EasyJet misery a foretaste of European airmageddon

October 6, 2016

Growing overcapacities fuelled by cheap oil, security scares and Brexit jitters are hitting even highly efficient airlines like easyJet hard. The low-cost carrier expects a 28 pct fall in pre-tax profit. Less nimble rivals like Lufthansa and Air France can brace for worse.

Golden Chinese shopping spree will tarnish soon

October 3, 2016

China's "Golden Week" holiday will see mainland tourists splurging in bazaars from Milan to Macau. Retailers should enjoy it while it lasts. Tax cuts will make shopping at home less painful, and younger Chinese prefer experiences to handbags. That will cap future growth.

EasyJet is post-Brexit bet for the brave

July 21, 2016

The UK airline says it doesn’t know what security scares, currency turmoil and Britain’s exit from Europe will do to earnings. The shares have fallen around 30 pct in less than a month. Yet in past downturns easyJet has snatched market share. There’s no reason it can’t again.

Expedia finds back door to Airbnb’s market

November 5, 2015

The travel site is paying $3.9 bln for HomeAway. Though the vacation-rental firm lacks the urban clout of its better-known rival, moving in with its new parent will help. Cost cuts are low, but HomeAway’s cash pile will ease the blow to Expedia of shelling out a 28 pct premium.

Bangkok attack shakes Thai economy’s last support

August 18, 2015

The deadly bombing of a shrine will scare off tourists whose numbers were up 29 pct this year. It’s another jolt to an economy already grappling with flat exports and weak private investment. Military rulers have been slow to boost public spending. That’s making things worse.

Capital controls hit Greek economy at worst time

June 29, 2015

Closing the stricken state’s banks would be a disaster at any time of year. But Athens’ capital controls are kicking in just as one of Greece’s main drivers – tourism – hits peak season. Even if Greeks don’t leave the euro, 2015 will be a writeoff.

Rob Cox: Flurry of ski M&A aims to control weather

By Rob Cox
September 30, 2014

CEOs and corporate financiers revel in the power of the deal. One company, Vail Resorts, is taking the idea to extremes. By acquiring clusters of snowy U.S. retreats in different climates and selling “Epic” season passes, it is trying to smooth bumps caused by Mother Nature.

Club Med auction returns to work refreshed

September 12, 2014

Legal action delayed a low-ball MBO by China’s Fosun last year. A counterbid by financier Andrea Bonomi has now forced Fosun to hike its offer to $1.1 bln. Shareholders in the French holiday group have been vindicated for refusing to throw in the towel.

Chinese sightseers present challenge to the world

By Wei Gu
October 3, 2012

Half the country’s 1.4 billion inhabitants are expected to travel during this week’s national holiday. A new love for tourism provides a much-needed economic boost. But giant traffic jams and a deadly boat crash in Hong Kong underscore the difficulty of coping with the crowds.

Ticket to ride up London’s Shard looks toppy

January 25, 2013

Western Europe’s tallest building will soon offer a near-$40 view. That’s lofty compared to famous vistas in New York, Paris and elsewhere. Adjusted for height, the cost looks even steeper. Blame may lie with the same footloose global capital that has flooded into London property.