Executive Travel http://www.executivetravel.biz/ Thu, 06 Jan 2022 15:06:41 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8 https://www.executivetravel.biz/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/cropped-icon-32x32.png Executive Travel http://www.executivetravel.biz/ 32 32 Biden addresses nation a year after Jan 6 attack on Capitol – live updates https://www.executivetravel.biz/biden-addresses-nation-a-year-after-jan-6-attack-on-capitol-live-updates/ Thu, 06 Jan 2022 14:59:01 +0000 https://www.executivetravel.biz/biden-addresses-nation-a-year-after-jan-6-attack-on-capitol-live-updates/

President Joe Biden has marked a year since the January 6 assault on the United States Capitol with a fiery speech berating violence and former President Trump’s attempts to overthrow the 2020 election that made Mr. Biden president.

“We will make sure that the will of the people is heard,” Biden said. “May the battle win, not the violence. May the authority of this nation always be transferred peacefully. I believe that the power of the presidency is to unite this nation, to uplift us, not to tear us apart.”

Mr Biden warned that democracy is in danger, asking “Are we going to be a nation that lives in the light of truth but in the shadow of lies?”

Vice President Kamala Harris, speaking earlier, said the aggression reflected “the fragility of democracy.”

Several events will take place at the Capitol throughout the day to mark the January 6 anniversary, many of which will be broadcast live.

“These events are designed as a celebration of reflection, remembrance and re-engagement, in a spirit of unity, patriotism and prayer,” Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi said in a letter to fellow Democrats .

A pro forma House session will be held on the House floor at noon, with a prayer, a statement from the President and a minute of silence. At 1 p.m. ET, Librarian of Congress Dr. Carla Hayden will host a conversation between historians Doris Kearns Goodwin and Jon Meacham to establish and preserve the January 6 narrative.

At 2:30 p.m. ET, members of Congress will reflect on January 6, chaired by Rep. Jason Crow. A prayer vigil will be held at 5:30 p.m. ET.

Five people died from the violence of January 6, and the former President Trump was impeached accused of inciting violence (he was then acquitted by the Senate). the The House of Representatives has set up a select committee to investigate the origins of the attack.

In a letter to fellow Democrats this week, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer wrote that the Jan. 6 attendees were “fueled by a plot and the delusions of a vengeful former president” and “they sought to destroy our Republic “.

Schumer went on to say that Senate Democrats “will make it clear that what happened on January 6 and the unilateral partisan actions taken by Republican-led state legislatures across the country are directly related, and we can and must take decisive action to end this undemocratic situation. March. ” He called on the Senate to change its rules for debate and announced that the Senate would debate and vote before Martin Luther King Jr. Day on changing the rules if the GOP blocks voting rights legislation.

Minority Parliamentary Leader Kevin McCarthy wrote in a letter to fellow Republicans that “today’s actions were illegal and as bad as it gets.” But he continued that Democrats “are using it as a partisan political weapon to further divide our country.”

Paramount + is now showing “Indivisible – Healing Hate”, a gripping six-part documentary narrated by Mandy Patinkin that traces the origins of anti-government extremism and how it built on a murderous series of historical events over the decades to peak in the severe U.S. Capitol storm on January 6, 2021. Stream it now on Paramount +.

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President Joe Biden removes his face mask as he speaks from Statuary Hall at the United States Capitol to mark the first anniversary of the January 6 riot on Capitol Hill by supporters loyal to then-President Donald Trump, on Thursday, January 6, 2022, in Washington.

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WARM WINTER: Snowmaking technology saves winter tourism on North Carolina ski slopes https://www.executivetravel.biz/warm-winter-snowmaking-technology-saves-winter-tourism-on-north-carolina-ski-slopes/ Thu, 06 Jan 2022 05:47:53 +0000 https://www.executivetravel.biz/warm-winter-snowmaking-technology-saves-winter-tourism-on-north-carolina-ski-slopes/

(FOX 46 CHARLOTTE) – When the snow is finally back, we can’t help but dance! Passionate skiers have counted the days, patiently waiting since November to hit the slopes.

It’s the first layer of natural winter white… 8 inches of snow in Beech and Sugar Mountains fill the slopes with excitement, skiers rejoice: “It’s amazing! You can actually carve the mountain… You shredded yourself… And if you fall, it doesn’t hurt that much!

Welcome a few old-timers and teach the new ones: “It’s a wonderful time, you just have to understand what you’re doing!” And I think this might be our first cold weather vacation, we are typically tropical people. Everyone is waiting for the winter to cool down.

The calendar has been saying winter for a while now, but man, it doesn’t want to. Now that we finally have the right first cold weather for the season, snowmobiles are turning full time to Beech Mountain to spin the snow as temperatures stay cold and humidity stays low.

Michael Stanford is the Ski Patrol Director at Beech Mountain: “Our snowmaking team is on the job… They are able to go out and provide us with a good base depth that has supported us during the hot weather. “

December was the third hottest month on record in Charlotte. Nine daily records matched or broken and 11 more within earshot, meaning that about half of the month was held in record-breaking heat territory.

