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May Not Be Much Of A Joyeux Noël In France PDF Print E-mail


I remember way back in trolley car days, employees of Philly’s transportation union always planned their more-pay labor strikes right before Christmas. Fearing public anger for screwing up the holidays, the frightened bosses always gave in and raised the pay. Looks like French transportation strikers are using the same pressure tactics.

If your holiday travel plans include France, be sure to keep in close touch with airlines and other travel sources to keep hour-by-hour watch on how the labor strike can affect you. news.yahoo.com/christmas-plans-threatened-french-strike-drags

 
Vilnius, Lithuania: Airport Christmas Tree Built With Bad Stuff PDF Print E-mail


If  your holiday flights include Lithuania, your airport experience there could include an interesting, but shocking sight. It’s a large Christmas tree made entirely of confiscated firearms and other forbidden items

It sparkles with knives, toy guns, bullet cases and corkscrews, all grabbed from passengers' carry-on luggage during security screenings this year. Aviation security at Vilnius Airport explain, “If you don't want your personal, yet prohibited, belongings to land on our next year's Christmas tree, know baggage requirements before you pack for your next flight.”

 
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II Hires Director of Royal Travel PDF Print E-mail


Maybe I’m a bit jealous. She’s the same age as your travel4seniors.com editor, and I do all my own travel plans and reservations. Well, I hope the new expert can at least get Her Majesty some senior discounts.

The royal travel director will be responsible for purchasing "safe, efficient, cost-effective and appropriate travel services” for members of the royal family. The job pays $111,000 (85,000 pounds) annually. Tasks include organizing air and train travel, as well as overseeing operations of the queen's helicopters. For that high salary, the director should also do a Sir Walter Raleigh and throw his coat over a puddle whenever the Queen walks by on a muddy London day.

 
London Underground Offers First-Class Carriages PDF Print E-mail


If your travels take you to the busy British capital city, an efficient way to get around is via its traditional subway system. However, especially at crowded holiday times it involves rubbing shoulders and other body parts with unwashed fellow riders whose odors and crowded proximity could be offensive.

The London Undergound management recently installed exclusive upscale passenger cars on the regular commuter line that offer clean seating, booze bars and personal comfort. Of course, riders of those luxury cars will have to pay a bit more pounds and pence for the privilege of the regal service. www.suffolkgazette.com/news/london-underground-introduces-first-class-carriages

 
Survey Sez: Big Apple Not Best World Travel Destination No More PDF Print E-mail


Travel researcher Euromonitor’s Top 100 City report has spoken. New York City and the USA are no longer top travel deals they once were. For 2020, 1.5 billion tourists may prefer to visit these other cities.

The top ten in rank order and listed millions of tourists are 1. Hong Kong 26.7, Bangkok 25.8, Macau 20.6, Singapore 20.8, London 20.6, Paris 19.1, Dubai 16.3, Delhi 15.2, Istanbul, 14.7 and Kuala Lumpur, 14.1. Poor little old New York, trailing at 11th place is expected to welcome a mere 13.9 million in 2020. Also, hey beancounters who made up this list: you may want to ease riot-torn Hong Kong out of first place.  www.fastcompany.com/90438500/fewer-tourists-are-visiting-america-nyc-pushed-out-of-top-10-world-destinations

 
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