American Airlines launches meal reservation program
Dallas Morning News
If you are a premium class customer on American Airlines (read first or business class) and you can predict what you’ll be hungry for by the time your flight takes off, you can pre-order your entrée under a program announced Monday.
The program initially is available for first and business class customers traveling between Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport and New York’s LaGuardia Airport and between John F. Kennedy International Airport and Los Angeles International.
On Nov. 15, the entree reservation program also will be available on all flights between JFK and San Francisco International Airport, as well as flights between Dallas and Los Angeles, Chicago O’Hare and Los Angeles; and between Chicago and LaGuardia.
Big art heist at Dutch museum
Several paintings have been stolen from a museum in the Dutch city of Rotterdam that was exhibiting works by Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse and Vincent van Gogh.
Mariette Maaskant of the Kunsthal Rotterdam museum said on national radio that the paintings taken were of ‘‘considerable value,’’ but she didn’t specify what had been stolen.
Growth of business travel spending is slowing
Los Angeles Times
After a dramatic slump during the economic recession, spending on business travel in the U.S. climbed in 2010 and 2011.
But business travel spending is slowing down, perhaps a sign of anxiety in corporate America over the still-shaky economy, turmoil in Europe and slower growth in China, said a report by the Global Business Travel Assn., the trade group for the world’s travel managers.
“Corporations are in a wait-and-see mode and holding back on investment decisions that would help boost the economy,” said Michael W. McCormick, the executive director of the group.
Britain looks to Chinese tourists to help drive recovery
VisitBritain says the luxury clothing brand Burberry has played an almost lone hand at wooing high-spending Chinese tourists to the UK.
France and Italy have aspirational consumer brands such as Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Herms, Christian Dior and Prada, the report says, while Germany’s reputation is enhanced by its cars and consumer electronics. However, the only British brand with any profile in China is the 156-year-old fashion house founded by Thomas Burberry.
VisitBritain’s strategy to boost tourism from China focuses on promoting high-end consumer culture while dispelling the myth that the UK is home to unwelcoming monolinguists whose goods are poor value for money. It also repeats concerns that the UK’s tough visa policy deters potential visitors from China, Russia, India and the UAE.