Is Airbnb really planning to launch an airline?

Posted by - February 28, 2018

Airbnb made waves recently with the announcement of its major platform updates. And now, reports say,…
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Amadeus unveils NDC-X programme

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Amadeus recently launched a dedicated programme in line with IATA’s push towards product differentiation,…
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Amadeus boosts NDC push with new programme

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7 top reasons to hit the desert and visit Bahrain

Posted by - February 28, 2018

Following in the wake of the recent announcement of Bahrain as one of the Middle East's most popular…
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Raffles City Chongqing sets world record with highest “horizontal skyscraper”

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CapitaLand, one of Asia’s largest real estate companies, has set a new world record as it embarks on…
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Here’s what happens to unauthorized Airbnb hosts in Singapore

Posted by - February 28, 2018

IN SINGAPORE, listing your property on Airbnb can get you in trouble with the law.
Just this week, two Singaporeans learned it the hard way.
#DIGS
Beyond accommodation: How people are using Airbnb’s ‘Suitable for Events’ function The men, property agents Terence Tan En Wei, 35, and Yao Song Liang, 34, pleaded guilty in court to four charges of illegally renting out four apartments in a luxury private condominium the home-sharing platform. It’s the first such case in Singapore under new rules against short-term rentals.
Tan and Yao made SG$19,000 (US$14,500) from renting the apartments between May 15 and June 21 last year.
They will be sentenced in April and fined SG$80,000 (about US$60,338) each.
Singapore is a thriving city-state but land and housing remain perennial problems for the space-starved nation. And the government, as well as the authorities, take those issues very seriously.
#CHINA
Making it rain in Singapore: China tops tourist arrivals, biggest spending More than 80 percent of the population live in government-subsidized apartments, otherwise known as the Housing and Development Board (HDB) flats. And to qualify for a HDB purchase, strict eligibility conditions apply.
Hence, there’s some level of sensitivity when it comes to housing in Singapore and owners listing their homes on Airbnb.
To add on, in 2013, 2014 and 2015, Singapore’s Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) received 231, 375 and 377 complaints on short-term stays respectively. From January to April in 2016, there were 161 complaints.
This resulted in the introduction of new regulations in May last year banning homeowners from leasing property for less than three months without approval from authorities.
Source: Lainey.
Private home offenders can be fined up to SG$200,000 and jailed for up to a year if convicted, according to The Straits Times.
Meanwhile, an Airbnb spokesman said that the company is hoping to work with Singaporean authorities to find a way forward.
Singapore is not the only country in the world to clamp down on the short-term rental sector. Major cities like New York, London, Barcelona, Miami, Paris and Berlin are also taking a strict line on short-term rentals.
Last year, a The Guardian journalist arrived at her Airbnb booking in Singapore only to find out that it was illegal, leaving her no choice but to book a last-minute hotel.
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Oh, the irony: Clipboard fiasco forces plane to make emergency landing

