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IEA Sees Oil Demand Growth Defying Economic Slowdown, For Now - Bloomberg

IEA Sees Oil Demand Growth Defying Economic Slowdown, For Now - Bloomberg:Global oil demand remains on course to be stronger this year than in 2018 as a boost from lower fuel prices counters slowing economic activity, according to the International Energy Agency.After slumping in the fourth quarter, oil prices “will provide some stimulus to demand,” said the Paris-based agency, which advises most of the world’s major economies on energy policy. Still, as “the mood music in the global economy is ...
Tags: Travel, China, Opec, Bloomberg, Paris, IEA, International Energy Agency, Rupert Neil Bumfrey

Oil climbs 1 percent on OPEC output cut, hopes for easing China-U.S. trade tensions | Reuters

Oil climbs 1 percent on OPEC output cut, hopes for easing China-U.S. trade tensions | Reuters:Oil prices rose 1 percent on Friday after a report from the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) showed its production fell sharply last month, easing fears about prolonged oversupply.International Brent crude oil futures LCOc1 were up 62 cents, or 1.01 percent, at $61.80 per barrel at 0753 GMT. Brent has risen about 2 percent this week, its third straight week of gains.U.S. West Tex...
Tags: Travel, China, Opec, Brent, Reuters, China U S, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, International Brent

Urban Fun in São Paulo

“So, we leave from Santos Dumont and we land in Congonhas.” “Awesome!” Santos Dumont is in Centro Rio de Janeiro and Congonhas is also a “city airport” in São Paulo, so it means shorter taxi rides than if we were using the larger international airports. “Wait… isn’t Congonhas the one with super short runways and the congestion issue?” Feng shrugs. Oh well. I slept during the one-hour flight from Rio to São Paulo, but I sure woke up when we arrived—it was a hard landing in what’s said to be one o...
Tags: Travel, China, Canada, Santiago, Brazil, Rio De Janeiro, Latin America, Rio, Sao Paulo, Mark, Montevideo, Antonio, Florianopolis, Santos Dumont, Avenida Paulista, São Carlos

Oil Rebound Fizzles as Treasury Denies U.S. Easing China Tariffs - Bloomberg

Oil Rebound Fizzles as Treasury Denies U.S. Easing China Tariffs - Bloomberg:Oil’s after-market rebound waned Thursday after the U.S. Treasury Department disputed a report that the Trump administration might ease trade tariffs against China.Futures in New York climbed as much as 0.5 percent, erasing what had been a losing session, before slipping again. The turnaround came after the Wall Street Journal said Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin is a proponent of rolling back the penalties, citing un...
Tags: Travel, New York, China, Treasury, Wall Street Journal, Trump, Treasury Department, BNP Paribas SA, U S Treasury Department, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, Steven Mnuchin, Harry Tchilinguirian, Treasury Denies U S Easing China Tariffs Bloomberg, China Futures

The spiciest cuisines in the world

The chile pepper is as divisive a food as there is. People can either handle the heat and enjoy the pain, or they avoid every bit of pepper like it’s the plague. The group of people in the middle know their limit and stick to the devil they know. When traveling abroad to a chile-pepper-loving country, however, you can be in for a fiery surprise. Every chile pepper — from China to Ethiopia to Peru and back — originally comes from Central and South America. The plant spread around the world dur...
Tags: Travel, Mexico, China, India, Africa, Thailand, South Africa, Chile, Ethiopia, Peru, Kenya, Jamaica, Mozambique, Caribbean, Karnataka, All

Wendi Murdoch travel photo scam

There’s a widespread scam in the travel photography community, and it’s particularly dangerous and deceptive — this is no poorly-worded email from a “Nigerian prince.” Aimed at travel photographers, this elaborate scheme is designed to lure them to Southeast Asia on the pretext of shooting a photo campaign for the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games. Although some costs are covered by the scammers to make the target feel comfortable, other expenses like airfare and “photo permits” are not. Whil...
Tags: Travel, Google, New York, Hollywood, Indonesia, China, Southeast Asia, Scams, Beijing, Rupert Murdoch, Jakarta, Penang, All, Travel Scam, Henry, Wendy

