Airlines slam proposals to ban air mile programs and tax frequent flyers

The CCC is an independent body that advises the U.K. government on how to build a low carbon economy. Among recommendations was a call for the U.K. government to “introduce a ban on air miles and frequent flyer loyalty schemes that incentivise excessive flying.” The report also urged lawmakers to introduce a levy targeting frequent flyers, noting that an estimated 15% of the British population took 70% of the country’s flights. The level of tax would correspond to air miles traveled over a three


The CCC is an independent body that advises the U.K. government on how to build a low carbon economy. Among recommendations was a call for the U.K. government to “introduce a ban on air miles and frequent flyer loyalty schemes that incentivise excessive flying.” The report also urged lawmakers to introduce a levy targeting frequent flyers, noting that an estimated 15% of the British population took 70% of the country’s flights. The level of tax would correspond to air miles traveled over a three
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Airlines slam proposals to ban air mile programs and tax frequent flyers

A Boeing Co. 747 passenger aircraft, operated by British Airways, takes at Heathrow airport in London, U.K. Chris Ratcliffe | Bloomberg | Getty Images

Airlines operating in the U.K. have dismissed a report that called for air miles programs to be banned and additional taxes applied to frequent flyers. In a report published Thursday by Imperial College London for the Committee on Climate Change (CCC), academics proposed several measures that governments should implement to reduce the impact aviation was having on the environment. The CCC is an independent body that advises the U.K. government on how to build a low carbon economy. “Flying is a uniquely high-impact activity and is the quickest and cheapest way for a consumer to increase their carbon footprint,” the report’s authors said before adding, “Low-carbon aviation technology is expected to remain technically unfeasible and so it is vital to restrain rising demand.” Among recommendations was a call for the U.K. government to “introduce a ban on air miles and frequent flyer loyalty schemes that incentivise excessive flying.” The report also urged lawmakers to introduce a levy targeting frequent flyers, noting that an estimated 15% of the British population took 70% of the country’s flights. The level of tax would correspond to air miles traveled over a three-year period, as opposed to the number of flights taken. According to the report, the proposed frequent flyer levy would discourage leisure travelers from booking “much more damaging long-haul flights.” Travel for work would not count towards the frequent flyer tax, researchers said.

Industry backlash

Speaking to CNBC on the phone on Tuesday, a spokesperson for the U.K.’s Board of Airline Representatives — an industry body representing most of the airlines operating in Britain — said there was “not really any rationale” for the report’s recommendations to be implemented. “This is a drop in the ocean as to what can be done by the government,” they said. Meanwhile, in an emailed statement, a spokesperson for trade body Airlines U.K., whose members include British Airways, Ryanair and Virgin Atlantic, said the proposals would cause economic and reputational harm. “U.K. aviation has a robust plan to cut aviation carbon emissions and get to net zero by 2050 without the need to price people out of air travel or put the U.K. at a competitive disadvantage,” they told CNBC on Tuesday. “We should be focusing on the huge potential for the U.K. to become a world leader in new innovation and the many exciting developments around aircraft and engine technology, sustainable aviation fuels and the new emerging carbon markets. Working with government we can achieve this together without resorting to the kind of unilateral, demand side measures that will damage the U.K.’s reputation internationally and potentially lead to carbon leakage.” The CCC report claimed that the proposed tax would not impact ticket prices for most flyers. “An Air Miles Levy which escalates with the air miles travelled by an individual within a three year accounting period could provide strong price signals to curb some demand by less price-sensitive frequent flyers, encourage shifting from long-haul to short-haul destinations and fund research into low-carbon aviation technology, while sparing the large majority of travellers any extra cost,” it said. The authors also suggested that the levy should take into account the higher emissions attached to business and first class tickets, alleging that more spacious cabins and unfilled seats meant emissions for first class tickets can have seven times the emissions of an economy ticket.

