Long Lines at LAXit For Drivers and Passengers

Long Lines at LAXit For Drivers and Passengers

November 24, 2019

Traffic is jamming up at LAX as Uber, Lyft, and taxi drivers spend up to an hour creeping towards the new “LAXit” pickup area where passengers must now go to meet up with their vehicles.

Meanwhile, passengers are waiting in long lines to get to the pickup area themselves from the main terminal.

The new pickup area was designed to decrease general traffic congestion and to facilitate pickups and drop-offs during a major airport renovation and an airport train construction project that will cause closures of curbs areas and lanes until 2023.


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This post is based on the LA Times article, LAX rules for Uber, Lyft and taxis create chaos—and opportunities, by Samantha Masunaga, November 5, 2019, and the YouTube video, To Ease Traffic Congestion, LAX Will No Longer Allow Ride Share Pickups At Terminal, by CBS Los Angeles, October 3, 2019. Image source: Kyoungil Jeon/Getty Images

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1. What are customers doing to try to access their transport, and how is this affecting other businesses’ capacity planning?

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In Venice: Unsustainable Tourism

In Venice: Unsustainable Tourism

November 23, 2019

Venice’s tourist population has swelled to 30 million people a year, and many arrive on the approximately 570 cruise ships that make calls in the lagoon.

Desperate to preserve the city’s image, the Italian transport minister is pulling the plug on large ship access to the Grand Canal near Piazzo San Marco square beginning in April 2020.  Reductions in the number of cruise ships entering the area were already introduced in August 2019.

In addition, beginning in July 2020, day-trippers arriving by public transport will pay a fee of three euros during the off-season and eight euros in high season to help preserve the city’s quality of life.  Those who choose to visit during peak times, such as summer weekends, will have to pay an additional 10 euro charge to visit the city center and islands of the lagoon.


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This post is based on the Express article, Tourism crackdown: Venice to ban large cruise ships in bid to save city, by Leonie Chao-Fong, November 7, 2019; the Worth article,  Facing Rising Water Continue reading

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Thailand Makes Its Move in the Trade War

Thailand Makes Its Move in the Trade War

November 22, 2019

The continuing tariff war between China and the United States has forced companies to reconsider their reliance on Chinese sourcing.  Other countries throughout Southeast Asia are taking advantage of this opportunity to promote their own attractions as a base of operations.

Thailand is long experienced with foreign (in particular, U.S.) investment, but has taken further steps to attract new entrants.  It now takes only 4-1/2 days to set up a business.  Established sectors with long experience in Thailand include automotive and electronics.

New incentives over and above tax relief target “strategic investments toward future sectors” with additional concessions based on workforce and productivity investments.  FDI is already high for Southeast Asia at $227 billion in 2018, but this expanded incentive targets mid-size projects of $32 million + for near-term implementation (plans must be submitted by 2020).

One particular sector of interest is aerospace, which particularly targets U.S. investment.  Besides incentives, Thailand is promoting its central location in the region and 13 free trade agreements.  The commitment goes deeper with active involvement of the government, right up to the Prime Minister, as part of a long term approach to economic growth.

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