STR: US Hotel Results For Week Ending 15 February

The U.S. hotel industry reported positive year-over-year results in the three key performance metrics during the week of 9-15 February 2020, according to data from STR.
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Is 2020 the Year of Sustainable Business in Hospitality? | By Samuel Wich

From Greta Thunberg sailing across the Atlantic Ocean to attending a conference in New York, to protesters all around the world taking to the streets in peaceful demonstrations - 2019 saw a huge uptick in activities related to climate change and environmental issues.
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La Fab Gallery

Iconic French fashion designer Agnes B. has always had a penchant for art. Way before Agnes Troublé became a designer, she graduated from Ecole du Louvre, majoring in art history, and was an intern at a gallery on Ave. Kleber when she was seventeen. Falling into fashion accidentally when Elle Magazine picked up on her savvy street style, she was an made a junior editor. Next she had freelance stints in the 1970s, designing clothes at various French fashion houses, before striking out in 1974 ...
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Travalyst Coalition Announces Development of New Sustainability Frameworks to Help Travelers Find Sustainable Travel and Tourism Options

Today the Travalyst coalition, a global partnership founded by The Duke of Sussex together with leading brands, Skyscanner, Tripadvisor, and Visa, announced the development of draft sustainability frameworks to serve as a cross-channel guide for scoring sustainability practices across the travel and tourism industry.
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STR: Canada Hotel Results For Week Ending 15 February

The Canadian hotel industry recorded positive year-over-year results in the three key performance metrics during the week of 9-15 February 2020, according to data from STR.
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Egencia Reveals 2020 Top 100 Preferred Corporate Hotels

Egencia®, business travel management from Expedia Group™, announces the winners of the Top 100 Preferred Corporate Hotels awards. This year's hoteliers collectively provided nearly 133,000 room nights that scored a perfect 100 percent stay satisfaction from Egencia business travelers around the world.
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Jamaica a disappointment

Jamaica Ocho Rios Blog 2nd February 2020So much potential but a poor choice of city for the visit. A Sunday as well.Jamaica a Caribbean island nation has a lush topography of mountains rainforests and reeflined beaches. M
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Grand Turk

Grand Turk Blog 31st January 2020The islands come thick and fastGrand Turk Island is the capital island of the Turks and Caicos archipelago in the Atlantic Ocean. Its dotted with the remains of salt ponds and windmills
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St Maarteen

St Maarteen Blog 29th January 20206 other cruise ships today including sister ships Azura and Britannia Sint Maarten part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands is a country on the southern part of a Caribbean island shared with Saint Marti
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HSBC’s #SaudiArabia Affiliate Seeks to Boost Corporate Lending - Bloomberg

HSBC’s Saudi Arabia Affiliate Seeks to Boost Corporate Lending - Bloomberg:HSBC Holdings Plc’s affiliate in Saudi Arabia is ready to “compete aggressively” to regain market share in corporate lending after acquiring Alawwal Bank.“We have no appetite whatsoever to continue to lose market share,” Saudi British Bank’s Managing Director David Dew said in an interview in Riyadh. “For SABB, margins as a whole have peaked for this particular interest rate cycle and are now on a downward trend.”The lend...
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GP Global announces plans to expand into Americas - Reuters

GP Global announces plans to expand into Americas - Reuters:United Arab Emirates-based oil trader and marine fuel supplier GP Global plans to expand its trading operations to the Americas following the appointment of Gene Owen as president of trading, the company said in a statement on Monday.“In addition to strengthening the company’s capabilities in the important Americas market, the appointment of Mr. Owen will also further bolster GP Global’s international Bunker and Trading division,” the c...
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#Oman's Sultan Haitham vows to reduce public debt, boost employment - Arabianbusiness

Oman's Sultan Haitham vows to reduce public debt, boost employment - Arabianbusiness:In his speech marking the end of a 40-day mourning period for his predecessor, Omani Sultan Haitham bin Tariq al-Said has vowed to reduce public debt and restructure public institutions and companies.According to statistics from S&P Global Ratings, Oman’s debt to oil ratio rose to nearly 60 percent in 2019 – compared to 15 percent in 2015 – and could go as high as 70 percent by 2022.“We will also be committed to...
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REFILE- #UAE's Majid Al Futtaim posts modest annual growth, sees better 2020 - Reuters

REFILE-UAE's Majid Al Futtaim posts modest annual growth, sees better 2020 - Reuters:Dubai-based retail developer Majid Al Futtaim said on Monday its annual EBITDA and revenue edged a tick higher, sharply slowing from the pace of growth seen in 2018, amid challenging conditions in its key Middle East markets.Earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) for the year ended Dec. 31, 2019 rose to 4.6 billion dirhams ($1.25 billion), a 1% rise from the prior year.Revenue also...
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Oil prices slide over 3% on demand concerns as virus spreads - Reuters

:Oil prices tumbled by more than 3% on Monday, as the rapid spread of a coronavirus in several countries outside China left investors concerned about a hit to demand. Global shares also extended losses as worries about the impact of the new virus grew, with the number of infections jumping in Iran, Italy and South Korea.Brent crude was down $2.16, or 3.7%, to $56.34 barrel by 0935 GMT. U.S. crude futures fell by $1.93, or 3.6%, to $51.45.“Oil prices will remain vulnerable here as energy traders ...
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How to Control Payroll for Better Profit | By David Eisen

