The Atlantic Update – Wednesday 9 October 2019

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Hotel Le Germain, Montreal
Hotel Le Germain, Montreal (Image Credit: Le Germain Hotels)

Hello and welcome to the The Atlantic Update providing a weekly bulletin on developments on transatlantic travel between Europe and North America. The Atlantic Update is published every Wednesday morning at 06:00 GMT.

Montreal’s Boom

Some time ago a region decided to have a referendum on whether it should remain a member of a union, where it has had not always the easiest of relationships.

It was a narrow result, but the referendum still had profound economic effects. Particularly for one city, once a financial capital and a host of a world fair. Banks relocated their headquarters elsewhere. Whilst the city retained its many European charms, the sight of economic decline was inescapable.

No, not that referendum! The 1995 referendum on whether Quebec should become an independent country from Canada.

It had a significant impact on the economic fortunes of Montreal. However, there are signs the city is making a comeback. There is a huge construction boom in downtown Montreal. A new light rail network is under construction. The Canadian hotel chain The Four Seasons opened a new property earlier this year.

Another highly rated Canadian hotel chain is Le Germain Hotels. It has this month reopened its property in Montreal after an extensive refurbishment.

Hotel Le Germain, Montreal
Hotel Le Germain, Montreal (Image Credit: Le Germain Hotels)
Hotel Le Germain, Montreal
Hotel Le Germain, Montreal (Image Credit: Le Germain Hotels)
Hotel Le Germain, Montreal
Hotel Le Germain, Montreal (Image Credit: Le Germain Hotels)

If there’s one reason for a transatlantic traveller to chose this chain over others is that there are no set check-out times for all guests. Large chains of course offer late check-outs to those in certain tiers of frequent guest programmes. Otherwise an automatic check-out is applied by default. Here, you can set any check-out time you wish, even well into the evening – perfect for freshening up before a transatlantic flight home.

Also of note this week:

Los Angeles International airport is to end curbside pick-ups for taxi and ride-sharing services from the end of this month. These will be moved to a centralised lot to ease traffic congestion. (Curbed LA)

Miami-Dade County explores funding a train station in Aventura for use by Virgin Trains USA, formerly known as Brightline. (Miami Herald)

New York City all but bans cars from 14th Street Manhattan to reduce traffic congestion. (New York Times)

New York City’s Architecture and Design Month “Archtober” is underway. (Archtober)

Uber has rolled out its “Uber copter” service to New York JFK to all users. (New York Post)

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