“It was a roller coaster,” Kimberley Jochl is the marketing manager at Sugar Mountain, “the constant 50 and 60 degree weather melted all the snow so we only closed for a day, luckily. Jochl calls it a miracle: “When the temperatures were between 30 and 30 seconds the humidity was extremely low, maybe 10%, so we were able to snow on those nights. ”

Ideally, ski resorts need temperatures in teens to pump out the white matter.

“It is clear that it gets warmer and warmer each winter” Alex Ettinger is the director of the ski and hiking school at Beech Mountain. He remembers the October snows, “last winter we had a significant amount of snow and it was cold but it’s more abnormal now and warming is more of a norm for us.”

Winter warms the fastest in North Carolina. At a similar altitude, Asheville is finding cold spells with below normal days decreasing by 6 days since 1970, 19 fewer nights falling below freezing.

Ettinger explains: “We have to have cold temperatures to produce snow, we mainly rely on our snow production here”, adaptation and mitigation, these ski resorts have to invest to become climate resilient.

Stanford adds, “We have increased the capacity of our pumps to have a pump from the tanks that hold our water that allows us to pump more gallons per minute up the hill, that gives us a greater capacity to do. the snow. “

And it’s not just the ski resorts, Stanford adds, “people rent houses, they go to restaurants, they go to the grocery store, they buy products from the different people who sell here in the mountains.” Winter brings an economic boom to all of western North Carolina.

“It’s fun… We’re here to provide fun for families,” explains Jochl.

“I’m so excited… that’s what we live for,” Ettinger says.

With more cold and more snow, we are crossing our fingers and skis for more powder on the slopes.

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After his son’s suicide and the January 6 attack, Rep Jamie Raskin isn’t giving up https://www.executivetravel.biz/after-his-sons-suicide-and-the-january-6-attack-rep-jamie-raskin-isnt-giving-up/ Tue, 04 Jan 2022 18:00:56 +0000 https://www.executivetravel.biz/after-his-sons-suicide-and-the-january-6-attack-rep-jamie-raskin-isnt-giving-up/

A year ago, Representative Jamie Raskin, D-Md., Suffered two unimaginable traumas in the span of a single week.

On New Years Eve 2020, her 25-year-old son Tommy committed suicide after succumbing to mental illness. Then, on January 6, 2021, just a day after Tommy’s funeral, Raskin was at work at the United States Capitol with his daughter and son-in-law when a violent mob stormed the building in an attempt to cancel the claims. presidential results. election.

In his new memories, Unthinkable, Raskin reflects on his continued efforts to understand these two traumatic events.

There was a time, he says, when “I wasn’t sure I would ever be able to do anything again.”

Next, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., Asked him to serve as senior official in President Donald Trump’s second impeachment trial. Looking back, Raskin sees Pelosi’s request as a lifeline.

“I was forced to galvanize all of my love for Tommy and my daughters, Hannah and Tabitha, and my wife, Sarah, and our family and our country, and go to court to argue that Donald Trump instigated this violent insurgency with the aim of overthrowing the 2020 presidential election, ”Raskin said.

Raskin knew that the conduct of the impeachment trial would likely result in death threats, but he continued.

“Personally, I didn’t feel any fear, because the worst thing that could have happened to me had already happened to me,” he says. “And so my feeling towards the people who want to tear down our democracy is that they’re not going to scare me into doing my job.”

Trump’s second impeachment trial ended in an acquittal in February 2021. Raskin now sits on the House select committee to investigate the January 6 insurgency, the events leading up to it, and the people behind it. ‘argued.

“I have never been part of such an effective and serious bipartite committee as [this] select committee, ”he said. “We don’t spend all of our time in partisan polemics and fights for food. … We’re going to come up with the answers and I’m going to report them this year to the American people, because the people deserve it. It is about the future of our country. ”


Interview highlights

About how the last year changed him

This has all been such an episode of cognitive dissonance for me, because people will tell you that before you lost Tommy, before January 6, I was the happiest, funniest congressman you could ever meet. I have a colleague, Abigail Spanberger from Virginia, who has been asked on C-SPAN before, “Who is the funniest member of Congress?” And it was my biggest achievement that she ever said, “Oh definitely: Jamie Raskin.” And that’s who I was. And suddenly I was plunged into a world of complete tragedy and pain, and [then] the insurgency of the insurgency and the attack on our system of government.

On the heightened sensitivity and empathy of her son Tommy

From an early age he was an extremely sensitive person. He felt the pain of others and animals in a way that I had certainly never seen before, and [which] people describe it as unique. He was reading an article in the newspaper about the civil war in Yemen and the hunger of the children there, or the displaced children in Iraq, and that would follow him all day and he would think about it, and then he would get in touch with the groups. who worked there. He felt these things as if these people were members of our family. So he was an amazing empath and had this overwhelming sense of responsibility to the world. And so these episodes of war and civil war and famine and hunger and violence, it really hit him. It was just in his nature. … [The pandemic] was intensely isolating and demoralizing for a lot of young people and for someone who already suffers from depression or some other type of mental or emotional illness, it can get unbearable, and it became unbearable in Tommy’s case.

