Another Etihad investment to go under?, Aloft Palm Dubai to open, Grand Hyatt Manila to open, are you leaving Apple too?

– Etihad’s equity investments are likely the airline industry’s worst in decades – Air Seychelles has given up on long-haul operations

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As of April 24, Air Seychelles will suspend all flights to Paris, the French capital and Antananarivo, Madagascar.

The national carrier faces more international competition. British Airways is expected to start operating to Seychelles in March. This will be followed by Air France’s subsidiary – Joon – and Swiss Edelweiss Air in May and September respectively.

The chief executive of Air Seychelles, Remco Althuis, said that these new operations, coupled with the nine other airlines already operating in the island nation, “will create an overcapacity of inbound seats to Seychelles, leading to reduced airfares and this will put a lot of pressure on our Paris operation.”

The Seychelles have never been able to jumpstart tourism growth as Mauritius and the Maldives have seen. Air Seychelles made a bid to change that but failed – especially in marketing it’s products.

Joon, BA (and likely LEVEL) will have no trouble filling seats at $149 one-way.

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– believe it or not but the uber luxurious Palm in Dubai has gotten an Aloft hotel

Redemptions run at 10,000 Starpoints a night. Traffic is a nightmare at the Palm and I haven’t found a reason to stay there.

– the Grand Hyatt Manila is finally open

Rates start at around $250 or 7,500 points & $100.

– don’t you wish you are in the Cryptocurrency business right now? Coinbase overshot its lofty revenue projections by 66% and isn’t interested in any Venture money suddenly – oh the good times…

– I have been falling out with my Apple devices I cherished for long and are almost set to buy a Samsung phone and Linux laptop – this article is a great summary of what’s wrong with Apple (from a developer and user perspective)