Travel News: December 22, 2017

Washington DC

New blow for Uber as top EU court says it’s a taxi company
Travel Weekly

Ride-hailing service Uber suffered a new blow Wednesday as the European Union’s top court ruled that it should be regulated like a taxi company and not a technology service, a decision that crimps its activities around

Europe and could weigh on other app-based companies, too.

Taxi drivers honked in celebration while Uber — which is wrapping up a particularly punishing year — sought to play down the ruling Wednesday by the Luxembourg-based European Court of Justice. The decision might only affect its operations in four countries, and the company said it will try to keep expanding in Europe anyway.


Cayman Islands Airport is Almost Ready
Travel Pulse

Cayman Islands tourism stakeholders are progressing quickly on infrastructure projects to accommodate the country’s surging visitor arrivals.

The government is nearing completion of a $55 million redevelopment launched in 2015, addressing frequent overcrowding at the outdated Owen Roberts International Airport (ORIA) as the territory’s visitor numbers grew this decade.


Preferred Hotels to expand next year
USA Today

Preferred Hotels & Resorts, one of the largest independent hotel brands in the world, will launch 13 new properties next year.

The properties will be located from Houston and Charleston to Shanghai and Vienna.

Preferred Hotels has 85 properties around the world.


Hyatt Centric ski resort opens in French Alps
Travel Weekly

The Hyatt Centric La Rosiere has opened next to the French Alps ski mountain of La Rosiere.

The resort offers slope-side accommodations in the Tarentaise Valley and is near other French Alps destinations like Courchevel, Val d’Isere and Les Arcs.

The hotel is Hyatt’s first to open in a European ski-resort area.

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