Flybe, one of Europe’s largest regional airlines, announced it was grounding flights and shuttering operations effective immediately. The airline posted a message to customers on its website. MORE Airlines & Airports “If you are due to fly with Flybe, please DO NOT TRAVEL TO THE AIRPORT unless you have arranged an alternative flight with another airline. Please note that Flybe is unfortunately not able to arrange alternative flights for passengers. “For flights booked on Flybe services operated by our franchise partners, Eastern Airways and Blue Islands, these continue to operate as normal today and we ask you to contact them directly,” said the post. Chief executive Mark Anderson said the company had made “every possible attempt” to avoid collapse but had been “unable to overcome significant funding challenges.” While coronavirus had likely been the final nail in the coffin for the airline, Flybe had been struggling for a while. The airline, owned by Connect Airways, had been trying to balance the books through a number of measures but was still losing more than $20 million per year. The UK government stepped in to rescue the airline earlier this year, but its efforts, which included a deferral of taxes, potential loans and more, ultimately couldn’t save Flybe. As demand fell with the spread of coronavirus, the airline could no longer hold on and investors pulled the plug. Flybe passengers are being offered free rail travel from First Rail train operators, including Great Western Railway, South Western Railway, TransPennine Express and Avanti West Coast. EasyJet has also offered rescue fares for passengers and free flights for Flybe staff.
WHY IT RATES: Dehn will lead efforts in the New York office to execute group sales for the MICE market. —Janeen Christoff, TravelPulse Senior Writer The Cayman Islands Department of Tourism (CIDOT), announced that Kari Dehn will join the U.S. national sales team for the CIDOT and lead efforts in the New York office to execute group sales for Meetings, Incentive, Conferences and Exhibition (M.I.C.E.) travel and leisure groups visiting the Cayman Islands. As a Certified Incentive Specialist (CIS) with more than 25 years of experience in the travel industry, Dehn brings a wealth of incentive, meeting and event experience to the CIDOT and has previously served on the SITE Minnesota Board of Directors as vice president of membership. “The decision to appoint Kari Dehn as a member of our national U.S. sales team is a direct correlation of the Department of Tourism’s mission to expand consideration and bookings among MICE and leisure group traveler planners,” said Rosa Harris, director of the Cayman Islands Department of Tourism. “The Cayman Islands has many new and enticing destination developments in the pipeline for 2020 and we are poised for future success in hosting groups with our Caymankind hospitality,” added Harris. “Dehn is charged with the platform of engaging, educating and facilitating business to the Cayman Islands through the delivery of a comprehensive incentive sales strategy.” Prior to joining the CIDOT’s U.S. sales team, Dehn held positions with BI Worldwide, Marriott International, Melia Hotels & Resorts and AIC Hotel Group. Dehn’s long-standing industry relationships, experience with global hotel sourcing and sales and expertise building relationships with clients and tourism partners makes her an outstanding addition to the CIDOT. The latest team member added to the Cayman Islands USA National Office will ensure continued growth in group arrivals while generating awareness in the U.S. leisure and business travel markets, keeping the Cayman Islands top-of-mind among key strategic partners and markets for the Department of Tourism. SOURCE: CIDOT press release.
