Skift.com is reporting on a Google-led survey that found most Americans, particularly urban Northeasterners DO NOT want airlines to allow cell phone use in flight.
Neither do America's flight attendants.
In a news release, The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA) said that “Passengers overwhelmingly reject cell phone use in the aircraft cabin. The FCC should not proceed with this proposal."
“AFA opposes any changes that would allow in-flight voice calls. Flight Attendants, as first responders and the last line of defense in our nation’s aviation system, understand the importance of maintaining a calm cabin environment. Any situation that is loud, divisive, and possibly disruptive is not only unwelcome but also unsafe. Many polls and surveys conducted over the years find that a vast majority of the traveling public wants to keep the ban on voice calls in the aircraft cabin. In far too many operational scenarios, passengers making phone calls could extend beyond a mere nuisance, creating negative effects on aviation safety and security that are great and far too risky.
“Besides potential passenger conflicts, Flight Attendants also are concerned that in emergencies, cell phone use would drown out announcements and distract from life-saving instructions from the crew.”
What we here at Travel Hush Hush think is that the airlines will find some way to monetize this. Scarily, JetBlue put out a statement saying that if consumers want this, the airline will find some way to add it while accommodating passengers who find it disruptive.
Our prediction: you'll soon have to pay more to sit in a "cell-phone-free zone."
What do you think?
Sandals Resorts is crowing today about a new survey they took of 1000 Millennial brides who married at their resorts.
A whopping 62 percent of these brides "are following the same mantra of their generation: YOLO: 'you only live once'" and having not one but two weddings--one in their hometown and one at the destination of their spoiled little hearts' desire. The Caribbean won out as the place to have a second wedding "because of its beautiful, warm weather."
"Today's Millennial brides want it all, having their cake and literally eating it too," says Marsha-Ann Brown, director of Romance for Sandals Resorts,
Yes, these entitled M-Geners are having second wedding cake in the Caribbean. Can we put this down to too much Hobbit-watching?
The web is buzzing with the news that the word because is now called "the because noun" when it's used in phrases like "Because Science" (a t-shirt) or "Because Internet."
It's only a matter of time before some savvy tourism board gets on the bandwagon. Let's see how this looks in print: BECAUSE BRITAIN! (fits--a good one!), BECAUSE FRANCE (not so much).
What's your pick for the best use of BECAUSE in travel?
Do You Get "Second Breakfast" on Air New Zealand?--New Hobbitted TV Commercial Has passengers Smiling with Smaug
We love the groaning table at check in and the piles of gold going through the metal screener! This new commercial out just in time for Hobbit Part 2: The Desolation of Smaug.
Right on #AirNewZealand, you know how to do Set-Jetting like a Middle Earth Wizard!
For those of you who aren't travel writers, VEMEX stands for Visit Europe Media Exchange.
It's been a staple of the travel writing scene for many years but now with online "matches" between journalists and European destination marketing execs, it feels very much like speed dating, travel style.
You get a list of potential dates. (Wales, Istria, Scotland and Ireland were on my "hottie" list). Then you request them and see if it's a "perfect match." If not, you can still get a 15-minute appointment but only if the destination agrees. And yes, there were heartbroken writers who pointed to their date card and said stuff like, I didn't get so-and-so. Was it my hair?
My score card had some good "perfect matches" including Scotland, Holland, Ireland, Istria, Oslo, Zurich, Lake Geneva Region and Spain.
Here's some of what they told me is going to be hot, hot, hot next year and beyond:
--Ireland is spotlighting the entire West Atlantic Coast for the whole year of 2014, including Galway and the ruggedly gorgeous coast up to Northern Ireland.
--Spain is doing a year-long celebration of the painter El Greco and the 400th anniversary of his death (seems just like last year doesn't it?) with a special focus on his iconic city of Toledo (one just wants to pre-write the article with the title "Holy Toledo").
--Istria has a whole series of "Weeks of Truffles" where you can go truffle hunting with dogs (sorry, pigs are used in France) and taste both white and black gold in Mediterranean landscapes.
--Oslo is spotlighting sites used as the inspiration for the Disney film "Frozen" (see blog item above) including their Folklore Museum as well as highlighting a brand new public sculpture garden and a bold new city skyline.
--Zurich says its trendy neighborhood, "Zurich West" continues to be griddle hot, with restaurants, hotels and boutiques blooming like mushrooms after a heavy rain.
But for me, the money shot was at the lunch at the Harvard Club venue, sponsored by Istria and Croatia.
The Museum of Broken Relationships in Zagreb, Croatia was featured on a brief film between the main and dessert. OMG! THE MUSEUM OF BROKEN RELATIONSHIPS?
Yes, Zagreb, bless its heart, has opened a museum dedicated to "failed relationships" where visitors can leave mementos of their own breakups and breakdowns.
