Travel

Friday newsletters always feature luxury travel contests, tips, series, or news. Today (January 15, 2021): The Maldives launches a loyalty program The Maldives is one of the world’s most breathtaking travel destinations. The scenic beauty of the archipelago’s 26 atolls is something to behold and unmatched anywhere in the world. Located in the Indian Ocean southwest of India, the Maldives
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Virgin Atlantic has completed “financing transactions” relating to two Boeing 787 aircraft in partnership with Griffin Global Asset Management and Bain Capital Credit. The carrier said the sale and leaseback deals would further strengthen its balance sheet. Virgin Atlantic completed a privately funded, solvent recapitalisation in September last year as it sought to survive a
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Delta Air Lines has reported a pre-tax loss of $15.6 billion for financial 2020, representing a loss per share of $19.49 on total revenue of $17.1 billion. In the December quarter alone, the carrier saw pre-tax losses of $1.1 billion. “Our December quarter results capped the toughest year in Delta’s history,” said Ed Bastian, Delta
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(CNN) — For more than eight years, the world sailing speed record has remained unbroken. In November 2012, Australian Paul Larsen reached 65.45 knots (or 121 kilometers per hour/75 mph) in his Vesta Sailrocket 2 in South Atlantic waters off the coast of Namibia. However, two rival teams, one in France and one in Switzerland,
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Wednesday newsletters always feature a hotel or flight review. Prior to the outbreak of the pandemic, I enjoyed a wonderful trip to New York City and the Caribbean islands of Anguilla and St Martin. You can read my trip reports here: Today (January 13, 2020): Review of TWA Hotel at JFK Airport, New York City Opened in May 2019, the TWA
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Raul Leal has stepped down as chief executive of Virgin Hotels after leading the company for ten years. He joined company in 2010 as the first employee when it was building its initial pipeline of projects and developing its lifestyle hotel offering. Leal has since played a significant role in creating the character and infrastructure
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Low-cost carrier Norwegian has outlined a simplified business structure and dedicated short haul route network as it plans a return from the Covid-19 shutdown. With this plan, the carrier said it hopes to build a “robust and solid company” that will attract investors and continue to serve new and existing customers. The company said it
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(CNN) — It was once the all-conquering superjumbo, but today it’s more likely to be viewed as a white elephant. As the latest nail in the coffin for the world’s largest passenger airliner, Qatar Airways has confirmed it will be retiring half of its fleet of 10 Airbus A380s, which have already been grounded since
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(CNN) — They’re watching you, wherever you walk. They know exactly where you pause, when you slow down and speed up, and they count you in and out of the city. What’s more, they’re tracking your phone, so they can tell exactly how many people from your country or region are in which area, at
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Ace Hotel Brooklyn is set to open in the late spring. Designed from the ground up in partnership with long-time Ace collaborators Roman and Williams, who shaped both the building and the interiors, the property has 287-rooms. Located in Boerum Hill, the hotel is on the cusp of downtown Brooklyn. “We’ve been building toward Ace
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Rosewood Hotels has been appointed by real estate firm Antirion SGR to manage Rosewood Rome, which will open in 2023 in the heart of the capital city. Located in the former headquarters of Italy’s Banca Nazionale del Lavoro (BNL), the property will overlook the Via Veneto. Extending an entire block, Rosewood Rome will encompass three
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Monday newsletters always feature top 10 travel lists to inspire. Today (January 11, 2021): Top 10 most luxurious airport hotels in the world. Staying overnight at an airport hotel is often considered a necessary evil for business and/or leisure travelers, since these hotels are associated with noisy rooms, terrible service, bad breakfasts, and overpriced rates. However, the last
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Orange County California officials have announced that Disneyland Resort in Anaheim will be converted into a Point-of-Dispersing site for COVID-19 vaccines.  “The Disneyland Resort, the largest employer in the heart of Orange County, has stepped up to host the county’s first Super POD site – undertaking a monumental task in our vaccination distribution process,” said
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The Ascott added a record of over 14,200 units across 71 properties globally in 2020. Despite Covid-19, the figure exceeds the number of units secured in 2019, marking a fourth consecutive year of record growth for Ascott. In China, Ascott has also achieved an 80 per cent year-on-year growth in units compared to 2019. The
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Heathrow saw passenger numbers fall by 73 per cent last year as Covid-19 restrictions took a huge toll on the aviation sector. In total 22 million people passed through the airport. In December, passenger numbers plummeted 83 per cent when compared to 2019, as fears about the new strain of Covid-19 meant countries shut their
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Cheval Collection has announced an expansion in London as part of a long-term strategic vision for growth. From the spring, the company will offer a stylish additional property consisting of 30 apartments at Cheval Lexham Gardens. This follows an expansion into Edinburgh, which took place in July last year. The all-apartment residence, which will be
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