Allied Hospitality Associations: HFTP and HTNG Offer New Joint Discount for Corporate Members

Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP®) and Hospitality Technology Next Generation (HTNG) are now offering a joint 20 percent discount for companies joining the two associations at once. The specially-designed vendor programs, HFTP's Corporate Allied Sponsorship and HTNG's Industry Partner program, offer companies access to the numerous services offered by the associations, including unique benefits that help boost company recognition.
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STR: US Hotel Results For Week Ending 8 August

U.S. hotel performance data for the week ending 8 August showed slightly higher occupancy and room rates from the previous week, according to STR.
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3 Steps to a Winning Proposal Conversion Strategy | By Ryan Hamilton

By Ryan Hamilton, Co-Founder, and Bluebuzzard Technology Group
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Vacation In Provence: Villages of Roussillon, Lourmarin, and Cucuron

As I mentioned on Monday’s blog, we would take morning trips to various villages near the house in Puyvert, Rossignol   Rossignol is about 30 minutes by car from Puyvert, and is another village perched on a high hill. It’s known for rock formations of ochre, that produce the rich, warm color used for paint pigment, We caught a glimpse of the ochre deposits in the center of the village. There’s a designated ochre trail you can follow but we opted not to do it because of the impending he...
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Domestic Business Travel Continues to Trend Toward Recovery

Alexandria, - GBTA member companies worldwide, report an emerging willingness to permit employees to engage in domestic business travel, according to the latest poll conducted between August 5-9, 2020, by the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA).
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STR: Canada Hotel Results For Week Ending 8 August

STR data for 2-8 August 2020 shows a continued steady rise in Canada's hotel performance but the same significant level of year-over-year declines.
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European, Middle Eastern & African Stocks - Bloomberg #UAE #SaudiArabia #Qatar close

European, Middle Eastern & African Stocks - Bloomberg:Updated stock indexes in Europe, Middle East & Africa. Get an overview of major indexes, current values and stock market data in Europe, UK, Germany, Russia & more. [Author: [email protected] (Rupert Neil Bumfrey)]
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TUI’s optimism for 2021 should be noted with caution amid refund confusion and UK's air bridges putting strain on industry recovery, says GlobalData

Following the announcement of TUI's Q3 2020 results,
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Ripe for Rebound: Contactless Guest Room Technology | By David Millili

Fast forward to the year 2021. You've just arrived at your hotel following a long flight. Using your smartphone, the check-in process is relatively seamless, and you make your way through the lobby towards your room. Approaching the door, you once again reach for your device, tapping through the mobile app to quickly unlock your room and roll your luggage inside. Scanning your surroundings, you make note of the chic, minimalist decor. On the bed lies a neatly packaged robe, which you requ...
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Middle East Markets: State Street Opens in #Saudi, Hires Abdullah Saleh Bakhrebah - Bloomberg

Middle East Markets: State Street Opens in Saudi, Hires Abdullah Saleh Bakhrebah - Bloomberg:State Street Corp. opened its first office in Saudi Arabia and hired Abdullah Saleh Bakhrebah from Ashmore Group Plc as chief executive officer for its operations in the kingdom. The Boston-based financial-services firm is entering Saudi Arabia as part of its plans to boost its presence in the Middle East, State Street said in a statement Thursday. It also hired Haifa Al Goufi as Middle East and North Af...
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Adnoc Distribution reports 14% drop in Q2 profits - Arabianbusiness

Adnoc Distribution reports 14% drop in Q2 profits - Arabianbusiness:Adnoc Distribution reported a 14% drop in Q2 net profit, which was largely attributed to lockdown and movement restrictions that resulted in a drop in fuel volumes. The fuel and convenience retailer reported a second quarter profit of  AED 511 million ($139m), and revenues of AED3 billion ($816m), down 45% on last year. Ahmed Al Shamsi, Acting CEO of Adnoc Distribution, said fuel volumes have recovered since movement restriction...
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Baby Boomers Deserve Big Attention From Businesses Too | By Linchi Kwok