That alone is worth the price of admission!
Disney's new trend of using kick-ass princesses and showcasing whole countries at the same time continues this Thanksgiving with Frozen.
The brand new animated feature film features a heroine princess who rivals Brave's Merida for spunk and gumption...plus a snarky Snowman called Olaf.
VisitNorway, Norway's national tourist board is also getting into the whirl of publicity surrounding the film. They've officially joined forces with Disney to celebrate the film and its emphasis on the culture and cool beauty of Norway, which opens in U.S. theaters Nov. 27, 2013.
VisitNorway and Disney are currently mounting a global marketing campaign around the new animated adventure which focuses on Norway’s scenery, folklore and culture. Not since 2010's Trollhunter has Norway's folklore and its lore-rich landscape featured so prominently in a major motion picture.
VisitNorway says that Disney realized Norway had it all when it came to ice and snow. “We wanted to create an intimate world with an enchanting and dynamic setting that would be immediately identifiable for generations to come,” says Mike Giaimo, art director for the film. “Norway offered a cultural backdrop we’d never explored before and we thought, ‘Wouldn’t it be great to blend its dramatic natural environment, architecture and folk costume aesthetic?’ It feels like a world from a classic Disney film, but it’s completely new.”
This is a fantastic opportunity for us to promote Norway as a wonderful tourist destination,” says Per-Arne Tuftin, director of tourism at Innovation Norway. “Disney is well known around the world, and we hope that in providing the backdrop to this film, Norway will appeal to the film’s fans—viewers of all ages who will be inspired to visit Norway and explore our beautiful country in the years ahead.”
And just as “Merida" vacation packages mushroomed after Brave became a hit, look for similar Norway tours themed around Disney's snow princess, Anna...and Olaf the Snowman, too.
As some experts predicted, the U.S. Justice Department's lawsuit to stay the impending merger of US Airways and American Airlines has folded in favor of concessions that will allow low cost carriers some coveted slots in key airports.
However, not everyone is happy with the Borg-like efforts of the two airlines to manifest their will on the flying public.
The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA) said today that American Eagle's flight attendants have voiced concern that the anti-trust settlement will have a “negative effect" on the carrier which moves 20 million passengers a year for AA.
“Over the past year, as a result of American’s bankruptcy, American Eagle’s regional flying has been steadily outsourced. American Eagle Flight Attendants provided substantial concessions in 2012 with the promise that doing so would retain as much of American’s regional flying as possible and position American Eagle for future growth. These actions by management, coupled with the massive divesture outlined in yesterday’s settlement announcement, validate Flight Attendants’ concerns,” said Robert Barrow, AFA President at American Eagle.
“The nearly 2,000 American Eagle Flight Attendants deserve to know what their role will be in the new combined carrier. Since the merger was announced, AFA leaders have pressed US Airways management to divulge their plans and honor their promises of good jobs in exchange for the contributions of American Eagle Flight Attendants. Our past sacrifices add value and we must not be punished for our contributions to the new American,” Barrow said in a release.
Looks like there are some elements in the airline industry that won't ASSIMILATE so easily....
...for my money, I find his minuette with Jennifer Connelly from Labyrinth much more seductive...
Would you travel to Venice to dance with David.....? What would you pack in your Vuitton bag?
Today (November 11) is officially Remembrance Day across the United Kingdom's Commonwealth of countries. It's also Veterans Day in the US.
But next year starts four years of Remembrance in Flanders where millions of men and women gave their lives in the service of their countries in World War !.
The country has poured resources into making battlefields and towns accessible for pilgrims who want to search out their loved ones' contributions.
The Flanders Fields Museum in Ypres, where much of the bloodiest battles took place is just one....
Holy Vesuvius! Pompeii explodes in Philly just before film premiere starring game of thrones' kit harington
Volcano lovers take note. Just in time to cull interest from the upcoming film, Pompeii (starring Game of Thrones' Kit Harington) Philadelphia's Franklin Institute opens One Day in Pompeii on November 9, bringing hundreds of ash-caked artifacts to US audiences for the first time.
The Franklin Institute partnered with Premier Exhibitions and the Italian Superintendence for Archaeological Heritage of Naples and Pompeii to ship over more than 150 artifacts from the collection of the Naples National Archaeological Museum in Italy. The exhibit includes twelve relics of that famous disaster which are make their North American debut at the exhibit, which runs until April of 2014.
For armchair travelers this might be the only opportunity to see the famous full body ash casts made when Vesuvius spewed molten lava and hot ash on the Roman resort city of Pompeii back in AD 79. These impressions show victims in often tragic states of surprise, resignation and frozen horror. The exhibition also includes artifacts, jewelry and other ancient treasures that are normally never allowed to leave Italy.
