Tourists have returned in droves to Turkey, helped this summer by the sharp fall in the value of the Turkish lira following economic uncertainty and a rift with the United States.
The evidence is abundant. A British firm, for example, managed to book 200 people — up from 15 last year — for a swim between Turkey’s European and Asian shores. And many Turks have traveled to hometowns and resorts this week, an Islamic holiday.
Turkey’s plunging currency and the dispute with the United States have, for sure, fed fears of economic hardship. The tourism sector, though, battered by mass casualties in bombings and an attempted coup in 2016, is again a bright spot — and source of vital foreign currency — for the troubled economy.
What are Europe’s biggest airlines? We decided to take a look.
There are several data sets that could be used to rank them. Among the options: revenue, fleet size, passengers flown and carrying capacity. We opted for the latter, going with a ranking based on “available seat miles” (ASMs). ASMs are a standard industry measure that calculates an airline’s carrying capacity by multiplying its number of available seats by the number of miles they fly.
With the help of trade publication Airline Weekly and its analysis of Diio Mi data, we came up with rankings for Europe’s 30-biggest airlines as measured by ASMs for the 12-month period running from July 2017 through June 2018. At the top was German carrier Lufthansa, followed by British Airways and Ryanair.
The Virtuoso network continues to grow in size and sales, building upon a foundation of luxury travel products.
Last week, at Virtuoso Trip Week, held here at the Bellagio, the consortium announced it now has 1,000- agency locations, up 200 in the past year, representing 17,500 travel advisers, which is 15% more, year over year.
Virtuoso has agencies in 50 countries around the world — Turkey, Monaco and Uruguay are new this year — representing $23.7 billion in sales, up nearly 90% from 2013’s figure of $12.5 billion.
It’s still a few years before Crystal Endeavour debuts. But, her advance notices are topping the charts. No less than German Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel has already proclaimed that she’d like to see the finished product.
Merkel led the dignitaries on hand at the ship’s recent keel laying in Stralsund, Germany.
Set for delivery in 2020, Crystal Endeavor is the first luxury vessel in the Crystal Expedition Yacht Cruises fleet. She’ll come on line as the world’s largest Polar-Class vessel, with a capacity of 200 passengers. Based on the previews, we can expect some game-changing features combined with signature Crystal style.