WH Economist Admits Economic Strain After Saying Fed Workers ‘Better Off’

WASHINGTON (AP) — Shutdown pressure on President Donald Trump mounted Wednesday as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called on him to delay his State of the Union address and his own economists acknowledged the prolonged standoff was having a greater economic drag than previously thought. In a letter to Trump, Pelosi cited security concerns, noting that both the Secret Service and the Homeland Security Department are affected by the partial government shutdown, now it its fourth week. She added that ...
Tags: Travel, News, Congress, Washington, Senate, White House, China, Ap, House, Secret Service, Capitol Hill, Associated Press, Nancy Pelosi, Donald Trump, Delaware, South Carolina

Trump feels shutdown pressure from economists, Nancy Pelosi

By LISA MASCARO, CATHERINE LUCEY and JILL COLVIN WASHINGTON — Shutdown pressure on President Donald Trump mounted Wednesday as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called on him to delay his State of the Union address and his own economists acknowledged the prolonged standoff was having a greater economic drag than previously thought. In a letter to Trump, Pelosi cited security concerns, noting that both Secret Service and the Department of Homeland Security are affected by the partial government shutdown...
Tags: Travel, Business, News, Congress, Washington, Mexico, Senate, White House, China, Immigration, Uncategorized, Sport, Economy, Ap, Soccer, South Dakota

EVs and online marketplaces thrive despite slump in Chinese car sales

China’s massive auto market hit the brakes last year as trade tensions and a softening economy dampened consumer confidence, but one segment soared on account of increasing internet penetration — used car sales. New passenger car sales fell to 23.7 million last year, representing a 4.1 year-over-year drop according to a new report by China’s Association of Automobile Manufacturers, the country’s top auto association. That marks the very first annual decline in the world’s biggest car market sinc...
Tags: Travel, Asia, China, US, Tesla, Car, Beijing, Automotive, United States, Alibaba, Transport, Tencent, Jaguar Land Rover, Car Sales, Shenzhen, Internet Penetration

China accounted for nearly half of app downloads in 2018, 40% of consumer spend

Global app downloads topped 194 billion in 2018, up 35 percent from 2016, according to App Annie’s annual “State of Mobile 2019” report released today. Consumer spending across app stores was up 75 percent to reach $101 billion. The report, which analyzes trends across iOS, Android and the third-party Android stores in China combined, follows the company’s , which looked at downloads and spending across just iOS and Google Play. It also shows how significant China’s role has become in terms of ...
Tags: Travel, Google, Google Play, TC, Apps, Indonesia, Australia, China, Tencent, Tencent Video, App Annie, Youku, South Korea Japan, Japan South Korea, India Brazil, State of Mobile

Wyndham Hotels & Resorts Reacquires Direct Franchising Rights For The Days Inn Brand In China

Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, Inc. (NYSE: WH) announced that it has reacquired exclusive direct franchising rights for its Days Inn® brand for the People's Republic of China.
Tags: Travel, China, Wyndham Hotels amp, Wyndham Hotels Resorts Inc NYSE

Permian Shale Oil Boom Holds Good News and Bad News for OPEC - Bloomberg

Permian Shale Oil Boom Holds Good News and Bad News for OPEC - Bloomberg:The year has barely begun but it’s already shaping up nicely for OPEC, with crude rebounding sharply after the worst fourth-quarter performance since 2014.A new production cuts deal with Russia and thawing U.S.-China trade relations have given the market a boost. But for the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries, good news often comes hand-in-hand with bad news. For that, look no further than the Permian basin.The b...
Tags: Travel, China, Russia, Opec, Energy Information Administration, Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, OPEC Bloomberg, United Arab Emirates OPEC

