Blog Profile / Gulliver


URL :http://www.economist.com/blogs/gulliver
Filed Under:Lifestyle / Travel
Posts on Regator:1059
Posts / Week:5.1
Archived Since:April 18, 2011

Blog Post Archive

Taken

9 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

9 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

9 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

Save my spot

9 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

THERE has been something of a kerfuffle in Boston recently about Haystack, a smartphone app that allows drivers sneakily to reserve a parking space in the city. The idea is that, on days when an unused parking meter is proving impossible to find, someone about to vacate a space advertises on his smartphone. Show More Summary

Get with the programme

9 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

airline selection error message from hertz.com HERTZ is America's largest car rental company, and it gets a lot of things right. Gulliver is a regular customer—I like the company's (nominally fee-based, but in practice free) Gold programme, which removes a lot of hassle. Show More Summary

Silly me!

9 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

“PASSENGERS are reminded to check their bags before heading to the airport to be sure they are not carrying a gun.” So advised Sari Koshetz, a Transportation Security Administration (TSA) spokeswoman, after passengers were discovered trying to take loaded weapons onto planes flying from two separate Floridian airports over the past four days. Show More Summary

I know your type

9 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

EVERYONE can reel off negative national stereotypes when it comes to tourists. Germans? Humourless and demanding. Americans? Loud with garish shorts. Chinese? Rude. Canadians? Actually Canadians are all quite nice. And the Brits? Drunken, violent louts. Show More Summary

A well-flown path

9 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

L980 was a crowded airway before the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 on July 18th. The route crossing eastern Ukraine was the flightpath chosen by many of the passenger jets making the journey between the big cities of Europe and South Asia. Show More Summary

The map that shows the real problem

9 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

WHY does Amtrak, America's government-subsidised passenger railroad, require so much taxpayer money to survive? Is it the $9.50 cheeseburgers? What about labour costs, or competition with cars and planes? Actually, Amtrak's problemsShow More Summary

Dreamy

9 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

GULLIVER visited the Farnborough Airshow earlier this week. Farnborough, which alternates each year with Paris, is Europe's big aviation shindig. Lots of schmoozing gets done: GE said it expected to seal $30 billion of orders for its engines; Airbus did $75 billion of business. Show More Summary

At least you get a seat

9 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

THIS blog sometimes laments that air passengers get what they deserve. Or, more accurately, they get what they are prepared to pay for, which is usually as little as possible. It is the reason why Spirit Airlines, despite being far-and-away America's most complained about airline, is also its most profitable. Show More Summary

A drop over the ocean

9 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

A survey by GuestLogix, a firm that designs payment systems, has found that alcohol is the biggest source of in-flight revenue for airlines in America. That is hardly a surprise: travellers have long had an appetite for boozing on planes. Show More Summary

Flying in a time of crisis

9 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

ON FRIDAY, the armed wing of Hamas released a statement telling airlines and air travellers that it intended to fire rockets at Ben Gurion International Airport (TLV) near Tel Aviv. "We warn you against carrying out flights to Ben-Gurion...Show More Summary

Maybe it's because I'm a Londoner

9 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

LONDON is likely to be the world's most-visited city this year, according to a forecast by Mastercard, a credit card company. It reckons that 18.7m foreign visitors will come to Britain's capital in 2014, not including those that use the city as brief stop-over on the way to somewhere else. Show More Summary

Ticket to nowhere

9 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

WHAT wouldn't you do to get into a fancy airport lounge? Travellers spend big bucks racking up the airline miles to earn access to these exclusive preserves, which often come with free food, drink and wireless internet. But now a German...Show More Summary

Bridging the Gulf

9 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

IN FEBRUARY, Kamal Ahmed, the transport minister of the tiny Gulf state of Bahrain, told Arabian Business that “no-one wants” the top job at Gulf Air, the country’s flag-carrier. It was a candid admission for a company that, long before...Show More Summary

Power to the people

9 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

AMERICA, worried about terrorists placing bombs inside laptops or cellular phones, is increasing screening of such devices—a move sure to add to airport delays and inconveniences for many business travellers. Jeh Johnson, the head America's...Show More Summary

Scenes from the front

9 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

LAST week Gulliver was extolling the joy of staring at the view from a train window compared with the neck-ache of peeking through an aeroplane's tiny porthole. But the best vistas of all must be enjoyed by those at the very front of a plane. Show More Summary

Scot free

10 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

MUCH is at stake in this September's referendum on Scottish independence. Business travellers are not exempt from its repercussions. As Buying Business Travel recently noted, the pro-independence white paper "Scotland's future", released...Show More Summary

Migrant worker class

10 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

LOW-COST long-haul flying has been a notoriously difficult nut to crack ever since Laker Airways, a transatlantic British airline, introduced the concept in 1977. It went bust five years later. Numerous other carriers have since come and gone, but none has managed to combine bargain airfares with long-haul intercontinental flights and survive. Show More Summary

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