Joyce Airports need to keep costs down

Qantas boss responds to high airport parking charges. Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce has urged Australian airports to keep parking charges down after a recent study found costs had escalated over the years.The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission report found Sydney Airport had the highest parking fees in the country at AU$16 per hour, followed by Melbourne Airport with AU$12 per hour, Yahoo reported.Parking revenue at Australia’s five airports had increased by 3.7 percent to AU$340.7 million in 2011/12 compared to the prior year.Speaking in Darwin, Mr Joyce said Australia needs to be more competitive in the current economic environment and to “maintain consciousness about” parking fees.”We are talking about encouraging more and more tourists to come in and with the high Australian dollar we know Australia has become a lot more expensive,” Mr Joyce said.”I think the whole experience is very important.”A Sydney Airport spokesperson defended the gateway, claiming the study only looked into standard drive-up rates and dismissed online bookings, which can help travellers save up to 73 percent on parking.”For most Sydneysiders, our online offers compare favourably with catching a taxi to and from the airport.”Source = e-Travel Blackboard: NJ read more

Royal Lancaster London will launch in September 20

first_imgRoyal Lancaster London will launch in September 2017 following an £80 million renovation led by Studio PROOF. Upon completion, the mid-century icon will reinstate its original name of ‘Royal Lancaster London’ in time for the hotel’s 50th Anniversary.Works include a new entrance façade and reception lobby, and the redesign of all 411 guestrooms and suites in the 18-storey tower – on the boundary of Hyde Park.The lobby will be divided into a series of individual spaces, including a new bar. A restrained colour palette will be complemented with a focus on craftsmanship, joinery and metal work, with white marble and timeless metals such as gold, polished brass and bronze. A large curved marble staircase will allow guests on the first floor to view the ground floor within the space.Taking inspiration from luxury brands, Studio PROOF will apply the core materials of the interior design, especially the gold, polished brass and bronze metals, to the outer skin of the building to create five-star quality. The exterior design will be based on a series of vertical strata blended with a large 8-metre high glazed façade.The new guestroom design emphasises the premium views over Hyde Park and offers details including tactile fabrics, beautiful bronze and glass elements, with bespoke light fittings. In a nod to the hotel’s roots in the 1960s, the design of the new suites blends mid-century nuances and the quirkiness of the English character from that era with a contemporary edge – an approach that chimes with the hotel’s vision of ‘creating the future with the treasures of our past’.last_img read more