This month, KLM will begin to offer flights from mainland Europe to new destinations including Windhoek, Namibia, and Iran. The Amsterdam-based airline will re-add these two destinations as improved global relations prompted interest in these locales from mainland Europe.
Beginning Oct. 30, KLM will resume service to Tehran, Iran (IKA). The original service began in 1991 but was suspended in 2013 due to tense relations between the Middle Eastern country and Western nations. With increased interest in tourism among European and North American travelers as well as improved relations among nations, the service will resume, bringing the Dutch airline’s Middle Eastern destinations to a total of nine cities.
KLM will also offer flights to Windhoek (WDH), the capital city of the African nation Namibia. For the first few months, flights will connect through Luanda, the capital of Angola. The thrice-weekly route will allow Europeans to visit increasingly popular eco-tourism resorts and engage in memorable excursions through the desert. Namibia is projected to experience a tourism growth at an annual rate of 8.8 percent through the year 2025.
Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group announced plans to take over an existing hotel in Switzerland. The property is undergoing extensive renovations in preparation to open at the end of next year as Mandarin Oriental Palace, Luzern. The property was previously Hotel Palace Luzern, on the shores of Lake Lucerne and in the heart of the city; it originally opened in 1906.
United Airlines’ environmentally friendly efforts lessen the impact on local U.S. communities.
As part of Germany’s climate package, a plan to reduce emissions, the country will raise departure taxes at German airports. Taxes will go up as much as 60 percent, and are expected to raise up to €740 million. The funds will then be used to lower VAT on rail fares from 19 percent to 7 percent.
United Airlines announces a number of new routes.
Norwegian Cruise Line took delivery of its newest ship, Norwegian Encore, ahead of its naming ceremony Nov. 21. The 1,100-foot-long ship boasts a guest capacity of nearly 4,000. Since Norwegian Cruise Line took delivery of the shi, Oct. 30, Norwegian Encore sailed from Germany to England before making its way to New York City, then Miami, where the christening ceremony takes place next week.
Experience a big-city hotel stay that doesn’t feel like your typical urban visit at Chicago’s Claridge House, nestled in the sought-after Gold Coast neighborhood. The hotel’s sophisticated décor and serene residential ambience foster the atmosphere of an oasis amid the hustle and bustle of a busy metropolis.