Tourists in Barcelona, Spain, may soon have to pay a special tourist tax for every day they spend in the city. Authoroties in Barcelona wants visitors to pay the sum of €1 a day. Barcelona could thus become the first Spanish city to introduce such a tourism tax, the newspaper La Vanguardia writes. The income would be spend on promotion of the tourism industry and other related things. Barcelona receives about 6,5 million tourists each year. Is this a sign of the times?
Airbus owner EADS said that aircraft deliveries will be the same in 2010 as they were in 2009. The order book stood at around 416 billion euros at the end of the first quarter. Gross orders will be between 250 and 300 aircrafts during the year according to the company. Revenues during the first quarter amounted to 9.0 billion euros, against the expected 8.8 billion, according to Bloomberg News. The adjusted EBIT result for the first quarter was EUR 0.2 billion (0.4). The company expects that the A380 project will…read more
Richard Branson’s new spaceship that will take the first tourists into space on a larger scale was presented in the Mojave desert at the beginning of this week. The 300 prospective passengers who have paid an advance of about $20000 (total cost is about $200000) for their tickets were there along with press from around the world. The first tourists are going to be sent into space in 2011. Before that happens, the new spaceship called Spaceship Two, is going to be tested on the space base currently being built…read more
Disney gives China a second chance. While the amusement park in Hong Kong has been somewhat of a failure so far, the company believes that a Shanghai Disneyland will be a success. The first information about the U.S. entertainment giant planning another site in China came at the beginning of the year. Since then there has been virtually silent, until now. Authorities in Shanghai have given Disney the green light to start building. The location is the district Pudong where the city’s international airport is located. While the Disneyland in…read more
Air plane manufacturer Airbus is getting sued in U.S. for the big plane crash off the coast of Brazil last summer. Behind the lawsuit are the relatives of 8 of the 228 who died in the accident. Airbus are the ones that made the Air France plane that should had flown from Rio de Janeiro to Paris on May 31. The summons concerns Airbus, among others. Investigation of the accident is still being done. There are no answers to be had yet.
SAS, Scandinavian Airlines, is launching a partnership with American Express Sweden. Two new charge cards are launched. Two new SAS American Express cards are now being launched, one for business and for private individuals. The corporate card will provide visibility and control over travel and entertainment expenses as well as providing extra bonus points from SAS. SAS is also being integrated into the American Express Global Loyalty Program called Membership Rewards. Current American Express card members will now be able to redeen Membership Reward points into flights from Scandinavian Airlines.
The next revolution in speed is spelled QSST. Thirteen years after the retirement of Concorde, the new passenger plane with supersonic speed will be launched. Twelve passengers will fit in this luxury airplane. The idea is to attract business men and “superstars” who are willing to pay to have their travel time between New York and London cut in half. The aircraft named Quiet Supersonic Transport will be the first in the world which will be allowed to break the sound barrier over populated areas. The reason is, as the…read more
After the premiere flight has been postponed five times, Boeing now plans to make its first flight with the 787 Dreamliner this year. When Boeing in June for the fifth time postponed the premiere flight of the new 787 Dreamliner plane, there was no new timetable. Now Boeing is planning to conduct the first flight before year’s end, Bloomberg writes. This means that new airplane is delayed by two and a half years compared to the original plans. The first aircraft to be under the new plan comes in the…read more
The Indian city of Mumbai is the cheapest city in the world to live in, while Oslo is the most expensive, according to Swiss Bank UBS. The Bank has examined the cost of living in cities around the world by putting together a basket of 122 goods and services. In Western Europe the basket cost an average of 2 670 U.S. dollars, equivalent to around 20 000 SEK. In Oslo, which ended up in the top, the basket cost $3340, while in Mumbai (Bombay), the world’s cheapest city in the…read more
Amazing shot of the Preikestolen Cliff west of Norway……