Uber Ruling in France Boosts Gig Workers’ Rights

France’s highest appeals court ruled that a former Uber Technologies Inc. driver should be recognized as an employee rather than as an independent contractor, putting France ahead of other efforts around the world to give gig-economy workers the ability to demand broader employment benefits. The decision–which can’t be appealed–appears to be the first from a… Continue reading Uber Ruling in France Boosts Gig Workers’ Rights

Thailand Special Tourist Visa (STV) Provisions Prompt TAT Inquiries

The Thailand’s ‘Special Tourist Visa‘ (STV) scheme is starting to gain momentum as overseas offices under the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) report high interest from tour agents. After the cabinet approved the STV scheme last week, all TAT offices in Europe received a number of calls and emails asking for more details about the… Continue reading Thailand Special Tourist Visa (STV) Provisions Prompt TAT Inquiries

Qatar Airways to Reinstate Flights to Phuket, Thailand

Qatar Airways currently operates 14-weekly Bangkok-Doha flights, and will resume two-weekly Phuket-Doha flights beginning 4 December 2020 and increasing to 7-weekly from 10 December 2020.* Thai passengers can enjoy more flexible travel options via the most connected and Best Airport in the Middle East, Hamad International Airport.

Building Safe Travel Bubbles

People will be eagerly following the expected launch of the world’s first travel bubble later this month, which will enable people who test negative for Covid-19 to travel between Hong Kong and Singapore on designated flights without having to go through quarantine. If successful, the initiative could help pave the way for reopening travel and… Continue reading Building Safe Travel Bubbles

TAT Awaits Upsurge from European Travellers Next Year

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is hopeful the European market will revive following the outbreak, with the first group of Scandinavians expected to arrive later this year. Siripakorn Cheawsamoot, TAT deputy governor for Europe, Africa, the Middle East and the Americas, said prior to the pandemic, the number of tourism receipts from the European… Continue reading TAT Awaits Upsurge from European Travellers Next Year

Show 500k THB Funds for Single Entry Tourist Visa to Thailand

Foreigners who wish to apply for a Single Entry Tourist Visa (SETV) to Thailand are now required to provide 6 months worth of bank statements showing a bank balance of at least 500,000 THB. The jaw dropping new financial requirement has been confirmed on the websites of several Thai embassies around the world.

Rental Home as Office Space Anywhere: Like Airbnb But for Work

The sharing economy is here to stay. We now live a world where Airbnb hosts more rooms in more global destinations than any major hotel chain, and Uber is competing with Google to produce the first self-driving taxi. But in the craze over collaborative consumption, when does “smart” sharing cross the line into “oversharing”?

Hilton Rolling Out ‘Work from Hotel’ Packages

Hilton is tapping into the remote working trend with the debut of WorkSpaces by Hilton, a portfoliowide ‘Work from Hotel‘ pilot program rolling out across the U.S. and the U.K. Under the WorkSpaces initiative, guests can utilize a room as a remote office, with participating properties currently offering new daytime rates.

New Marriott International feature points guests to ‘Remote Working’ with ‘Marriott Bonvoy’

Marriott International, Inc. has announced a new program to work anywhere with Marriott Bonvoy that meets consumers where they are in their lives – juggling working and schooling from home and seeking a little inspiration to break-up the monotony. Marriott Bonvoy’s new Day Pass, Stay Pass and Play Pass packages were designed as flexible options… Continue reading New Marriott International feature points guests to ‘Remote Working’ with ‘Marriott Bonvoy’