Posted by - February 28, 2018

A PLANE had to make an emergency landing because of a safety error caused by the person in charge of safety.
The incident took place last October, but the report following an investigation led by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau has just revealed exactly what happened on the day of this major mess-up.
So, what happened?
#AIRLINES
Fact: Death by lightning or shark more likely than a plane crash Last year, a ground crew worker making safety pre-flight checks on a Jetstar aircraft before its departure from Auckland in New Zealand simply forgot he had placed his clipboard beside the engine.
But when the plane revved down the runway, everyone on board was made fully aware of this careless mistake as the clipboard shredded through the engine.
The worker in question admitted to placing the chipboard on the engine cowling covering to protect it from the wind and rain and intended on retrieving it but forgot.
To make matters worse, a second set of eyes noticed the clipboard as an aircraft dispatcher walked around the plane for final checks but he assumed the safety-checker would pop back to get it.
The ATSB’s investigation into foreign object damage involving an Airbus A320, at Auckland International Airport in October 2017 demonstrates that all staff working near aircraft need to be aware of their responsibilities when they find a foreign object.https://t.co/JMpVbpMmcM pic.twitter.com/9UOgllmx4h
— ATSB (@atsbinfo) February 26, 2018
However, the safety-checker assumed the dispatcher would grab it before dispatching the plan, perfectly illustrating the famous saying of, “assuming makes an ass out of you and me”.
While taxiing, other more vigilant members of the ground crew noticed scraps of the checklist paper on the wet ground. As the plane took off, the pilots were notified. It was then discovered that while the engines had churned out the paper, the metal clasp was still whirling around in there.
#TRAVEL FAILS
Netizens’ panties in a twist over Ural Airlines passenger ‘airing dirty laundry’ A short while after take-off, the pilots and ground crew made the decision to return to the airport.
“The presence of foreign object debris poses a significant threat to aircraft safety,” officials said in the report. “It has the potential to cause aircraft damage during critical phases of flight, costing airlines and airports millions of dollars each year,” they added.
The report also noted that since the incident, Jetstar has formally updated its dispatch procedure.
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AccorHotels could make $5.3 billion on AccorInvest sale

Posted by - February 28, 2018

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MakeMyTrip Ltd renews OYO partnership

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Beyond accommodation: How people are using Airbnb’s ‘Suitable for Events’ function

Posted by - February 28, 2018

AIRBNB is well on its way to becoming a full-scale travel agency, having rolled out a bunch of new features in the past couple of months.
This includes Experiences, Business Travel Ready, payment splitting, and Airbnb Plus and Beyond by Airbnb.
#LUXURY
Airbnb puts on fancy pants to attract wealthier guests The fast-growing home-sharing company’s huge offering of unique stays often gets people talking, from abbeys to tree houses, to converted trains and “space pods”. While Airbnb is a predominantly leisure-targeted company, people are beginning to booking it for more than just a place to stay or its crazy-looking accommodation appeal.
With over 640,00 hosts and 4 million listings, you’re bound to find something that suits your every mood. Here are how people are smartly using Airbnb’s “Suitable for Events” function:
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We’ve heard horror stories of guests from hell completely tearing an Airbnb apart and leaving the host to pick up the pieces with tears in their eyes. But in all honesty, there have been legit parties taking place at accommodations with well-behaved guests. Picture wanting to have all your relatives over for a Christmas dinner or a Chinese New Year lunch but not have enough space at home, or wanting to throw a hen’s night for one of your best friends who is getting married but you want to do away with the bar/pub crowd. Where better to hold it than a space that can accommodate everyone?
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On the more corporate side of things, some companies are also turning to Airbnb homes for event space rental options for workshops and demos, and for obvious reasons. First of all, it allows for more headcount. The cost would be cheaper than, say, a hotel suite or a conference room, especially if you’re going to cater food as well. And with the addition of the homely feel, businesses are also finding it easier pitch or present to their attendees. Companies that travel in a team will surely appreciate the advantage of being able to turn in at the end of a long day in one of the rooms right upstairs.
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Want a seaside villa for your beach wedding? Are you dreaming of a garden registry of marriage (ROM) luncheon? There are many Airbnb picks that you can book for those special moments without breaking the bank. If you’re planning on having a small, cozy ‘do with just a handful of special guests, it makes more sense to book an Airbnb accommodation big enough to house you and your guests. The average per-night price for reservations is way more affordable than booking a restaurant or a cafe, so you can save your money to splurge or something else (there will be other bills for your wedding). Plus, some of your guests will have a place to stay.
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Airbnb really allows its guests to live like a local. And this is one advantage that people can use when deciding where to move to. It can be really difficult to decide which neighborhood for you, and after referring so so many real estate agents, it can all seems like a blur. But before packing up and uprooting from your current place, try out different neighborhoods first by booking a couple of nights in the areas that you’re choosing from. Give yourself enough time to get your bearings, check out the local grocery store, find the nearest cafe, and figure out which pub you like most.
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