In response to climate change, Germany’s Christian Democrats proposed doubling taxes on domestic flights to reduce CO2 emissions. The plan would exempt connecting flights (part of long-haul trips) so the impact would only be on the current tax of $8.10 per ticket for domestic flights.
The suggestion was made last month by the leaders of the Christian Democrats party, part of a coalition that includes the Christian Social Union and Social Democrats. The proposal also notes planes using non-fossil fuel-derived energy would be exempt.
“We will invest, together with the aviation industry, to make electric-powered flight standard for short-haul flights and to create synthetic fuel to achieve climate neutrality on medium- and long-haul flights,” states the proposal, according to the BBC.
The proposal comes amid growing criticism of the airline industry’s global contribution to CO2 emissions. Earlier this year, Responsible Travel issued a statement saying the aviation industry was one of the fastest-growing contributors to greenhouse gas emissions. The statement challenged the world’s governments to take action and raise taxation, among other steps.
“If we are to achieve the necessary global cuts in emissions, the aviation industry cannot rely on other sectors to take on the burden of reductions. Aviation needs to play its part and tackle its own emissions,” stated Responsible Travel.
As states allow visitors again and travel picks up, airlines are starting to prepare for an influx in passengers by increasing cleaning schedules, preparing aircraft for flight and even taking the temperatures of passengers before boarding the plane.
United Airlines’ environmentally friendly efforts lessen the impact on local U.S. communities.
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Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate gets a new look this fall, with renovations planned for all guestrooms, villas, public spaces and meeting rooms. The next phase of the property’s renovations begins in June and is expected to elevate the overall guest experience. Guestroom renovations are scheduled to wrap up in early fall, while meeting and function space, as well as lobby, renovations were completed over the winter.
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The cruise industry responds to the COVID-19 pandemic with updates on cancellations and rebooking policies. Here’s an update.
As many travelers prepare to return to travel with road trips this summer, The Guest House at Graceland introduces a Let’s Go! Gas Card offer, including a $25 gas card and free parking.
According to the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Office of Advocacy, small businesses create two-thirds of net new jobs and account for nearly 48 percent of the U.S. private sector workforce. And small- and medium-sized businesses outpace all other sectors as one of the fastest-growing in the United States. InterContinental® Hotels Group (IHG) goes above and beyond to create opportunities for this segment with its IHG® Business Edge program, voted Best Small- to Mid-Sized Business Program in Global Traveler’s 2019 GT Tested Reader Survey awards.
Belmond introduced its Tomorrow Time Travel Pass to allow travelers to start planning for the future. With no expiration date and available across Belmond’s portfolio, Tomorrow Time Travel Passes are both gift cards and e-cards; travelers receive a bonus $100 voucher when purchasing a $500 gift card, or $200 when spending more than $1,000.