(CNN) — Your business trip might be more basic airport hotel than five-star city center establishment, but wherever you're staying, being a traveling executive can add up. Plus, some cities are pricier than others -- whether it's picking up a sandwich on the go or grabbing a bottle of water. Planning your next conference abroad? Management consultant ECA International has surveyed cities across the globe to work out which will leave travelers struggling to balance the books on the plane home. New York remains at the top spot -- which ECA says is because of pricey hotel rooms -- but there's been a few surprise admissions and re-entries from urban hubs across the world. New entries Los Angeles is number 9 on the list. Pixabay 2018's list only included two American cities, with New York taking the top spot and Washington DC coming in at eight. This year, Washington's risen up the list to number four -- while West Coast cities Los Angeles and San Francisco are new … [Read more...] about Most expensive cities for business travel in 2019
(CNN) — In the deepest chasms of the Indian Ocean, a mysterious new creature's been spotted, potentially for the first time. Diver Victor Vescovo was on a pioneering trip to the bottom of the Java Trench -- believed to be the deepest point in the Indian Ocean -- as part of the Five Deeps Expedition, that's being filmed for Discovery Channel. In the trench's murky depths, Vescovo and his team spotted what they think is a previously unseen species of jellyfish. They captured footage of the creature, which the team describes as an "extraordinary gelatinous animal" which "does not resemble anything seen before." Incredible moment Alan Jamieson, the expedition's chief scientist, spoke to CNN Travel about the incredible find. "I normally have a pretty fair idea of what we're going to see -- but every now and again you get thrown this curveball," says Jamieson. "It really looks artificial -- it rolls out the darkness and suddenly it turns and you're like, 'Jesus, that's … [Read more...] about Is this a new type of jellyfish in the Indian Ocean?
(CNN) — Gordon Ramsay's newest London restaurant has become embroiled in a row over alleged cultural appropriation after an Asian food critic accused the celebrity chef of tokenism. Ramsey's restaurant group is preparing to launch Lucky Cat, which promotional material describes as "an authentic Asian Eating House and vibrant late-night lounge, inspired by the drinking dens of 1930s Tokyo and the Far East." But at a preview night last week, food writer Angela Hui claimed "it was nothing if not a real life Ramsay kitchen nightmare." Writing on Eater website, Hui said said she was "the only east Asian person in a room full of 30-40 journalists and chefs" and that the setting was "more seedy nightclub than Asian eating house." In a series of scathing accompanying posts made to Instagram, the screengrabs of which were embedded in the review, Hui she could only "drink thru the pain that is this an "Asian' event." In another she added, "Japanese? Chinese? It's all Asian … [Read more...] about Gordon Ramsay’s new ‘authentic Asian’ restaurant kicks off cultural appropriation dispute
(CNN) — Following four years of construction and nonstop media coverage, Singapore's long-awaited Jewel Changi Airport is officially open. Featuring a dramatic, doughnut-shaped exterior framed in steel and glass, the 135,700-square-meter space (around 1.46 million square feet) is a multi-use complex designed to connect three of Changi Airport's four terminals. But above all, the April 17 opening confirms long-held suspicions that yes, the "world's best airport" is now even better and will likely hold onto its top spot on the Skytrax rankings, which it has dominated for the past seven years, for the foreseeable future. Built at a cost of SG$1.7 billion (about US$1.25 billion) and designed by renowned architect Moshe Safdie, Jewel has 10 stories -- five above ground and five in the basement. The star attraction is the 40-meter-tall (around 130 feet) HSBC Rain Vortex, which cascades through a huge oculus in the middle of Jewel and is billed as the world's … [Read more...] about Inside Changi Airport Singapore’s new ‘Jewel’
(CNN) — They're called tilt-rotor aircraft. They hover like helicopters -- but they fly faster and farther -- like airplanes. The military has flown them for years. Now -- for the first time -- a production model is on track to be approved for civilian roles such as emergency medivac flights, search-and-rescue operations and executive travel. Billionaire and former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg reportedly has said he wants one. An executive like Bloomberg could board a tilt-rotor near his home and fly at speeds higher than 300 mph to a meeting a thousand miles away. About three hours later, it could land on a helipad at the meeting location. No airports required. Tilt-rotors could also save precious time in the organ donation process. For example, they could pick up a donor heart from a hospital helipad and quickly fly it directly to another hospital more than 1,000 miles away, avoiding airports altogether. Search and rescue: A low-flying search plane can … [Read more...] about First civilian helicopter-plane hybrid is coming next year