Where Sustainable Travel Is Headed in 2017

Posted: January 18th, 2017

Sustainable tourism — bringing global awareness to travel and putting it into action — is a top priority for the United Nations this year. The organization has designated 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development.

There were nearly 1.2 billion international travelers in 2015, up from 674 million in 2000, according to the United Nations. The latest figure represents nearly one out of seven people in the world and is expected to grow to 1.8 billion people by 2030.

This rapid increase of tourists is exactly why sustainable tourism needs attention now, said Taleb Rifai, the secretary general of the World Tourism Organization, the United Nations agency overseeing the initiative. “The impact of tourism on the world can be negative or positive, and our goal is to see to it that the travel industry is a force for good,” he said.

According to the U.N.W.T.O., sustainable tourism has three guiding principles for hotels, tour operators, airlines and cruises (as well as destinations and tourists): environmentally friendly practices like minimizing the use of plastic; protecting natural and cultural heritage (think rain forests and historic sites); and supporting local communities by employing local staff, buying local products and engaging in charity work.

Granted, these aren’t novel ideas, but they are ever-evolving. Here is a snapshot of where sustainable travel stands today and what’s in store for it in the coming year.

Travel experts say that sustainable travel is still a niche movement. “Some travel companies try to be sustainable, while others ignore the idea, and from the traveler side, demand and awareness is soft,” said Randy Durband, the chief executive of the Global Sustainable Tourism Council, a nonprofit accreditation group for sustainable travel based in Washington.

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Can your next flight help save the Earth?

Posted: January 18th, 2017

If minimizing your environmental impact is on the agenda for 2017, several West Coast airports are eager to help you get started.

Your cost? A minimum of $2. And there’s no need to feel guilty about getting on a plane.

Austin Bergstrom International is the latest airport to join to the Good Traveler program, which encourages air travelers to purchase carbon offsets proportionate to the greenhouse gas produced by their flight and then choose which pro-environment project their funds support.

Through the program, $2 buys carbon offsets for 1,000 miles of flying and a handy distance calculator helps air travelers figure out how many offsets are needed to match the environmental impact of each flight.

Once offsets are purchased, a traveler can choose to have their funds go to reducing emissions from deforestation in the Congo and Zambia or towards projects in the United States that support a wind farm, a forestry project and Colorado Delta restoration efforts.

Austin Bergstrom International joins Seattle-Tacoma International and San Diego International Airport — the program creator — in drawing attention to the program by posting an icon on the front page of the airport website.

SAN airport first introduced the Good Traveler program in September 2015 and, according to the airport, the project has already offset about 11.5 million air miles.

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Computer outage disrupts customs at US airports

Posted: January 18th, 2017

(CNN) – A computer outage at US airports Monday evening left thousands of inbound international travelers stuck behind customs screening stations for hours on one of the busiest travel days of the year.

The US Customs and Border Protection processing systems were back online at all airports later in the night, spokesman Daniel Hetlage said — but not before creating long lines of disgruntled holiday travelers.

The outage lasted from about 5 to 9 p.m. ET, Hetlage said. Airport officials and travelers across the country reported delays ranging from 30 minutes to two hours.

CBP officers processed international travelers through “alternative procedures” while the agency scrambled to get systems back online.

“During the technology disruption, CBP had access to national security-related databases and all travelers were screened according to security standards,” Hetlage said. “At this time, there is no indication the service disruption was malicious in nature.”

The outage affected passengers on more than 30 flights into Miami International Airport beginning at 6 p.m., spokeswoman Suzy Trutie said. Even after service resumed, the airport said it would take extra time for CBP officers to process.

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Singapore flight diverted to Vietnam due to burning smell incident

Posted: January 18th, 2017

A faulty fan in the Tigerair plane’s ventilation system is believed to be the cause.

A flight of Singapore-based carrier Tigerair from Taiwan to Singapore has been diverted to Ho Chi Minh City after a faulty ventilation fan reportedly caused burning smell in the cabin.

Flight TR2993, with 163 passengers on board, took off from Taipei at 1:55 p.m. on Friday and was scheduled to land in Singapore at 6:55 p.m., The Straits Times reported on Saturday.
The plane, however, had to land in Tan Son Nhat International Airport at 4.48 p.m. No injuries were reported.

Tigerair, officially known as Tiger Airways, said in a statement on Saturday that the diversion was “due to a burning smell in the cabin which was traced to a faulty fan in the aircraft’s ventilation system after checks,” according to the report. It has already been serviced and is being brought back to Singapore.

A replacement flight will carry the passengers to Singapore on Saturday afternoon.

Passenger Chua Heng Tiong, 54, told The Straits Times he was quite scared as the plane shook a lot at one point.

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Aero Contractors resumes flight operations today

Posted: January 4th, 2017

Aero Contractors resumes flight operations today after four months of self-imposed suspension, embarked upon as a strategic business realignment to reposition the airline and return it to the part of profitability.