Daily Crunch: Netflix hikes prices for US subscribers

The Daily Crunch is TechCrunch’s roundup of our biggest and most important stories. If you’d like to get this delivered to your inbox every day at around 9am Pacific, you can subscribe here: 1. Netflix will raise prices for US subscribers, with its most popular plan going up to $13 per month For the most popular plan (which includes high-definition streaming for up to two devices simultaneously), the price will increase from $10.99 to $12.99 per month. Meanwhile, the one-device plan will go up ...
Tags: Travel, TC, Facebook, China, US, Intel, Netflix, Pandora, Oxford, Qualcomm, 23andMe, Andrew Przybylski, Amy Orben, Daily Crunch, Disney AT T WarnerMedia

How to Fly as an Air Courier in 2019

Is it still possible to fly as an air courier? Back in the day, being an air courier used to be a popular travel hack that would get you free flights. Ever since the attacks on September 11th, though, the industry took a nosedive and looked like it would never recover. But…has it? Earlier this year, I took a round-trip flight between Los Angeles and Shanghai for the sole purpose of trying out a new air courier service that intrigued me. Everywhere I’d read online told me that air c...
Tags: Travel, China, Los Angeles, Shanghai, Tips, Xinjiang, Budget Travel, WINSTON, LAX Airport, AirMule, Travel Hack, Air Courier, Winston He

Pai – The Shire of Thailand

Pai is in the mountainous northwest of Thailand, about 140KM from Chiang Mai. As a frequent visitor to Chiang Mai I’ve heard all about Pai, yet I had never been. I can trace my reluctance to visit down to the arduous road journey by minivan, and by hippies. On one of my early visits to Chiang Mai (perhaps in 2010) I was on the train to Chiang Mai when some hippies got onboard. They had no shoes on and their feet were dirty, and they were putting their feet on the seat! If there was a train ver...
Tags: Travel, China, Thailand, Bangkok, Travel Blog, Penang, Northern Thailand, Pai, Chiang Mai, Krabi, Khao Soi, Hui, CNX, Hua Hun, Khao San Rd, Chiang Mai Away

Trading Divorce for Travel

Reflecting on it now, it seems appropriate that my husband and I took a weekend trip to sign our divorce papers.  At the time, I was living in New York City and he in San Diego.  In an attempt to be amicable, we decided to meet in Palm Springs for the “official” signing.  It was a typical Palm Springs weekend that we’d experienced dozens of times before: the air hot and dry, with oily and glistening leathery women sprawled out on chaise lounges around the pool.  The difference this time was that...
Tags: Travel, England, New York, London, Featured, Australia, California, Relationships, China, India, New York City, Africa, Taiwan, Harvard, Hawaii, Italy

Best Chinese food in Los Angeles

For many, Los Angeles ends at the river. But if you stop there, you fall short of exploring one of the best Chinatowns in America. The San Gabriel Valley in East LA is known for strip malls, but not the soulless type of strip mall devoid of culture you’d find most everywhere else in the country. Drive down Valley Boulevard and you’ll see that it’s an artery that connects the hundreds of Chinese restaurants in the cities of Monterey Park, Alhambra, San Gabriel, and Rosemead. These strip malls...
Tags: Travel, California, La, China, US, Los Angeles, Beijing, Beverly Hills, North America, Xinjiang, Taipei, Arcadia, Mongolia, Chinatown, Sichuan, Southern California

Oil prices fall 2% as China stokes demand worries | Financial Times

Oil prices fall 2% as China stokes demand worries | Financial Times:Oil prices extended their declines on Monday as weak economic data out of China stoked worries that a slowdown could drag on fuel demand.China’s exports and imports fell in December, a fresh sign of troubles for the world’s second-largest economy. Exports declined 4.4 per cent, the steepest drop in two years and confounding economists who expected a 2.5 per cent increase.Brent crude, the international benchmark, tumbled 2.5 per ...
Tags: Travel, China, Financial Times, Rupert Neil Bumfrey