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On why he and his wife keep Tommy’s suicide note for them to see every day

It’s definitely the first thing I look at every morning, and to me it’s like “how-to” instructions for how to live. [It reads:] “Take care of each other and the animals. Don’t forget the animals and the poor of the world.” … Tommy never stopped looking at this level of Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. He understood that there were people who couldn’t focus on anything other than where their next meal came from. Or how are they going to be safe from violence? Or how do they get out of a war zone? And so before we think about it, OK, how are we going to get people to travel to Mars and stuff like that? We have to think about the people who are just struggling to survive, even at a subsistence level.

On what he thinks of the events of January 6

The way I see what happened on January 6 is that there were three circles of activity. In a ring was a mass demonstration … a “savage” demonstration [called for] by Donald Trump which turned into a riot. And it was the outer ring that included tens of thousands of people. The middle ring was the ring of the insurgency itself, and it was the Proud Boys, Oath Keepers, Three Percenters, Aryan Nations, militia groups, QAnon networks, political extremist groups. organized activists who showed up, many having trained for weeks for this event. [These were] the first people to break our windows, attack our officers, injure people and help turn the demonstration into a riot.

But the very inner ring, the inner core of it, was the realm of the blow. And that’s a weird word to use in American political parlance, because we have no experience with coups and we believe coups are things undertaken against presidents, but it was a coup. state perpetrated by the President, against the Vice President and against Congress. And it was essentially an attempt to steal the results of the presidential election and hold on to power for another four years.

On the use of the term “coup”

It’s what political scientists call a “coup,” where you have an incumbent president or office holder who thwarts the electoral process and circumvents general constitutional rules in order to entrench himself in power. It would therefore have been a classic example of a self-coup by a president who fears being ousted in an election like Donald Trump was and then tries to galvanize the various levers of power to maintain himself. .

What documents show Trump is watching the insurgency happen and doing nothing

We have now had several reports of people begging Donald Trump to recall the dogs, but refusing to do so. And that is obviously positive proof of his incitement and of what his aim was to incite. But it also demonstrates its role in helping to spread violence. So this is a very serious matter. We are really talking about the most serious offense ever committed by a President of the United States against his own government and his own people.

On Trump’s guilt for the January 6 insurgency

Donald Trump was impeached by the House of Representatives for the serious crime and misdemeanor of inciting a violent insurgency against the union, and [the impeachment officers] has taken the position, which we continue to defend, that if it is not a serious crime and a misdemeanor against the government, then nothing is. If you can genuinely instigate a violent attack on your own government and it’s not attackable, then you fundamentally don’t believe in impeachment. You just canceled the whole process. And 57 out of 43 senators agreed that he had engaged in this conduct. So I think he was condemned by the court of public opinion, and I think he was condemned in the eyes of history and in the eyes of the world.

As for criminal actions, of course, it is not up to us, but there are a number of criminal offenses that could apply in a situation like this, including interference in a proceeding. federal, the conspiracy to do so, the seditious conspiracy. So, you know, there are probably a dozen different offenses. I mean the violent insurgency destroyed federal property, costing us millions and millions of dollars. Was there a plot to make this happen? Again, not all of these things are within the purview of the January 6 special committee, but it would be appropriate to be considered by the Department of Justice.

Sam Briger and Seth Kelley produced and edited this interview for broadcast. Bridget Bentz, Molly Seavy-Nesper, and Heidi Glenn adapted it for the web.

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Augusta’s tourism industry hopes to rebound in 2022 https://www.executivetravel.biz/augustas-tourism-industry-hopes-to-rebound-in-2022/ Tue, 04 Jan 2022 04:37:47 +0000 https://www.executivetravel.biz/augustas-tourism-industry-hopes-to-rebound-in-2022/

AUGUSTA, Georgia (WJBF) – After shutting down for several months due to the pandemic, Michael Weldon said business is picking up at Psychotronic Records.

Psychotronic Records is just a local business rebounding during the pandemic.

Tourism executives are hopeful that many more will follow along with new ventures.

“One of our priorities for 2022 is to try to attract new business here – new group business that brings new dollars to our community,” said Bennish Brown, President and CEO of Augusta Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Through the American Rescue Act, Georgia will receive $ 5.82 million to help boost the hospitality and tourism industry, which has been one of the hardest hit during the pandemic.

Tourism executives have said money is needed to help rebuild the workforce.

“When you think of accommodation, our hotels still don’t have the manpower they really need. Our restaurants are always trying to find the workers to complete the experience we know we need in our restaurants, ”said Brown.

Tourism executives also hope 2022 will bring more travel.

“A lot of people come here from out of town, whether it’s the east coast or the west coast, and say we can’t find records like this, we live,” Weldon said.

Weldon said more travel means more customers for downtown businesses like Psychotronic.

“Business out of town is very important and there is more business out of town than I expected when we moved here,” Weldon said.

