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Despite stalled growth in China, Brazil and Russia, a wave of newly middle-class travelers from the BRICs and beyond will start visiting international destinations in the coming decades — dwarfing the numbers we’ve seen thus far.
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Credit where due: United will now start serving Goose Island 312 Urban Wheat ale on a portion of its flights. The airline teamed up with Chicago’s home-team brewer for a kickoff party at the Goose Island facilities last Friday, which was unsurprisingly well-received. Now if they could just get their in-flight experience up to the same level of quality we’d be in business.
There’s a new hotel brand on the block, and it’s uncomfortably better looking than the other kids. Intercontinental hotels (home of Holiday Inn and Crowne Plaza among others) launches EVEN hotels in Norwalk, CT and Rockville, MD this month, a brand dedicated to keeping travelers fit on the road.
Core to the hotel design are centralized workout facilities and better in-room fitness amenities. EVEN hopes that this design will motivate and attract like-minded, fit-focused travelers.
For my part, I’m looking forward to the snack bar with somewhat-healthy options over the typical soft drink and ice cream selection — I’ve never been much of a hotel gym sort of guy. But for those who are, you may now have a new home on the road.
EVEN has several more hotels planned for the east coast through next year. Keep an eye out for them at ihg.com.
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@united to offer @GooseIsland’s 312 “craft beer” on flights worldwide & in UA Clubs starting July 1. $3 in clubs, $8(!) in economy. #PaxEx
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