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UBER has a name to live up to, and as a fellow Gulliver recently noted, it seems to be doing so. In the first quarter of this year, Uber and Lyft, combined to account for 46% of business trips taken on the ground in America, versus just 14% for traditional taxis.
HOW honest are reviews on travel websites? By this I do not mean: is the person writing the review who he says is, and not the owner of the hotel boosting its rating or a competitor doing it down? (We have covered that problem before.) I mean, rather, to what extent are reviewers’ ratings a reflection of their actual experience?
ON JUNE 12th Omar Mateen killed 49 people and injured 53 with a 9mm handgun and a semi-automatic gun called the Sig Sauer MCX, an AR-15-style rifle trumpeted by its manufacturer as “the first true mission-adaptable weapon system” which “eclipses everything that came before it”.
THIS year’s E3, the annual gaming shindig, is heavily focused on hardware. Rumours circled prior to the event about project “Neo”, the codename for Sony’s upgraded PlayStation console, that will be capable of 4K resolution (roughly four times the pixels of a Full HD console).
APRIL 15th saw the official launch of the campaign leading up to the referendum on Britain’s membership of the European Union on June 23rd. To help our readers keep abreast of national sentiment, The Economist has produced an interactive poll-tracker.
AS THE world’s two largest economies, and possessors of the two largest armies, China and America make the weather in Asia and much of the world.
DEMOCRATS and Republicans in Congress seem to agree on very little these days. From the economy to health care to national security, compromise and bipartisanship are rare. Polarisation is the norm. It is little wonder then that science has in recent years become a source of some of America’s sharpest political debates.
IF, LIKE your correspondent, you are an Englishman who has drawn England in your office sweepstake before the European Championships, which kicked off in Paris on June 10th, you will have conflicting emotions. You might feel more fortunate than colleagues who have picked minnows Albania or Hungary out of the hat.
WHEN the Federal Reserve’s Open Market Committee (FOMC) decides whether to raise interest rates at the meeting starting on June 14th, representatives of the Fed’s regional branches will cast half of the ten votes.
ONE of the big questions facing the business-travel industry is the extent to which it will embrace the sharing economy. Corporate-travel bookers, for example, are still deciding what they think about Airbnb.
GULLIVER was flying at the end of last week, and received an e-mail from Spirit Airlines with the foreboding subject line “URGENT: Get to the airport early.” The message warned: Baltimore, MD (BWI) is experiencing longer than usual lines and extensive wait times at TSA security checkpoints, causing some travelers to miss flights.
MOST people agree that the glamour of regular business travel is not what it used to be. Budget airlines and cheap long-haul carriers have initiated a race to the bottom, on service as much as price.
THIS is the week that miles officially stopped having anything to do with miles. American Airlines was the last holdout among the big carriers in the United States in maintaining a frequent-flyer programme that rewarded customers for the distance they travelled. The formula was simple: fly a mile, get a mile.
THERE is a common lament that the distance between the front and the back of a passenger aircraft is growing ever wider, metaphorically speaking. That is true, but requires qualification. For the most part, the expanding chasm is, in fact, between the back and the middle of a plane.
TWO recent opinion polls have put the Leave side ahead in Britain’s upcoming referendum on European Union membership. If the country does decide on a Brexit on 23rd June, what would that mean for business travellers? Frankly, it is difficult to say.
THE embattled Transportation Security Administration (TSA) faced its first big test of the season this past weekend, when Americans kicked off their summer travel over Memorial Day. Remarkably for an agency that has lurched from one crisis to another, it passed. Lines were unusually tolerable at airports across the country.
YESTERDAY, the United States issued a travel alert aimed at those thinking of visiting Europe, warning them of the risk of potential terrorist attacks “throughout” the continent. On the face of it this seems odd. No one denies that the threat of terrorism this side of the pond is real. Show More Summary
YOUR correspondent received a rare treat last week. On travelling to speak at a conference, it emerged that the client had stumped up for a business-class flight. This in itself is not a surprise. After all, there is a point to travelling...Show More Summary
THIS time last year, Gulliver made a joke that it must nearly be summer because the French air traffic controllers (ATCs) were on strike. Disruption over Gallic skies is as sure a sign of the changing seasons as a sight of the first returning swallows. Show More Summary
THE angry mobs that now comprise the endless security lines at America’s airports at least have the satisfaction of seeing the first head roll. Earlier this week, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) replaced its security...Show More Summary