Airbnb rethinks payment scheme

December 13, 2017 by  
Filed under EUROPE, Hospitality, News

PARIS, 13 December 2017: Airbnb agreed Monday to withdraw a payment system in France, suspected of facilitating tax avoidance, after the government complained it could potentially be used to launder money and lead to a loss in revenues.

The move followed a meeting between the accommodation rental website’s executives and government ministers, including French finance minister Bruno Le Maire, where the company agreed to “rule out any opportunity for open fraud” by using prepaid Payoneer cards.

“The company will waive all use of the prepaid card ‘Payoneer’ on the French market,” said Emmanuel Marill, Airbnb’s France director, in a statement released by the finance ministry. Read more

Tuesday strike will reduce flights

October 9, 2017 by  
Filed under EUROPE, News

PARIS, 9 October 2017: The French civil aviation authority (DGAC) has recommended that airlines reduce their flights by 30% on Tuesday due to a strike call by civil service unions, the transport ministry said Friday.

The airports affected are likely to include Paris’ two main airports, Charles de Gaulle and Orly, as well as  Beauvais, Lyon, Nice, Marseille, Toulouse, Bordeaux and Nantes.

“Disruptions are expected throughout the country” Tuesday, the ministry said in a statement. Read more

France tops tourism chart

August 4, 2017 by  
Filed under EUROPE, News

MADRID, 4 August 2017: France retained its position as the world’s favourite tourism destination in 2016, the UN World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) said Wednesday, defying concerns over terror attacks.

The United States came second followed closely by Spain, according to annual figures that the Madrid-based UNWTO normally announces in January, but which were delayed this year.

But although France stayed on top of the tourist arrivals chart by welcoming 82.6 million visitors in 2016, that was a more than 2% drop from the previous year, the figures showed. Read more

Yap honoured by French tourism agency

July 12, 2017 by  
Filed under Lens Lines, Singapore

Robin Yap  awarded  the prestigious Gold Medal for Tourism (“Médaille d’or du Tourisme”) from His Excellency Monsieur Marc Abensour, Ambassador of France to Singapore last week.

SINGAPORE, 12 July 2017: The Travel Corporation’s Asia president, Robin Yap, received the prestigious Gold Medal for Tourism (“Médaille d’or du Tourisme”) from Atout France, the France tourism development agency, last week.

His Excellency Marc ABENSOUR, Ambassador of France to Singapore presented the award at his residence.

Operating in 60 countries, Travel Corporation (TTC) has 25 brands, including Insight Vacations, Trafalgar Tours, Contiki Holidays, Uniworld Cruises, Thompson Gateway Africa, Red Carnation Hotels. Read more

State of emergency in Paris

April 21, 2017 by  
Filed under EUROPE, News

PARIS, 21 April 2017: A known terror suspect gunned down a police officer and wounded two others, Thursday, on Paris’s Champs Elysees in an attack claimed by the Islamic State group days before France’s presidential election.

The shooter opened fire with an automatic weapon on a police car on the world-famous boulevard at around 9:00 pm (1900 GMT), prompting tourists and visitors to run for their lives.

After killing the officer and injuring his colleagues, the gunman was shot dead in return fire while trying to flee on foot, police sources told AFP. Read more

French tourism rebounds

February 8, 2017 by  
Filed under EUROPE, News

PARIS, 8 February 2017: France’s tourism industry rebounded in late 2016 after two tough years marked by a series of jihadists attacks, national statistics agency Insee said Tuesday.

The number of overnight stays rose 3.9% in the last three months of 2016 compared with the same period in 2015, reaching 56.3 million, Insee said.

“This strong rebound more than compensates for the marked drop recorded a year previously, linked to the impact of the attacks,” the agency said. Read more

France sees a 7% drop in tourism

August 24, 2016 by  
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PARIS, 24 August 2016: France’s tourist arrivals have dropped 7% since January, with foreigners deterred by terror attacks but also by bad weather and transport strikes, Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said Monday.

“Tourist arrivals since the start of the year have fallen by 7% across the country,” with Paris worst- hit, said Ayrault, who is also tourism minister.

France is the world’s top tourist destination. The sector accounts for around 9% of its gross domestic product (GDP). Read more

Strike disrupts holiday travel

August 2, 2016 by  
Filed under Aviation, EUROPE, News

PARIS, 2 August 2016: Air France cancelled 150 flights in and out of Paris on Monday on the sixth day of a strike by flight crew, airport sources said, as unions warned of more disruption at the height of the holiday travel period.

The carrier said it would cancel some 10% of domestic flights Monday, but would maintain almost all long-haul services and 85% of its medium-haul flights from the main Charles de Gaulle hub.

Two cabin crew unions are demanding management extend a collective labour accord on rules, pay and promotions and have indicated more strikes are in the offing. Read more

Strikes scuttles Air France flights

August 1, 2016 by  
Filed under Aviation, EUROPE, News

PARIS, 1 August 2016: Air France cancelled around 20% of its flights, Saturday and Sunday, as a strike by flight attendants enters its fifth day.

The strike coincided with the peak summer travel season.

The French carrier said it expected some 80% of flights were still scheduled. Read more

Attacks take toll on French tourism

August 1, 2016 by  
Filed under EUROPE, News

PARIS, 1 August 2016: France’s already-battered tourism industry took a further hit in late July during what should have been the height of the season as foreign visitors stayed away after 84 people were killed in Nice on Bastille Day.

In the week following the 14 July attack on the Riviera city’s Promenade des Anglais boulevard, arrivals by air slumped 8.8% compared to the same period in 2015, according to data from ForwardKeys, which daily sifts more than 14 million air travel transactions.

The sector has been struggling for months, not least since the 13 November attacks in and around Paris, which claimed 130 lives. Read more

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