Luxury watchmaker Audemars Piguet has teamed with Bjarke Ingels Group for a 50-room hotel in Switzerland, the latest in a string of upscale resorts opened by fashion brands hoping to leverage their global prestige with a move into the hospitality space.
Designed by Bjarke Ingels Group, a Copenhagen- and New York-based architecture firm, the Audemars Piguet Hotel de Horlogers in Le Brassus, Vallée de Joux, will feature five sloping, zigzagging slabs, with varying room sizes on each end. The hotel is designed to integrate the natural surroundings and will feature two restaurants, a bar, a spa, and a conference center.
A new study says global tourism accounts for 8% of carbon emissions, around three times greater than previous estimates.
The new assessment is bigger because it includes emissions from travel, plus the full life-cycle of carbon in tourists’ food, hotels and shopping.
Driving the increase are visitors from affluent countries who travel to other wealthy destinations.
The US tops the rankings followed by China, Germany and India.
Even by its own standards, Ethiopian Airlines’ ETHA.UL recent growth has been fast — so fast that it revised the ambitious 15-year strategy set in 2010 and plans to buy more planes to step up its expansion.
Its plan had been to more than double its fleet to 120 and become Africa’s biggest airline by 2025, but it already has 100 planes flying to dozens of destinations from Asia to South America, including four U.S. cities.
The state-owned carrier has also outpaced regional competitors Kenya Airways (KQNA.NR) and South African Airways to become Africa’s largest airline by revenue and profit, according to the International Air Transport Association.
The Hawaiian Islands span about 1,500 miles and no two of the eight islands are quite alike. But for the past week, headlines of a volcanic eruption, lava flows, and hundreds of earthquakes on the Big Island of Hawaii have given plenty of travelers a reason to reconsider their plans to travel anywhere in the state.
Kilauea, an active volcano on the Big Island, erupted on May 3 and has caused nearly 2,000 residents to evacuate. A magnitude 6.9 earthquake was also recorded on May 4 and aftershocks from the eruption are ongoing.
But tourism officials tried to assure travelers that areas of destruction were isolated.