Lobby Bar – April 12: Nursery Rhymes, Mischievous Holidays, and ‘I’ll Take Falling Bridges for $500, Alex!’

by Anna Breuer

Lobby Bar: An Irreverent Summary of Frequent Business Traveler News and Views
Brexit as costume. Two days before the United Kingdom was scheduled to crash out of the European Union without a deal, the two parties came together and decided to stop the clock and schedule a party for Halloween.   Those coming as Brexiteers will undoubtedly tell others they must go, head towards the door, but actually never leave as the sign …

Review and Test Drive: 2019 Lincoln Nautilus Black Label Edition

by Jonathan Spira

The latest Lincoln to shed its MK moniker is the MKX, which henceforth is to be referred to as the Lincoln Nautilus.
Although technically a mid-life refresh of the second generation MKX, the Nautilus has a completely new look, having adopted the design language of the new Continental and Navigator, including the elegant rectangular grille with a large Lincoln star emblem.
It’s important to note that the former MKX, despite the not-so-glamorous …

Hotel Review: Millennium Hilton New York Downtown

by Jonathan Spira

The Millennium Hilton New York Downtown is one of the taller hotels in New York City and, perhaps appropriately enough, is located adjacent to One World Trade Center, the tallest building in the United States and in the Western Hemisphere.
When planning the hotel in the early 1990s, developer and New York Post owner Peter Kalikow chose to spell the hotel’s name with one “n” to make the name more distinctive, …

Review and Test Drive: 2019 Lexus NX 300h

by Jonathan Spira

Lexus named its then entry-level crossover the NX explaining that “NX” stands for “nimble crossover,” and it’s clear that the Department of Naming at Lexus knew what it was talking about.
The NX is slotted below the RX, RX, GX, and LX, although the new UX has taken over the entry-level spot.  As with the UX and RX, a hybrid version is available and a striking Blue Mortex Metallic NX 300h …

Tower Bridge in London, a Triumph of Victorian Engineering, Turns 125

by Anna Breuer

Tower Bridge, which crosses the Thames close to the Tower of London, is celebrating its 125th anniversary this year. In addition to being a beloved icon of the city, it is one of the most recognizable structures in the world.
It was opened by the Prince of Wales, who was also the future King Edward VII, and his wife, the Princess of Wales.
Built between 1886 and 1894, the bridge was designed …

30 Airlines That No Longer Exist from Pan Am and TWA to Wow Air and Hooters

by Jonathan Spira

In the past year or so, several airlines have gone out of business although none of them was a major player on the world’s airline stage. Wow Air, which ceased operations two weeks ago, and Primera, which shut down last October, had offered fares reminiscent of what People Express offered in the 1980s, namely $99 fares to Europe. Clearly that wasn’t and isn’t a sustainable business model.
But those carriers were …

Study: Business Travelers Happier and More Effective When Companies Remove Restrictive Travel Policies

by Paul Riegler

HELL, Norway, April 1 — On the opening day of its annual meeting, the American Service Society of Corporate Ambulatory Managers, or ASSCAM, announced findings of a research report that underscored similar research from three years earlier, namely that corporate morale improves greatly when employees are allowed to make their own travel decisions unhindered by corporate policy.
The group returned to Hell, a village in the Lånke area of the municipality …