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Thirsty Scoot airline passenger given cup of ice and told 'wait for the ice to melt'



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Extra legroom economy class seats: The rise of 'economy plus' seats on airlines

Leaving aside the differences between one airline and the next, on a long-haul sector you can fly economy, which is cheap and awful, Business, which is fantastic but it gnaws a cavernous hole in your wallet, premium economy which I don't get since it costs twice the price of economy for just fractionally more room – but hallelujah - there's now a tweener class.
Going by several different names - "Economy Plus", "Economy X", "Economy Space" - this new class gives you enhanced legroom and that's about it. The same meal, the same seat width, the same baggage allowance as standard Economy, but for a modest fee it's well worth considering for flyers looking to avoid displaced kneecaps.
It's not yet widely available. Only a handful of airlines are offering this new class, but those airlines that have implemented it have shown solid commitment. In some cases they're flying aircraft with almost as many of these upgraded economy seats as standard economy seats on their aircraft.

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Singapore Airlines explains how iPads are ‘the ultimate cockpit companion’ for pilots
For Roster, the app is designed as a personal companion for pilots, and provides them with a slew of easily accessible updates.
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Bermuda Seeing Continued Tourism Boom

Leisure air arrivals to the Atlantic island are up 13.6 percent for the year, with a total of 168,005 arrivals through the end of the third quarter.
Visitor spending is also up, rising 10.6 percent to a total of $245.9 million.
It’s shaping up to be the second consecutive year of record-breaking visitor arrivals to Bermuda.

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Jumeirah Group, the global luxury hotel company, has announced that it will open seven new hotels in the GCC and international markets between November this year and the end of 2019. 
The announcement was made during its annual GCC roadshow from November 11 to 14, which commenced in Saudi Arabia, and included the cities of Jeddah and Riyadh, followed by Bahrain and concluding in Kuwait.
Amongst the most prominent hotels highlighted during the roadshow is Jumeirah’s first hotel in Saudi Arabia - Jabal Omar Jumeirah in Makkah Hotel.  Anticipated to open in 2019, the hotel will offer guests and visitors to the Holy Capital, Jumeirah’s superior hospitality services with facilities including 1,033 guestrooms and 93 villas, a variety of dining experiences, meeting facilities, executive lounge, gymnasium and over 90 retail units throughout the complex.  
Set in a prime location, Jabal Omar Jumeirah is walking distance from the Holy Mosque and comprises four towers with stunning views of Masjid-Al-Haram.
In addition to Jumeirah at Saadiyat Island Resort, which opened in Abu Dhabi on November 11, 2018, other Jumeirah hotels to open soon include: 
• Jumeirah Al Wathba Desert Resort & Spa – Q1 2019
• Jumeirah Guangzhou – China – Q1 2019  
• Jumeirah Muscat Bay – Oman – Q2 2019
• Jumeirah Bali – Indonesia – Q2 2019 
Jumeirah’s current collection of luxury hotels and resorts continue to prove attractive to Bahraini visitors, the company said. The top five hotels in the UAE visited by Bahraini tourists in the first three quarters of 2018 are Jumeirah Emirates Towers, Jumeirah Al Naseem, Jumeirah Creekside Hotel, Jumeirah at Etihad Towers and Jumeirah Mina A’Salam. 
The most popular hotel outside of UAE is Jumeirah Royal Saray in Bahrain followed by Jumeirah Carlton Tower in London, Jumeirah Messilah Beach Hotel & Spa in Kuwait and Jumeirah Grosvenor House Suites in London.

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Etihad's 'Flying Nannies' programme wins top award

Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE, has received the prestigious Fatima Bint Mubarak Award for Motherhood & Childhood in the category of ‘Best Initiative in the Support of Mother and Child’s Healthy Lifestyle’ for its Flying Nanny programme.
The award ceremony was held at Emirates Palace on Tuesday and marked International Children’s Day on November 20 to recognise excellence and creativity within the fields of motherhood and childhood in the UAE.
Flying Nannies were introduced by Etihad Airways in September 2013, and are on-board to provide an extra pair of hands and to allow parents more personal time while they entertain the children.

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User Generated Content in Travel & Tourism to Hold a High Potential for Growth
User generated content can prove beneficial in the travel sector as it comes with the capability to highlight human emotions and relate these to individual brand experiences. User generated content helps in inspiring travel with the help of restaurants and hotels, tour providers and travel operators to collect images and videos from tourists

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Speaking at the Destination Jamaica Digital Launch, Jamaica’s minister of tourism Edmund Bartlettunderscored the importance of technology in reaching the ministry’s growth targets. These goals include attracting five million visitors by 2021, generating US $5 billion in tourism earnings, increasing direct jobs to 125,000 and adding 15,000 new hotel rooms.
Bartlett told attendees that with advances in connectivity and the emergence of new business models, destinations must keep pace with technological development to remain competitive.

As part of the ministry’s ‘5x5x5 growth plan,’ the Jamaica Tourist Board recently rolled out a new website. The new site is consistent with the ministry’s aim to become a part of the ‘smart world,’ which increasingly relies on information and communications technology to sell destinations. Among other things, the website provides the opportunity for booking, allowing the board to better understand its market and what potential visitors are looking for.
“We hope to reap the rich rewards by using the data collected to design customized marketing campaigns which appeal to specific types of travelers,” said Bartlett.

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Palma’s tourist board will launch an app next month to show tourists which parts of the Mallorcan capital are crowded, and suggest alternative, less busy sites to visit.
Called Welcome Palma, the app features live heat sensors to indicate busy locations, and a live chat function enables tourists to ask questions about where to go to avoid crowds.
It is part of a sustainable tourism strategy from the Palma tourism board, which wants to encourage travellers to explore off the beaten track and visit year-round.

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Tee off at a new golf course

‘With a particularly spectacular outward nine, a strong finish and recurring views of the architectural wonder that is the Burj Khalifa, Dubai’s newest course is poised to become an irresistible lure for locals and tourists alike,’ is how our friends at Golf Digest describe the brand new Dubai Hills Golf Club, which opens this weekend. Set over a sprawling 45,000 square feet area with an Arabian-themed clubhouse, the 18-hole par-72 Dubai Hills Golf Club has exceptional views, just 15 minutes from Downtown Dubai at Dubai Hills Estate.

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