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Exclusive: Light touch rules for Airbnb set for EU agreement next week, sources say

Exclusive: Light touch rules for Airbnb set for EU agreement next week, sources say

Figurines are seen in front of the Airbnb logo in this illustration taken February 27, 2022. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/File Photo Acquire Licensing Rights BRUSSELS, Nov 10 (Reuters) – EU countries and European Parliament lawmakers are set to agree on light touch rules for Airbnb (ABNB.O) next week, three people familiar with the matter said on Friday....

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Travelers put off holiday trips to Middle East as Israel-Hamas war rages

Travelers put off holiday trips to Middle East as Israel-Hamas war rages

[1/3]A group of tourists descends the stairs leading to the Damascus Gate, in Jerusalem’s Old City, December 11, 2022. REUTERS/Ammar Awad/ Acquire Licensing Rights NEW YORK/LONDON, Nov 6 (Reuters) – Travelers are canceling or postponing planned vacations to the Middle East and North Africa due to fears of the Israel-Hamas conflict worsening, and as touring...

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Travel deals: See European capitals and ride the highest railway in Switzerland

Travel deals: See European capitals and ride the highest railway in Switzerland

A European Capital tour de force – calling all stops, London, Amsterdam and Paris. EUROPE IN CAPITALS They’re the must-see cities on any traveller’s destination-goals list – London, Paris, Amsterdam – and all three are covered on an eight-night package, priced from $3269pp, twin-share. Airfares from New Zealand are additional. This itinerary gives you three...

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‘Mad’ tree cull raises hackles in Canary Island town

‘Mad’ tree cull raises hackles in Canary Island town

[1/5]A digger is seen in Avenida Jose Aguilar, after a row of flame trees were removed as part of a programme to embellish the main town, prompting protests from local groups, in the Spanish island of La Gomera, Spain, August 9, 2023. Elizabeth Scullion/Handout via REUTERS/File photo SANTA CRUZ DE TENERIFE, Spain, Aug 11 (Reuters)...

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Rising prices for travel do not appear to be curbing wanderlust

Rising prices for travel do not appear to be curbing wanderlust

[1/3]People visit Dassia beach on the island of Corfu, Greece, June 30, 2022. REUTERS/Adonis Skordilis/File Photo LONDON/CHICAGO/NEW YORK, Aug 9 (Reuters) – The post-pandemic travel boom and the high ticket prices that come with it show no signs of slowing well into next year, despite economic uncertainty and dwindling household savings. While questions linger about...

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Wall St sees bargains, lure of Europe buoying cruise, hotel earnings

Wall St sees bargains, lure of Europe buoying cruise, hotel earnings

NEW YORK, July 24 (Reuters) – The post-pandemic rebound of international travel, particularly to Europe, is expected to be a bright spot for hotels and cruise operators this quarter on Wall Street, even as consumers grow more price-conscious amid higher costs. Despite high inflation, travel companies have been raking it in as consumers have carved...

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Madrid joins race for high-spending tourists with bet on five-star hotels

Madrid joins race for high-spending tourists with bet on five-star hotels

[1/5]A swimming pool is seen at the top of Hyatt’s Thompson Madrid Hotel, overlooking central Madrid, Spain, June 13, 2023. REUTERS/Violeta Santos Moura MADRID, June 27 (Reuters) – As pandemic travel restrictions began to ease in the spring of 2021 foreign tourists returning to Madrid discovered the city’s downtown had undergone a makeover. An area...

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EU antitrust regulators warn ETraveli deal will reinforce Booking Holdings

EU antitrust regulators warn ETraveli deal will reinforce Booking Holdings

BRUSSELS, June 9 (Reuters) – The European Union’s antitrust regulators on Friday warned that Booking Holdings’ (BKNG.O) planned acquisition of Sweden-based rival ETraveli may strengthen the U.S. company’s position in the market for hotel online travel agencies, and push up costs for hotels. “Competition is already limited in the hotel OTA (online travel agencies) market...

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US, European hotel room rates could keep rising – industry executives

US, European hotel room rates could keep rising – industry executives

NEW YORK, June 7 (Reuters) – Hotel room rates in the U.S. and Europe are rising and may get even more expensive as supply has failed to keep up with demand, industry executives said. U.S. hotel room supply is barely growing as tighter lending standards from regional banks make it harder for developers to secure...

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Flying to Europe soon? A stopover in Dubai makes perfect sense

Flying to Europe soon? A stopover in Dubai makes perfect sense

A stopover in Dubai between NZ and Europe makes perfect sense. Photo / 123rf More than a stopover, our destination of the week is the Arab Emirate of Dubai What is so special about Dubai? Europe is already beckoning Kiwis for the spring/summer season and a stopover in Dubai makes perfect sense when you’re flying...

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Tiffany, now owned by LVMH, reopens on a Fifth Avenue in flux

Tiffany, now owned by LVMH, reopens on a Fifth Avenue in flux

NEW YORK, April 24 (Reuters) – The splashy reopening of Tiffany & Co’s flagship store on the corner of Fifth Avenue and East 57th Street is a renovation representing the billions of capital investment in one of New York City’s most iconic shopping districts. Real estate experts say the flow of cash is part of...

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