The safest and most dangerous countries to visit in 2020

International SOS each year publishes a map of the most dangerous countries to visit, based on their assessment of travel security and medical risk, including road safety. In this years analysis, Libya and Somalia are the most dangerous places. The safest places to go are Finland, Norway and Iceland. Much of Europe and North America is considered very safe, but a number … Continue reading

FAA downgrades Malaysia to Category 2 after Air Safety Assessment

The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today announced that the Civil Aviation Authority of Malaysia (CAAM) does not meet international safety standards as defined by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO). They downgraded Malaysia to Category 2, which means Malaysian airlines like Malaysia Airlines, Air Asia or Malindo are banned from launching new flights to the US. Because international aviation … Continue reading

Hyatt launches new Hyatt Caption brand – another Select Service Lifestyle hotel brandb

Meet the latest Hyatt Worldwide hotel brand: Hyatt Caption is a Select Service lifestyle brand targeting young travelers and promising “alluring and approachable spaces, conversation-worthy food and beverage and experiences that don’t begin or end at the hotel’s front door”. If that sounds like the right hotel brand experience for you (or you still don’t know what to expect), read … Continue reading

Bangkok again the most popular city in the world!

MasterCard has published their annual Global Destination Cities Index and named Bangkok the city with the most international overnight visitors world wide at 22.78M visitor arrivals. Paris is in second place, followed by London, Dubai and Singapore. But Dubai is the city with the highest visitor spend at an astonishing $30.8B! Find out the Top 20 and where all those … Continue reading

Accor Hotels launches new sustainable economy brand Greet

Accor Hotels is one of the largest hotel companies in the world with more than 4,900 hotels in over 110 countries. It has launched it’s 39th brand with the first greet property opening in Burgundy, France. greet is described as a lifestyle brand that will be community based, responsible and non-standardized. It will consist of hotel conversions in the economy … Continue reading

New Beijing Daxing International Airport is ready for business!

The new Bejing Daxing International Airport 50km South of the Chinese capital is ready to open this week. It will be the largest single airport terminal building in the world, capable of supporting at least 72 million passengers, utilizing 4 runways. The airport has been under construction since 2014 with 40,000 workers at the peak, costing an estimated $11.5 Billion. … Continue reading

New Manila International Airport in Bulacan approved!

The Philippine Department of Transportation has signed a contract with San Miguel Corporation, a local conglomerate, to build the New Manila International Airport in Bulacan for an estimated $14 Billion. It is expected to break ground later this year, with the first phase to open in 4-5 years. Future phases will bring 4 runways and accommodate up to 100 million … Continue reading

Thomas Cook collapses – what to do now?

Thomas Cook, the European travel company that started 178 years ago and pioneered package tours, has declared bankruptcy and ceased operations today. All flights, vacations and tours are cancelled. The UK government has launched a repatriation effort to bring home more than 150,000 Thomas Cook customers currently abroad on vacation and has chartered a fleet of planes to do so. Because … Continue reading

IHG launches upper-midscale, all-suites brand: Atwell Suites

In the never-ending competition between hotel companies over guests, every perceivable gap in the accommodation market is being filled: Now, InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) is launching a new brand, Atwell Suites. It’ll be an all-suite brand in the upper-midscale market. Find out how Atwell Suites wants to stand out in a crowded market – check out the details and design … Continue reading