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Hyatt to Open Over 20 New Luxury Hotels in Next 14 Months

Hyatt to Open Over 20 New Luxury Hotels in Next 14 Months

Hyatt Hotels said it will open over 20 new luxury hotels by the end of next year.
The hotelier will add properties under several brands including Andaz, Alila, Grand Hyatt, Miraval, and Park Hyatt, as well as some that will be part of the Unbound Collection.
The Park Hyatt brand will make an appearance in five new locations including Auckland, Doha, Jakarta, Suzhou, China, and Niseko, Japan. In addition, Hyatt will open …

Richard Branson Abandons Plans to Sell Controlling Stake in Virgin Atlantic to Air France-KLM

Richard Branson Abandons Plans to Sell Controlling Stake in Virgin Atlantic to Air France-KLM

Sir Richard Branson said he has abandoned plans to cede control of Virgin Atlantic Airways to Air France-KLM Group and will retain a controlling interest in the airline he founded.
The change of heart was announced in a letter to employees of the airline on Monday.  Sir Richard said he will retain a 51% stake in the airline instead of selling 31%, as had been agreed upon in the deal with …

Numerous People Stabbed in ‘Major Incident’ at London Bridge

Numerous People Stabbed in ‘Major Incident’ at London Bridge

At least five people were stabbed near London Bridge during a Friday afternoon rampage, police said.  Two of the victims later died of their wounds.
Metropolitan Police said in a statement it had responded “to a stabbing at premises near to London Bridge.”  The assailant, Usman Khan, was said to have been wearing a fake suicide vest and was shot dead by police.
Khan had been released from prison on license, or …

How to Get Around London Without Uber

Unless reversed on appeal, Uber will lose its license to operate its ride-hailing service in London after Transport for London said it had decided not to renew the company’s license, citing “patterns of failures” including 14,000 instances where unauthorized drivers were allowed to pick up Uber customers.
The move will leave millions of Londoners and tourists without their customary rides home, so Frequent Business Traveler has prepared a list of alternatives.
Before …

Uber Loses License to Operate in London

Uber Loses License to Operate in London

Ride-hailing service Uber was stripped of its license to operate in London by the city’s transportation authorities Monday.
The move came after regulators said they had found widespread instances of unauthorized drivers using the Uber app to pick up customers.
Transport for London, the city’s main transportation regulator, said it had uncovered 14,000 instances in late 2018 and early 2019 in which unauthorized drivers were able to use Uber’s software to upload …

British Airways to Launch 787-10 Dreamliner with Non-Stop Service from London to Atlanta

British Airways to Launch 787-10 Dreamliner with Non-Stop Service from London to Atlanta

British Airways announced that the first route for its new Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner aircraft will be London-Atlanta.
The Dreamliner service will commence next February; the airline expects to take delivery of its first 787-10 Dreamliners in January.
“The delivery of our first 787-10 aircraft marks another significant milestone in our £6.5bn customer investment plan,” said BA CEO Alex Cruz.
The high-tech aircraft will feature a four-class cabin.  The airline will equip the plane …

Hilton to Open Motto by Hilton Hotels in Atlanta, Washington, D.C.

Hilton to Open Motto by Hilton Hotels in Atlanta, Washington, D.C.

Hilton announced the groundbreaking for a Motto by Hilton hotel in Atlanta and plans to open a Motto by Hilton hotel in Washington, D.C. early next year.
The 146-key Atlanta property will be in the Old Fourth Ward of the city as part of the Waldo’s mixed-use development and will open in 2021.
In addition to the Atlanta property, Hilton said that the Motto by Hilton Washington D.C. City Center, a 245-room …