How to get away from cruise ship crowds

Canadian Tammy Cecco wasn’t a fan of cruising. “The thought of being on a ship with thousands of other people and not being able to get off,” she said, “was something that I wanted to avoid.” That didn’t change when Cecco, a travel magazine publisher, boarded a surprise cruise booked by her husband to renew … Read more

TikTok in Europe’s crosshairs as US mulls ban on Chinese-owned app

TikTok holds its End Of Year Event 2022 in Milan, Italy, on Dec. 13. Claudio Lavenia Getty Images Entertainment | Getty Images TikTok is beginning to feel the sting of political and regulatory pressure in Europe, where the Chinese-owned app has largely evaded the scrutiny it’s faced in the US EU Commissioner of the Internal … Read more

how to find sustainable travel companies

People said the pandemic made them want to travel more responsibly in the future. Now new data indicates they’re actually doing it. According to a report published in January by the World Travel & Tourism Council and Group: Nearly 60% of travelers have chosen more sustainable travel options in the last couple of years. … Read more

Beyoncé and a $100k-night suite at Atlantis The Royal

Beyoncé performs on stage headlining the Grand Reveal of Dubai’s newest luxury hotel, Atlantis The Royal on January 21, 2023 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Mason Poole/parkwood Media | Getty Images Entertainment | Getty Images DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – It was the talk of the town. Of the entire country, really — and then … Read more

Russia, South Africa and a ‘redesigned global order’

PRETORIA, South Africa – Jan. 23, 2023: Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov (L) meets South African Foreign Minister Naledi Pandor (R) during his official visit in Pretoria Ihsaan Haffejee/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images Russia and South Africa vowed this week to strengthen bilateral ties and will embark on a joint military exercise next month, coinciding … Read more

China’s Covid wave drives up consumer interest in health insurance

Chuiyangliu hospital, pictured in January 2023 in Beijing, in the last few years completed renovations that allowed for a six-fold increase in daily patents to 5,000 a day, according to official estimates. Yin Hon Chow | CNBC BEIJING — At the top of the shopping list for anyone in their late 20s or older in … Read more

Quran burning in Sweden enrages Turkey, threatens NATO membership path

Sweden and Finland have taken another step in joining NATO, meaning only a formal ratification of their accession agreement is now left. Anadolu Agency | Anadolu Agency | Getty Images It’s now been eight months since Sweden and Finland declared their intent to join NATO, a move that upended the countries’ longstanding policies of non-alignment … Read more

‘M3gan’ sets the stage for a big year for horror movies at the box office

A lifelike doll programmed to be a child’s greatest companion and a parent’s greatest ally turns murderous in Universal Studios and Blumhouse’s “M3GAN.” Universal A fashion-forward, murderous doll is ringing up big bucks at the box office. “M3gan,” the newest release from the Universal Studios and Blumhouse collaboration, will end up with more than $100 … Read more

Greta Thunberg says Davos prioritizing short-term profits over the planet

Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg on Thursday accused the political and business elite at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, of prioritizing self-interest and short-term profits over people and the planet. “We are right now in Davos where basically the people who are mostly fueling the destruction of the planet, the people who are … Read more

Stocks, data, earnings, WEF news

Standard Chartered chair says UK ‘knows what needs to be done’ in difficult environment Standard Chartered Chairman José Viñals said long- and short-term factors including an impending recession would cause challenges for the UK this year, but that the government should “maintain discipline” in its fiscal policies, “maintain confidence” for the private sector to operate … Read more