Spain Day 22

So it's three weeks today since we left Les Sables d'olonne and we're still loving the adventure.We'd planned a quiet mostly onsite day today with just a brief run out to a nearby garage to fill up the LPG. Unfortunately that garage was out of stock
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TrustYou Reveals 2018 Year in Review Statistics: Largest Amount of Reviews Analyzed in 10-Year Company History

TrustYou looks back on a successful year and released its year-in-review numbers and statistics, revealing a record increase of analyzed reviews in its database and the largest amount of 5-star reviews ever. The statistics clearly reinforce the ongoing importance of feedback for the hospitality industry.
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Cuba was the most eagerly awaited port of our December cruise. This tiny island has held such a big role on the world stage for most of our lives. From Batista to Castro to the Bay of Pigs to the Soviet Blockade and Missile Crisis to Guantanamo Bay Cuba h
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Synergy Global Housing Brings Volara-Powered Voice Assistants to New York Residences

New York — Synergy Global Housing, a subsidiary of The Ascott Limited and premier provider of furnished temporary accommodations for business and relocation stays, is voice enabling their new exclusive property in New York City with Volara-powered voice assistants. Synergy Chelsea, a smart apartment concept designed to deliver a premier guest experience through customer service and technology, will be the first furnished housing property to deploy this voice-based engagement technology to...
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2019 Plea to Hotel PMS providers for Distribution Cost Tracking Functionality | By Patrick Landman

Over the last few years there has been much discussion in the the world of hotel revenue management on managing GOPPAR and NREVPAR over only REVPAR. Understanding the cost of distribution is vital to the financial success of every hotel. For this we would need our systems to support us in registering and calculating such costs. Unfortunately many hotel Property Management Systems (PMS) have not yet evolved sufficiently in this area.
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St. Regis First Hotel in Washington, D.C. Metro to Feature Plum In-Room Wine By-the-Glass Amenity

Plum, the hospitality industry's revolutionary new wine by-the-glass appliance, today announced that the St. Regis Washington, D.C. is the first D.C. Metro-area hotel to offer guests a next-gen, on-demand experience. The Plum appliances, which dispenses a perfectly preserved and temperature-controlled glass with every pour, have been installed in St. Regis suite rooms, elevating and transforming the guest experience.
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How authentic and alternative accommodations are fuelling the UK traveller

London - Ever dreamt of staying in a lodge to observe wildlife in its natural habitat? Or of spending a holiday in an idyllic country house to reconnect with nature? Research from has uncovered that one fifth of UK travellers (26%)* plan to stay in one of the aforementioned types of accommodation in 2019.
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Chesapeake Hospitality Maximizes Data Management and Forecasting Efficiency with ProfitSword

Greenbelt, Md. - ProfitSword, hospitality's premier developer of business intelligence and data integration software, has announced the implementation of its ProfitSage operational and financial reporting solution by Chesapeake Hospitality, one of the largest independent operators in the hospitality industry, specializing in full-service and upscale properties. Previously utilizing a separate third-party platform for data management and forecasting operations, Chesapeake Hospitality ultim...
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WH Economist Admits Economic Strain After Saying Fed Workers ‘Better Off’

WASHINGTON (AP) — Shutdown pressure on President Donald Trump mounted Wednesday as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called on him to delay his State of the Union address and his own economists acknowledged the prolonged standoff was having a greater economic drag than previously thought. In a letter to Trump, Pelosi cited security concerns, noting that both the Secret Service and the Homeland Security Department are affected by the partial government shutdown, now it its fourth week. She added that ...
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Bulgaria activists win case to save UNESCO-listed forest

Environmentalists in Bulgaria scored a victory Wednesday in a long-running court battle to prevent enlargement of a ski resort in the Pirin mountains, a UNESCO World Heritage site. In a ruling that cannot be appealed, Bulgaria's supreme administrative court overturned controversial changes made by the government in December 2017 to the management plan for Pirin National Park.
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Beyond the wall the tranquilo treasure that is Mexico

Our hearts particularly and peculiarly that of Mrs fitness Ali have been pounding each time we climb the four flights of stairs to our room. This reminded me that Mexico City sits at quite a heady elevation indeed at 2240m it is in fact the eighth hig
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Away from Vietnam’s tourist circuit, a Pacific Northwest travel writer finds comfort and charm in Seattle’s sister city

Haiphong is rarely more than a stopover for tourists en route to the airport for flights south, but many visitors say the area feels the way Hanoi did before the influx of tourists.
Tags: Travel, News, Life, Vietnam, Seattle, Pacific Northwest, Hanoi, Haiphong

What’s new in France for 2019

New ticketing systems, apps, bus restaurants and more: French tourism has some shiny new updates for 2019. Here’s how to make the most of them.
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Houston Airport Terminal Closed for 4th Day in a Row After TSA Sickout

Houston’s Terminal B was shut Wednesday for the fourth day in a row
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UAE law allowing 100% foreign ownership of companies

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Trump feels shutdown pressure from economists, Nancy Pelosi