Oil Retreats With Equities as Rally to Bull Market Seen Overdone - Bloomberg

Oil Retreats With Equities as Rally to Bull Market Seen Overdone - Bloomberg:Oil extended its retreat as disappointing economic data from China helped reignite concerns over economic growth.Futures lost as much as 2.3 percent in New York on Monday, after falling Friday for the first time since late December. The decline mirrored a slide in equities across the globe as China posted its worst import and export figures since 2016 and the U.S. government shutdown dragged on.“Oil is watching the othe...
Tags: Travel, New York, China, Bloomberg, Chicago, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, Phil Flynn, Price Futures Group Inc

Is Xinjiang Safe for Travelers? Security & Threats in 2019

The most commonly asked question from people who are planning a trip to China’s western region is this: Is Xinjiang safe for travelers (especially now in 2019)? It’s a legitimate question, particularly since most of what you’ve probably read in the news or heard from friends seems to indicate that you’re putting your life in danger by making a journey to Xinjiang. But is that really the case? Is all of this overblown? Below, I’m going to walk you through a brief history of what has gi...
Tags: Travel, Tibet, Youtube, China, Beijing, Kyrgyzstan, Tips, State Department, Xinjiang, Mongolia, Urumqi, Kashgar, Central Asia, Hans, Chris Walker Bush, Hotan

Oil falls back to $60 on concerns about China slowdownv | ZAWYA MENA Edition

Oil falls back to $60 on concerns about China slowdownv | ZAWYA MENA Edition:Oil slipped to around $60 a barrel on Monday after data showed weakening imports and exports in China, the world's second-largest oil consumer, raising the prospect of a slowdown in fuel demand.China's exports fell by the most in two years in December while imports contracted, official figures showed, pointing to further weakness in what is also the world's second-largest economy. Brent crude, the international benchmar...
Tags: Travel, China, Rupert Neil Bumfrey

Travel Photographer Of The Year TPOTY 2018 Winners Are Revealed

One of the winners of Faces, People and Cultures category, Robin Yong from Malaysia. The winners of the 2018 international Travel Photographer of the Year awards (TPOTY) have been revealed, and they’re a glorious celebration of the beauty of this planet and its human and animal inhabitants. I’ve been following TPOTY awards since year 2010 and have had visited one of its winning photos gallery exhibitions in London. Even though I didn’t take part in this year awards, I wish to congratula...
Tags: Travel, Usa, UK, London, China, Malaysia, Italy, Middle East, Dubai, Mali, Bangladesh, Tanzania, Photography Tips, Guatemala, Mauritius, London Bridge

Leaked United Airlines Confidential Corporate Sales Stats (Someone’s in Deep Trouble)

Apple is by far United's biggest corporate account. They spend $150 million with the airline. Focusing on California-specific accounts the biggest are Facebook, Roche, and Google which spend 'over $34 million' and then Deloitte, McKinsey, PwC, Cisco, Oracle and Applied Materials in the $12 million to $17 million range. Apple's spending on San Francisco - Shanghai though is shocking, even accounting for all of the manufacturing done in China -- one quarter of total company spend, 50 business cla...
Tags: Travel, Apple, Google, California, Advice, China, United, Facebook Roche, Leaked United Airlines, Deloitte McKinsey PwC Cisco, San Francisco Shanghai

Retirement Travel – 7 Trips You Need to Take as Soon as You Retire

You’ve worked hard all your life and now it’s time to retire. You might be thinking what next. You are so used to working that retirement scares you. Luckily, you don’t have to worry anymore because we have a suggestion that you’ll love. Take a trip around the world and discover what different cultures have to offer. Since you are now free, you can do some exploration. You definitely deserve it because you have always been helping others. You worked hard to make sure that your family got a nice ...
Tags: Travel, Sponsored, Australia, China, Israel, US, Jerusalem, Los Angeles, Rome, Islam, Las Vegas, Costa Rica, Sicily, Scottsdale, Mardi Gras, Scottsdale Arizona

