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It’s Summer: Time to Visit Saint-Tropez

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International tourist mecca, St. Tropez’s mythical tame has played a large part in the renown of the whole Côte d’ Azur.

The world’s most rich and famous have found escape in St. Tropez for centuries. Icons Brigitte Bardot and artist Henri Matisse helped spread word of the unbridled, isolated luxury of France’s southern peninsula.

Thoughts on Your Trip to St Tropez

Coming from Nice generally, the lure of a trip to St Tropez is hard to resist. If the timing of the daily boat from Nice Quai Lunel (or less frequent out of season) doesn’t suit, independent travel is still a viable option. The most flexible way is the fairly frequent train from Nice Gare Ville to St Raphael, which breaks the back of the journey, and then change to a few options for the final approach. At St Raphael Port there is the Bateaux St Raphael who run 5…

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UBERPOP Surrounded In France

An UberPOP driver has been surrounded by a gang of angry taxi drivers in Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat (near Nice, France). It’s reported that the taxi drivers set a trap for the man by posing as clients and then surrounded his car where a war of words took place. Taxi drivers say Uber should not be operating at all as it’s been banned by the government. Uber is appealing against a French government ruling outlawing it on the 1st of January and says it intends to expand.

French Gendarmes eventually got the vehicle and car

Statue of Liberty replica in Nice, France

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A replica of the Statue of Liberty in New York was unveiled February 1, 2014 in Nice, France by the Mayor of Nice Christian Estrosi. The original Statue of Liberty was gifted to the United States by the people of France, and there have since been numerous global replicas. The Nice replica commemorates 100 years since the First World War.

The Nice monument is 1.35 meters (about 4.5 feet) high excluding the base. The Nice replica is installed on the Quai des États-Unis (across from the Opera of Nice)..Designed by Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi, it will obviously be a lot smaller than the original statue in New York, but it is said to be higher than the one standing in Paris.

The original Statue of Liberty in New York was a gift to the United States by the people of France. Many cities around the world already have replicas of the monument…

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UBER at Nice, France Airport

Airport upper left and hotel lower right
Airport upper left and hotel lower right
Taxi research – Research by some local journalists, prompted by the latest episode of violence against minicab drivers last Friday, has produced some interesting results. Research involved taking the same trip three times, from Terminal 1 of the airport to the Meridien Hotel on the Promenade des Anglais in Nice.
Taxi Ramp at Nice Airport
Taxi Ramp at Nice Airport
The first journey was taken in a cab waiting in the official rank outside, so no need to hail. € 35. The second identical journey was in a private hire minivan, known as VTCs in France, summoned by using the app Über, which arrived in 1 min. € 26. The third was a private car summoned by using Über Pop, driven by a Russian national who works as a delivery driver in the morning, and supplements his income by driving in the afternoons. A 15 minute wait and a cost of € 8.
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Uber and the Future Of Business Travel

 The president of Nice’s taxi drivers, Alain Trapani, and one of his colleagues have been arrested following an assault at Nice airport. They have now been bailed to appear before judges in July after assaulting an Über minivan driver. According to airport police, the minivan driver was assaulted while picking up a customer at the airport, perfectly legally.
The sharing economy is going from boho to white collar, and elbowing its way into your expense reports. Here’s why that actually matters.

There are ways we work today that would have given a last-century HR manager a nervous twitch. There’s employee collaboration, file-sharing, and general chit-chat, over less-than secure cloud services. There’s employee adoption of new third-party services such as Expensify and Yammer that, once they’ve Trojan Horsed their way into a company’s workflow, are impossible to extract. There’s BYOD.

If you think this is a problem, I’m part of the problem.

In addition to, well, all of the above, I’ve repeatedly booked lodgings on Airbnb for business travel. Beyond basic math and logic, I didn’t really think about it: It was less costly than a nice–or even medium-nice–hotel, more central, and more comfortable for me as a working traveler (free WiFi; ample coffee). It just made sense. I’ve hailed for short work travel non-cab car services–Uber, Lyft, and the like–when it was logical to do so. My editors do the same. (Based on the responses we got to a Facebook post inquiring, many of you do the same as well.)

