Blog Profile / Gulliver


URL :http://www.economist.com/blogs/gulliver
Filed Under:Lifestyle / Travel
Posts on Regator:1076
Posts / Week:5
Archived Since:April 18, 2011

Blog Post Archive

Set course

9 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

THIS blog has often discussed the tyranny of constant communication—how modern technology means our employers expect us to be always switched on, even while on the remotest work trip. But one aspect of ubiquitous connectivity we have not covered is the revolution in online education and the effect it will have on business travellers. Show More Summary

We were promised jetpacks

9 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

THEY were supposed to be here by now: personal aircraft. Flying automobiles. For decades, science fiction has envisioned a future in which human beings zip through the air in individual (or at least family-sized) transportation devices. Show More Summary

Two innovative solutions

9 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

THE tale—covered by my colleague last week—of two United Airlines passengers whose dispute over reclining seats led to their removal from the flight has gone viral. According to Google Trends, interest in the Knee Defender, the device...Show More Summary

Forgive and forget

9 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

SO ENDURING is Ryainair’s niggardly reputation, that when it recently announced a new service aimed at business travellers, the Daily Mash, a satirical website, ran a story under the headline “Ryanair ‘business class’ just ticket for different airline”: RYANAIR has introduced ‘business class’ by selling tickets for proper airlines. Show More Summary

How to find safe streets

9 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

RESEARCHERS at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have developed an algorithm that uses visual cues in photos to predict how safe people perceive different streets to be. It is easy to see how a site that presented this information could be useful to business travellers. Show More Summary

Foreigners wanted

9 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

BACK in December 2009, the Chinese government announced an ambitious plan for Hainan, the country’s only tropical province. It was to become “an international resort destination on par with Hawaii” by 2020. Sure enough, this beautiful...Show More Summary

Stopped at the border

9 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

EBOLA, a nasty disease which spreads only through direct contact with bodily fluids, is unlikely to become a pandemic, as The Economist reported last week. Even now, in the midst of the worst outbreak in history, it kills far fewer people than AIDS, malaria, tuberculosis or diarrhoea. Show More Summary

A laid back approach

9 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

EARLIER this year, Gulliver wrote about Knee Defenders, a small lock that air passengers can attach to their tray-tables to prevent the person in front of them reclining their seats. In the piece we noted—in a sterling case of stating the obvious—that it would be impossible to use the contraption without the victim getting annoyed. Show More Summary

Sleep tight

9 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

NINE HOURS, a Japanese hotelier that provides ultra-economical, pod-style accommodation, has opened a new location at Narita Airport in Tokyo. The concept of capsule hotels is nothing new—the first such establishment opened in OsakaShow More Summary

Foreign carriers wait in line

9 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

AMERICAN airport security is a huge hassle. But thankfully, there's a partial solution—the Transportation Security Agency's Precheck programme. Travellers who have Precheck—which is available to elite-level frequent flyers and people who pay the $85 screening fee—avoid many of the indignities to which others have become accustomed. Show More Summary

A byte to eat

9 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

STARWOOD HOTELS is rolling out a robot to help fulfil room-service requests for its guests. The butler known as a "botlr" is being tested in its Cupertino hotel in Silicon Valley (naturally) with a view to expanding its presence worldwide. Show More Summary

One way to save a dying airport

9 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

PITTSBURGH INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT is in trouble. Nearly a fifth of its gates are shuttered, many more are vacant, and it has been over a decade since US Airways decided to stop using it as a hub. A terminal that was built for 30m passengers a year now serves about 8m. Show More Summary

Driving that train

9 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

A CALIFORNIA appeals court handed Jerry Brown, the Democratic governor, a victory earlier this month when it found that the state does not have to prove it knows where all the money for its high-speed rail project will come from as it continues construction. Show More Summary

No really, we had a great time

9 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

HOLIDAYS are a pleasurable experience, generally, a chance to slip the surly bonds of the office for a couple of weeks (three if you’re lucky, a month if you’re French), clear the head and rejuvenate the body. And if your trip was less...Show More Summary

Late arrival

10 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

BRINGING true high-speed rail to America has long been one of President Barack Obama's goals. His administration's 2009 stimulus bill allotted billions for rail projects. But after sweeping into power in 2010, Republican governors in...Show More Summary

Time to check-out?

10 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

THE job of the check-in desk, it seems, is becoming ever more redundant. A big majority of business travellers, I would hazard a guess, now check-in online or, if we are flying at short notice, at least use automated machines at the airport. Show More Summary

A fine line

10 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

AT SOME point, surely, businesses will learn. Another hotel yesterday fell foul of a social-media frenzy. This time it was the Union Street Guest House in Hudson, New York. And for good reason. It put a clause in the contract it asked wedding parties to sign telling them it would charge $500 for every bad review one of its guests posted online. Show More Summary

Taken

10 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

EUROPEAN governments have paid around $125m in ransoms to Al Qaeda and affiliated groups since 2008, according to an investigation published on Tuesday by the New York Times. The payments have fuelled an increase in hostage-taking by terror groups, with $66m of the $125m the Times tracked paid in the last year alone. Show More Summary

Trip to the loo

10 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

GULLIVER is not quite sure what to make of this story from Australian Associated Press. It reports that a member of Jetstar’s cabin crew recently advised passengers, who were returning from a music festival, “to get rid of anything they...Show More Summary

Sneaky

10 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

GRUBHUB, an online restaurant-delivery-service, says it has seen a big increase in the number of orders it receives from hotel guests. This, reports Skift, has coincided with a 9.5% drop in the revenue hotels made from room service between 2007 and 2012, citing figures from PFK Hospitality Research. Show More Summary

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