By LISA MASCARO, CATHERINE LUCEY and JILL COLVIN WASHINGTON — Shutdown pressure on President Donald Trump mounted Wednesday as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called on him to delay his State of the Union address and his own economists acknowledged the prolonged standoff was having a greater economic drag than previously thought. In a letter to Trump, Pelosi cited security concerns, noting that both Secret Service and the Department of Homeland Security are affected by the partial government shutdown...
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EVs and online marketplaces thrive despite slump in Chinese car sales

China’s massive auto market hit the brakes last year as trade tensions and a softening economy dampened consumer confidence, but one segment soared on account of increasing internet penetration — used car sales. New passenger car sales fell to 23.7 million last year, representing a 4.1 year-over-year drop according to a new report by China’s Association of Automobile Manufacturers, the country’s top auto association. That marks the very first annual decline in the world’s biggest car market sinc...
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HyperScience, the machine learning startup tackling data entry, raises $30 million Series B

HyperScience, the machine learning company that turns human readable data into machine readable data, has today announced the close of a $30 million Series B funding round led by Stripes Group, with participation from existing investors FirstMark Capital and Felicis Ventures as well as new investors Battery Ventures, Global Founders Fund, TD Ameritrade, and QBE. HyperScience launched out of stealth in 2016 with a suite of enterprise products focused on the healthcare, insurance, finance and g...
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Techstars will build and launch startups with new venture studio

Similar to Y Combinator, early-stage technology startup accelerator Techstars has spent much of the last decade supporting and seeding innovative projects, including Plated, ClassPass, SendGrid and PillPack. Now, it wants to take its service a step further. Today, Techstars is announcing the launch of Techstars Studio, a new venture that will have the accelerator developing and launching venture-scale businesses with the support of several corporate partners. Leveraging its large network o...
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DoorDash is officially live in all 50 states

Hot off the heels of a $250 million funding round and a lofty $4 billion valuation, DoorDash is launching in an additional six markets. As of today, the service is live in Anchorage, Alaska; Billings, Bozeman and Missoula, Montana; Sioux Falls, South Dakota; Fargo, North Dakota; Morgantown and Huntington, West Virginia; and Cheyenne, Wyoming, making it the first on-demand food delivery startup to operate in all 50 U.S. states. “In the past year alone we’ve more than quintupled our geographic fo...
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Most Facebook users still in the dark about its creepy ad practices, Pew finds

A study by the Pew Research Center suggests most Facebook users are still in the dark about how the company tracks and profiles them for ad-targeting purposes. Pew found three-quarters (74%) of Facebook users did not know the social networking behemoth maintains a list of their interests and traits to target them with ads, only discovering this when researchers directed them to view their Facebook ad preferences page. A majority (51%) of Facebook users also told Pew they were uncomfortable...
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$30 flat car-tab fee will be on November ballot in Washington — again

A Tim Eyman-written measure to make Washington state car tabs cost just $30 will be on your ballot this November. It could have far-reaching effects.
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China accounted for nearly half of app downloads in 2018, 40% of consumer spend

Global app downloads topped 194 billion in 2018, up 35 percent from 2016, according to App Annie’s annual “State of Mobile 2019” report released today. Consumer spending across app stores was up 75 percent to reach $101 billion. The report, which analyzes trends across iOS, Android and the third-party Android stores in China combined, follows the company’s , which looked at downloads and spending across just iOS and Google Play. It also shows how significant China’s role has become in terms of ...
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Oaky and Hostelling International’s Global Partnership Takes the Guest Experience to the Next Level

Hostelling International, the global non-profit network of youth hostel associations is now partnering with Oaky, the number one upselling platform for hostels, to help its 4,000 hostel members increase incremental revenue and boost guest experience with targeted upsells.
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5 Examples of Hotel Website Innovation | By Dave Spector

Online Travel Agencies (OTAs) like and Expedia are taking ever bigger bites out of hotel profits. As of last year, they captured 39% of the US online digital booking market. Phocuswright forecasts that trend to continue, reaching 41% of market share by 2020.
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Wyndham Hotels & Resorts Reacquires Direct Franchising Rights For The Days Inn Brand In China

Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, Inc. (NYSE: WH) announced that it has reacquired exclusive direct franchising rights for its Days Inn® brand for the People's Republic of China.
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Marriott International Announces Marriott Bonvoy - The New Brand Name Of Its Loyalty Program

BETHESDA, Md. -- Marriott International today unveiled Marriott Bonvoy, the new loyalty brand replacing the current loyalty brands - Marriott Rewards, The Ritz-Carlton Rewards and Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) - and reflecting the unmatched benefits, single loyalty portfolio and experiences announced last year. Marriott Bonvoy is built on the belief that travel enriches us all and has the power to enrich the world. Marriott Bonvoy launches on February 13 when the logo and branding begins...
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Oakwood Launches The Oakwood Showroom

SINGAPORE - Oakwood®, wholly owned by Mapletree Investments ("Mapletree"), unveiled The Oakwood Showroom, located at Harbourfront Tower One today.
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What to Pack for a Springtime Europe River Cruise

You’ve planned your river cruise, but you’re not sure of how and what to pack for a spring Europe river cruse. Maybe you’re curious about springtime weather or formal nights… The post What to Pack for a Springtime Europe River Cruise appeared first on Cruise Maven.
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