Blog Profile / Gulliver


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Filed Under:Lifestyle / Travel
Posts on Regator:1291
Posts / Week:4.6
Archived Since:April 18, 2011

Blog Post Archive

Hilton is the latest hotel suspected of blocking customers’ personal Wi-Fi

10 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

IT ALWAYS seemed improbable that Marriott was the only one. Last year the hotel chain paid $600,000 to America's Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to settle a complaint that it had blocked customers' personal wireless modems and...Show More Summary

Tattooed travellers in Japan beware

10 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

MINE is barely three inches long but gives people a case of the vapours at Japanese swimming pools. Invariably, a lifeguard will tut-tut from his high chair before demanding it be covered up. Tattoos come freighted with taboos in Japan. Show More Summary

Treating flyers well is bad for airlines’ business

10 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

FOR all the frequent travellers out there just aching for airlines to make the flying experience slightly less unpleasant, there’s one fundamental obstacle: you. The airline industry recently undertook a wide-ranging study of passenger...Show More Summary

Qatar Airways begrudgingly moves with the times

10 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

GIVEN that trade unions are banned in Qatar, it should come as no surprise that the International Transport Workers' Federation (ITF) has never been the strongest supporter of Qatar Airways. The two sides have been at loggerheads since 2013, when the ITF obtained copies of an employment contract for the airline's cabin crew. Show More Summary

Will flyers ever pay more for better amenities?

10 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

HILLARY CLINTON penned an op-ed last week on Quartz, a business-news website, taking aim at companies that aren’t doing all they can to save their customers money. Among her targets were airlines. The front-runner for the DemocraticShow More Summary

The case against tipping

10 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

WOULD you like a smile with your burger and fries? That’ll be 15% extra. These days anything less in America will earn you either shame or a pointed question from an irate server. But on October 14th Danny Meyer, head of Union Square Hospitality, a restaurant group, announced that he would put an end to tips in his eateries. Show More Summary

The problem with "concept" airlines

10 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

MUCH was made in the media last week of Poppi (pictured), a concept airline developed by Teague, a Seattle-based design consultancy. Teague wanted to imagine how airlines of the future might behave to enhance profits and the flying experience. Show More Summary

The hidden data on a boarding pass

10 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

WHAT do you do with your boarding pass after your flight lands? Do you: a) Leave it in the seatback pocket? b) Throw it away? c) Have no idea where it ended up, but feel grateful that it’s your boarding pass and not your smartphone that...Show More Summary

The world's best airports to sleep in

10 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

SLEEPING and airports; it is a fraught relationship. In few places does a visit to the land of nod seem more appealing. Is there any state more catatonic than being air-side when your flight has been delayed for eight hours until gone...Show More Summary

As Amazon retreats from the travel business, TripAdvisor steps up

10 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

LAST week Amazon quietly pulled the plug on its hotel-booking service. Amazon Destinations had only been running for six months, so the news came as something of a surprise. The service was initially limited to a just few cities, such as Seattle, but many thought it had the potential to grow (including Gulliver). Show More Summary

A New York restaurateur bans tipping

10 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

TIPPING in America is out of control. On that most can agree. The minimum that a waiter in even the greasiest café now expects seems to be 20%. A barman won't pour you a beer for less than a dollar. And Gulliver has rarely been on the...Show More Summary

As Transaero fails, Aeroflot closes in on a monopoly

11 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

THINGS don't look good for Transaero, Russia's second largest airline. Weighed down by estimated debts of 250 billion roubles ($4 billion), the privately-owned carrier had been pinning its hopes for survival on a reluctant takeover by flag-carrier Aeroflot, which is majority owned by the government. Show More Summary

Should flyers worry if their pilot dies?

11 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

IT SOUNDED like the plot of out a B horror movie. On Monday, the pilot of an American Airlines flight from Phoenix to Boston took suddenly ill and died, forcing an emergency landing. The next day, the co-pilot of a United Airlines flight between Houston and San Francisco lost consciousness, prompting a diversion to Albuquerque. Show More Summary

Kuwait Airways guilty of discrimination for not flying Israelis

11 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

THE volatile politics of the Middle East have disrupted travel to that region for countless travellers. But for one man they also prevented travel between two places seemingly far removed from such turmoil: New York and London. And according...Show More Summary

The unstoppable rise of in-flight Wi-Fi

11 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

A COUPLE of announcements over the past fortnight have highlighted the pace at which the internet is now invading the skies. First, Lufthansa announced that it would begin to offer broadband internet on short-haul and domestic routes, with the first planes being fitted with the technology in summer 2016. Show More Summary

Airlines in it for the long haul

11 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

THERE was some brief excitement in the aviation world earlier this week, as rumours swirled about the fall of a dubious industry record. On a trip to Silicon Vally it was suggested that Narendra Modi, the president of India, was going...Show More Summary

What to expect when booking Airbnb for business travel

11 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

IT HAS been some time since Gulliver contemplated breaking the hotel habit in favour of Airbnb, a service that matches travellers to those with spare rooms or homes to rent out. It was money that spurred the reconsideration; hotel prices near a big conference in Boston looked like a decimal-point error. Show More Summary

China invests in America's high-speed rail

11 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

XI JINPING, China’s president (pictured left), is visiting America this week. He has brought plenty of baggage: the controversy surrounding the manipulation of China’s struggling economy, alleged cyberattacks on American government and...Show More Summary

New York pilots a programme that allows vehicles to communicate with one another

11 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

NEW YORK'S drivers are not always renowned for keeping their eyes glued to the road. Anyone who has visited the city could easily imagine the following scenario: you’re in a cab from the airport to Midtown. Just as your light turns green, an impatient bus driver crossing your street tries to sneak through a yellow, a second too late. Show More Summary

Modi's bumbling aviation boom

11 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

INDIA is the fastest-growing aviation market on the planet, according to the International Air Transport Association (IATA), an industry trade group. No thanks to government. After being elected last year on a pro-business reformist ticket, Narendra Modi, the prime minister, is back-peddling on his administration's pledge to modernise the sector. Show More Summary

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