Travel News: August 3, 2017

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Qatar Reverses Plan to Invest in American Airlines
Travel Pulse

Qatar Airways has given up on its plan to buy shares of American Airlines.

The airline released a statement Wednesday saying it had reversed its decision on the investment: “Qatar Airways has taken the decision not to proceed with its proposed passive financial investment in American Airlines.


British Virgin Islands to levy environmental fee on visitors
Travel Weekly

Visitors arriving by air in the British Virgin Islands will pay a $10 environmental and tourism levy per person, effective Sept. 1.

The fee will be collected at the airport by customs. Residents, visitors 2 years old and under, visitors in transit who do not leave the airport, and guests of the government are exempt. Cruise passengers don’t have to pay the fee.


British Airways says IT glitch now fixed
USA Today

British Airways says it has fixed a glitch that snarled its check-in systems Wednesday morning. The problem lasted only about 20 minutes, according to British press, but that was enough to leave frustrated fliers stuck in long queues at the carrier’s London bases.

The apparent IT problem affected check-ins for customers arriving for their flights, hitting British Airways’ busiest bases at London’s Heathrow, Gatwick and City airports the hardest. The airline apologized for the problem, adding that it was doing its best to resume normal operations after resolving the issue.


Japan’s coolest design company is opening an ultra-minimalist hotel
Markets Insider

Muji — the retailer known for its minimalist home goods — is opening a hotel in Yokyo’s Ginza district.

Set to be completed in spring 2019, the first six floors of the 10-story development will be dedicated to a Muji flagship store, according to Spoon & Tamago. The top four floors will house the new hotel.

Like the store, the hotel will feature lots of Muji goods. The project calls for 79 rooms, outfitted with Muji furniture and accessories, many of which will be made from recycled wood.

The company also announced in early 2017 that it plans to launch another hotel in Shenzhen, China.

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