Harrods owners eye New York, Paris for luxury hotels
Love the Harrods department store in London so much that you wish you could spend the night inside, perhaps trying on designer clothing, diamond jewelry and $2,000 shoes?
Well, I’m sorry to say that that’s still not possible – but someday you will be able to sleep in a Harrods hotel.
The owner of the world-famous luxury store recently revealed plans to open luxury hotels bearing the Harrods name in cities including New York.
South Korea’s Whaling Declaration Sparks Outcry
Wall Street Journal
South Korea’s decision on Wednesday to resume whaling despite a 1986 moratorium on commercial whaling set by the International Whaling Commission triggered fierce reactions from anti-whaling countries and environmental activists.
“I’m very disappointed by this announcement by South Korea,” Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard said. “We are completely opposed to whaling, there’s no excuse for scientific whaling.”
During the 64th annual meeting of the IWC in Panama City on Wednesday, the South Korean government cited the country’s long-standing culinary culture of eating whale meat and a need to conduct more in-depth scientific research on whales.
Hotel replaces printed Bibles with Kindles
Last year, Gideons International distributed more than 84 million printed copies of the Bible around the world to students, hospitals, members of the military and, of course, hotels, where they are a ubiquitous sight in bedside tables.
Starting this month, however, the InterContinental Hotels Group is modernizing that mission at one of its hotels, replacing the paper tomes with electronic versions of the Bible loaded on Kindle e-readers. Each of the 148 rooms at the chain’s Hotel Indigo in Newcastle, England, will be outfitted with a Kindle Touch with Wi-Fi. Guests can use the e-ink devices to catch up on scripture, as well as purchase and read any other books available in the Amazon Kindle store.
Euro Budget airlines agree to scrap last-minute debit card charges
Airline passengers are accustomed to paying extra for checking in luggage, choosing their seats and even printing their boarding pass at the airport, but there is one extra cost they will no longer be subjected to.
Twelve airlines – including easyJet and Ryanair – have agreed they will no longer spring last-minute fees on customers paying by debit card, the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) has revealed.
The carriers have agreed to include debit card surcharges in the headline ticket price rather than surprise consumers at the end of the booking process.