Jill Filipovic argued in her new book - OK Boomer, Let's Talk: How My Generation Got Left Behind - that millennials have been going through tougher economic circumstances than any other generations since the Great Depression. I am neither a millennial nor a Boomer, but the media coverage about Jill's arguments got my attention.
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Nobody Asked Me, But… No. 235: Hotel History: Cavallo Point, The Lodge at the Golden Gate (1901) | By Stanley Turkel

Hotel History: Cavallo Point Lodge, Sausalito, California (142 rooms): The history of the spectacular site of the Lodge at the Golden Gate commences with the coastal Miwok Indian tribes who occupied Horseshoe Cove long before there was a Golden Gate Bridge.
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Ten Ways to Boost Guest Confidence and Increase Loyalty Amid COVID-19

COVID-19 has caused many to reflect upon the fundamental operations of our global society and our day-to-day lives, including the way we travel. In hospitality, many are wondering how an industry that is so reliant on personal interactions can recover from the crisis and earn back guest confidence.
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Travel Advisors Say Clients Are Booking 2021 Vacations Closer to Home

Generally speaking, travel advisors say they are having a modicum of success booking destinations closer to home, primarily for 2021.
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Hotel Quality Lab: Exploring Service Excellence

Against the backdrop of relentlessly evolving consumer demands and technological disruption, what does service quality mean today? What is required to maintain the prerequisite momentum? And how can hoteliers reconcile brand standards with the varying needs and expectations of guests from around the world? Helping us find the answers to these questions and more, Richard Leuenberger, Managing Director of Badrutt's Palace in St. Moritz, joins us on a journey of discovery through service exc...
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How Hotel F&B Pivoted in Response to COVID-19, and What the Future Holds | By Court Williams

Global tourism has been expanding rapidly over the past few decades, and this was a primary factor driving the hospitality industry before the coronavirus outbreak. Growth projected by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), set the expected number of tourist arrivals across the globe at more than 1.5 billion by 2020.COVID-19 had other ideas, however, and 2020 has turned out to be the year everything changed. Hotel food and beverage (F&B) operations are among some of the most-affected ind...
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Behind the Scenes of Cyber HITEC: Meet the HITEC Advisory Council (Part I)

Behind the scenes of every great HITEC is a group of highly knowledgeable industry veterans lending their expertise to the planning and coordination of the conference's education program. These individuals share a deep understanding of the complexities of the hospitality industry, as well as its strengths, challenges and continuous evolution. They take the challenges that often face hospitality professionals and collectively seek the voices that can share sustainable solutions to these ch...
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Aarogya Setu iOS code open sourced on OpenForge on Aug 10

You’re reading it here first: The team behind Aarogya Setu quietly open sourced the iOS version of the app on OpenForge, the government’s own open source platform, on August 10. People can’t raise issues on the platform yet as “pull requests” are currently disabled. MyGov CEO Abhishek Singh told MediaNama about this development earlier this morning. The repository only has one “commit” right now, from Rajeev Arkvanshi, a senior iOS developer at NeGD. It is not clear how the government will consi...
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Unravelling the claims over Aarogya Setu’s vulnerabilities

On Wednesday, Security Brigade, an Indian information security company, published a now rescinded blog post detailing how it found certain security vulnerabilities in how Aarogya Setu’s code is managed, and informed CERT-In, NIC CERT (which is different from CERT-In) and the Aarogya Setu team about it, but got no response. This prompted the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology to “widely circulate a statement” denouncing the company that was later retracted, as per a Hindustan Time...
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Aldar CEO Sees Pent-Up Demand for #AbuDhabi Properties - Bloomberg