Convention leaders also hope to host other large-scale events this year.

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Xiamen successfully won the Golden Rooster Awards and https://www.executivetravel.biz/xiamen-successfully-won-the-golden-rooster-awards-and/ Sun, 02 Jan 2022 16:49:04 +0000 https://www.executivetravel.biz/xiamen-successfully-won-the-golden-rooster-awards-and/

Xiamen, China, January 02, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – On December 30, the 34th GOLDEN ROOSTER AWARDS held an awards ceremony in Xiamen. Xiamen has entered the “Golden Rooster Time”, the city’s attention is focused on this event.

This year is the 40th anniversary of the Golden Rooster Awards and the 40th anniversary of the establishment of the Xiamen Special Economic Zone.

This year, the Golden Rooster and the Hundred Flowers Film Festival is co-sponsored by the Chinese Literary Arts Association, the China Film Association and the Xiamen Municipal People’s Government. During the three days of the film festival, the main activities include 30 articles divided into seven categories. Including an awards event, three major events, four outdoor film activities, two investment forum activities and a film industry learning symposium, artist sharing and performance groups.

The film festival organized for the first time the best selection in foreign language

This year’s Golden Rooster Awards entry film is a film that is being reviewed through the CHINA Film Administration review from July 1, 2020 to July 15, 2021.

Since the launch of the registration work on July 7, the organizing committee has received 185 registration films, including 50 story films, 69 low and medium-cost story films, 11 children’s films, 11 art films, 25 scientific and educational documentaries and films, 9 Dramatic films, 10 foreign language films.

In the end, 20 prizes including best feature film, best director, best actor and best actress will be selected.

Among them, this year’s Golden Rooster Awards ‘Best Foreign Language Film’ selection work was launched for the first time, aiming to explore and establish film rating standards in line with international standards and international standards. Chinese aesthetic.

Special topic “BRIC VScountry “at the International Film Festival

The film festival has launched a number of special events, including the Golden Rooster International Film Exhibition, Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan Film Exhibition, New Domestic Film Exhibition, Film Exhibition de Bamin and other film exhibition activities.

Among them, the China Golden Rooster & Hundred Flowers Film Festival will screen 38 films from 35 countries and regions 77 times, including 5 new films on the “BRICS theme” and 3 masterpieces “on the theme of classic restoration” . Among them, 9 films were premiered in Asia, 19 films made their debut in mainland China, 97% of films were awarded at major international film festivals around the world and 5 films were selected by the country to participate in the 94th Academy Awards.

In order to present the unique style of Xiamen as a “BRIC city”, the China Golden Rooster & Hundred Flowers Film Festival will set up a special “BRIC Countries” section to present new films from Brazil, Russia, India, from South Africa and other countries, opening a dialogue of light and shadow with Chinese films.

The price of the golden roosters landed in Xiamen, and the film and television industry developed vigorously

Since becoming the first fixed city to host the Golden Rooster Awards in 2019, Xiamen has witnessed one glorious moment in Chinese films one after another. Standing at the new starting point of the 40th anniversary of the construction of the Special Economic Zone, Xiamen, the bustling city of film and television, and the Golden Rooster Awards side by side, continue to write a new chapter of legend. As of the end of November this year, Xiamen had a total of 2,046 film and television companies, and 350 new film and television companies were added in 2021; the total registered capital of film and television companies was 9.16 billion yuan, and the newly added registered capital in 2021 was 2.61 billion yuan.

The “Made in Xiamen” word-of-mouth market has a double harvest

With the arrival of quality film companies and the presence of film and television crews, Xiamen has gradually become a fertile ground for film and television production and production. This year, 143 film scripts were recorded in Xiamen City, 102 top online movies and TV series were recorded, and 8 TV series were broadcast. The number of recorded, publicly shown and distributed film and television dramas ranks first in the province. The active environment of cinema and television also results in more high-quality works produced by “Xiamen”.

Special policies unleash the development dynamics of the film and television industry

This year, Xiamen formulated the “Fourteenth Five-Year Plan for the Development of Film Industry in Xiamen City” and issued special support policies for film and television such as “Provisions to further promote the development of the film and television industry in Xiamen City. . “Focused mainly on the culture of market players, screenplay creation, distribution of film and television works, film and television shooting, film and television activities and other important links in the industry chain film and television in Xiamen, 11 measures with high relevance, high gold content and strong operability have been taken. Support all districts to accelerate the implementation of fiscal policies. In 2021, the cash amount will be 110 million yuan, benefiting 193 companies.

On September 8 this year, during the 21st China International Investment and Trade Fair, the Golden Rooster Film Venture Capital Conference of the China Golden Rooster and Hundred Flowers Film Festival signed a cooperation agreement with the Xiamen City Talent “Double Hundred Plan”. Relevant outstanding talents can be selected as the main entrepreneurial talents in the “Double Cent Plan” of Xiamen City. Attracting and cultivating talent will inject new impetus into Xiamen’s promotion of high-quality development of the film and television industry. On the 100th anniversary of Xiamen University this year, the Xiamen University Film Academy, jointly established by the city and the school, was officially inaugurated. JiMei University, Xiamen University of Technology and other institutions are also launching film and television education. Vigorously cultivating and introducing talents into the film and television industry has provided continued intellectual support for the development of the film and television industry in Xiamen, and also sowed the seeds of more vigorous vitality for this fertile soil.