The sharing economy, with all its not-so-business-friendly regulatory hassles and insurance issues, is now just part of the way we travel–both for pleasure and for business. But beginning this week, it’s trying to look a little less bohemian, and a little more business-casual.

This week, both Airbnb and Uber set up booths at a conference at the Los Angeles Convention Center that’s hosted by a massive travel organization, the Global Business Travel Association. If there’s an activity diametrically opposed to the act of “disruptive innovation,” it might be staffing booths 1251 and 2725 for a week at a buttoned-up convention expected to draw 7,000 attendees.

Oddly, this highly corporate booth-sitting is not the most corporate thing both these startups have done this week. They’ve also both announced official partnerships with expense-management software company Concur (which, coincidentally, is right over at booth 1725, and which already has 20,000 corporate clients).

For Uber, it’s part of the Uber for Business campaign it kicked off July 29, which allows business travelers to directly submit Uber trips to a company account, rather than having to expense them. Airbnb did a similar press blitz Monday, launching Business Travel on Airbnb. From the company’s blog:

Nearly 10 percent of Airbnb’s customers travel for business already and we’ve heard from traveler feedback that a dedicated site that caters to business travelers’ needs has been high on their wishlist.

Another sharing-economy company, TaskRabbit, has also tried out the “for business” concept, helping pair temporary workers with companies in need of a quick labor boost.

It makes perfect sense for these super fast-growing companies: The corporate sector absolutely is crucial to the hospitality industry. Hotels in big cities rely on business travel for approximately two-thirds of their revenue. What’s more, business travelers tend to be creatures of habit, becoming repeat visitors to favored haunts. They also spend more than folks traveling on their own dime. All that business travel adds up to $1.21 trillion in annual revenue, according to the GBTA.

Cutting into hotels’ business-travel revenue could mean big profits for Airbnb and its ilk. Corporate travel was only 8 percent of Airbnb’s bookings last year, one of its managers told the Wall Street Journal.

There are obvious hurdles in convincing large corporate clients to bank on a startup that’s faced such regulatory hurdles in the largest city in the United States that it has purchased billboards in public transit brashly proclaiming “New Yorkers agree: Airbnb is great for New York City.” (Because New Yorkers just adore being told what to think.)

It’s smart for these companies to broaden their arsenal for getting into corporate travel. They’ve gone the Trojan Horse way already, sneaking into other startups’ and established companies’ expense reports, and now are entering through the gates, with partnerships with Concur and Salesforce.

Whether this new strategy will actually help these peer-to-peer marketplaces overcome their existing issues with regulators remains an open question. Certainly, they have lobbying strength already, but once their services become indispensible to large companies, they will have a whole host of new, strong-armed allies. (For starters, consider the fact that that more than two-thirds of the biggest companies in America use Concur.)

Corporate and boring? Not exactly. This next few months–in which we’ll learn which companies adopt the sharing economy’s proposition–could determine the future of the hospitality industry as we know it.

The organisers of a Facebook page which informs users if controllers are on board buses and trams

Facebook alert – The organisers of a Facebook page which informs users if controllers are on board buses and trams on the Ligne d’Azur network have denied that it’s been set up to help people dodge fares. 1800 people have signed up to the group which offers information in real time. The page  which is called ‘solidarite aux sans ticket’ warns that it has not been set up to help people evade fares but to simply give them information which will persuade them to buy a 1 euro 50 ticket instead of risking a fine of between 32 and 86 euros. 

 
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La Canne à Sucre: Best Spot To See WORLD CUP

Yes! La Canne à Sucre, located at 11 Promenade des Anglais, in Nice, France, is the best spot to watch the World Cup (or any other sporting event). Friendly atmosphere, lots of big TV screens, friendly owner greeting guests. Always friendly rivalry: German shirts and French shirts for Germany / France match!

 

Oui! La Canne à Sucre, situé au 11 Promenade des Anglais, à Nice, en France, est le meilleur endroit pour regarder la Coupe du Monde (ou de tout autre événement sportif). Une ambiance conviviale, un bon nombre de grands écrans de télévision, amical propriétaire accueille les clients. Rivalité toujours sympathique: chemises allemandes et chemises français pour l’Allemagne / France allumette!

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