New York City floods as Sandy slams into eastern US
Millions of people in the eastern United States awoke on Tuesday to flooded homes, fallen trees and widespread power outages caused by the giant storm Sandy, which swamped New York City’s subway system and submerged streets in Manhattan’s financial district.
At least 15 people were reported killed in the United States by Sandy, one of the biggest storms to ever hit the country, which dropped just below hurricane status before making landfall on Monday night in New Jersey.
More than 1 million people in a dozen states were under orders to evacuate as the massive system plowed westward.
Robin Hood £13m tourist ‘castle’ plan unveiled
Sherwood Forest could get a £13m Robin Hood-themed attraction under new plans.
The proposal features a new forest visitor centre, a medieval-style castle and areas for events and entertainment related to the legendary outlaw.
Nottinghamshire County Council said the privately funded venture would bring major investment into the area, while still protecting the forest.
Officials said the new visitor centre could be open by summer 2014 with the main attraction ready by spring 2015.
Marriott Plans Asia Expansion
Wall Street Journal
Marriott International Inc. plans to double its hotel outlets in Asia, expanding most in China despite already considerable capacity increases and falling occupancy rates there.
The company said it plans to have 260 hotels open in Asia by 2016, expanding its China-based hotels to about 125 from 60 and covering nearly 75% of Chinese provinces.
Hotels in the pipeline will range from Marriott’s luxury Ritz-Carlton and JW Marriott brands to its Marriott resorts and lower-end Courtyard brand.
Malaysia Airlines to become full member of oneworld by 2013
New York Daily News
Global interline pack oneworld Tuesday said Malaysia Airlines will become a full member of the alliance from Feb 1, 2013.
“Malaysia Airlines will substantially expand the alliance’s network in south east Asia, where it will add 14 destinations and one country – Brunei – to the oneworld map,” the interline pack said in a statement.
“More significantly, it will strengthen the alliance’s connectivity between many key business cities in Asia and other parts of the world,” the statement added.
Currently, the Malaysia Airlines’ network serves more than 60 destinations in 30 countries.