NEGOTIATIONS UNDERWAY AS DEADLINE LOOMS
Concerns mounting over impact
of Brexit on open skies accords
By Robert Silk
With Brexit just 19 months away,
concerns are mounting on both
sides of the Atlantic over whether a
deal can be reached in time to preserve the liberal open skies policies
that currently govern commercial
flights between the U.S., the U.K.
and the European Union (EU).
“We want to make sure that when March
of 2019 comes that there is no disruption for
travelers flying to London and points be-
yond,” said Sean Kennedy, a senior vice presi-
dent for the trade group Airlines for America
In recent months, Kennedy has been delivering that message around Europe.
Brexit is scheduled to take place on March
29, 2019. But airlines will need to know their
transit rights at least six months before that
time in order to produce flight schedules and
put tickets on sale.
Under current agreements, airlines from
all 28 members of the EU can fly freely in
and out of the U.K. and within the EU’s
continental member states. Separately, the
U.S.-EU open-skies agreement allows U.S.
Hotels, DMOs demur on pot tourism,
while upstart businesses embrace it
By Danny King
To fully comprehend the chasm in attitudes
about marijuana-related tourism that exists
between pot advocates and the traditional
travel industry, try driving the 65 miles between the Mojave Desert and Las Vegas.
On one end, the old and nearly empty
mining town of Nipton, Calif., is being acquired by a fledgling company called American Green, which has its sights set on creating the country’s first pot-themed resort
town, complete with cannabis-infused water
from a nearby aquifer.
“What we’re looking for is potential,” said
Stephen Shearin, a consultant for PanPacific
International and the general manager of the
Nipton project. “It’s clean, it’s established,
and it’s on a main thoroughfare.”
Don’t expect similar enthusiasm up the
road in Sin City, despite the fact that Nevada
legalized recreational cannabis consumption
“The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors
Authority has no plans to promote recreational marijuana use as a tourism attraction,” said its spokesman, Jeremy Handel.
Within the past five years, eight states that
include some major U.S. tourist destinations
— e.g., Las Vegas, Los Angeles, San Francisco,
Seattle, Denver and Boston — have voted to
legalize recreational marijuana use. Washington, D.C., has also joined that group.
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