The Swiss Hotel Association started using one to five stars as symbols for hotel categorisation in 1979. In 2005 it registered according trademarks with the Swiss Trademark Register. GastroSuisse, another trade association of the Swiss hotel and gastronomy industry, could not reach an agreement with the Hotel Association on cooperative classification and thus decided to establish its own classification system also based on star symbols.
Almost 150 former employees of Japan Airlines sued the company in Tokyo District Court demanding their jobs back. The airline underwent major restructuring in 2010 and cut nearly 30% of its workforce under a court-approved restructuring plan.
The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) sued the federal government over the body scanner images taken at security checkpoints in airports. The center wanted the government to release images which were created to give officials at the Transportation Security Administration an idea of the effectiveness of its detection technology. The center thus wanted to determine how the technology would impact privacy and civil liberty concerns.
International tourism recovered strongly in 2010 according to the Advance Release of the UNWTO World Tourism Barometer. International tourist arrivals were up by almost 7% to 935 million, following the 4% decline in 2009 – the year hardest hit by the global economic crisis. The vast majority of destinations worldwide posted positive figures, sufficient to offset recent losses or bring them close to this target.
Within a consultation process on the use of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) as a means to resolve disputes related to commercial transactions and practices in the EU, the European Commisson has invited all citizens and organisations to contribute. The purpose is to consult on the difficulties identified in relation to ADR and the ways to improve the use of ADR in the EU.
The law tightens anti-smoking restrictions introduced in 2006. While the 2006 anti-smoking law prohibited smoking in the workplace, the new law also bans smoking in enclosed public spaces, which includes office buildings, bars, restaurants, hotel lobbies, casinos, clubs, open-decked tourist buses and airports. However, smoking remains permitted in open-air stadiums, hotel rooms set aside for smokers and at the beaches.
The law will make Spain a tougher place to smoke than other EU countries where bars and restaurants are still allowed to have smoking sections.
Plaintiff sued for compensation under Reg. 261/2004 against a US carrier after his flight from FRA to the US had been cancelled due to a technical defect. First instance court (AG Frankfurt/Main) dismissed the claim because of lacking international jurisdiction. The appelate court (LG Fankfurt/Main) reversed the judgement and and granted the claim for which German courts had jurisdiction.
The plaintiffs Sabre Inc. and Sabre International Inc. claimed damages and other relief from the International Air Transport Association (“IATA”) for breach of confidence, in respect of booking related data provided by Sabre to the Billing and Settlement Plan for Canada/Bermuda (“Canada/Bermuda BSP”) and to the other Billing and Settlement Plans (the “Other BSPs”) in other jurisdictions. The claim relates to PaxIS, an airline industry business intelligence product based in part on ticketing data that IATA collects and processes through its billing and settlement plans (BSP).
The Obama administration last Friday eased restrictions on travel to Cuba. The changes allow Americans to travel to Cuba by academic, religious and cultural groups and also allow charter flights from more American airports. Moreover, the new measures permit Americans to send money to Cuban citizens. However, the embargo against the communist government will remain.