Travel News: December 24, 2018

Cuba Welcomed Record Number of Visitors in 2018 Travel Pulse Cuba welcomed a record 4.75 million tourists in 2018, a 60 percent increase over tourism numbers from four years ago. According to the Daily Mail, one of the main reasons behind the jump in arrivals was attributed to the cruise industry and the 48 percent increase in passengers docking at Cuba’s Havana port, especially from the United States.   Tsunami set off by volcanic eruption kills more than 200 in Indonesia Travel Weekly A tsuna...
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My next TOI blog post: Our party’s views on the Raghuram Rajan economic strategy

This. And my email to the economists: ===== Dear fellow economists and friends Thanks for your efforts to help reform India. I’ve had a close look at your views and provided a summary position here on 22 December: Would appreciate your close examination of SBP’s manifesto (and indeed, my book Breaking Free of Nehru – particularly its chapters 4 […]
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TAP Air Portugal: My First Flight

To travel from Barcelona to Lisbon, I had a choice of airlines. Vueling Airlines was one of the choices; but my experience with Vueling Airlines was less than stellar. Another flight operated by Transportes Aéreos Portugueses — an airline better known as TAP Air Portugal — was similarly priced; so I chose to travel as a passenger on that airline. The Airbus A320-200 R airplane on which I was to fly as a passenger arrived at least an hour late. It was named after... The post TAP Air Portugal: My ...
Tags: Travel, Barcelona, Trip Reports, Portugal, Airbus, Airlines, Lisbon, Vueling Airlines, Air Portugal, Transportes Aéreos Portugueses

Disneyland at Christmas – Very Rough First Thoughts

I had intended to write a much longer post, and I will, but then I had to deal with flight delays and, well, that longer post isn’t going to happen today. However, I didn’t want the holiday to pass without at least sharing a little bit of what my very remarkable experience at Disneyland was like just a few days before Christmas, so here’s a small taste. It wasn’t my intention to be at Disneyland the weekend before Christmas, but I’m so glad it turned out that way. I was on a cruise that ended i...
Tags: Travel, La, Disney, Los Angeles, Disneyland, Destinations, Anaheim, Disney California Adventure

5 destinations you must check out while you are traveling through the Trans-Siberian railway

The Trans-Siberian Express offers breathtaking views throughout Russia. It’s one of the longest journeys that you could take, and it holds the record for the longest train with a length of about 6000 miles. What’s more, routes from the railways go into China, Mongolia and even North Korea. One of the longest journeys of the world throughout the coldest spaces where train tracks have been laid makes for a wonderful journey. Still, wondering what you can do on a Trans Siberian holiday? Here are ...
Tags: Travel, Asia, Europe, North Korea, Russia, Mongolia, Travel Blog, Trans-siberian, Ulaanbaatar, Pyotr Tchaikovsky, Peter, Chekhov, Ural, Tomsk, Perm, Ural Mountains

Top five things in Iceland you must check out while you are on a vacation

Iceland is a beautiful country, housing not only natural wonders but, also, some of the most wonderful historical spaces and museums you can see. Traveling to Iceland used to be one of the most difficult things a person could do in the older times, but, with the advent of air travel and different tour packages, traveling and sightseeing in Iceland is easier than ever. So, today we’re exploring the things you can’t afford to miss while you’re in Iceland. 1: The Northern Lights Visible for eight...
Tags: Travel, Denmark, Iceland, Scandinavia, Reykjavik, Travel Blog, Aurora, Katla, Blue Lagoon Iceland, Northern Iceland, Western Iceland, Myrdalsjokull Glacier Park, Reykjavik Chances, Alpingi, Tjornin

São Paulo + A 6.5-Hour Bus Ride = Rio de Janeiro

We were originally considering spending Christmas in Santos, the closest coastal city to São Paulo. But when we checked the weather report once in Brazil, we realized it would be a big gamble—rain was forecast for São Paulo, downpours were expected in Santos. A change of plan is easy when you didn’t really have one in the first place. Rio de Janeiro seemed to be the best option with hotel rooms available and a direct bus from São Paulo, plus we were going to stop there anyway. We tried to buy ou...
Tags: Travel, New York, Santiago, Paraguay, Brazil, Argentina, Peru, Rio De Janeiro, South America, Skype, Lima, Santos, Sao Paulo, Guangdong, Mark, Latin American

