Travel News: April 11, 2019

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Last flight leaves Ataturk as Istanbul switches airports

The last commercial passenger flight took off from Istanbul’s Ataturk airport on Saturday and convoys of trucks ferried thousands of tonnes of equipment across the city to a giant new airport which Turkey plans to make the biggest in the world.

The mammoth transfer between the two hubs, described by Turkish authorities as unprecedented in scale and speed, was already largely complete a little more than 24 hours after it began before dawn on Friday.


Mayors of the world unite to tackle challenges of mass tourism

As major cities struggle to tackle the challenges of mass tourism, mayors from around the world gathered in Lisbon and adopted a first of its kind declaration to ensure the growing sector is beneficial for both visitors and locals alike.

Mayors and vice mayors from 16 cities including Lisbon, Barcelona, Paris, Sao Paulo and Seoul pledged on Friday to put sustainability at the core of the tourism industry by using new technologies to build “cities for all”.

The declaration comes at a time that low-cost airlines have created tourism booms in many leading cities, but at the same time prompting outcries from locals who have been pushed out because of surging house prices due to short-term rentals.


Travel industry, celebs shun Royal Brunei Airlines, Brunei-owned hotels over anti-gay law

Influential travel industry members and celebrities like Ellen DeGeneres and George Clooney are shunning Brunei-owned hotels and Royal Brunei Airlines over the country’s controversial law that punishes gay sex and adultery.

New Islamic criminal laws took effect in Brunei on Wednesday, one of which punishes gay sex and adultery by stoning offenders to death under new sections of Brunei’s Shariah Penal Code. Thieves face amputation of a right hand on their first offense and a left foot on their second. The new laws also apply to children and foreigners, even if they are not Muslim.

The man behind the anti-gay law in the Southeast Asian country is Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, who owns Dorchester Collection hotel group, which owns properties including The Bel-Air and The Beverly Hills Hotel.


Oberoi Hotels & Resorts Unveils New Brand Identity and Website
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Oberoi Hotels & Resorts has unveiled a new brand identity and communication program in effort to reaffirm “its long-held dedication to guest experience.” Oberoi conducted extensive research to see what its guests valued most in order to create a brand identity that best resonated with the travelers.

As apart of its branding initiatives, Oberoi Hotels & Resorts has debuted the “Oberoi Sun,” its new logo and words ‘Heart. Felt.’ has also been added as its to explain the way guests describe their Oberoi experience. This “slogan” will, going forward, form the central pillar of the brand strategy and communication program.

By: Matt Long

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