A federal judge on Thursday rebuffed a request by hotel chains including Hyatt Hotels Corp , Marriott International Inc and Wyndham Hotel Group to throw out a class-action suit accusing them of conspiring not to compete with one another online. The case, which was filed last year by a group of hotel customers, alleges that Hyatt, Marriott, Wyndham, Hilton Domestic Operating Company and Six Continents Hotels, Inc, now called InterContinental Hotels Group PLC, agreed not to advertise against one another on online travel agencies, like Expedia.
Now, as it eyes a potential market among the growing numbers of families wanting to holiday in the UK as a result of a weak pound, Butlin's is preparing to make the biggest investment in its 83-year history and position itself as a rival to upmarket family holiday giant Center Parcs. Its Bognor Regis resort – like all the other Butlin's destinations, its status has been upgraded from a mere “camp” – is to open a £40m pool complex next month featuring 6,300 square metres of waves and waterslides. “This isn't something you do every day,” said Jon Hendry-Pickup, Butlin's new managing director and the former boss of the Italian restaurant chain Prezzo. Designers approached parenting website Mumsnet, he said, for a list of “must-have” family features, from underfloor heating in the changing rooms and special areas for toddlers to outdoor gardens and eco lighting.
A hero mum's appeal for safety measures at a notoriously treacherous Welsh beauty spot have been rejected. Blue Pool at Broughton Bay, Gower, has been branded "dangerous" by the RNLI because of its deep water, strong currents and heavy surf. Ceri Saunders, who saved a nine-year-old boy from drowning at the spot, is campaigning for new safety measures. But Robert Elson, of landowners Broughton Farm Caravan Park, said "common sense" was needed - not signs. The natural lagoon next to the golden sands of Broughton Bay is among the most picturesque sites on Gower attracting thousands of visitors every year. But its steep jagged cliffs and changeable sea conditions saw the RNLI attend five incidents
A cruise ship that broke down in rough seas off the Norwegian coast with some 1,300 passengers and crew on board has restarted three of its four engines and will be towed to port, emergency services said Sunday. "Three of the four engines are now working which means the boat can now make way on its own," emergency services spokesman Per Fjeld said. The Viking Sky lost power and started drifting mid-afternoon Saturday about two kilometres (1.2 miles) off More og Romsdal in dangerous waters and high seas, prompting the captain to send out a distress call and trigger a massive airlift operation.
NEW DELHI: Seaplane operations will soon be a reality in four islands of Andamans with the opening of its bidding process, under an ambitious project to attract more tourists to the picturesque archipelago, officials said on Sunday. Seventeen islands in Andamans have also been identified for holistic development, that include building infrastructure, to promote tourism. Bidding has been opened for seaplane operations at four locations in Andamans, Swaraj Dweep, Shaheed Dweep, Hut Bay and Long Island, under the UDAN Regional Connectivity Scheme of the Centre, a Home Ministry official told PTI. With the civil works completed at Diglipur airport on the northern tip of Andamans, air operations by
With the help of community-minded hotels and visitors eager to give back, Dominica is making a rapid recovery from Hurricane Maria.