#UAE traders weigh to take pain in short-term for a long-term gain

UAE traders weigh to take pain in short-term for a long-term gain:UAE traders in stock markets, who may be sitting on losses, are in two minds whether to book losses and sit on cash or wait for a longer term for future gains.Analysts feel there might be more pain in the short-term because of weak fundamentals of real estate and banking stocks.“There is a fear in the minds of people, whether the stocks will go lower from here, and how much of downside it has, and how much they can withstand to av...
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‘Dumb-money’ for Saudi stocks won’t be enough to aid market

‘Dumb-money’ for Saudi stocks won’t be enough to aid market:While billions of dollars will flow into Saudi Arabia with its inclusion in MSCI Inc’s emerging-market benchmark in June, don’t count on the passive money to revive the market’s fortunes, says Eaton Vance Corp.Government-related funds, which appeared to have propped up Saudi equities following the murder of columnist Jamal Khashoggi in October, will probably become sellers next year to investors tracking the MSCI index – in classic buy-...
Tags: Travel, Saudi Arabia, Boston, MSCI, Eaton Vance, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, MSCI Inc, Eaton Vance Corp, Jamal Khashoggi, Marshall Stocker

Here’s what could go right (and wrong) for Gulf bonds next year

Here’s what could go right (and wrong) for Gulf bonds next year:The performance of nearly $340bn of Eurobonds in the Gulf Arab region depends on what the Federal Reserve does next.Securities from the Gulf Co-operation Council are poised for their worst year since 2013, and could face another painful 12 months if the US maintains its pace of rate increases. That, and the risk of more declines in oil prices, will keep investors on tenterhooks, although inclusion in JPMorgan Chase & Co’s emerging-m...
Tags: Travel, US, Federal Reserve, Gulf, JPMorgan Chase Co, Gulf Arab, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, Gulf Co

#AbuDhabi's Bank Merger Is Seen to Result in 1,000 Job Cuts - Bloomberg

Abu Dhabi's Bank Merger Is Seen to Result in 1,000 Job Cuts - Bloomberg:A proposed three-way bank merger in Abu Dhabi may lead to about a thousand jobs being cut, according to three people with knowledge of the matter.Talks among Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank PJSC, Union National Bank PJSC and privately-held Al Hilal Bank are at an advanced stage, the people said on condition of anonymity because the topic is private. The lenders are working on issues such as valuation and are conducting due diligen...
Tags: Travel, Bloomberg, Abu Dhabi, Gulf Cooperation Council, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, Al Hilal Bank

OPEC Is in `Whatever It Takes' Moment to Prop Up Oil Prices - Bloomberg

OPEC Is in `Whatever It Takes' Moment to Prop Up Oil Prices - Bloomberg:OPEC hasn’t even started implementing its new six-month agreement to cut output, and already members responsible for most of the reductions have pledged to extend or even deepen it.Officials from Iraq, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates agreed with Saudi Arabia’s expectation that the group, along with Russia and other oil producers, will extend the agreement for another six months. The U.A.E.’s energy minister, while stress...
Tags: Travel, Saudi Arabia, Russia, Opec, Bloomberg, United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Iraq Kuwait, Suhail Al Mazrouei, Rupert Neil Bumfrey

First Sun NYD 2019, a dawn ceremony at Cape Byron Lighthouse

Start the first hours of 2019 with a guided meditation, relaxing music and yoga. This family-friendly event offers visitors and locals alike the opportunity to welcome the New Year with conscious intentions at the most Easterly point of Australia’s mainland. All activities offered are free. Please ensure you are comfortable in these early hours by bringing a yoga mat, warm clothing, torch, a blanket, sunglasses/hat and water. Parking is advised at Clarkes Beach carpark from 4am. We recommend wal...
Tags: Travel, Featured, News, Australia, Culture, Byron Bay, Clarkes Beach, Cape Byron Lighthouse, Jonson St Byron Bay, First Sun, Cape Café

