Voters in Spain’s most economically successful region, Catalonia, want independence and have even gone to the polls to declare their intentions to secede. Many of capital seat Barcelona’s biggest companies have demonstrated their own version of a referendum: they’re leaving town for more stable commercial landscapes.
Three cruise lines that have long been important to the Caribbean’s travel industry say they are helping the broader post-Hurricane Irma relief effort, using their own cruise ships to deliver supplies and evacuate both residents and tourists.
The Florida Attorney General’s office has announced it will be going after those companies that “price gouge” in accordance with the state’s stiff law that is meant to protect consumers during disasters like Hurricane Irma. But some companies are already trying to lead the way with innovations and transportation price reductions, reflecting what one airline spokeperson gauged as a “new dynamic for businesses faced with providing pricey but urgent services.
Bringing Danny Glover onboard is another step Airbnb is taking in a move to repair its relationships with ethnic and racial minorities, who have complained of discrimination in the past. Glover will also work with the company to boost Airbnb’s presence in minority neighborhoods.
Tomorrow, August 12, is World Elephant Day. As these magnificent creatures endure more threats, from economic development to poaching, tomorrow in part is a reminder to do what we can to protect and conserve them and their natural habitat. For many tour operators, that means no more elephant rides.
The Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility announced that the five companies will adopt “no-fees” recruitment policies, which advocacy groups claim can reduce problems such as bonded labor, the loss of identification documents such as passports and other labor and human rights violations.
Boeing Co. and NASA believe they have discovered a way to improve airplanes’ fuel efficiency with a slight biomimicry twist: copy birds’ flight formations, such as those taken by Canada geese.
Expedia has announced that in consultation with various NGOs, many wildlife-related activities will soon no longer be available for bookings on its site.
Vail Resorts, one of the largest mountain resort operators on the planet, announced that it has committed to a “zero net operating footprint” by 2030.
California’s Department of Fair Housing and Employment has fined a former Airbnb host $5,000 after she canceled a reservation largely due to the renter’s race. The former host also issued an apology to Dyne Suh and must take a college-level Asian-American studies course.
What’s the value of the Great Barrier Reef? Economists were recently tapped to figure that out. While it’s huge, some may say the study doesn’t take in its most important asset: The health and sustainability of our oceans and our atmosphere.
Climate change is getting in the way of a $17 million, 4-year study designed to determine the effects of climate change on northern ecosystems and communities. Researchers say global warming is making the first leg of the well-planned exploration to perilous to carry out.
Now’s the time for brands and companies to not only voice their stance on current issues, but also implement business models that make a difference in a socially responsible way.
I can’t tell you the number of Earth Day press releases I’ve received from hotels and resorts touting their eco-conscious pledges and packages. This hotel stands out as legit.
Data suggests the fallout over President Donald Trump’s travel bans could result in 4.3 million fewer people visiting the U.S. this year — representing $7.4 billion in lost revenues for the travel sector.