Paris Set to Outdo London Shard with Russian Skyscrapers.
Russian developer Hermitage is planning a complex costing about 3 billion euros ($4 billion) on Paris’s outskirts to elbow out the London Shard from its spot as Western Europe’s tallest skyscraper. The project with two 320 meter-high (1,050 feet) towers in the La Defense business district, 11 metro stops from the Notre-Dame cathedral, will house luxury apartments, offices and a five-star hotel. The structures would surpass the 310 meter-tall London Shard. In the French capital, only the Eiffel Tower will be taller. “You’ll be able to see the buildings from every part of the city,” Emin Iskenderov, 37, the Russian chief executive officer of Hermitage, said in a Sept. 12 interview in his Paris office. “We hope before the end of this year we’re going to finalize the financial agreements, and we’re going to start the project this year.”
Virgin offers complimentary flights after passengers stranded overnight.
Virgin passengers were left stranded overnight in a small airport following an emergency landing as the airline said all hotel rooms were fully booked. More than 250 passengers were left at Gander Airport, a small airport in Newfoundland, Canada, after a "technical fault" forced the plane travelling from Heathrow to New York to land. The flight was forced to land in Canada at 22:30 local time on Saturday with a relief flight due to take off from Gander for New York John F. Kennedy at 16:55 on Sunday. A message on the airline's Twitter account said: "Unfortunately, hotels in the local area are full - and despite our best efforts we've been unable to get any for customers or staff. Apologies for this." A Virgin spokeswoman said: "All passengers and crew remained at Gander overnight on 17th August and a replacement aircraft took them to their destination the following day (18th August). "The airline would like to thank passengers for their patience and apologise for the inconvenience caused. Due to the exceptional circumstances, as a gesture of goodwill we are offering all passengers a complimentary return flight with Virgin Atlantic for use at a later date." Source: Travel Mole
Eaton Hotel suspends use of plastic bottled water throughout its hotel operation.
Instead the hotel has invested HK$500,000 to install an eco-friendly drinking water purification system that allows glass bottles to be re-used. This initiative helps to eliminate the consumption and subsequent disposal of approximately 350,000 plastic bottles every year – a positive and efficient way of supporting the hotel’s environmental commitment without compromising service or quality. Source: Asia Travel Tips