dumas’s famous novel, “The Count of Monte Cristo.” In the story, the main character, Edmond Dantès, is serving a prison sentence off the coast of Marseilles when a fellow prisoner tells him of treasure to be found on Monte Cristo. He eventually goes off to find said treasure, rebrands himself the Count of Monte Cristo, and heads back to France to seek revenge on his enemies.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/italian-aeolian-islands" target="_blank">Think You’ve Seen Enough of Italy? These Volcanic Islands Will Change Your Mind</a></p><p>While modern visitors to the island may not be so lucky as to come across a fortune, they will find another sort of fiercely protected treasure. Montecristo is part of the <a href="https://www.infoelba.com/island-of-elba/tuscan-archipelago-national-park/" target="_blank">Tuscan Archipelago National Park</a> and home to a number of endangered species on the Montecristo Nature Reserve. The biodiversity is protected by a ban on fishing and on swimming within one kilometer of the coastline.</p><p><strong>Related: </strong><a href="https://www.travelandleisure.com/worlds-best/islands-in-europe" target="_blank">The Top 10 Islands in Europe</a></p><img alt="Monastery of San Mamiliano, Montecristo Island "src="https://cdn-image.travelandleisure.com/sites/default/files/styles/1600x1000/public/1534868881/Monastery-San-Mamiliano-Montecristo-Island-REMOTEITALY0818.jpg?itok=qZnVoEkt"><p>Montecristo also contains other treasures dating back thousands of years: The Etruscans, Greeks, and Romans all occupied the island throughout its history. Turks, Catholic monks, and the French have also passed through.</p><p>If you’re looking to get onto the island, consider rounding up 39 friends. "Individual applicants who are not organized in groups of at least 40 people may encounter difficulties in organizing the trip," Aurora Ciardelli, a spokeswoman for the Tuscan Archipelago National Park, <a href="https://www.thelocal.it/20180820/montecristo-italys-hardest-place-to-visit" target="_blank">told <em>The Local</em></a>.</p><p>Applications to visit Montecristo can be found <a href="http://www.islepark.it/images/MONTECRISTO_modulo_richiesta_VISITA.doc_nuovo.pdf" target="_blank">online</a>, but be prepared: You might wait years for a response.</p>
Categories: Travel

BBC Business News Feed: House of Fraser attacks 'greedy' landlords

Business Now Mag - Tue, 08/28/2018 - 11:25
Mike Ashley's firm says "time is running out" to prevent store closures and save hundreds of jobs.
Categories: Business

Perché preoccuparsi dei deep fake, la nuova frontiera delle fake news

Forbes News Feed - Tue, 08/28/2018 - 11:21
Tecnologie all'avanguardia permettono di "far dire" ad avversari politici cose che non hanno mai detto: sapremo distinguere la realtà dalla fiction?
Categories: Business

UBS-AM flows into Amsterdam office with forward purchase

Property Week News Feed - Tue, 08/28/2018 - 11:19
UBS Asset Management’s REPM business has completed the Amsterdam office development ‘The Flow’ from ToBeDeveloped.
Categories: Property

Is Powered By Humans Becoming A Thing?

Forbes News Feed - Tue, 08/28/2018 - 11:16
Many customers as a result, of the advancement of digitization and automation are now starting to demand services, advice and experiences that are delivered by human beings instead of by machines or software. Is it set to become a thing? T-Mobile believes it is.
Categories: Business

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