Qatar Air lights up New York

July 3, 2017 by  
Filed under Aviation, News

WASHINGTON, 3 July 2017: President Donald Trump may accuse Qatar of sponsoring terrorism, but that did not stop the wealthy emirate last week from lighting up the Empire State building in the national colours of the Middle Eastern nation.

Trump — who himself once tried to acquire the Manhattan skyscraper — has sided with Saudi Arabia in its increasingly bitter dispute with Qatar, but Doha has adopted a tactic long used by its more powerful Saudi neighbour to get its own way, buying up substantial shares in the US economy as a bulwark against shifting political sands.

The iconic 102-story Empire State building was bathed in the burgundy and white of Qatar Airways, the state flag carrier of Qatar, ostensibly to celebrate 10 years of flights into the United States. Read more

JFK airport set for an upgrade

January 6, 2017 by  
Filed under AMERICAS, Aviation, News

NEW YORK, 6 January 2017: John F Kennedy International Airport, one of the busiest in the United States, will be getting a USD10-billion upgrade, New York’s state governor said Wednesday.

Governor Andrew Cuomo said the plan calls for creating “a unified, interconnected airport that changes the passenger experience and makes the airport much easier to access and navigate”.

In a city that considers itself the centre of the universe, JFK airport is considered a modest 59th in the world in terms of passenger experience behind London Heathrow and Seoul, among many others. Read more

Trivago files for IPO in the US

November 18, 2016 by  
Filed under News, North America, Technology

SAN FRANCISCO, 18 November 2016: German-based hotel booking site trivago, controlled by US online travel giant Expedia, has filed for a public share offering in New York.

The firm founded in 2005 which aims to connect travellers to hotels at the lowest rate has a booking inventory 1.3 million hotels in over 190 countries, and has 55 localised websites and apps in 33 languages.

The company said in a statement that the number of shares to be offered and price range had not been determined. But the filing gave a preliminary estimate it would raise USD400 million in the initial public offering. Read more

Museum slated for Statue of Liberty

October 10, 2016 by  
Filed under AMERICAS, News

NEW YORK, 10 October 2016: The 4.3 million annual visitors to the Statue of Liberty — that most recognisable symbol of American freedom — will be greeted by a modern multimedia museum in future, New York officials said late last week.

The celebrated statue, designed by sculptor Auguste Bartholdi and built by Gustave Eiffel — donated by France on the 1876 centenary of US independence and inaugurated on Liberty Island in 1886 — has not had a museum worthy of the name since 2001.

Stringent security regulations put in place after the 11 September attacks had reduced the capacity of the exhibit space inside the monument, so that only 20% of visitors to Liberty Island could enter, said the National Park Service, which manages the site. Read more

New York safe to visit

November 30, 2015 by  
Filed under AMERICAS, News

NEW YORK, 30 November 2015: New York is reassuring tourists that America’s biggest city is safe as it prepares to welcome more than 5 million visitors for the busy holiday season after the Paris attacks.

The winter tourism season officially kicked off with a Thanksgiving Parade, last week, where hundreds of thousands of people lined the streets to watch the three-hour event amid tight security.

After the Paris attacks, 13 November an Islamic State group propaganda video broadcast images of New York from Times Square. US authorities hit back that there was no credible threat against the city or anywhere else in the United States. Read more