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Adidas and Nike supply tactics are an abuse of market dominance, British retail giant says

The sales and supply strategies of big sports brands such as Adidas and Nike should face government investigations, U.K. retail giant Sports Direct claimed. In a statement on Monday, the British firm accused global sports apparel brands of abusing their dominance in the market by constantly chopping and changing the availability of their products to retailers. “These ‘must have’ brands hold an extremely strong bargaining position vis-a-vis the retailers within their supply networks and use their


The sales and supply strategies of big sports brands such as Adidas and Nike should face government investigations, U.K. retail giant Sports Direct claimed. In a statement on Monday, the British firm accused global sports apparel brands of abusing their dominance in the market by constantly chopping and changing the availability of their products to retailers. “These ‘must have’ brands hold an extremely strong bargaining position vis-a-vis the retailers within their supply networks and use their
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Adidas and Nike supply tactics are an abuse of market dominance, British retail giant says

The sales and supply strategies of big sports brands such as Adidas and Nike should face government investigations, U.K. retail giant Sports Direct claimed.

In a statement on Monday, the British firm accused global sports apparel brands of abusing their dominance in the market by constantly chopping and changing the availability of their products to retailers.

“These ‘must have’ brands hold an extremely strong bargaining position vis-a-vis the retailers within their supply networks and use their market power to implement market wide practices aimed at controlling the supply and, ultimately, the pricing of their products,” the company claimed.

Sports Direct said Adidas and other big brands regularly employed an array of unfair trade practices, such as “segmentation policies” that restricted the range of products available to retailers, the withdrawal of the supply of products, and in most cases, “an outright refusal to supply.”

The retailer added that brands had regularly withdrawn its supply of key products, such as soccer merchandise, or refused to supply key products with no justification.

“Sports Direct believes that the industry as a whole would benefit from a wide market review by the appropriate authorities in both the U.K. and Europe,” the statement said.


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Having more female leaders may boost companies’ share price performance, Credit Suisse says

Having more women in decision-making roles may boost companies’ performance on the stock market, according to Credit Suisse. In its “Gender 3000” report, published Thursday, the Credit Suisse Research Institute (CSRI) found a link between firms with more female leaders and stronger share price performance over time. Although analysts “fell short of definitely asserting cause and effect,” they found strong correlations between diverse management teams and share price outperformance. Shares of com


Having more women in decision-making roles may boost companies’ performance on the stock market, according to Credit Suisse. In its “Gender 3000” report, published Thursday, the Credit Suisse Research Institute (CSRI) found a link between firms with more female leaders and stronger share price performance over time. Although analysts “fell short of definitely asserting cause and effect,” they found strong correlations between diverse management teams and share price outperformance. Shares of com
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Having more female leaders may boost companies' share price performance, Credit Suisse says

Having more women in decision-making roles may boost companies’ performance on the stock market, according to Credit Suisse.

In its “Gender 3000” report, published Thursday, the Credit Suisse Research Institute (CSRI) found a link between firms with more female leaders and stronger share price performance over time.

Researchers analyzed a slew of data from 3,000 companies across 56 countries between 2012 and August this year. The resulting report was the latest installation in a long-term analysis of gender diversity and corporate performance, with the previous report published in 2016.

Although analysts “fell short of definitely asserting cause and effect,” they found strong correlations between diverse management teams and share price outperformance.

Shares of companies with more than 20% female management had outperformed those with less than 15% female management by 5% so far this year, the report said.

The data showed that this was a long-term trend. Shares of firms that had more women in management outperformed those with male-dominant management almost every year since 2010. Credit Suisse also found that industries with greater levels of gender diversity in management had higher levels of profitability.

The Philippines, Thailand and Australia had the highest proportion of women in management, while Japan, South Korea and India had the least.

Meanwhile, the financial, health care and utilities sectors were the industries with the most female managers, according to Credit Suisse.

Italy, Singapore and Thailand had the most female CEOs, while Germany, Japan, Malaysia, Spain and Turkey had no women in chief executive positions when Credit Suisse looked at samples of at least 20 companies in each country.

Having women in boardrooms also boosted returns for shareholders, according to the report.

Its authors said cash flow returns on investment were found to be 2% higher over time for companies with a higher proportion of female senior managers, with shares of more diverse firms also exhibiting less volatility.

France, Norway and Belgium had the highest proportion of companies with women on boards.

In terms of sectors globally, communications, consumer discretionary and consumer staples sectors had the most gender diverse boardrooms.

Overall, Europe was the region with the most diverse corporate boardrooms, followed by North America.