A warm welcome awaits at lovely St Anne’s

St Anne’s Golf Links in Dublin St Anne’s Golf Club will forever be linked with the memory of the great Lahinch-born professional Paddy Skerritt, whose first sight of the club he was to call home from 1963 until his death in 2001, hardly bode well for what turned out to be a long and fruitful relationship. As the club’s 75-year history recounted back in 1996, Paddy and his wife Jul...
Tags: Travel, Sport, Architecture, Ireland, Liverpool, Heritage, Ford, Tourism, Golf, British Army, Robbie Keane, Dublin, Shane Lowry, Padraig Harrington, Newlands, Anne

Exploring Reading before leaving the UK from Heathrow

I decided to book a couple of nights in Reading because we hadn't been there before and it wasn't too far from Heathrow from where we were to fly to Copenhagen.Well I can't really say that I very impressed with what we saw of the town but no doubt the
Tags: Travel, UK, Heathrow, Copenhagen

true confessions, or will laura buy new window treatments for a house that doesn't need them

I don't care much about clothes, shoes, bags. I don't buy expensive cosmetics or skin-care products. As long as I have what I need, I'm good. It's easy to watch my spending about any of those.But. There's always a but, right? I love home things. Towels, linens, dinnerware. Rugs. Shelves. Lamps. Organizers. (I could go on.) And I love home-decorating. When buying clothes, I hold my nose and get it over with. But don't let me in Bed Bath and Beyond or Ikea without adult supervision. Despite th...
Tags: Travel, New York, Personal, Canada, Brooklyn, Ikea, Allan, Washington Heights, Consumer Issues, Kijiji, Mississauga, Bogardus, Bennett Avenue, Hunter Douglas, Miscellaneous Blather, Laura K

Week 3 RV Road Trip: Christmas in New Orleans, LA

Rain, rain go away. That’s what I found myself singing a lot at the start of week 3 of our USA road trip with Goldie and the Beast. For two weeks, we’ve mostly had rain and snow. It’s amazing how quickly you can get cabin fever and your mood can plummet due to inclement weather. We left Huntsville for New Orleans. Not wanting to make the seven hour drive in one day, and wanting to delay our arrival into NOLA so we could make some later scheduled Christmas events, we stopped off into Birmingham, ...
Tags: Travel, Verizon, Usa, Texas, Mississippi, Australia, US, Alabama, Walmart, Netflix, West, New Orleans, Santa Claus, Birmingham, Google Maps, Chattanooga

Winter fun at Sea to Sky Gondola in Squamish, British Columbia

Winter fun at the Sea to Sky Gondola in Squamish One of the things we love about living in Vancouver is that we can be deep in nature within a short drive. There are so many awesome day trips from Vancouver that it can be difficult to make a decision. Those who live in the Lower Mainland of British Columbia rarely say, “there’s nothing to do this weekend”.  We visited the Sea to Sky Gondola shortly after it opened in the summer of 2014 (read about that experience here). Since then, we’ve hike...
Tags: Travel, Hiking, Canada, Vancouver, Connor, Santa, British Columbia, Travel Stories, Beautiful Bc Series, Nicole, Howe, Braydon, Squamish, Polar Express, Lower Mainland of British Columbia, Squamish British Columbia

Are You Ready for Christmas?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Are you ready for Christmas?        Related Stories Are You Ready for Christmas?The Story of FamilyHow to Achieve Harmony  [Author: French la Vie]
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Saudi Arabia to privatize Jeddah airport by first half of 2019- authority | ZAWYA MENA Edition

Saudi Arabia to privatize Jeddah airport by first half of 2019- authority | ZAWYA MENA Edition:The Saudi General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA) plans to appoint a private company to manage King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah by the first half of next year, the authority confirmed to Zawya by email.Earlier this year, the GACA terminated a concession agreement with Singapore's Changi Airports International and Saudi Naval Services to operate the airport in Jeddah, after awarding the...
Tags: Travel, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Jeddah, King Abdulaziz International Airport, Arab News, Kaia, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, GACA, Zawya, Saudi General Authority of Civil Aviation GACA, Changi Airports International, Saudi Naval Services, King Abdulaziz International Airport KAIA

