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Kempinski to Reflag Berchtesgaden Resort

Kempinski to Reflag Berchtesgaden Resort

Kempinski Hotels announced that it will take over the management of what is currently the InterContinental Resort Berchtesgaden in the coming year.
The hotel, owned by the Bayerische Landesbank, has 138 rooms and suites.
The property is set on a small plateau overlooking that Nationalpark Berchtesgaden in Berchtesgadener Land, Bayern (Bavaria), immediately adjacent to Salzburg, Austria.  The park itself has five mountain ranges and it is a mixture of mountains, woodlands, rock, …

5 Stories To Read This Weekend: October 18, 2014

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The weekend’s here, which means that it’s a great time to catch up on key Frequent Business Traveler news and features from this past week. Here are five stories that you should read.
1.) Jeremey Del Nero covers a new FBT poll that surveyed frequent flyers about the Transportation Security Administration. Find out what the TSA is doing right, what they are doing wrong, and how the survey was conducted.
2.) Jonathan …

Lobby Bar – October 17: Fish Bones, Poetry Trees, Eaten Alive, and the Brand New Apricot aPad

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The Lobby Bar – A Smile-Inducing Weekly Summary of FBT News and Views 
Forecast for Hell? It turns out that 86% percent of frequent flyers aren’t too fond of the TSA. When will things begin to improve? That’s still up for debate, but we’ve seen pigs getting fitted for wings, so there may still be hope yet.
Stop. In the name of Security. Apparently nobody is safe from the TSA’s intrusive probing …

Nobel Prize-Winning Scientist Questioned by TSA

Nobel Prize-Winning Scientist Questioned by TSA

The Transportation Security Administration stopped Nobel Prize laureate Brian Schmidt at Hector International Airport in Fargo, North Dakota, on his way back to Austria last week.
Schmidt, an astrophysicist who won the Nobel Prize in 2011, was asked at Hector International if he was given an item from someone to carry on board the aircraft. Schmidt admitted that the King of Sweden had given him something.
After the TSA agents noticed the …

You Don’t Have to Schlep It Home

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In the critically-acclaimed movie “Good Bye, Lenin!,” Alex Kerner and his sister, who live in what was East Berlin, go to extraordinary lengths to obtain hard-to-find foods from the former East Germany to avoid a shock to their mother’s system.
In a similar vein, globetrotting travelers love to bring home the foods they discover, although they run into different logistical constraints such as available luggage space and Department of Agriculture bans, …

Norwegian to Launch Four New Routes from London Gatwick

Norwegian to Launch Four New Routes from London Gatwick

Norwegian Air Shuttle announced it will begin service from London Gatwick to four new destinations later this year.  The carrier will launch new routes to Portugal and Spain in the fall, and new routes to the French and Austrian Alps in the winter.
Beginning October 28, Norwegian will offer twice-weekly flights from London Gatwick to Madeira Airport on the Portuguese Island of Madeira in the Atlantic Ocean.  Flights will operate on …

Summer Getaways Off the Beaten Path

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The onset of warmer weather in the past few weeks means one thing to most people: summer vacation.  If you haven’t packed your bags yet, here are some recommended summer getaways that promise rest and relaxation in unique settings.
Hoshinoya Karuizawa
Karuizawa, Japan
Many visitors to Japan don’t get past the larger cities such as Tokyo and Kyoto, and by not doing so, they are missing out on a secret Japan, one that …