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People with dyslexia have the skills to future-proof the workforce, research claims

Companies can future-proof their workforces by employing people with dyslexia, new research has claimed. Meanwhile, creative and social skills such as leadership, analytical thinking and technology design were increasingly in demand. The report’s authors also highlighted a slew of capabilities and skills typically seen in people with dyslexia that would be vital to all industries by the year 2022. They included leadership, social influence, creativity, initiative and idea generation. “In their p


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People with dyslexia have the skills to future-proof the workforce, research claims

Companies can future-proof their workforces by employing people with dyslexia, new research has claimed.

In a report published Monday, consultancy EY used data from the World Economic Forum (WEF) and charity Made By Dyslexia to outline how dyslexic people’s skills aligned with the skills that would be required in the workplaces of the future.

Referencing the WEF’s prediction of which skills would be the most in-demand by 2022, EY’s report highlighted how certain capabilities were becoming more and less useful to employers amid the rise of automation.

The need for processing and manual capabilities like time management, reading, math and active listening were on the decline, according to the report. Meanwhile, creative and social skills such as leadership, analytical thinking and technology design were increasingly in demand.

The report’s authors also highlighted a slew of capabilities and skills typically seen in people with dyslexia that would be vital to all industries by the year 2022.

They included leadership, social influence, creativity, initiative and idea generation.

“Overall, our analysis shows that competencies for a significant number of jobs in the workplace that dyslexic individuals may typically find challenging will largely be impacted by forms of automation,” the report’s authors said.

“In their place, enhanced tasks and new jobs will be created that match closely to the strengths of dyslexic thinking. Dyslexia could provide an opportunity for organizations to bridge the skills gap of the future.”


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Chick-fil-A continues its international expansion with its first location in the UK

Chick-fil-A has come to the U.K. The chicken chain opened its first restaurant in the U.K. on Thursday, continuing its international expansion. “We can confirm that we opened a pilot-licensed location in the U.K. on Oct. 10 and we are pleased to have already served nearly a thousand customers,” a Chick-fil-A spokesperon told CNBC. The new opening is a continuation of the chicken chain’s international expansion. In 2018, Chick-fil-A announced its plan to open its first international location in T


Chick-fil-A has come to the U.K. The chicken chain opened its first restaurant in the U.K. on Thursday, continuing its international expansion. “We can confirm that we opened a pilot-licensed location in the U.K. on Oct. 10 and we are pleased to have already served nearly a thousand customers,” a Chick-fil-A spokesperon told CNBC. The new opening is a continuation of the chicken chain’s international expansion. In 2018, Chick-fil-A announced its plan to open its first international location in T
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Chick-fil-A has come to the U.K.

The chicken chain opened its first restaurant in the U.K. on Thursday, continuing its international expansion.

“We can confirm that we opened a pilot-licensed location in the U.K. on Oct. 10 and we are pleased to have already served nearly a thousand customers,” a Chick-fil-A spokesperon told CNBC.

The Atlanta-based food chain’s sandwiches have helped the company become the third largest restaurant chain in the U.S. by system-wide sales, passing Wendy’s, Burger King, Taco Bell and Subway in one year.

The new opening is a continuation of the chicken chain’s international expansion. In 2018, Chick-fil-A announced its plan to open its first international location in Toronto. The company said at the time it planned to open at least 15 restaurants in the greater Toronto area in the next five years.

The company did not provide details of further expansion plans in the U.K.

“For right now, we are focused on this location to help us understand more about consumer interest in our brand and signature menu items,” the spokesperson said.


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Top UK doctor calls for phasing out of junk food commercials

A prominent medical expert in the U.K. has called for a ban on junk food ads as part of a range of proposals aimed at cutting childhood obesity rates. In her last report as England’s chief medical officer, Sally Davies claimed ads for unhealthy food were “everywhere (children) look.” The crisis was being fueled by a range of factors, Davies claimed, such as increasing portion sizes, expensive healthier foods, and ubiquitous junk food commercials. Back in June, the U.K. government concluded a pub


A prominent medical expert in the U.K. has called for a ban on junk food ads as part of a range of proposals aimed at cutting childhood obesity rates. In her last report as England’s chief medical officer, Sally Davies claimed ads for unhealthy food were “everywhere (children) look.” The crisis was being fueled by a range of factors, Davies claimed, such as increasing portion sizes, expensive healthier foods, and ubiquitous junk food commercials. Back in June, the U.K. government concluded a pub
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Top UK doctor calls for phasing out of junk food commercials

A prominent medical expert in the U.K. has called for a ban on junk food ads as part of a range of proposals aimed at cutting childhood obesity rates.

