News and Deals: March 5, 2012 – Irish tourism “in fragile state”, United hit by delays as glitches beset system merger, New tours to the world’s most reclusive nation and American Airlines: Extra legroom will cost extra‎

Irish tourism “in fragile state”

IRISH TOURISM REMAINS in a “fragile state”, the chief executive of the Irish Hotels Federation has said.

Tim Fenn was speaking at the Irish Hotels Federation (IHF)’s 74th annual conference yesterday, where he noted that hotels and guesthouses around the country are “struggling to cope” with a “two-speed recovery” in the sector.

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United hit by delays as glitches beset system merger

United Airlines battled service problems including flight delays, faulty kiosks and jammed phonelines this weekend as it worked through technical glitches during its combination of the United and Continental Airlines reservation systems.

The airline on Saturday adopted the reservation platform of the former Continental Airlines after the companies merged to form the world’s largest carrier, now known as United Airlines. It is owned by United Continental Holdings Inc (UAL.N).

But after spending months preparing for the change — including training about 15,000 employees on the new software — United said on Sunday that technical issues had flared up at airports across the system, causing delays.

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New tours to the world’s most reclusive nation
USA Today

Here’s the ultimate trip for been-there-done-that travelers willing to spend big bucks for less-than-lavish surroundings. Mountain Travel Sobek is offering what it bills the first-ever adventure trip to North Korea Sept. 21-29. Cost: $8,995 not including international airfare. (Or, to put it in perspective, about five times the annual income of the average North Korean.)

There’s not much of a beaten path for tourists in this notoriously reclusive nation, but the MTS itinerary takes in places that see few foreigners, such as remote and scenic Mount Chilbo, and industrial Chongjin, North Korea’s third-largest city.

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American Airlines: Extra legroom will cost extra‎

American Airlines is offering another option to the passenger who is tired of jamming his knees into a fellow flier’s back. The carrier’s new “Main Cabin Extra” seats in coach will offer four to six inches of additional legroom.

The airline will start installing the new seating configuration across its fleet this year, the airline said.

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