#Bahrain's annual GDP growth slows to 1.6 pct in Q3 | Reuters

Bahrain's annual GDP growth slows to 1.6 pct in Q3 | Reuters:Bahrain’s annual growth in gross domestic product, adjusted for inflation, slowed in the third quarter of this year as both the oil and non-oil sectors lost momentum, the government’s statistics website showed on Sunday.GDP grew 1.6 percent from a year earlier in the third quarter, slowing from 2.5 percent in the second quarter. The oil sector shrank 1.5 percent in the third quarter, while the non-oil sector grew 2.4 percent. [Autho...
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OPEC+ will hold extra meeting if output cuts 'not enough': UAE | Reuters

OPEC+ will hold extra meeting if output cuts 'not enough': UAE | Reuters:OPEC and allied oil producers are ready to hold an extraordinary meeting and will do what is needed if the current cut in oil output by 1.2 million barrels per day does not balance the market next year, the United Arab Emirates’ energy minister said on Sunday.Extending the output agreement signed in early December will not be a problem and producers will do as the market demands, Suhail al-Mazrouei told a news conference at...
Tags: Travel, Opec, United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Uae, Reuters, Suhail Al Mazrouei, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, Organization of Arab Petroleum Exporting Countries, Mazrouei

MIDEAST STOCKS-Saudi banks decline on tax payments, Wall Street's decline weighs on Gulf | Reuters

MIDEAST STOCKS-Saudi banks decline on tax payments, Wall Street's decline weighs on Gulf | Reuters:Saudi shares recovered some ground on Sunday after a sell-off in the banking sector when lenders said they had reached a deal with Islamic tax authorities to resolve a dispute over increased liabilities that would still result in big one-off payments.Sentiment across Gulf markets was hurt by the plunge in Wall Street stocks on Friday as the U.S. government shutdown weighed on global markets.The Sau...
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#Dubai strikes partnership with Uber rival Careem | Financial Times

Dubai strikes partnership with Uber rival Careem | Financial Times:Dubai is to launch a company with Careem, the regional rival to Uber, to manage the ride-hailing system for all taxis operating in the Gulf’s commercial hub.The emirate’s transport authority said on Sunday it would be the world’s first partnership between a government regulator and a private ride-hailing app. Dubai, like other regulatory authorities, has clashed with fast-growing ride-hailing companies challenging the dominance o...
Tags: Travel, Dubai, Gulf, Careem, Rupert Neil Bumfrey

US shale’s financial blanket at risk of wearing thin in 2019 | Financial Times

US shale’s financial blanket at risk of wearing thin in 2019 | Financial Times:All industrial revolutions need two things: technology and finance. The US shale revolution was made possible by the advances in horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing that allowed oil and gas to be released from previously unyielding rocks. But the industry’s financing was equally important in turning those innovations into a production boom that has shaken the world.The financial model that has dominated the i...
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Are Emirates Flights Attendants Paying Not to Have to Fly?

Any time there's something of value, that's transferable, a market is going to try to develop where the person with at least de facto rights earns money and the person who values it the most will pay. There are allegations that at Emirates schedulers are selling duty assignments to flight attendants. Continue reading Are Emirates Flights Attendants Paying Not to Have to Fly?...
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The pond, or maybe more precisely the little lake that borders on the houses of Dutch Parliament is collecting locks like other places visted a lot by tourists. The post Locks appeared first on Happy Hotelier.
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Tayim Flies At The Rocks

Tayim is the newest restaurant in the Rocks area of Sydney. Part of the Harbour Rocks Hotel, Tayim replaces Scarlett restaurant. There's still the heritage sandstone walls and airy feel but the menu is now distinctly Middle Eastern.
Tags: Travel, Sydney, Scarlett, Tayim, Harbour Rocks Hotel Tayim

Birmingham airport reopens after flights suspended for two hours

Flights had been delayed, diverted and cancelled due to a fault with the electronic flight plan systemBirmingham airport has reopened after it suspended services due to an air traffic control fault that saw flights delayed, diverted and cancelled for more than two hours.The problem was the result of a failure of the electronic flight plan system that began to affect flights from around 6pm. Operations at the airport resumed after 8pm. Continue reading...
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