In her last report as England’s chief medical officer, Sally Davies claimed ads for unhealthy food were “everywhere (children) look.”

“Children are constantly exposed to advertising for unhealthy food and drink,” Davies said in the report. “Companies often use children’s cartoon characters and sponsorship of major sporting events to market these items, casting them as the shining star in children’s minds.”

According to the research, one in six children between the ages of 10 and 11 are obese in England, while a further four are classed as overweight — a figure that’s doubled over the past three decades.

The crisis was being fueled by a range of factors, Davies claimed, such as increasing portion sizes, expensive healthier foods, and ubiquitous junk food commercials.

In a sweeping set of recommendations, she urged politicians to implement measures that would “allow children to grow up free from marketing, signals and incentives to consume unhealthy food and drinks.”

She called for the phasing out all marketing and sponsorship of less healthy food and drink products, which would apply across all media, including online, and at publicly-funded events and venues. “Less healthy products” would be defined using the U.K. government’s nutrient profiling model, which gives foods a score based on nutrients such as sugar, fiber and saturated fat.

Back in June, the U.K. government concluded a public consultation on introducing a ban on junk food TV ads before 9 p.m. in the country. Lawmakers are still analyzing the findings.

In another blow to the food and drinks industry, Davies called for a ban on the consumption of food and drinks on public transport. The only exceptions would be to drink water, breastfeed or for those with medical conditions like diabetes.

In 2017, more than £300 million ($367 million) was spent on advertising soft drinks, confectionary and sweet and savoury snacks, compared to £16 million spent on advertising fruit and vegetables, according to the report.

It referenced data from Nielsen AdDynamix, which showed confectionary products made up 18% of total annual advertising expenditure in the U.K., sweet and savoury snacks made up 17% of total expenditure, and soft drinks contributed 11%. Commercials for fruits and vegetables made up 2.5% of the overall spend.

“Research shows that children respond to unhealthy food advertising on television by eating more,” Davies said. “They then fail to compensate at subsequent meals so this will, over time, lead to weight gain. Limiting this on-screen advertising, as proposed by the government, can make valuable contributions to improving children’s health.”

Commercials for junk food were banned across London’s public transport network in February.


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The UN children’s charity now accepts donations in cryptocurrency

UNICEF, the U.N.’s charity for children, launched a cryptocurrency fund that will enable the organization to receive donations in bitcoin and ether. The non-profit will use the fund to store donations, before distributing funding in the same form of cryptocurrency. UNICEF’s first donation will come from the Ethereum Foundation, which works to promote the Ethereum blockchain platform. “The creation of our Cryptocurrency Fund is a significant and welcome step forward in humanitarian and developmen


UNICEF, the U.N.’s charity for children, launched a cryptocurrency fund that will enable the organization to receive donations in bitcoin and ether. The non-profit will use the fund to store donations, before distributing funding in the same form of cryptocurrency. UNICEF’s first donation will come from the Ethereum Foundation, which works to promote the Ethereum blockchain platform. “The creation of our Cryptocurrency Fund is a significant and welcome step forward in humanitarian and developmen
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The UN children's charity now accepts donations in cryptocurrency

UNICEF, the U.N.’s charity for children, launched a cryptocurrency fund that will enable the organization to receive donations in bitcoin and ether.

The non-profit will use the fund to store donations, before distributing funding in the same form of cryptocurrency.

UNICEF’s first donation will come from the Ethereum Foundation, which works to promote the Ethereum blockchain platform. The donation will be given to three grantees of UNICEF’s Innovation Fund, which connects schools around the world to the internet.

“If digital economies and currencies have the potential to shape the lives of coming generations, it is important that we explore the opportunities they offer,” UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore said in a press release on Wednesday. “The creation of our Cryptocurrency Fund is a significant and welcome step forward in humanitarian and development work.”

Aya Miyaguchi, executive director of the Ethereum Foundation, added that the fund was an opportunity to demonstrate the power of cryptocurrencies and blockchain technology.

