One of the world’s most iconic 19th-century hotels, the Raffles Hotel in Singapore, has announced a programme of major renovation and modernisation to commence in January 2017. The work will last approximately 18 months.
The facelift will happen in three phases: in January work will start on the Raffles Arcade, home to shops, The Ballroom, the Lawn and the Long Bar which serves the famous gin-based Singapore Sling cocktail. The drink was invented at the hotel in 1915 by bartender Ngiam Tong Boon and cocktail fans will be pleased to hear that the Bar & Billiard Room will continue serving it while works are carried out on the Long Bar. The second phase will begin mid-2017 in the main hotel building and lobby, while the third and final phase of works will see the hotel close completely from late 2017 before a grand reopening in mid-2018.
Although Shelley Jones’ complaint is common, I’ve never heard it from someone like her.
Her problem: She’s done with airline “codesharing” — a marketing arrangement in which an airline places its designator code on a flight operated by another airline, and sells tickets for that flight. She’s seen too many passengers pull up to the wrong terminal because they thought they were flying on one carrier when, in fact, they were booked on another.
Why is Jones’ grievance unusual? Because she’s a ticket agent for an airline. Codesharing benefits her employer in small ways, like being able to claim another airline’s flight as its own; and in big ways, like not having to compete with another airline.
U.K. Transport Secretary Chris Grayling poured cold water on the notion that the government may approve competing expansion plans for London’s Heathrow and Gatwick airports.
An imminent announcement on boosting flight capacity in southeast England will take its lead from the state-appointed Airports Commission, which said last year that the government urgently needs to address the issue of providing additional flights by 2030 and only then look ahead to the situation beyond 2040, Grayling said Monday in response to questions from lawmakers.