For hoteliers and investors, it's easy to be dazzled by revenue numbers. Unfortunately, when labor costs jump, revenue can quickly disintegrate. This is why getting a grasp on payroll data is at the heart of driving profit.
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As they do every winter, the artichokes are sending up fresh new leaves. They may wilt or even die back in a freeze, but they'll regrow if that happens. Blue-green artichoke leaves. It's time to start thinking about the yard and garden again. I've got some winter pruning to do now. Roses, hydrangea, and a lilac need to be cut back. The plot of daisies, my rosemary patch, and the bed of Jerusalem artichokes need to be cut and cleared of last year's growth. A few mild, dry days will be welcomed....
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St Kitts Nevis

Basseterre St Kitts Nevis Blog 28th January 2020 BasseterreSt. Kitts is the larger of the 2 Caribbean islands that comprise the nation of Saint Kitts and Nevis. Its known for rainforested mountains and beaches of white g
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MIDEAST STOCKS- #Saudi leads Gulf lower as coronavirus fears escalate - Agricultural Commodities - Reuters

MIDEAST STOCKS-Saudi leads Gulf lower as coronavirus fears escalate - Agricultural Commodities - Reuters:Most Gulf stock markets opened lower on Monday, tracking weakness in global shares and oil prices, as the rapid spread of a coronavirus in several countries outside China soured sentiment.Global shares extended losses as concerns about the impact of the virus grew, with sharp rises in infections in South Korea, Italy and Iran.Brent crude fell by $1.42, or 2.4%, to $57.08 a barrel by 0552 GMT,...
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Hospitality Financial Leadership – What Do You Do When the Reservation Phone Stops Ringing in Your Hotel? | By David Lund

An old GM of mine was fond of this statement. He usually came at it from the other end of this by saying, "Any monkey could fill this place when the phones are ringing." And I think he is right.
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Europe Hotel Transactions Bulletin - Week Ending 21 February 2020

Patron Capital sells Dublin Hostel to Blackrock, AJ Capital acquires the Marine Hotel & Spa in North Berwick, Scotland, Meet us at IHIF in Berlin from March 2-4.
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HVS Central Florida 2020 State of the Hotel Market | By Donald C. Stephens Jr.

Orlando has long been distinguished as an iconic vacation destination by continuing its ranking as the No. 1 destination in the United States, according to Visit Florida. Since 2013, Orlando has reigned as the nation's "Most Visited Tourist Destination." With multiple factors driving Orlando's appeal, hotel investors and developers are curious as to what is on the horizon for the hospitality market in Central Florida.
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HVS Asia Pacific Hospitality Newsletter - Week Ending 21 February 2020

Daewoo E&C and Korean Financial Institutions to Jointly Invest USD388 Million in Property Development Project in Hanoi, Vietnam, 'Harry Potter' Theme Park Set to Open in Tokyo in 2023, Maya Bay to Reopen by the End of 2020 with New Infrastructures in Place, New York City and Auckland Signed Tourism Partnership, Blackstone Gets The National Company Law Tribunal’s Approval to Acquire Trident Hotel for INR5.85 Billion.
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Coronavirus causes 200,000 flight cancellations to, from and within ChinaCoronavirus causes 200,000 flight cancellations to, from and within China

Chinese airlines have scrapped 60% of all flights
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Michael O'Leary criticised for male Muslim profiling commentsMichael O'Leary criticised for male Muslim profiling comments

Ryanair boss accused of being 'racist and discriminatory'
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Antigua St Johns

Poor internet has led to catching up Saint Johns Antigua Blog 26th January 2020Sunday in Antigua began as a bright sunny morningThen the heavens opened and although some of the port shops were open not much
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Tortola BVI

Road Town Tortola Blog 27th January 2020 Devastated by a hurricane a couple of years ago but has bounced back. Lots of rebuilding still going on and tourism is its lifeline. Tortola is the largest of the British Virgin Islands in th
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Ilkeston NatWest Hole: TripAdvisor halts spoof reviews

A spate of spoof reviews saw the hole ranked as one of Ilkeston's top-rated attractions.
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Google cautions against sideloading its apps on ‘uncertified’ Huawei devices

Google is prohibited from working with Huawei on new device models or preloading its apps including Gmail, Maps, YouTube, the Play Store these devices, the company said in a blog post. It added that Huawei devices introduced after May 16, 2019, are considered “uncertified,” and will not be able to utilise Google’s apps and services. […] ...
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Swinging in the rain

Leaving Adelaide we flew straight to Cairns. Along with Townsville Cairns is one of the gateways to the Great Barrier Reef. When Jennie and I were here in 2005 we went to Townsville and took a dive boat boat out 200 miles into the Coral Sea for a week
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Travel Africa for good

An African safari is a bucket list item for many. No doubt. The problem being: will there still be safaris to go on in years to come? Amazing African animals to see? With endangered species on the rise, and desperately decreasing numbers of some of the most magical beasts known to man, if African safaris […] The post Travel Africa for good appeared first on A Luxury Travel Blog.
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