“We aim to support the research and development of the Ethereum platform, and to grow the community of those that benefit from a technology that will better countless lives and industries in the years to come,” she said.

In 2015, UNICEF and other UN organizations established the UN Innovation Network, which researches the potential benefits and pitfalls of blockchain and other emerging technologies.

UNICEF’s announcement on Wednesday made it the latest charitable organization to accept digital currencies.

Since the United States’ Fidelity Charitable began accepting crypto donations in 2015, the organization said it’s raised more than $100 million in digital currencies including bitcoin.

Meanwhile, the U.K.’s Royal National Lifeboat Institution, which began accepting bitcoin donations online in 2014, claims to have been the first major British charity to start accepting cryptocurrency.

Cryptocurrencies, which are decentralized and therefore not regulated by central authorities like governments, have their critics and prices are notoriously volatile. In June, bitcoin’s value plunged $3,000 in less than 24 hours, while ether nosedived 45% over a 30 day period in recent months.

— CNBC’s Kate Rooney and Maggie Fitzgerald contributed to this article.


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S4 Capital signs $150 million deal with Silicon Valley’s largest digital marketing firm

S4 Capital, the media firm founded by advertising mogul Sir Martin Sorrell in 2018, has announced a $150 million merger with Silicon Valley’s largest digital marketing agency. He said the deal was worth $150 million, with S4 Capital paying $112 million upfront — half in shares, half in cash — and the rest of the balance coming if Firewood hits its targets for the year. Firewood, founded in 2010 by Lanya and Juan Zambrano, is the largest digital agency in Silicon Valley. The company will join Med


S4 Capital, the media firm founded by advertising mogul Sir Martin Sorrell in 2018, has announced a $150 million merger with Silicon Valley’s largest digital marketing agency. He said the deal was worth $150 million, with S4 Capital paying $112 million upfront — half in shares, half in cash — and the rest of the balance coming if Firewood hits its targets for the year. Firewood, founded in 2010 by Lanya and Juan Zambrano, is the largest digital agency in Silicon Valley. The company will join Med
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S4 Capital signs $150 million deal with Silicon Valley's largest digital marketing firm

S4 Capital, the media firm founded by advertising mogul Sir Martin Sorrell in 2018, has announced a $150 million merger with Silicon Valley’s largest digital marketing agency.

Speaking to CNBC’s “Squawk Box Europe” on Tuesday, Sorrell, WPP’s former CEO, confirmed that the merger had been finalized this month.

He said the deal was worth $150 million, with S4 Capital paying $112 million upfront — half in shares, half in cash — and the rest of the balance coming if Firewood hits its targets for the year.

Firewood, founded in 2010 by Lanya and Juan Zambrano, is the largest digital agency in Silicon Valley. The company will join MediaMonks, S4 Capital’s digital content arm.

“We started with a clean sheet of paper, we’ve been at it for a year and we now have, post-Firewood, 1,800 people in 23 countries and a market cap of $600 million,” Sorrell said.


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Billionaire Richard Branson: Dyslexia helped me to become successful

The billionaire Richard Branson says dyslexia is at least partially responsible for his success and people with the condition are likely to have “the skills of the future.” In a blog post published Friday, Branson said one of the strengths people with dyslexia often have is a vivid imagination, noting that Thomas Edison, Henry Ford and Steve Jobs were all dyslexic. “My dyslexia has shaped Virgin right from the very beginning and imagination has been the key to many of our successes,” he said. “P


The billionaire Richard Branson says dyslexia is at least partially responsible for his success and people with the condition are likely to have “the skills of the future.” In a blog post published Friday, Branson said one of the strengths people with dyslexia often have is a vivid imagination, noting that Thomas Edison, Henry Ford and Steve Jobs were all dyslexic. “My dyslexia has shaped Virgin right from the very beginning and imagination has been the key to many of our successes,” he said. “P
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Billionaire Richard Branson: Dyslexia helped me to become successful

The billionaire Richard Branson says dyslexia is at least partially responsible for his success and people with the condition are likely to have “the skills of the future.”

In a blog post published Friday, Branson said one of the strengths people with dyslexia often have is a vivid imagination, noting that Thomas Edison, Henry Ford and Steve Jobs were all dyslexic.