Silabur Cave in Sarawak

Have you heard about the Jade Caves of Sarawak? Yes, a cave that looks like it is made from jade, which is called the Silabur Cave in Serian, Sarawak.  This beautiful cave has been around for a very long time, and mostly visited by researchers, but in 2016, the cave became more popular among the locals, mainly due to the beautiful jade texture of the cave walls.  Silabur Cave in Sarawak This beautiful cave is found in the district of Serian, which is about 90 minutes drive from the cit...
Tags: Travel, Google, Facebook, Instagram, China, Malaysia, Waze, Google Maps, Sabah, Borneo, Kuching, Sarawak, David Jr, Facebook Page, West Kalimantan, Kalimantan Indonesia

Oil Set for Biggest Weekly Gain in Two Years as Rebound Persists - Bloomberg

Oil Set for Biggest Weekly Gain in Two Years as Rebound Persists - Bloomberg:Oil headed for its biggest weekly gain in over two years on hopes that OPEC will manage to shrink a glut and trade tensions between the U.S. and China will ease.Futures in New York have advanced 10 percent this week, as Saudi Arabia pledged that a producer coalition it’s leading will keep the market in balance. Still, prices are about 30 percent lower than their highs in October even after a rebound since Christmas Eve ...
Tags: Travel, New York, Saudi Arabia, China, Russia, Opec, Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries, Rupert Neil Bumfrey

Two million room nights booked online in a single day

Meituan-Dianping, which sells good and services Amazon-style in China alongside hotels and other travel products, says it offloaded more than two million room nights on December 31.
Tags: Amazon, Hotels, China

The Ultimate Bucket List: The 8 Best Travel Tours in the World

Do you want to take a trip to a foreign country? If you never have, you should! Traveling abroad helps enhance your views and knowledge of the world. You’ll see amazing sights, meet amazing people, and overall have an unforgettable experience. But here’s the issue when traveling abroad – you’re a long way from home. Things are done differently in foreign countries. From social customs to attire to paying for goods and services, you’ll experience some bumps along the traveling road. That’s why a ...
Tags: Travel, Sponsored, Mountains, China, Africa, Nepal, Morocco, Antarctica, Burma, Peru, Myanmar, South America, Vietnam, Madagascar, Machu Picchu, Hanoi

Motorcycle tour of the Himalayas

Picture this: You’re cruising through the Himalayan high country, winding around tight mountain roads and crossing frosted rivers. Your fingers are gripping the handlebars, and a brisk wind is blowing, but you can’t help smiling and yelling “WHOOO!” This is a typical day on the Ride The Himalayas tour, a 15-day motorbike ride from the Indian city of New Delhi into the Himalayan high country that takes place three times each summer. Ride The Himalayas founder and lead guide Rahul Yadav, a sof...
Tags: Travel, UK, Adventure, China, India, US, Pakistan, Himalayas, New Delhi, Kashmir, Himalaya, Rahul, Jammu, Macchu Picchu, Rahul Yadav, Royal Enfield Himalayan

Oil Slips From One-Month High as Economic Uncertainty Persists - Bloomberg

Oil Slips From One-Month High as Economic Uncertainty Persists - Bloomberg:Oil retreated after entering a bull market in New York, as the tension between an uncertain economic outlook and efforts by OPEC to restrict supplies continued to cause volatile trading.West Texas Intermediate futures fell as much as 1.7 percent after a rally on Wednesday brought crude’s rebound from an 18-month low in December to 23 percent. Prices had climbed as Saudi Energy Minister Khalid Al-Falih expressed confidence...
Tags: Travel, New York, China, Opec, Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries, Khalid al Falih, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, Saudi Energy

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