Despite recent setbacks in London that ride-hailing services claim will severely hamper their ability to operate, service leader Uber can claim a victory in Puerto Rico. Last month, a judge on the island ruled ride-hailing service Uber cannot be subject to the same regulations imposed on taxi companies. The decision marks a victory for the company in its efforts to continue its operations there. According to reporting from The Associated Press, the court ruling stipulates Uber must operate under rules provided by the Department of Transportation and Public Works. The ruling judge, Angel Pagan, said the ride-hailing company must follow the rules already in place in 33 states and 70 cities across the United States. Uber officials were in court to fight an imposed regulation to force the company to operate under the same rules as taxi companies. It argued such measures would create barriers to Puerto Ricans trying to work as drivers for Uber. Uber has only been operating in Puerto Rico since July, but already has thousands of Puerto Rico residents registered as drivers. Uber says its service will help breathe new life into the U.S. territory’s struggling economy.
All airplane flights begin on the ground. An airport is the starting point, but airspace issues continue to expand from the terrestrial to the aerial. Altitude is no barrier when countries claim sovereignty from the Earth to beyond the stratosphere.
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.
Flanked by the ski resort-studded Balkan Mountains and situated directly downwind from the fragrant pine forests of the Vitosha mountain, Sofia’s gorgeous landscape and strategic location between Asia and Europe put it at a crossroads where business and pleasure intermingle effortlessly. In recent years Bulgaria’s capital city has ranked as one of the top 10 best places in the world for startup businesses, and the onslaught of new tax exemptions for businesses looking to invest in the country make it an attractive option for many corporations to begin operations within the city.
It’s been almost three years since Category 5 Hurricane Maria made landfall on Puerto Rico, wreaking havoc on the island and leaving most residents without electricity and clean water. Tourism, which accounts for 6.5 percent of Puerto Rico’s gross domestic product, took a beating, with hotels closed for year-long repairs, airlines cutting service and cruise lines shifting itineraries to other Caribbean destinations. Timing for the hurricane couldn’t have been worse, coming on the heels of the government’s announcement in May 2017 that it was unable to pay more than $70 billion in public debt and thus forced to file for bankruptcy. Large protests and a change of government would follow. Then, in January 2020, a 6.4-magnitude earthquake rocked the south side of the island, forcing San Juan restaurants to close while power was restored. And as we write this story, coronavirus runs rampant across the globe with severe economic implications for all destinations, including Puerto Rico.
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Climbing along the coast, I was trying to snap pictures of the cool-blue Puerto Vallarta waters outside my car window (I know, it never works) when we started winding along stone walls draped in jungle-like foliage. Annoyed my view was blocked, I looked around to see where we were just as we were parking at Hotel Mousai — I audibly gasped. The all-glass, chic and incredibly grand entrance was so well-secluded, it somehow snuck up on me.
Noble House Hotels & Resorts debut Tropical Distancing, a newly trademarked term to connote social distancing in an idyllic setting at its U.S. beach properties, including San Diego Mission Bay Resort; Kona Kai Resort & Spa; LaPlaya Beach & Golf; Ocean Key Resort & Spa; Pelican Grand Beach Resort; The Portofino Hotel & Marina; Solé Miami; L’Auberge Del Mar; and Little Palm Island Resort & Spa.
Though air travel slowed as airports temporarily closed and borders shuttered to stifle the spread of coronavirus, the airline industry — led by oneworld alliance member airlines — enacted enhanced protective measures to reduce risk and protect passengers.
The 1985 song “One Night in Bangkok” mentions many of the overindulgences of this city. One of them is massage parlors. Today, however, a Thai massage is considered an activity that improves one’s physical and mental well-being. The city has shed its former reputation as a place of wild nightlife and decadence, over the past few decades emerging as a major center for international commerce, wellness initiatives and tourism.