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Sindh suffers without a viable tourism policy https://www.executivetravel.biz/sindh-suffers-without-a-viable-tourism-policy/ Sun, 02 Jan 2022 07:01:38 +0000 https://www.executivetravel.biz/sindh-suffers-without-a-viable-tourism-policy/

KARACHI:

Despite being a relatively untapped sector and with great potential to help Sindh’s economy, tourism has long been unable to gain momentum in the Southeast Province.

Experts and stakeholders related to the scourge industry strongly believe that Sindh’s unique geography gives it great capacity for an exhaustive list of tourism options such as ecotourism, religious tourism, archaeological tours and the wildlife exploration. However, it is the lack of a viable tourism policy on the part of the Sindh government that has hindered the industry from contributing to the growth of gross domestic product or facilitating the employment sector, as often envisioned.

“Many countries around the world that only practice artificial tourism contribute up to 60% to their economy. It is very unfortunate that we have natural tourism potential, but the provincial government has not finalized its policy and has prevented the province from targeting its full tourism potential, ”said Dr Ghulam Murtaza Lahbar, PhD in tourism.

Citing the example of Malaysia, Thailand, Dubai, Egypt, Turkey, Maldives and Singapore, he said that these countries have succeeded in creating a safe environment for their visitors and offering them a variety of entertainment options in each city. “We don’t have nightlife in our cities. How safe can foreign tourists feel when they see armed guards roaming left, right and center. So, obviously, we are currently at zero in terms of tourism, which is why the federal government must stick to promoting the northern regions year after year, which is not enough, ”he said. added.

Elaborating on the absence policy, Dr Lahbar said when drafted it will need to be holistic in its approach and focus on more public-private partnerships, easy visas for foreigners, better transport options. , accessible housing, local security and the development of infrastructure, which, according to him, is only possible with greater coordination between the departments concerned. “Without politics there is no statute for tourism and the government seems to be without a vision,” he said.

Speaking in a similar vein, Mujahid Shah, who recently launched the Indus Tourism Club with the aim of promoting local tourism, shared that Gorakh Hill, a hill station located at an elevation of about 6,000 feet in the Kirthar Ranges of Dadu District, has the potential to be a popular tourist destination. “But the road infrastructure leading to the site is in dire straits and getting around is risky business. Other than that, there is no access to clean water, adequate accommodation or even toilets at many of our tourist sites, including this one. If the government plans to work on these fundamental issues, Gorakh has everything it takes to be the Murree of Sindh, ”Shah said.

Speaking to the few rest houses built by the provincial government in some of the tourist hot spots, the owner of the Indus Tourism Club said that barely a single tourist entrance is reported here in Kai, Sehwan, Manchar or on the historic sites of Bhambore. He went on to claim that the only visitors to these guesthouses are the friends and family of influential politicians, who tend to use these places as their own. “The Sindh Culture Department has built a state-of-the-art Rooplo Kolhi complex in Nangarhar, Tharparkar district, which is too expensive for locals to live there. Apart from that, the facilities at Keenjhar resort in Thatta district are also so expensive that people with their families cannot afford it, ”Shah lamented, adding that there was no initiative. appropriate from government for tourism promotion and monitoring of existing sites.

When the Express Tribune reached out to Sindh Tourism Development Corporation (STDC) officials for their comments on the matter, most seemed unaware of any tourism policy plans and rather unwilling to talk about it.

For example, Adil Ahmed, deputy director of STDC, as a senior manager of the department, had no idea of ​​the importance of a tourism policy. “Why is politics necessary if we win more than the exception. Do you have a policy for running a newspaper? When asked if there was any work being done on a potential policy, he said, “We made around 25 million rupees from tourism last year. If we can earn such a huge amount during the pandemic, then why are policies mandatory? The director replied, while speaking to The Express Tribune.

Posted in The Express Tribune, January 2sd, 2022.

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New Year brings more canceled flights for air travelers | Economic news https://www.executivetravel.biz/new-year-brings-more-canceled-flights-for-air-travelers-economic-news/ Sat, 01 Jan 2022 23:18:00 +0000 https://www.executivetravel.biz/new-year-brings-more-canceled-flights-for-air-travelers-economic-news/

By DAVID KOENIG, Editor of AP Airlines

For air travelers, the New Year picked up where the old left off – with great frustration.

As of late Saturday afternoon on the east coast, more than 2,600 US flights and nearly 4,600 worldwide had been canceled, according to the FlightAware tracking service.

This is the highest U.S. death toll to date since just before Christmas, when airlines began blaming staff shortages on rising COVID-19 infections among crews. More than 12,000 US flights have been canceled since December 24.

