Luxury chains expand at airports worldwide
Airport shopping is getting much more upscale at airports across the world, according to a new report from Reuters.
A rising class of affluent travelers from China, Russia and Brazil is sparking the shopping boom.
Sales at airports and other travel venues have risen more sharply in recent years than they have at regular stores.
Travel Site Hipmunk Sues Patent Troll
Travel website Hipmunk is battling a patent troll over a patent that covers the display of content in multiple windows.
According to Hipmunk, i2z Technology demanded that Hipmunk negotiate a patent license with the firm by July 2 or face legal action. Hipmunk instead filed suit (below) in San Francisco, asking the court to pre-emptively find that Hipmunk does not infringe on i2z’s technology.
India bans tourism near island tribe
The Seattle Times
India’s Supreme Court has banned all commercial and tourism activity near an ancient tribe’s habitat in the country’s remote Andaman and Nicobar islands in the Indian Ocean.
The ruling bars hotels and resorts from operating within a three-mile buffer zone around the Jarawa reserve, which is home to the ancient Jarawa tribal people. The order, announced late Tuesday, means a number of resorts that had opened near the indigenous Andamanese tribe’s reserve will have to close.
US Airways: ‘No urgency to merge’
US Airways Group is in no rush to merge with bankrupt American Airlines and expects its rival to defer any review of a possible deal now that it has asked a judge for more time to formulate an exit plan on its own.
“That delay is fine by us – there is certainty no urgency to merge,” US Airways’ chief executive, Doug Parker, said in a note to employees on Wednesday.