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Blog Profile / Gulliver


URL :http://www.economist.com/blogs/gulliver
Filed Under:Lifestyle / Travel
Posts on Regator:1036
Posts / Week:5.1
Archived Since:April 18, 2011

Blog Post Archive

Come back another day

8 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

SKY NEWS has today named Wyndham Worldwide as the mysterious suitor behind a $10 billion bid for InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG), the world's biggest hotel firm. It broke the news last month that an approach had been made for IHG by an unnamed bidder. Show More Summary

The end?

8 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

"THE 747," Quartz recently proclaimed, "is going extinct." It was a bold stand; the day before it predicted the plane's demise, Korean Air ordered 10 new ones. The President of the United States is also a fan; a new fleet of presidential planes set to debut later this decade will likely be composed entirely of 747s. Show More Summary

A remote adventure

8 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

A RECENT survey of business travellers’ priorities found that a good breakfast is more important to road warriors than decent WiFi. That may be so. Getting a hectic day of meetings off to a good start is vital, after all. But breakfasts have always been part of hotel fare. Show More Summary

You get what others pay for

8 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

LAST week, United Airlines announced a modification to its frequent-flyer programme, MileagePlus, that could change business travel as we know it. The shift is easy to understand: in the future, United will use the price of a ticket, rather than the distance flown, to calculate reward miles. Show More Summary

Think of a number

9 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

LATE next year, Americans, and foreign business travellers in America, can expect to see a big change at every retail establishment they visit: new chip-and-pin credit-card readers that require customers to enter a pin number, rather than sign a receipt, to confirm a transaction. Show More Summary

Don't panic!

9 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

MANY of us will have played Chinese whispers as a kid at parties. One child thinks of a sentence, whispers it to the next in a long line of children, and by the time it gets to the end it has changed beyond recognition to general hilarity. Show More Summary

Papers in order?

9 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

WORRYING times for British travellers awaiting passports for imminent trips. Applications are at a 12 year high according to the government, due in part to sunny weather and the improving economy. The Passport Office is currently coping with nearly half a million forms. Show More Summary

Michelangelo v Mickey Mouse

9 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

The most popular museums in the world MUSEUMS bring to mind hushed, reverential rooms—though not to anyone who has competed to catch a glimpse of the Mona Lisa. Room six at the Louvre can feel more like a Justin Bieber concert, as crowds, mobile phones aloft, jostle to take snaps. Show More Summary

One in the eye for the laser pointers

9 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

FOR years, pointing a high-powered laser at an aeroplane has been, unlike some other similarly stupid and dangerous acts, relatively easy to get away with. It only takes an instant to put a planeload of lives at risk and then drive away. Show More Summary

Upright and uptight

9 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

THERE is an element of game theory to reclining an aeroplane seat. As long as there is equilibrium—either everyone in your column of seats is upright or everyone is reclined—no-one is disadvantaged. But the person who reclines when the...Show More Summary

A drink problem

9 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

“AN ALCOHOLIC,” Dylan Thomas said, “is someone you don’t like who drinks as much as you do.” I was reminded of this quote when reading of a resolution to tackle unruly behaviour on planes at the general meeting of IATA, an airline association, this week. Show More Summary

Hived off from the hoi polloi

9 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

Last November, Singapore Airlines cancelled a couple of its business-class-only flights between Singapore and Newark, New Jersey, which, at 19 hours and 9,525 miles, also happened to be two of the longest-distance scheduled plane trips on the planet. Show More Summary

Aegean stable

9 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

HOLIDAYMAKERS will have been forgiven for steering clear of Athens at the height of the euro-zone crisis, when anti-austerity protests turned violent across the Greek capital. Footfall at Athens International Airport fell from 16.2m in 2009 to 12.9m in 2012. Show More Summary

Chow down

9 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

THE most important fact to remember about airline food is that it is guaranteed to taste worse than food on the ground. That's not an opinion; it's science. Dry aeroplane air and pressurised cabins combine to ensure that passengers taste food less at altitude. Show More Summary

Going once

9 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

AN INTERESTING development at Cathay Pacific: the South China Morning Post reports that the Hong Kong carrier is considering auctioning upgrades for premium-economy and business-class seats. The paper quotes a Cathay spokesman as saying:...Show More Summary

Watch this space

9 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

GULLIVER has taken delivery of a new toy: a Pebble smartwatch. One of the apps that immediately caught my eye was from Air Berlin. It has produced a wearable boarding pass. Googling around, it seems that it is not the first. Samsung and Iberia have collaborated on a similar app; Sony and Veuling too. Show More Summary

Discrimination at 30,000 feet

9 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

SOUTH AFRICAN AIRWAYS (SAA) has been taken to task by Solidarity, a trade union, over its discriminatory hiring practices for pilots. The union is angry with the state-owned carrier's decision not to admit Daniël Hoffman to its cadet pilot programme for the second year in a row. Show More Summary

The next big thing?

9 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

DOES Google want to own the online travel-booking market? There is contrasting evidence. The internet giant has been increasing its presence in the area in recent years. First it launched Flight Search, a meta-search website that pits it against the two big flight-comparison brands, Skyscanner and Kayak. Show More Summary

Surprisingly accommodating

9 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

AIRBNB, a short-term apartment and room-rental service, is an increasingly popular choice for business travellers. That's according to Concur, a company that makes software that tracks business-travel expenses. The money that road warriers...Show More Summary

The rarefied air at the front

9 months agoLifestyle / Travel : Gulliver

"THE rich even get better air than the rest of us," proclaims Mother Jones's Kevin Drum, riffing off an American Prospect story on "the airlines' war on the 99%". Mr Drum is referring specifically to Lufthansa's decision to install humidifiers...Show More Summary

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