However, Saturday’s disruptions weren’t just due to the virus. Winter weather has made Chicago – where the forecast was for 9 inches (23 centimeters) of snow – the worst place in the country for travelers. Over 800 flights were cleaned at O’Hare Airport and over 250 at Midway Airport.

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Southwest Airlines has suspended operations at both Chicago airports due to the forecast, according to a spokesperson for the airline. She said Southwest has known from years of operating at Midway that high winds and blowing snow make it difficult for planes to return to flight quickly.

Southwest has canceled more than 450 flights nationwide, or 13% of its program. American Airlines and Delta Air Lines have canceled more than 200 flights each, and United Airlines has canceled more than 150.

SkyWest, a regional carrier that operates flights under the names American Eagle, Delta Connection and United Express, has grounded 480 flights, a quarter of its schedule. A spokesperson blamed the weather in Chicago, Denver and Detroit and the COVID-19 illnesses.

Among international carriers, China Eastern has canceled more than 500 flights, or about a quarter of its total, and Air China has canceled more than 200 flights, a fifth of its schedule, according to FlightAware.

Sunday, when many travelers plan to return home from vacation, is also shaping up to be difficult. More than 1,900 flights, including more than 1,000 in the United States, had been canceled by Saturday evening. A winter storm with heavy snowfall is expected to head northeast as a new storm hits the Pacific Northwest, according to the National Weather Service.

Airlines say they are taking action to reduce cancellations. United are offering to pay pilots triple or more of their regular wages to take open flights for most of January. Spirit Airlines has reached a deal with the Association of Flight Attendants for double pay for cabin crew until Tuesday, a union spokeswoman said.

When winter weather hit the Pacific Northwest earlier this week, Alaska Airlines urged customers to delay all “non-essential” trips scheduled this weekend. With full flights over the New Years holiday, the airline said it was not sure it could book passengers stranded for at least three days.

Airlines are hoping that extra pay and reduced hours will get them through the holiday season and into the heart of January, when travel demand typically declines. The seasonal decline could be sharper than normal this year as most business travelers are still grounded.

Travelers who stuck to the roads rather than the heavens also faced challenges. Midwestern transportation officials have warned motorists that a mixture of rain and snow could make roads slippery and reduce visibility, resulting in dangerous driving conditions.

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New Years Eve events continue in Regina, Saskatoon despite rising COVID-19 numbers https://www.executivetravel.biz/new-years-eve-events-continue-in-regina-saskatoon-despite-rising-covid-19-numbers/ Fri, 31 Dec 2021 23:06:19 +0000 https://www.executivetravel.biz/new-years-eve-events-continue-in-regina-saskatoon-despite-rising-covid-19-numbers/

Saskatchewan enters New Years celebrations with 735 new confirmed cases of COVID-19, the highest number recorded since the start of the pandemic. Some companies have canceled events as the end of the year approaches, while others have reduced capacity and many are continuing as planned.

Bushwakker Brewing Company in Regina is hosting a non-New Years event for its 16th year. It’s often a busier crowd than normal, according to bar and brewery marketing manager Grant Frew, but he doesn’t expect much of a mix.

Unlike other bars and nightclubs, it heralds the New Year with an intentional lack of celebration. Frew says their customers prefer the lack of fanfare on New Years Eve.

Despite some cancellations from larger groups, Frew says, it continues as planned with smaller groups filling up. He was unsure whether the cancellations were due to the increased number of COVID-19 cases or other factors, such as “minus 51 with the cold wind,” he said of the weather. .

“Looking at the number of reservations it’s a good number but I wouldn’t say we’re going to have people lined up at the gate,” Frew said.

He was surprised that the provincial government did not announce new public health measures at its press conference on Thursday afternoon, but it was also a relief as a manager of the hospitality industry.

“It’s really difficult with this variation… there’s so much information, I think that’s why we don’t try to think about it too much,” said Frew.

“We are following the rules set by the provincial government to the best of our ability, if not exceeding them. “

Amigos Cantina of Saskatoon has chosen to cancel their two events leading up to the new year.

In a Twitter post, Amigos announced that he was canceling his karaoke night on December 30 and Hootenanny’s New Years Eve “due to the increase in COVID-19 cases.”

The cantina is expected to remain open for on-site or take-out meals and tickets for Friday’s event will be refunded, he said.

A spokesperson for the cantina could not be reached for comment until the time of publication.

New Year’s events continue

Some restaurants and many nightclubs in Saskatchewan’s two cities are not stopping COVID-19 events.

Vodka and Ale House in Birmingham, east Regina, is on common ground in reducing the number of tickets sold for its New Years Eve event.

Participants buy counterfeit money to play and bid on prizes throughout the night. The restaurant had considered canceling the event, but instead reduced capacity.

He had initially prepared 200 tickets for sale, but reduced it to 100 a few weeks before the event, according to general manager Levi Warren.

“[COVID-19] is always behind the back of our minds, right? It’s been like that lately… we always want to make sure that everyone is wearing their mask when they are not seated or when they are [not] eat or drink, ”Warren said.