“My dyslexia has shaped Virgin right from the very beginning and imagination has been the key to many of our successes,” he said.

“It helped me think big but keep our messages simple. The business world often gets caught up in facts and figures — and while the details and data are important, the ability to dream, conceptualise and innovate is what sets the successful and the unsuccessful apart.”

The Virgin Group founder added that the skills associated with dyslexia would be urgently needed in the new world of work, noting a 2018 report from accountancy giant EY that claimed dyslexics have “exactly the skills needed for the future workplace.”

“Problem solving, creativity and imagination will be in high demand with the rise of AI (artificial intelligence) and automation,” Branson said.

“We should stop trying to get all children to think the same way,” he added. “We should support and celebrate all types of neurodiversity and encourage children’s imagination, creativity and problem solving — the skills of the future.”

The notion that creative skills will become increasingly important is widely acknowledged.

In August, John Abel, vice president of cloud and innovation at Oracle, told CNBC that employees needed creative skills to protect them from being replaced by robots.

Meanwhile, Pearson CEO John Fallon told CNBC that month that the capabilities most insulated from automation were “uniquely human skills” like creativity, persuasion and empathy.


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Saudi Arabia to allow unmarried tourists to share hotel rooms

Saudi Arabia will relax its rules to allow unmarried men and women to share hotel rooms, as the country opens up to international tourism in a bid to diversify its economy. Saudi nationals will be asked to present a family ID or proof of relationship when men and women check into hotel rooms together. Unmarried couples are technically banned from sharing hotel rooms in both countries, although the laws are rarely or unevenly enforced, and legislation bans couples who are not married from living


Saudi Arabia will relax its rules to allow unmarried men and women to share hotel rooms, as the country opens up to international tourism in a bid to diversify its economy. Saudi nationals will be asked to present a family ID or proof of relationship when men and women check into hotel rooms together. Unmarried couples are technically banned from sharing hotel rooms in both countries, although the laws are rarely or unevenly enforced, and legislation bans couples who are not married from living
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Saudi Arabia to allow unmarried tourists to share hotel rooms

Saudi Arabia will relax its rules to allow unmarried men and women to share hotel rooms, as the country opens up to international tourism in a bid to diversify its economy.

In a Twitter post Sunday, the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage (SCTNH) said foreign tourists would no longer need to prove they are related to share accommodation while visiting the kingdom. Tourists from overseas will be able to check into hotels by showing their passports, SCTNH added.

Saudi nationals will be asked to present a family ID or proof of relationship when men and women check into hotel rooms together. However, all women — including Saudis — will be permitted to stay in hotels alone, provided they show their ID on check-in.

The move is drastic for the notoriously conservative Islamic nation, and an abnormality for the wider region.

Adultery is a crime in Saudi Arabia that carries severe penalties, with sex outside of marriage punishable by imprisonment, stoning or the death penalty.

Even in the United Arab Emirates and Qatar, Saudi Arabia’s more liberal neighbors, adultery is a crime that carries serious penalties including imprisonment and deportation. Unmarried couples are technically banned from sharing hotel rooms in both countries, although the laws are rarely or unevenly enforced, and legislation bans couples who are not married from living together.

Allowing women to stay alone in hotel rooms is also a somewhat unprecedented decision from the Saudi government. Women face tough restrictions under Saudi legislation, although they have been granted some rights in recent years, such as the right to drive.

Under the kingdom’s guardianship system, women are assigned a male relative whose approval is needed to apply for a passport, get married, or travel abroad.

Absher, an app developed by the Saudi government, has digitized the system and asks male users to list any dependent women. The app then allows male guardians to track their dependents and grant or deny them permission to travel.

Saudi Arabia’s new tourist visas were rolled out at the end of September as part of the government’s Vision 2030 agenda. The kingdom is aiming to increase the economic contribution of tourism from 3% to 10% of GDP by 2030. Prior to the visa’s release, the country relied on tourism from religious pilgrims.

— CNBC’s Natasha Turak contributed to this article.


Company: cnbc, Activity: cnbc, Date: 2019-10-07  Authors: chloe taylor
Keywords: news, cnbc, companies, unmarried, hotel, share, tourists, visas, system, male, arabia, women, tourism, rooms, saudi, allow


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