Travel News for December 30th 2011 through December 31st 2011

Bringing you what’s new in travel for December 30th 2011 through December 31st 2011:

  • Winter In Paris; International New Years Party – This week on the Travel with Rick Steves Podcast:
    Rick uncovers holiday traditions from such places as Sicily and Croatia, Scotland and Brazil and gets suggestions for enjoying winter in Paris from a couple of local guides.

  • Facebook Timeline Is Basically Your Digital Resume
    – Gerrit Hall
    Gerrit Hall is CEO and co-founder of RezScore, a free web application that reads, analyzes and grades resumes instantly to help job seekers write the best resume possible. Connect with Gerrit and RezScore on Facebook and Twitter.
    For those of you who don’t know (have you been living under a rock?), Facebook is slowly debuting the Timeline to its 800+ million users. Currently, this update is available for those who opt in, but it’s rolling out to replace the Facebook profile we’ve all come to kn…  show all text

  • Top 11 marketing and social media innovations by airlines in 2011 | Leaders in airline & airport customer engagement :: SimpliFlying
    – Shashank Nigam
    What a year it has been for the airline industry when it comes to marketing. With healthier profits this year, we’ve seen many airlines push the envelop when it comes to marketing and social media innovation. So to sum up the year, we’re sharing the top 11 marketing innovations by airlines in 2011.

    While going through these, you’ll also realize that most of those that made the list aren’t one-off campaigns, but mature strategies made up of tactics that drive very specific business goals. So g…  show all text

  • Six-Night Ireland Vacation, from $899 With Air – posted this over on Frommer's : Save up to about $200 by booking this six-night Ireland vacation, which airfare, a rental car, and even a night in a 17th-century castle.
  • There Are Only 8 Pilots In The World That Are Qualified To Fly To This Airport
    – Travis Okulski
    When building an airport, it is always a good idea to place it in a wide, flat area that is free of obstructions and easy to access.
    Or in between two 18,000 foot mountains in the Himalayas. Whichever.
    Paro Airport in Bhutan might look beautiful, but is actually considered one of the most dangerous airports in the world, according to The Daily Mail.
    Pilots need to maneuver between mountains, fly within feet of houses, and land on a narrow, 6,500 foot runway. Planes are only allowed to take off …  show all text

  • All-premium airline model eyes comeback | APEX Editor’s Blog
    – Will Horton
    The wave of all-premium flights that dominated the North Atlantic mid last decade is back – but this time in Asia.
    From long-haul to short-haul, Asian carriers are looking to the premium end of market growth that has been neglected as low-cost carriers rapidly fill the skies.
    Like the rest of aviation markets, Asia is also experiencing a downturn, but by different metrics: single-digit growth instead of double-digit growth.
    Naysayers of the all-premium model point to the failed trans-Atlantic s…  show all text

  • Comac ARJ21-700 ready for type inspection authorisation
    The Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (Comac) ARJ21-700 regional jet is ready to enter the type inspection authorisation (TIA) stage, nine years…

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