Current public health orders require people to remain masked indoors, unless they are seated, and to provide proof of full vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test.


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After years – if not decades – of waiting, 2021 was finally the year for the launch of space tourism. In the span of 10 short days in July, the commercial spaceflight industry took two giant strides as Virgin Galactic and Blue Origin achieved their first flights with paid customers on board.

While we still don’t have any commercial space stations and prices are extremely inaccessible to everyone except the 1% of the 1%, space tourism is officially here – and here to stay.

Here are some of the highlights of the successful launches and missions of the year, and of the people who have joined the ranks of “commercial astronauts” as a result of their flights.

July 11 – Virgin Galactic’s first flight

Always the type to do the show, Sir Richard Branson was the first commercial client to fly into space with his company, Virgin Galactic, in early July. The announcement came quickly, as Branson wanted to reach the edge of space before his competitor, Blue Origin – which he did just 9 days earlier. Branson was joined on board by three VG employees: Chief Astronaut Instructor Beth Moses, Vice President of Government Affairs and Researcher Sirisha Bandla (who conducted in-flight experiments) and Chief Operations Engineer of VG Colin Bennett.

On the ground before, during and after Spaceport America’s flight to New Mexico, non-flying guests were treated to a variety of entertainment, including a performance by Khalid.

July 20 – Blue Origin’s first flight

On July 20, 52 years after the first moon landing, Blue Origin made its first successful consumer flight with founder Jeff Bezos on board. The company took off from its West Texas facility with four passengers on board: Bezos, his brother, aerospace legend Wally Funk, and 18-year-old Oliver Daemen, whose father was one of the bidders of the Blue Origin auction for the final seat.

(The anonymous auction winner pulled out days before the launch, we later learned that it was tech / crypto founder Justin Sun, who is now considering buying back an entire Blue Origin flight in the future.)

September 15 – Inspiration4 Mission

One of the top space tourism stories of the year and the most enjoyable of the year focused on the Inspiration4 mission, curated and led by American billionaire Jared Isaacman. Isaacman purchased a flight for four on one of SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsules and organized his crew which included medical assistant Hayley Arceneaux, geoscientist and science communications specialist Sian Proctor, and data engineer Chris Sembroski, whose last two won their places thanks to a fundraiser. campaign for St. Jude Children’s Hospital, where Arceneaux works.

The Inspiration4 crew was launched from Launch Complex 39A at Kennedy Space Center in Florida and spent three days in orbit before landing off the coast of Florida.

October 13 – Beam Me Up, Scotty

For its second mainstream flight, Blue Origin grabbed the headlines by inviting none other than Captain Kirk himself to join the flight as a guest. The inimitable William Shatner became the oldest person to visit space at age 90, and said it was one of the highlights of his life: “I was so fascinated by what was happening. passed on this flight. It moved me to tears, so much so that… I couldn’t control my emotions for 15 to 20 minutes, ”Shatner told TIME. in an interview after his flight.

December 8 – First ISS tourist (in a while)

For more than a decade, the only visitors to the International Space Station have been astronauts focused on research and other science projects – and a Russian actress / director who traveled earlier in 2021 to film scenes from ‘an upcoming movie. In some ways, it seemed like the days of welcoming tourists to the ISS were over; Canadian businessman Guy Laliberté was the last to visit in 2009.

That changed in December, when Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa arrived with a videographer to spend 12 days aboard the station. There, he answered common questions about life in microgravity (including classic toilet problems) and also did some fun experiments to encourage interest in space.

Maezawa is expected to fly around the moon with SpaceX at some point in the future; the trip was proposed for 2023 but not confirmed.

December 11 – Hello Earth

To close the year, Blue Origin made a third successful flight in early December. In addition to several paying customers, passengers included Hello america host Michael Strahan and Laura Shepard Churchley, daughter of astronaut Alan Shepard, the first American to reach space and who Blue Origin’s New Shepherd the rocket bears the name.

Besides being a TV host, Strahan has a background in professional football and tweeted “TOUCHDOWN has a new meaning now !!!” after his successful return to earth.

Here are more successful flights in 2022, long-standing bookings filled for patient Virgin Galactic customers, and falling prices.

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How air travel has changed in 2021 https://www.executivetravel.biz/how-air-travel-has-changed-in-2021/ Fri, 31 Dec 2021 09:19:26 +0000 https://www.executivetravel.biz/how-air-travel-has-changed-in-2021/
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(CNN) – It has been another eventful year for aviation.

As we wind down 2021, the thousands of holiday flights canceled due to the Unleashed Variation of Omicron is another blow to an industry that is grappling with lost revenue, disruptive passengers, and being at the forefront of both interpreting and enforcing government Covid regulations.

Here we take a look back at how CNN has covered the biggest developments in aviation over the past 12 months.

