Articles tagged “france”

UK’s Gatwick Airport Sold to French Firm

UK’s Gatwick Airport Sold to French Firm

Andrew Noël , Bloomberg

Gatwick Airport is in the news for a reason other than drones that created lots of negative headlines over Christmas. Vinci is hoping to use its Gatwick investment to build upon its growing airports portfolio, and has vowed to follow through on big investment plans for the UK's second busiest airport.

2 months ago

$10 Billion Rail Link Between Italy and France May Not Be Viable

$10 Billion Rail Link Between Italy and France May Not Be Viable

Chiara Albanese, Bloomberg

In any country, it's awfully easy to decide against a new rail project, due to both the financial and environmental tolls.

2 months ago

Louvre Museum Fund Will Help Restore Tourist Sites Around France

Louvre Museum Fund Will Help Restore Tourist Sites Around France

Suzy Waite, Bloomberg

The Louvre has handed a slice of its endowment to a private equity fund to invest in money-making ways to help restore France's old churches and environmental parks. This news invites skepticism, though. The restoration work might be good for tourism, but since when is heritage preservation a high-return investment?

4 months ago

Old World French Countryside is Getting New Luxury Hotels This Summer

Old World French Countryside is Getting New Luxury Hotels This Summer

Nikki Ekstein, Bloomberg

Just another reason for the rich and famous to pay a visit to the French countryside this year. The bourgeois traveling class will come, too, but they'll probably opt for a train or car rather than a private yacht.

8 months ago

Ridesharing and Buses See Opportunity in French Rail Strike

Ridesharing and Buses See Opportunity in French Rail Strike

Ania Nussbaum and Angeline Benoit, Bloomberg

When one mode of transportation goes on strike, others see an opportunity.

10 months ago

Air France Endures Another Contentious Labor Strike

Air France Endures Another Contentious Labor Strike

Chris Bryant, Bloomberg

It's natural that Air France's workers want a raise, which is why 28 percent of its pilots are striking today and Tuesday. But, as this opinion piece argues, the French flag carrier can't afford their demands yet.

10 months ago

Macron Switches to TV to Push French Rail Reform

Macron Switches to TV to Push French Rail Reform

Ania Nussbaum and Helene Fouquet, Bloomberg

Trump-like in his distaste for the media, France's Emmanuel Macron is resorting to TV interviews to push his remaking of the French rail system. The unions aren't going down, though, without a fight.

10 months ago

French Rail Workers Set to Strike and Disrupt Intercity Train Service

French Rail Workers Set to Strike and Disrupt Intercity Train Service

Associated Press

For travelers, the ugliest French word is gréve, or strike. But like it or not, France's largest rail union will be striking over the next few months to challenge proposed labor law changes. Mon Dieu!

11 months ago

France’s Rail System Is Falling Apart

France’s Rail System Is Falling Apart

Ania Nussbaum and Mark Deen, Bloomberg

France isn't the only country straining to make its rail system pay for itself. The U.S. has this problem, too, although Amtrak has been losing money for years and, like SNCF, isn't getting the investment it needs.

12 months ago

Spain Overtakes a Struggling U.S. as World’s Second Favorite Tourist Destination

Spain Overtakes a Struggling U.S. as World’s Second Favorite Tourist Destination

Patrick Whyte, Skift

Despite facing plenty of challenges, Spain saw a healthy growth in international tourists in 2017. But this year is likely to be tougher because of Barcelona's troubles and with places like Turkey regaining some of their popularity.

1 year ago

Airbnb Hosts in Paris Forced to Register With the City in Crackdown Against Illegal Rentals

Airbnb Hosts in Paris Forced to Register With the City in Crackdown Against Illegal Rentals

Bloomberg

Paris is taking a hard line against Airbnb hosts who are making a big business out of their multiple listing in an effort to combat a housing crunch. The measures don't seem unreasonable, and are ones that Airbnb and other affected platforms can certainly live with.

1 year ago

Paris Hotel Guest Numbers at a 10-Year High

Paris Hotel Guest Numbers at a 10-Year High

Associated Press

It's been a general truism that destinations can often bounce back, at least tourism wise, from isolated — but tragic — terrorist incidents. It has taken awhile, but it appears Paris is certainly back.

1 year ago