Hotel chain offers free stays for 18 years to couples who check in on Valentine's Day and have a baby nine months later (and guests can book for up to four hours)The promotion is being run by Hotel Zed, which has two properties in Canada Rather than spending the night, couples can also book in for a four-hour stay The hotel chain says: 'Let’s be real, Valentine’s Day was made for getting lucky'By Jennifer Newton for MailOnline Published: 10:46 EST, 30 January 2020 | Updated: 11:55 EST, 30 January 2020
Is this REALLY how to get more space on public transport? The bizarre inflatable jacket that can be pumped up to create a 'barrier between the wearer and busy crowds'The jacket, called the Space Optimiser, can be inflated via an electric pump When inflated, it creates what the makers describe as an '18-inch exclusion zone'Video footage shows a model trying out the coat on the London Underground By Jennifer Newton for MailOnline Published: 12:52 EST, 22 January 2020 | Updated: 12:56 EST, 22 January 2020
Universal Orlando Resort has just announced the concert headliners performing at the 25th annual Mardi Gras celebration, a family-friendly version of the iconic New Orleans celebration that includes a dazzling nightly parade, authentic Cajun-style cuisine, and select nights of live concerts featuring well-known artists. Universal’s Mardi Gras 2020 will be running daily from February 1 through April 2. Guests can enjoy live performances by some of the biggest names in the music industry on sixteen select nights during the event. The lineup includes world-renowned, chart-topping DJ and producer, Marshmello; multi-platinum singer behind the smash-hits “Despacito” and “Échame La Culpa,” Luis Fonsi; and best-selling American girl group, TLC. Other headliners include The Roots, Karol G, Bell Biv DeVoe, +Live+, Kool & the Gang, REO Speedwagon, Dustin Lynch, The All-American Rejects, Diana Ross, Chris Young, Earth, Wind & Fire, Why Don’t We, and Gavin DeGraw. From left to right: TLC, Luis Fonsi, and Marshmello. (photo via Universal Orlando Resort) The party doesn’t stop there, however; the nightly Mardi Gras parade will run through the streets of Universal Studios Florida featuring intricately detailed floats with an all-new Treasure of the Deep theme. MORE Entertainment Six new floats inspired by mystical creatures of the deep, the sunken city of Atlantis and more will be making their debut in the parade. All 12 hand-crafted floats are engineered by Kern Studios, the same company that has created floats for the iconic New Orleans celebration since 1947. Fan-favorite floats, such as the Riverboat and King Gator, will make a return with all-new décor to celebrate 25 years of the party. And of course, vivacious dancers and stilt performers in elaborate costumes will be seen throughout with countless beads being thrown to the crowds. No Mardi Gras celebration would be complete without authentic Cajun cuisine at The French Quarter Courtyard and performances by bands pulled straight from Bourbon Street. New to this year’s event, the Carnival Around the Universe tasting tent will feature dishes inspired by carnivals worldwide with new menu items debuting bi-weekly throughout the event. Returning to this year’s event are fan-favorite add-on experiences, such as the Bayou Boil, bringing guests an authentic New Orleans crawfish boil experience, and the Mardi Gras Tasting Lanyard which gives guests the chance to try a variety of classic New Orleans dishes throughout their visit, which include gumbo, jambalaya, po boys and much more.
Inside the live-longer isle: Centenarians abound in Dominica thanks to its healthy diet, glorious climate - and a pace of life that would make anyone want to live for everDominica was chosen as the location for the Pirates Of The Caribbean films At the last count there were 27 centenarians there — nearly 4 per 10,000 peopleMark Porter paid the island a visit, in search of the font of wellness By Mark Porter For The Daily Mail Published: 08:44 EST, 28 December 2019 | Updated: 04:21 EST, 30 December 2019
Oceans of opulence: Picasso on the walls, a Steinway in the salon... just one problem - the top suite costs £100k per coupleRegent Seven Seas Explorer has a crew-to-passenger ratio of 542 to 750 The Regent Suite costs £9,000-a-night and is a 4,500 sq ft affair Louise Robinson embarked on a 12-night voyage from Cape Town to Rio By Louise Robinson For The Daily Mail Published: 11:15 EST, 7 December 2019 | Updated: 11:15 EST, 7 December 2019
Herds without the hordes: The Great Migration is one of nature's epic sights - but how best to experience it? Follow our top tips is the answer and get ready for the thrill of your life...The Migration sees 2.5million wildebeest, zebra and antelope follow the rain from Kenya’s Masai Mara The creatures travel to the wide, open, predator-studded plains of Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park River crossings usually take place between mid-July and late October, when herds cross the Mara River By Lizzie Pook For The Daily Mail Published: 17:01 EST, 22 November 2019 | Updated: 17:01 EST, 22 November 2019
Track down the train ride of your life! From Australia to Siberia via the USA, here are six of the world’s greatest rail journeysThere are more than 700,000 miles of railways in the world - and they offer unique perspectives You get a better picture of a country: tiny villages, remote forests, mountains, coasts, cityscapes and desertsHere, Tom Chesshyre, author of Slow Trains To Venice, picks out six of the world's very best ridesBy Tom Chesshyre For The Mail On Sunday Published: 08:10 EDT, 24 October 2019 | Updated: 08:53 EDT, 24 October 2019
Bonding for mother and daughter is a walk in the park on Devon's South West Coast PathThe South West Coast Path runs 630 miles along Dorset, Devon and CornwallKate Johnson tackled part of the route in Devon on holiday with her motherThey visited a spa and dined at Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall's restaurantBy Kate Johnson For The Daily Mail Published: 03:28 EDT, 15 October 2019 | Updated: 03:35 EDT, 15 October 2019