Aldar CEO Sees Pent-Up Demand for Abu Dhabi Properties - Bloomberg:Talal Al Dhiyebi, chief executive officer at Aldar Properties PJSC, discusses the demand he’s seeing heading into the end of the year, the impact of coronavirus on his business and where he’s seeing growth. He speaks exclusively on “Bloomberg Daybreak: Middle East.” (Source: Bloomberg) [Author: [email protected] (Rupert Neil Bumfrey)]
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Middle East Deals: Emirates NBD in Talks to Buy Lebanese Bank’s Egyptian Unit - Bloomberg

Middle East Deals: Emirates NBD in Talks to Buy Lebanese Bank’s Egyptian Unit - Bloomberg:Emirates NBD PJSC started preliminary talks to buy the Egyptian unit of Lebanese lender Blom Bank SAL after last week’s explosion forced the Beirut-based company to review its strategy.Discussions are ongoing and there is no certainty that a deal will be completed, Dubai-based Emirates NBD said in a statement on Thursday.Earlier this month, Blom Bank said it was considering several strategic options, includ...
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Middle East News: #Dubai Property Braced for Two More Difficult Years Damac Says - Bloomberg

Middle East News: Dubai Property Braced for Two More Difficult Years Damac Says - Bloomberg: Damac Properties PJSC expects a “difficult” period of as many as two years for Dubai’s property market as the impact of the coronavirus drags real-estate prices down.“Travel restrictions impacted the economy and the real estate sector and we will see a difficult market for the coming 18 to 24 months,” Chairman Hussain Sajwani said in the company’s earnings release.“However, we are optimistic that the lea...
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Middle East Deals: #Dubai’s Shuaa Pauses Some Deals as Virus Brings New Strategy - Bloomberg

Middle East Deals: Dubai’s Shuaa Pauses Some Deals as Virus Brings New Strategy - Bloomberg:Shuaa Capital PSC stepped away from some deals as the Dubai-based investment company switched its short-term strategy in the wake of the economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic.“All the plans have changed” over the past six months, Chief Executive Officer Jassim Alseddiqi said in an interview with Bloomberg TV. The firm is focused on its main businesses and on becoming more efficient, he said.The c...
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European, Middle Eastern & African Stocks - Bloomberg #UAE #SaudiArabia #Qatar mid-session

European, Middle Eastern & African Stocks - Bloomberg:Updated stock indexes in Europe, Middle East & Africa. Get an overview of major indexes, current values and stock market data in Europe, UK, Germany, Russia & more. [Author: [email protected] (Rupert Neil Bumfrey)]
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WTTC Calls For Leadership From Pm Boris Johnson, And Strong International Coordination To Save The Travel & Tourism Sector And The Global Economy

The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) has urgently called on the UK government for strong leadership and unprecedented international collaboration, to save the struggling Travel & Tourism sector and recover the millions of jobs already impacted.
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Counting the Social Costs of Tourism in the COVID-19 Era In Asia

During the COVID-19 pandemic, tourism scholars and practitioners have directed their attention to local communities in tourist destinations, examining their safety and well-being and the costs that they bear due to tourism activities. Yet according to the SHTM's Professor Haiyan Song and Dr Jinah Park and their co-researchers, it is now time to discuss the social costs of tourism during crises. How much are local communities willing to sacrifice to reduce these costs? Analysing local resi...
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Harvard researchers discover a surprising reason why Zoom and Skype won’t kill business travel

It might actually do some good for the world, says a new study out of the Harvard Kennedy School's Growth Lab, which finds a direct link—of causation, not correlation—between a country's incoming business travel and its economic growth. The more business travelers a country received, the better its industrial ventures fared, and the higher its GDP climbed.
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Hotels pivoting toward more hybrid meetings

Groups are canceling or postponing their meetings and events due to concerns about COVID-19, but hoteliers are finding creative solutions to use technology to host the event in a safe fashion.
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Corporate travel firms face ‘challenging’ autumn

The corporate travel sector faces a "challenging" recovery with companies "less eager" to send employees travelling on business than before.
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