Something extraordinary is happening in South Africa. The warm, dry climate that has shaped this beautiful country into such a popular tourist destination also makes water a particularly precious resource. Driven by the global problem of climate change, South Africa is positively changing its relationship with water and encouraging everyone to become more water wise. Nowhere is this more noticeable than in South Africa’s vibrant tourist sector. Creativity and innovation abound as sustainable water wise tourism becomes the new normal and visitors are encouraged to become part of the solution by embracing what locals do—respecting water. How they are doing this makes for some truly remarkable stories.
When the travel booking website Hipmunk Inc. began in 2010, it offered the option to sort flights in order of “agony,” a way to help customers avoid long layovers or multiple stops. It was a clever marketing idea then, but these days the agony is all too real: Airlines are increasingly nickel-and-diming passengers by charging for carry-on bags or creating cramped economy cabins, leaving shoppers to pick the least-worst option rather than the best.
For 83 percent of travelers, the least-worst flight is also the least expensive, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll from August. But extra fees are becoming harder to discern; they’re poorly disclosed and can vary wildly based on the length of your flight, your destination, your frequent-flyer status, or the plastic in your wallet. It should be simple to determine the cheapest option, but booking air travel has devolved into a guessing game.
Continuing its mission of bringing edgy, hyper-local and uniquely engaging properties to the next generation of travelers, Moxy has announced two new locations in New York City.
Moxy Downtown and Moxy Chelsea will be the latest additions to the brand which is growing rapidly both within the city and around the world.
The two properties, scheduled to open this year, will showcase what Moxy does best, creating cutting-edge public spaces that encourage locals and travelers to mix in a dynamic fashion, while also establishing a distinct sense of place based on the surrounding community.
Boeing delivered its newest and biggest variant yet of its “Dreamliner” 787 widebody aircraft; the 787-10.
Launch customer Singapore Airlines celebrated the landmark delivery Sunday evening at Boeing’s South Carolina factory, where a crowd of employees, airline officials and other dignitaries turned out to witness the event.
“It is an honor for us to be the world’s first airline to take delivery of this amazing new aircraft,” Singapore Airlines CEO Goh Choon Phong said to those assembled on an unusually chilly March night in South Carolina’s “Low Country.”
The “787-10” is the third, and for now final, variant of Boeing’s new-age jet, following the smaller 787-8 – the original – and 787-9 models.