Abu Dhabi Tourism forays into United States
In a bid to attract tourists from the United States, the Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority opened a dedicated promotion office in New York City.
The office, which is staffed by a team of four and led by Country Manager Kershing Goh, will represent the emirate’s interests in developing tourism from the US.
As part of the office launch celebrations on Thursday, the authority kicked off a multi-faceted campaign, which includes the takeover of New York City’s Times Square, branding initiatives involving the Big Apple’s iconic yellow taxis as well as a slew of new attractive travel offers to the Arabian emirate recently described by the USA’s Travel & Leisure magazine as “fast developing into the hottest destination in the Middle East”.
“Our aim is to take the taste, sound, sight, touch and scents of Abu Dhabi to one of the centres of New York’s action,” said Mubarak Al Nuaimi, the authority’s chief of International Promotions.
Airlines make less on checked bags last year
U.S. airlines’ revenue from bag fees fell last year for the first time since they started collecting them, signaling that more passengers are packing light to save cash when they fly.
The Transportation Department said Thursday that the 17 largest airlines made $3.36 billion in bag fees last year, down slightly from $3.4 billion in 2010.
The total number of passengers last year on those airlines rose by about 2.4 percent.
Hawaii will be first state to ban plastic bags
As of July, 2015, Hawaii will become the first U.S. state to bar the “modern day tumbleweed” known as disposable plastic bags.
This month’s move by Honolulu County bans non-biodegradable plastic bags at checkout, along with paper bags that aren’t at least 40% recycled, reports MSNBC.com. Kauai and Maui counties already enforce bans, while Hawaii County’s ban takes effect Jan. 17, 2013.
Delta Airlines offers Rangers fans 17-minute flight to New Jersey
The thing most appreciated by New York Rangers and New Jersey Devils players for their Eastern Conference Final series is the lack of travel. Madison Square Garden and the Prudential Center are so close that the Devils have been practicing at home and hopping on a bus to New York City, even on on game days.
Sorry, Western Conference.
It’s also great for fans who live close and can just grab a train or subway to either arena.
But what if you’re a Rangers fan and have tickets to Game 3 on Saturday in New Jersey, but can’t find a ride? Worse yet, you lost your Metro card and don’t have enough scratch to buy a new one. What do you do?
How about taking a flight from LaGuardia Airport in Queens to Newark, New Jersey?