The resumption had been delayed due to labour issues with workers of the airline who wereretrenched.

Confirming the resumption of flight operations yesterday, the Chief Executive Officer, Aero Contractors, Capt. Fola Akinkuotu said; “We are delighted to inform our esteemed customers that our schedule operation is back.

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UPDATED: More ights cancelled due to typhoon ‘Nina’

Posted: January 4th, 2017

Major airlines announced the cancellation of more domesc and internaonal ights on Monday due to bad weather caused by typhoon “Nina” (internaonal name: Nock-Ten).

The Manila Internaonal Airport Authority (Miaa) advised passengers to constantly check with their airline companies and travel agents the status of their flights at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport. Miaa earlier said it would close the Naia runway to flight operations once Nina’s windspeed reached 50 knots.

In an advisory, Philippine Airlines (PAL) said it would implement schedule changes on the followingcancelled flights…

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Flying Internationally? No More Free Lunch

Posted: January 4th, 2017

Budget airlines start charging for meals and drinks on long-haul flights. Traditional carriers may not be far behind

Budget airlines are threatening yet another vestige of glamour aboard trans-Atlantic flights: the free glass of wine.

Amid decades of cost-cutting by the world’s major carriers, the hot meals and alcoholic beverages billed as complementary on most international flights have managed to survive. Of course, the food and drink hasn’t really been free. The cost of cabin service is baked into ticket prices.

But a group of upstart long-haul budget carriers are doing away with that tradition to lower their fares and attract budget travelers.

Legacy carriers also are starting to rethink what has long been viewed as an inalienable right of the internationaltraveler.

ASA, which earlier this month said it would add two more U.S. destinations to its roster of supercheap flights from Europe, charges $31.50 for two hot meals, including a beer or glass of wine, during its seven-hour London-to-New York flight. The meal has to be ordered online, in advance, just like an extra baggage allowance.

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2 Libyans charged in Malta with hijacking a flight

Posted: January 4th, 2017

VALLETTA, Malta (AP) — Two Libyan men have been arraigned in a Maltese court on charges of hijacking a domestic Libyan flight to the Mediterranean island of Malta.

Defendants Moussa Saha and Ahmed Ali each entered pleas of innocent and wore bulletproof vests in their appearance Sunday. They face up to life in prison.

The hours-long hijacking standoff Friday at Valletta airport ended peacefully after negotiations. Thoseon board the hijacked Afriqiyah Airways plane returned to Libya on a different plane Saturday.

Other charges include possession of imitation weapons, using violence against a person on a flight, holding people against their will, making threats of violence and attempting to cause financial or economic instability to a government.

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Snowstorm forces hundreds of flight cancellations at Denver Airport

Posted: December 23rd, 2016

DENVER — Officials with Denver International Airport reported hundreds of flight cancellations and delays Saturday, which impacted many travelers’ holiday plans.

The airlines reported about 400 flight cancellations for today, that’s about 26 percent of the daily schedule. Winter weather on the East Coast also caused delays for some flights Saturday.

The airport reported nine inches of snow accumulation by 1 p.m. Saturday, an additional 5 inches from what was initially expected.

The cancellations caused some confusion and frustration at some individual airlines as people waited inside the crowded airport.

Despite the heavy snow, the airport’s snow removal teams worked to keep the runways and associated airfield surfaces clear for the airlines to use.

The airlines, which manage their own deicing operations via contractors, were in full deicing mode Saturday so passengers should expect to spend a little extra time on the aircraft prior to departure due to deicing.

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In Winter, Hotel Bargains in Northern Climes

Posted: December 23rd, 2016

With the snowbird migration underway, warm-weather deals can be hard to find. But winter is a good time to seek a bargain in cities, especially cities where the cold weather may be bleak. But what’s a little rain to a museum-goer?

Stay in New York during the period of Jan. 6 to 15 to participate in the deals offered by Hotel Week NYC. Over a dozen hotels, many of which regularly charge at least $500 a night, will offer rooms for $100 or $200 a night. They include the Archer Hotel New York in the garment district ($200), the Cosmopolitan Hotel-TriBeCa ($100), the Hotel Gansevoort in the meatpacking district ($200) and the Econo Lodge Times Square ($100). Most require a booking code found at the Hotel Week NYC website.

In Canada, Montreal will mark its 375th birthday in 2017. To celebrate, a number of hotels are offering Sweet Deals accommodation packages from Jan. 1 to April 30 with 50 percent off room rates the second night. The collection of hotels represents a range of prices, from budget to luxury, and includes Hotel Le Saint-Sulpice next to the Notre-Dame Basilica, from $139 for the first night; and the Hotel Le Crystal downtown with an indoor pool, from $122. Travelers booking these deals will also receive a discount booklet with coupons for activities and attractions valued up to $290. Between Jan. 12 and Feb. 4, Igloofest will take place, including an igloo village and a snowsuit contest.

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