History and Italy buffs might remember that the state of the actual site of Pompeii has been called into question recently. A state of emergency at the site was called in 2008 by the Italian government and this February the European Union said it would give $56 million to UNESCO to help restore and better conserve the historical treasure. But the site itself might be facing access issues for travelers in the near future and there's no certainty about how much of the fragile treasure can be left open for the future.
Would you like to spend One Day in Pompeii (even if it was your last?) with Kit Harington?
Travelzoo says WowFactor destinations this year include Ecuador, Europe's rivers, India, Palm Springs and....the Jersey Shore. Despite what you think of Chris Christie, his politics or his weight, you gotta believe that his very public efforts on behalf of "Jersey Strong" are making a difference on the travel scene at least.
By the way, those annoyingly memorable "Stronger Than The Storm" commercials have officially been retired as of the end of summer. Christie told the press that however irritating, "That ringing in your head from hearing it over and over and over again, I guarantee you come December, you're going to miss them."
What do you think? Did the big man's ad campaign contribute to the Jersey Shore's wow-factor?
The spirit of Grace Kelly hovered over lucky guests--including your Editor-- at InterContinental Hotels & Resorts luxe luncheon today at Columbus Circle's A Voce restaurant. Turns out she met Prince Rainier at the IHG Carlton Cannes while attending the famed film festival back in 1956. Trust Grace to meet her Prince at Cannes, the locale of one of her most stylish films, To Catch a Thief.
The GMs on hand at A Voce invoked Grace's classic style as a watermark of the brand--now focusing on "Extraordinary Experiences" and unique food and wine revelations in its European hotels.
InterContinental itself was born when Pan Am (remember the fab, late series with Christina Ricci on ABC?) needed diva-esque digs to bed its international jet setters back in 1946 when the first IHG hotel was born in Belém, Brazil.
IHG was also celebrating the inauguration of some brand new InterContinentals...Marseille's Hotel Dieu (which opened in April) and the InterContinental Davos, slated to open this November. Watch this blog for fab new images of both this week! We'll also share some other revelations and recipes, too.
Remember the term "Eurotrash" as used in the 80s to denote those conspicuous consumers who'd come to New York and take advantage of incredible exchange rates against the low dollar? They were often seen hanging around Madison Avenue with suitcases loaded with clothes that were (for them) as cheap as a Gap T-shirt.
Today those shoppers come in all countries and they go to the Jersey outlet malls to snag their hauls before flying home to Argentina, China, Russia and other home ports.
The Outlet Collection, Jersey Gardens is the closest of these outlet malls to Newark Airport. So close, in fact that an airport shuttle runs every 30 minutes from Newark Liberty International’s Air Train Station P4 to the mall.
The Outlet Collection, now sporting a $30 million renovation and new shops like Coach and True Religion, was unveiled last week at a ribbon cutting with Jersey celebs like Joe Piscopo (if you're older than 30 you might remember his fab Frank Sinatra on SNL).
The mall's marketing director, Crystal Stell, says that customers at the revamped new space come from 162 countries as well as all 50 states and spend an average of six hours shopping in the mall before take off at Newark. The mall takes advantage of this shop 'n fly dynamic with the shuttle bus from the airport as well as an onsite currency exchange and lots of luggage stores (Samsonite is one). Guests who live more than 40 miles from the mall also get a discount booklet with lots of coupons that whittle the prices even further down.
I spent the day in this space over the weekend watching with bemusement as travelers poured over goods from Nike to Neiman Marcus Last Call, stopping for Aunt Annie's pretzels along the way--you know the ones that smell almost as good as Cinnabons?
The space was clean and huge as an airplane hangar deck and definitely offered better shopping options than Newark Airport's duty free. And with Jersey's clothing tax non-existent and the regular Urban Enterprise zone sales tax (yes, the mall is in one) at a meager 3.5 %, the deals must have been just too hard not to pass up.
I saw travelers hauling more than one suitcase out the door to their shuttle bus.
The most money these folks spent would likely be an extra bag fee--if they were traveling in economy!
Straight from her run as a hotel owner's wife in the Starz series, Magic City, Bond girl Olga Kurylenko is now starring in Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts new global advertising campaign, “The Stories Begin Here. The campaign is a creative collaboration between the actress, fashion photographer Bruno Dayan and British author Simon Van Booy. Van Booy has come up with some very turgid, teasy prose to convey an atmosphere of luxury and titilation--it's a lot like Chanel's recent ad on the Orient Express featuring Audrey Tautou.
The ad is in Departures Magazine this month. The hotel group website features video links and also sound ambiance links so you can hear the sounds the character "Alexandra" is hearing while you read. You can also open links and delve into her notebooks, etc.
For my money, this is the way novels of the future will most likely be read.
WHAT DO YOU THINK? DO YOU LOVE, LIKE OR LOATHE WALDORF'S NEW CONCEPT AD CAMPAIGN?.....