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Winter Storms, Cold Snap Disrupt Travel in Europe, Danube Frozen, 3 Killed in Kosovo

Winter Storms, Cold Snap Disrupt Travel in Europe, Danube Frozen, 3 Killed in Kosovo

Severe winter weather caused significant disruptions in air and train travel in Europe while causing death and injury in many countries.
Temperatures fell to -32° C (-25.6° F) in the Bieszczady Mountain region of Poland. Police reported that eight people died in house fires.
Portions of the Danube, which flows for 2,872 km (1,785 miles) through nine countries including Germany, Austria, Slovakia, and Hungary, are closed to traffic for 700 km (440 …

Singapore Airlines Adds New York JFK to A380 Service Today

Singapore Airlines Adds New York JFK to A380 Service Today

On January 16, Singapore Airlines began flying its Airbus A380 superjumbo aircraft to New York City’s JFK Airport on daily service to and from Singapore via Frankfurt, Germany.
In addition to its first-, business-, and economy-class cabins, Singapore Airlines’ A380 also features two private suites that can each accommodate two passengers. Each private suite is outfitted with amenities including a double bed, Givenchy sleep suits, and a 23-inch video screen offering …

9 Countries in Euro Zone Downgraded by S&P

9 Countries in Euro Zone Downgraded by S&P

Standard & Poor’s stripped France of its AAA credit rating, also cutting eight others in the process.  Portugal’s credit rating fell to junk status and Italy’s was lowered by two steps, as S&P sent a signal that Europe’s sovereign debt crisis was far from over.
In announcing the changes, which have further weakened the effort of the euro zone’s bailout fund, Standard & Poor’s said: “Today’s rating actions are primarily driven …

Euro Hits New 16-Month Low Against Dollar

Euro Hits New 16-Month Low Against Dollar

The euro sunk to a new 16-month low against the U.S. dollar in trading on Friday.
The European Union’s common currency, used by 17 nations, dropped as low as $1.2647 and traded recently at $1.2657.  It had closed at $1.2814 on Thursday.
The drop occurred amidst credit rating downgrades of multiple countries in the EU.  On Friday, Standard & Poor’s lowered France’s rating to AA+ from AAA+.  Germany’s AAA+ rating will remain …

Starwood Takes Interest In Design Hotels

Starwood Takes Interest In Design Hotels

Starwood Hotels & Resorts will acquire a 49.8% interest in Design Hotels, a company that markets over 200 independently owned hotels in 40 countries including the Hotel Bachmair Weissach in Rottach-Egern (pictured).  Properties in the Design Hotels collection emphasize architecture and design and cultural authenticity.
Starwood is acquiring the stake from long-time partner Arabella Hospitality, which is refocusing its strategy on ownership and asset management.
The transaction, which is subject to anti-trust …

Delta Cutting International Routes

Delta Cutting International Routes

Delta Air Lines announced it will discontinue several routes from Atlanta and New York.  The canceled routes from Atlanta are Athens, Greece; Copenhagen, Denmark; Moscow, Russia; Prague, Czech Republic; Shanghai, China; and Tel Aviv, Israel.  Flights from New York that are being halted include Manchester, U.K.; Budapest, Hungary; and Berlin, Germany.
The Atlanta-Shanghai route had been cut back and then discontinued in 2009, but resumed last year with just two flights …

European Union Countries Ban X-Ray Scanners At Airports, Adopt New Guidelines for Body Scanners

European Union Countries Ban X-Ray Scanners At Airports, Adopt New Guidelines for Body Scanners

The European Union adopted new guidelines on the use of body scanners at airport security checkpoints, with an eye towards addressing privacy and safety concerns while deploying newer technologies.
Such scanners are in use in the United States and other countries but their deployment has been controversial both there and in Europe.
The new EU law does not require member states and airports to deploy security scanners but, if and when deployed, …