Holidaymakers hoping to make the most of a long weekend away this bank holiday may find it's actually cheaper to opt for a five star hotel, an investigation has found. Travel money provider FairFX compared the average price of a one-night stay (on 25 August) in 10 European cities based on each star category. It found that savvy holidaymakers could actually save money by staying in the highest levels of accommodation. The cities investigated were London, Paris, Barcelona, Prague, Amsterdam, Rome, Berlin, Vienna, Budapest, Lisbon exactly two weeks before the August Bank Holiday weekend. Best value destinations for a five star hotel Source: Fair Fx It found Berlin to be the cheapest destination for a night in a 5* hotel, where visitors to the German capital could enjoy a stay at a top-rated hotel for an average of £51 per night – less than half the price of the same rated stay in Paris, and cheaper than a 4* night in a hotel in Amsterdam, Barcelona, Rome and the French … [Read more...] about The city breaks where it’s actually cheaper to go 5-star – and the destinations where you’ll pay more for a lower-rated hotel
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Your editorial (The Piketty phenomenon, 6 May) is right to salute the voluminous historical support that Thomas Piketty's Capital in the 21st Century provides for those campaigning against neoliberalism. But both your paper and Piketty himself undermine efforts to provide an alternative by characterising the chances of his proposed global wealth tax succeeding as "remote" or, as the author claims, "utopian". His work provides the impressive groundwork for the development of a new economic context that could result in this and his other proposal of an 80% top tax rate on very high earners. However, he has undermined any effective solutions by making it clear he is a defender of the free market and that he wants to remodel society "into the process of globalisation" (Our manifesto for Europe, 3 May). This implied retention of the open borders system will dash hopes for effective regulation of financial capitalism, since it will be dismissed as threatening globalisation's holy grail of … [Read more...] about Thomas Piketty’s proposals are not nearly radical enough
This eight-part series features business voices from all of the UK's regions and spans the nation's biggest industries. Here, Laura Onita visits Exeter, where high rents and business rates are hurting retailers. In March, Exeter’s high street lost its last independent shop, a 140-year old tobacconist. The business survived the blitz, but it was defeated by high rents and business rates. It was gradually outgunned by big players such as Marks & Spencer and Boots, which can more easily afford the sites in the south west city. The retailer has now resorted to selling its pipes, hand rolling tobacco and cigarettes online. “Independent businesses are scattered in the corners and crevices of the... … [Read more...] about Special report: South West firms big and small crave political stability and a radical rates overhaul
GINO'S Win Your Wish List is a reboot of the National Lottery game show - and this year there's a festive edition of the show. Here is all you need to know about the series and the Italian chef who's hosting... When is Gino's Win Your Christmas Wish List on TV You can watch this festive edition of the show TONIGHT (Saturday December 22, 2018). It will be on at 8pm on Channel 5. You will be able to watch it online after it has aired. How does Win Your Christmas Wish List work? On Win Your Christmas Wish List, a family of five compete in six rounds to win prizes from a list of gifts they have chosen on their "wish list."Previously each of the rounds featured either question on a chosen topic or a technical dexterity based challenge. The rebooted series is set to feature more physical challenges than before. A preview of the series shows the contestants' hula hooping and dancing. More on TVFESTIVE FILMS Christmas movies on Netflix - from The Grinch to A Christmas Prince STALKER ALERT … [Read more...] about What time is Gino’s Win Your Christmas Wish List tonight and how does the gameshow work?
Sometimes it really does pay to be a woman - with their salaries skyrocketing compared to men. For the first time ever, a woman is Australia's highest-paid chief executive, with Macquarie Group boss Shemara Wikramanayake, the daughter of Sri Lankan immigrants, making $18million. Australia Post chief Christine Holgate was last year paid $2.6million - the highest salary for someone running a government business. Sometimes it really does pay to be a woman - with their salaries skyrocketing compared to men. Female salaries surging by 4.3 per cent during the past year as equivalent male pay levels rose by a much more modest 1.3 per cent (stock image) They were far from the only lucky ladies in Australia, with female salaries surging by 4.3 per cent during the past year as equivalent male pay levels rose by a much more modest 1.3 per cent. ABS head of labour statistics Bjorn Jarvis said job insecurity had curtailed male earnings. 'Median weekly earnings for male employees rose by less … [Read more...] about Women close the gap: Female salaries skyrocket and are growing at TRIPLE the rate of male wages