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Uber Enhances Safety Features for Passengers

Uber Enhances Safety Features for Passengers

Uber announced several new safety-related features for its passengers including the ability to call for help, share trip details, and ensure that drivers don’t have a criminal record.
“We’re committed to helping keep you safe when you ride with Uber,” the company said in a letter to customers.
The ride-hailing service has added a new feature, the ability to call 911 from within the app using a new safety center icon in …

Hamburg First City in Germany to Ban Older Diesels

Hamburg First City in Germany to Ban Older Diesels

Hamburg became the first city in Germany to ban older diesel-powered vehicles when it prohibited them last Thursday from using two of the city’s major thoroughfares.
The move follows a February ruling by the Bundesverwaltungsgericht, or Federal Administrative Court, to limit vehicle emissions in Stuttgart. The ruling set a precedent for all German cities.
Until recently, German officials have been somewhat reluctant to place constraints on diesels, given that both the diesel …

Hyatt Plans Major Redesign of Hyatt Place Hotels

Hyatt Plans Major Redesign of Hyatt Place Hotels

Hyatt announced what it termed major changes to its Hyatt Place brand of hotels.
The changes cover multiple areas from guestroom design to dining to the lobby.
Guestrooms will be redesigned with furniture intended to keep guests “organized and productive” and will include three zones, one to sleep, one to work, and one to relax.  The rooms will feature premium mattresses, blackout shades, and warm-colored lighting.
The bathrooms will feature more counter space, …

Turkey Bans Uber

Turkey Bans Uber

The Turkish government banned ride-hailing service Uber, after the country’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, said that “the Uber controversy is over.”
“We have a taxi system,” Erdoğan said at a meeting of the Turkish Association of Private Buses, adding that he would not allow Uber to destroy the business of Turkish taxi drivers.
Turkey is not the first country to ban Uber. The service has been banned in Bulgaria, Denmark, and …

Oneworld Alliance Introduces New Tier, Oneworld Connect, Adds Fiji Airways

Oneworld Alliance Introduces New Tier, Oneworld Connect, Adds Fiji Airways

Oneworld announced a new membership tier for airlines, oneworld connect, and named Fiji Airways its first oneworld connect member.
While not a full membership, oneworld connect will offer travelers a variety of benefits and allow those airlines with full membership to offer complementary services.
“Oneworld connect enables us to bring together more airlines to complement the alliance’s global leaders, so customers can earn rewards and feel recognised while travelling even further,” said …

New Grand Hyatt Hotel and Residences Opens in Abu Dhabi

New Grand Hyatt Hotel and Residences Opens in Abu Dhabi

Hyatt announced the opening of the Grand Hyatt Abu Dhabi Hotel and Residences Emirates Pearl in the United Arab Emirates. The property is the first of the brand’s hotels to open in the country’s capital city, and the second in the country.
The hotel offers 332 guestrooms, as well as 36 suites and 60 one- and two-bedroom residences, ranging in size from 968 to 1,500 square feet (89 to 139 square …

Virgin Atlantic to Expand Presence in Manchester

Virgin Atlantic to Expand Presence in Manchester

Virgin Atlantic announced it will launch new routes and increase flights to various U. S. destinations from Manchester next spring.
The carrier will begin new service to Los Angeles next May 22, which it will operate three times a week. Also on May 22, the airline plans to increase its service to Boston to three flights a week.
The airline will also increase flights to Las Vegas from Manchester, doubling from twice …