Passports and vaccine warrants

It’s hard to believe, but it’s been barely a year since the UK Marguerite Keenan became in December 2020 the first person in the world to receive a vaccine against Covid-19. Today, more than eight billion were administered.
The airline industry has had to adapt quickly. While now we get used to all the digital documentation we need to fly, it wasn’t until January that the United States introduction of Covid tests and CNN was speculating on the ethics and practicality of the introduction “Passports for vaccines”.
Attitudes towards vaccination mandates for airline personnel varied across the world, proving particularly controversial in the United States, where Delta Air Lines and Southwest insisted on making them compulsory for their workers.
Dr Anthony Fauci, the White House’s senior medical adviser, said in September he supported a mandate for passengers too, but the travel industry was not on board and this remains a relatively rare measure in the world. In October, Air New Zealand has become one of the most prominent airlines announce a passenger mandate, which it will implement in February 2022.

The first line of execution

Industry net losses for 2021 are expected to be close to $ 52 billion, but in addition to these financial problems, the work was becoming more and more difficult for the employees of the airlines responsible for taking us in the air.

Flight attendants are receiving self-defense training as the number of unruly passengers increases. CNN’s Pete Muntean reports.

In addition to grappling with passengers who do not want to wear masks or who try to drink their own alcohol in flight, airlines have had to keep up with the rapidly evolving and often confusing Covid legislation introduced by governments.

In April, a domestic Australian flight was delayed for so long quarantine rules have changed while passengers were in flight, while in December Ghana International Airport introduced some of Africa’s toughest regulations, $ 3,500 fine to airlines for every unvaccinated passenger they have flown in the country.

Busy planes and rising prices

Cancellations, crowded planes and ever higher fares have become the “new normal” for air travel in the United States, CNN wrote in November. The operational collapses of Southwest and American Airlines led to the recent cancellations of thousands of flights, but staff shortages also resulted in overwork for flight crews, while fewer flight choices resulted in more expensive tickets.

A small advantage for consumers in the age of Covid is that many airlines around the world have introduced and retained much greater flexibility when it comes to changing flights at short notice. However, flying is now often a stressful and costly experience overall – not helped by ‘fit-to-fly’ Covid testing still being a Wild West of private companies offering extremely varied levels of service and value for money.

Hello, goodbye and see you later

CNN’s Richard Quest boards JetBlue Airlines’ first transatlantic flight and discusses the travel challenges JetBlue CEO Robin Hayes faced ahead of the launch of the New York-London route.

In February, Bombardier announced it was ceasing production of the iconic Learjet airplane, the small private jet that for decades was synonymous with high-end business travel.
In contrast to the size scale, the last Airbus A380 – the world’s largest passenger airline – was delivered to its customer airline Emirates in December.
The A380s and dozens of other planes continued to be stockpiled by airlines due to lack of pandemic demand, although many reappeared as travel increased during the summer season. In the Californian desert, there was even a problem with the parked A380s. attract rattlesnakes.
And in China, the eagerly awaited Chengdu Tianfu International Airport opened in China. Built at a cost of around $ 10.8 billion, the first phase of the mega-hub has the capacity to handle up to 60 million passengers per year.

The “hijacking” of Belarus

Willie Walsh, chief executive of the International Air Transport Association (IATA), told CNN’s Becky Anderson that the hijacked Ryanair flight was an “extremely dangerous action.”

In May, Ryanair flight FR4978 from Athens to Vilnius was forcibly diverted to Minsk, escorted by Belarusian fighter jets, in order for Belarusian authorities to arrest opposition activist Roman Protasevich and his Russian companion Sofia Sapega.

Three days after the incident, European airlines were formally barred from flying over Belarusian airspace, de facto redraw the aerial map of Europe.

The carbon issue

At its annual meeting in October, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) approved a resolution in favor of net zero carbon emissions by 2050.

With a focus on climate change at the COP26 summit in Scotland in November, CNN produced this lengthy read on how we’re about to become a reality of guilt-free theft.
We have also kept abreast of the latest developments in low carbon alternative air travel, such as helium airships for intercity journeys.
However, gas-guzzling leisure travel was by no means the order of the day in 2021. “Flights to nowhere” – round-trip sightseeing tours – were all the rage, especially in Asia-Pacific. A Travel to Qantas to see the super moon and the complete lunar eclipse 40,000 feet over Australia ran out in May in 2.5 minutes.

The supersonic dream hit the turbulence

The long-held dream of a Concorde successor faded a bit when Aerion, one of the main players in the race to build a supersonic airliner, collapsed in May after running out of cash. It had only been a few months since he had announced big plans for a sophisticated new world headquarters to produce his family of planes.
Meanwhile, Colorado-based Boom Supersonic is pursuing plans to take off the 1: 3 scale prototype airplane from its Overture jet. Ambitions remain high: CEO Blake Scholl told CNN in May that the company’s goal was to “Fly anywhere in the world in four hours for $ 100.”
Atlanta-based Hermeus is working on an even faster solution hypersonic passenger jet – that means speeds of Mach 5, or five times the speed of sound. That would get a plane from New York to London in just 90 minutes, making Concorde’s three hours slow.

Evolution of the cabin

By 2022 and beyond, first class is disappearing from many airlines, with business class options becoming more luxurious.

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