Articles tagged “politics”

Flyers at Atlanta Airport Bankroll Vendors Who Spend Big on City Elections

Flyers at Atlanta Airport Bankroll Vendors Who Spend Big on City Elections

Margaret Newkirk and Michael Sasso, Bloomberg

This is a problem in many U.S. cities, where local governments control a major international airport. A massive airport is a big money-generator, and everyone wants a piece of the pie. Often, companies believe they must participate in local politics to gain access.

2 weeks ago

Taj Mahal Downgraded as Tourism Attraction by India’s Hindu Nationalist Leaders

Taj Mahal Downgraded as Tourism Attraction by India’s Hindu Nationalist Leaders

Biswajeet Banerjee, Associated Press

India’s radical religious leaders have been doing their best to make the country inhospitable to anyone who doesn’t share their beliefs, and they are extending this approach to tourists as well now.

1 month ago

U.S. Will Pull out of UNESCO Claiming Anti-Israel Bias

U.S. Will Pull out of UNESCO Claiming Anti-Israel Bias

Matthew Lee and Angela Charlton, Associated Press

If this was done under any other administration the motives, thinking, planning, and strategy wouldn’t be so suspect. But we just have a hard time taking seriously anything Trump & Co. do on the international stage.

1 month ago

Uber’s Self-Inflicted Woes Have Created a Wave of Legal Challenges

Uber’s Self-Inflicted Woes Have Created a Wave of Legal Challenges

Eric Newcomer, Bloomberg

Uber's new CEO may or may not be able to get the brand past its multiple challenges. The truth is, the previous CEO was never going to get Uber past them because his successes were so closely tied to the issues that are now causing it so much trouble.

1 month ago

Spain’s Catalonia Region May Declare Independence Within a Week

Spain’s Catalonia Region May Declare Independence Within a Week

Esteban Duarte and Maria Tadeo, Bloomberg

One of Spain’s most popular tourism destinations is undergoing some very radical growing pains. The response of its central government has been deplorable, which makes the coming months uncertain.

2 months ago

Eastern Libya Issues Retaliatory Travel Ban Against U.S. Travelers

Eastern Libya Issues Retaliatory Travel Ban Against U.S. Travelers

Associated Press

While we generally dislike travel bans, it's better safe than sorry in this case. Tripoli and other cities have seen fighting between armed groups and government forces, catching hotels in the crossfire.

2 months ago

UK Is Trying to Find a Solution to the Irish Border Problem Ahead of Brexit

UK Is Trying to Find a Solution to the Irish Border Problem Ahead of Brexit

Alex Morales and Peter Flanagan, Bloomberg

There is a huge amount of movement between the Republic of Ireland and the UK via the border with Northern Ireland. Nobody wants to see this restricted as a result of Brexit but coming up with a solution that satisfies both sides is going to be very, very difficult.

3 months ago

Airports Still Await Takeoff of Air Traffic Control Privatization

Airports Still Await Takeoff of Air Traffic Control Privatization

Kevin Freking, Associated Press

Privatization of the U.S. air traffic control ought to make travel more efficient. But will there be enough funding? Will it be drawn from levies on flights rather than on passengers? Who will set the fees?

4 months ago

Airline Laptop Ban Will Be Relaxed if Additional Security Measures Are Achieved

Airline Laptop Ban Will Be Relaxed if Additional Security Measures Are Achieved

Alan Levin and Mary Schlangenstein, Bloomberg

Despite the big talk about enhanced screening, this is a retreat by the U.S. and a win for airlines that pushed a more strategic approach to security.

5 months ago

Cuban Officials Think Very Little of Trump’s New Tourism Restrictions

Cuban Officials Think Very Little of Trump’s New Tourism Restrictions

Michael Weissenstein and Andrea Rodriguez, Associated Press

We don't think much of this either. There are many ways to build on Obama's changes to Cuba tourism policy in a constructive manner. This is not that.

5 months ago

Trump Travel Ban Opposed by Majority of Americans in Poll

Trump Travel Ban Opposed by Majority of Americans in Poll

Alicia A. Caldwell and Emily Swanson, Associated Press

As with everything else in the United States, the sentiment in the poll about the travel ban largely broke down along party lines, and independents thought the federal courts have acted correctly to block the executives orders.

5 months ago

Tourism Industry Could Be a Beneficiary of UK Election Chaos

Tourism Industry Could Be a Beneficiary of UK Election Chaos

Patrick Whyte, Skift

Prime Minister Theresa May's reputation has been shattered by her own hubristic behaviour and she is only clinging onto power through a loose alliance with another party. The UK is in a much weakened position as it prepares to start Brexit negotiations.

5 months ago