The Czech Republic is changing its name, Lufthansa plans to cancel a whopping 34,000 flights this summer, A Chinese city is set to overtake Paris as the world’s biggest tourism destination and more in top stories of the day.
The Czech Republic is changing its name – here’s why
The Czech Republic now wants more people to refer to it as ‘Czechia’.
Czechia and the Czech Republic have both been used in an official capacity for years (since 2016, in fact), with the former being simply a shortened form. From now on, however, Czech Republic will only be used in things like official government documents, legal correspondence and embassy business. Czechia, on the other hand, is what the country would prefer to be called in more practical, less formal situations. Czechia will be used in things such as literary works and newspapers, as well as by people representing the country like sportspeople.
Lufthansa plans to cancel a whopping 34,000 flights this summer
German carrier Lufthansa has announced that it intends to cancel an enormous 34,000 flights this summer. Lufthansa says that staff shortages are to blame for the cuts to its summer schedule, though the airline has also been hit by strikes in recent weeks. Last Friday (February 17), a strike at airports in Bremen, Dortmund, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Hanover, Munich and Stuttgart caused Lufthansa to cancel more than 1,300 flights.
If you’ve already booked a flight with Lufthansa this summer, keep an eye out for news. The airline has said it will notify any affected customers well in advance so that they can make other arrangements.
This city is set to overtake Paris as the world’s biggest tourism destination
It’s not hard to see why Paris is the world’s biggest tourism destination. But researchers at the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) reckon that the Chinese capital of Beijing will soon surpass Paris as the world’s single biggest travel and tourism destination.
The report examined stuff like travel’s contribution to GDP and employment, as well as forecasts for traveller spending, to come to its conclusions. While the pandemic and travel restrictions temporarily slowed the popularity of Chinese cities for travellers, the WTTC says that Beijing is back on track to becoming the world’s biggest tourist destination.
The value of Paris’ tourism and travel sector currently stands at about $36 billion, with Beijing currently sitting at $33 billion. However, the WTTC says that Beijing’s travel industry will soon surge to a whopping $77 billion.
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