Articles tagged “space”

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Branson protests paying rent for his Virgin Galactic spaceport

Branson protests paying rent for his Virgin Galactic spaceport

Jeri Clausing, Associated Press

Is the once-bullish Branson having second thoughts on his $1 million annual rent obligation as the launch of space tourism drifts farther into the future?

7 years ago

Virgin Galactic competes with scrappy startup XCOR to take the first tourist to outer space

Neither company will likely make their goal of launching in 2014, but rather than spend millions on a spaceport, Branson would be wiser to look into acquiring the rocket scientists running XCOR.

7 years ago

Spain’s tourism numbers provide good news in an otherwise glum year

Spain’s tourism numbers provide good news in an otherwise glum year

Associated Press

With its staggering unemployment, even modest growth like this helps. But visitors are unlikely to keep pouring into a country with depressed, underemployed, and impoverished citizens.

7 years ago

Building a brand: How 193 countries’ branding strategies stack up

Building a brand: How 193 countries’ branding strategies stack up

Samantha Shankman, Skift

There are political and natural factors that influence even the best country brands, which is why some countries doing their best to promote tourism are still seeing little economic impact.

7 years ago

Economic troubles hit Spain’s iconic Parador hotels with both temporary and permanent closures

Economic troubles hit Spain’s iconic Parador hotels with both temporary and permanent closures

Associated Press

Only one out of a possible seven hotels will get closed down, but 25 others will be temporarily shut down signifying that Spain’s extremely profitable tourism sector is no longer weathering the recession well.

7 years ago

Future space tourists will need a clean bill of health to get on board the shuttle

Future space tourists will need a clean bill of health to get on board the shuttle

Virgin Galactic is having problems getting off the ground itself, but when it’s time, some already registered space tourists may be surprised to find that more than money is needed to get aboard.

7 years ago

Employees strike at Spanish castles-turned-hotels to protest closures and job cuts

Employees strike at Spanish castles-turned-hotels to protest closures and job cuts

Associated Press

The Parador hotels are hit with financial issues because of slacking demand, but a second wave of strikes planned for New Year’s Eve will only hurt the hotels’ reputations.

7 years ago

Spanish hoteliers gather to gripe about pessimistic predictions for next year

Spanish hoteliers gather to gripe about pessimistic predictions for next year

The ailing hotel industry is a victim of Spain’s economic recession, which is prompting the government to impose taxes that actually hinder the growth of tourism, its greatest commodity.

7 years ago

Catalan leaders argue benefits of Catalonia’s independence from Spain

Catalan leaders argue benefits of Catalonia’s independence from Spain

Jon Henley, The Guardian

Just because something makes perfect sense doesn't mean it's possible. But Catalan leaders have massive economic powers at their disposal and a Spanish government that is weaker than it would like to be.

7 years ago

The next person to buy a vacation home in Spain could receive permanent residency

The next person to buy a vacation home in Spain could receive permanent residency

Reuters

It might not be much of an investment with Spain’s uncertain economic outlook, but it could be enough to prompt travel fiends and ex-pats to buy a permanent home among a beloved culture.

7 years ago

Strikes across Southern Europe cripple transportation by air and rail

Strikes across Southern Europe cripple transportation by air and rail

Fiona Ortiz, Reuters

This isn't your annual summer strike of a few thousand rail workers. As discord spreads over banking policies and continued unemployment, widespread actions could easily become the new normal.

7 years ago

Hundreds of flights cancelled across Europe in anticipation of numerous airline strikes

Hundreds of flights cancelled across Europe in anticipation of numerous airline strikes

Oliver Smith , The Daily Telegraph

It feels just like summer again as an one-day general strike sweeps across the transportation industry and halting travel in Spain and Greece.

7 years ago