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) — The Barbados-based Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) says Guyana is on the verge of a sharp increase in economic growth but immediate prospects partly depend on ending political uncertainty. It said that the coalition government is targeting 4.6 per cent gross domestic product (GDP) growth in 2019, with all major sectors contributing. But the bank noted that increased political uncertainty in early 2019 may dampen this momentum. The National Industrial and Commercial Investments Ltd bond issue will push total public and publicly guaranteed debt above 60 per cent of GDP in 2019, but that ratio is projected to decline sharply after 2020. “Business reforms are needed
The Montego Bay Pier recently welcomed the inaugural staging of the Dream Weekend Cruise, a wholly Jamaican initiative. The maiden voyage of more than 3,000 passengers was met by members of Jamaica Vacations (JAMVAC) Ltd, which jointly hosted an event featuring sampling of local food and drink, as well as live entertainment lasting March 10-15. Heading the welcome party was JAMVAC's Executive Director Joy Roberts, who commented that the increased of cruise passengers to Jamaica's piers is a testament to the high quality of our tourism product, general appeal of Jamaica as a destination, along with specially planned entertainment activities now taking place at all ports. “The activities at the
Italy makes me greedy. Florence is awash with deliriously good art, Milan is Italy's fashion and design hub, and both of them have outstanding food scenes. However, it turns out that you don't have to make a choice when it comes to a weekend break. These two cities are only a 90-minute train journey apart, so it's possible to explore both in one trip. By happy coincidence, both cities have airports nearby. It is a just a 20-minute journey from Peretola airport in Florence to our hotel, the Helvetia & Bristol, in the heart of the city. Opened in 1848, this former palazzo is the oldest hotel in Florence and is still a charmer, with deep colours, marble bathrooms and ingrained atmosphere. We sip
Through April 9, 2019 - Times vary. Schedule here. Port of Redwood City, 675 Seaport Blvd, Redwood City, California 94063 Hosted by Port of Redwood City "Tall Ships Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain, official ambassadors of Washington State, will visit Redwood City and offer exciting Adventure Sails, Battle Sails and Vessel Tours. "Vessel Tours open the ships to the public for a suggested donation of $5 per person. Come check out the ship and meet her crew! "Sailing guests will embark on three-hour experiences. Battle Sails feature fast-paced maneuvering and live black powder cannon fire as the ships vie to win the battle. "A ticket is required for all sailing passengers, including babies.
Forget London and Paris: Vienna has become the hottest ticket in European aviation as carriers pour planes and investment into a market once regarded as an industry backwater. Ryanair Holdings Plc is among a clutch of operators ramping up capacity in a challenge to local flag carrier Austrian Airlines, sparking hefty price cuts for flights to a city known mainly as a draw for classical music and Baroque architecture. Europe's top airlines are targeting Vienna after the collapse of Air Berlin Plc left a gap in the market. Discounters Wizz Air Holdings Plc and EasyJet Plc have joined the feeding frenzy, along with the Level arm of British Airways owner IAG SA, and low-cost Eurowings, which shares owner Deutsche Lufthansa AG with Austrian Airlines.
A stunning hostel in Perth is aiming to replicate a luxurious hotel stay for as little as $15 a night. Hostel G has 296 beds and is the first Australian property from GCP Hospitality, who have already dubbed it 'Hostel 2.0' due to its unique design concept set to challenge the status quo. The hostel features a games room, screening room and a co-working space - and it focuses on community living and home comforts. 'We're offering an unbeatable price, with amenities akin to what you'd find in a hotel, right in the heart of the action in the city,' Marc Bichet, GCP Hospitality's chief marketing officer, said. The building features a number of stylish public rooms and the guest rooms are either
For Dimitra Dionysopoulou, who lives in the shadow of the Acropolis, there is no mistaking the signs of the Airbnb takeover in her neighbourhood. Dionysopoulou has lived her entire life in the middle-class district of Koukaki, now in the midst of a home-sharing frenzy. In 2016, it was named Airbnb's fifth fastest growing neighbourhood globally with an 800-percent jump in activity.
Holidaymakers jetting off for Easter can save £90 on airport parking if they book their space now. Although the spring break is still almost a month away, the best deals get snapped up early. If you plan ahead it is possible to save 60 per cent on the cost of the parking space, according to the parking comparison website Airport Parking Shop. Choose a 'meet and greet' option instead of booking an official airport car park and the savings can end up being even bigger. A meet and greet service cuts out the hassle of trying to find a spot at the airport. Instead, a driver meets you at the airport or an agreed location nearby. They take the car keys and drive the vehicle somewhere secure while you
A millennial couple have revealed why they have quit their jobs to travel the world with just one carry-on bag of luggage each. Alexandra Connors, 32, and her boyfriend Matt have been subscribing to the idea of 'minimalist travel' since 2017, when Alexandra walked 922 kilometres across Spain with nothing except the 10 kilograms she could carry on her back. 'After returning home to Sydney we started exploring the idea of living with less stuff,' Alexandra - who lives in Sydney's Northern Beaches - told Daily Mail Australia. Now, the couple are set to take on a global adventure with just seven kilos of luggage each - or the equivalent of two carry-on bags. Alexandra said her own minimalism has