Boutique Awards Now Open for Submission

New York - The industry's official association to global boutique hotels and boutique businesses has opened their annual Awards nomination site at The 2020 Awards, curated by BLLA and StayBoutique, include categories for places, and also one for an Emerging and Iconic individual.
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  When something is loved one does what one can to save it. The caregiving to patchwork.          [Author: French la Vie]
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State park fees going up, Native Hawaiian skulls returned from England, Caldwell seeks 5.1% budget increase, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Snow atop Mauna Kea March 2, 2020. ©2020 All Hawaii News Shower activity to slowly decrease as an upper level low moves north of the islands. KHON2.BLNR approves parks fee increase proposal. Land Board members on Friday approved unanimously a State Parks proposal to increase an array of parks-related fees in an effort to increase revenue. West Hawaii Today.Hawaii Lawmakers Hamstrung By Their Own Law On Special Funds. The auditor determined that none of the 63 special funds that legislator...
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Transform Tomorrow - Wyndham Hotels & Resorts | By Panos Loupasis

In the lead up to the 2020 Arabian Hotel Investment Conference (AHIC), we asked a number of industry partners how they are transforming their business for tomorrow
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Google cancels I/O’s in-person portion over coronavirus concerns

Google has cancelled the in-person part of its I/O developer conference over coronavirus concerns, the company announced in a blog post. I/O was scheduled to take place between May 12 and May 14 at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in California. People who had purchased tickets for the event will receive a full refund by March 13, 2020. […] ...
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Career Counselling and Microloans in Canada

by  Gavin Au-Yeung Why do so many skilled immigrants have a hard time finding jobs in Canada? Some newcomers struggle to understand and navigate the labour market. Other people might be doing everything right, but employers simply won’t recognize their international experience. Then, there is a group of people who know they need to continue their training in order to thrive; however, they might not be able to afford the costs of these professional development tracks. Luckily, there are solu...
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Allee des Volcans y mas

Un mot sur les bus avant de continuer de vous raconter nos aventures a va se corser on a BEAUCOUP pris le bus en Equateur les distances sont longues et c'est le moyen de transport privilgi. Les terminaux dits terrestres sont bien organiss res
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INTELITY to Attend the 2020 Indian Gaming Tradeshow & Convention

INTELITY®, the provider of the travel industry's most comprehensive guest engagement and staff management platform, announced today that it will attend the 35th annual Indian Gaming Tradeshow & Convention, organized by the National Indian Gaming Association (NIGA). The event, taking place March 24-27, 2020 at the San Diego Convention Center, is the longest-running gaming tradeshow in history and the largest gathering of tribal leaders and casino executives in North America.
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We walked around a bit in a posh looking area of London looking at the arcades which were beautiful. The Burlington Arcade. So elegant. I loved the curved windows. I think this was the Royal Arcade. Beau Brummel known for his style was outside one arcade. Make up for sale here. We also went into the famous Fortnum and Mason store. I especially liked this statue on the stairs-there was one on the other side too.
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The sun setting on a shuttered Tokyo shopping street

A few months ago, I photographed and wrote about danchi, or Japanese public housing. Born in the 1950s and peaking around the early 70s, this massive building project created affordable and modern housing for the nation’s growing number of young families. Fast forward to the present day, however, and many of these once futuristic apartment complexes are more crumbling relics than sought after properties. The same also goes for the little shopping precincts that were an integral part of some dan...
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What to do at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon in the Winter

What to do at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon in the Winter If you are planning a trip to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon in the winter, you’re in for a memorable experience. While most people think of the Grand Canyon as the perfect summer road trip destination, some say it’s even better in the winter. You will be able to enjoy mild temperatures, light crowds, and greater availability. There are amazing things to do on the South Rim in this inviting season. In fact, ... Read more The post W...
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Royal Caribbean and Partner to Build $300 Million Cruise Projects in Freeport

Royal Caribbean and Mexico’s privately-held ITM Group’s joint venture, Holistica Destinations, will develop two huge projects in Freeport, on Grand Bahama Island.  Together, they will take on the refurbishment and enhancement of the Grand Lucayan Resort. On the heels of that massive project will be Read More The post Royal Caribbean and Partner to Build $300 Million Cruise Projects in Freeport appeared first on .
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Hamantaschen Time! Hamantaschen Cookies

Hamantaschen are delicious buttery triangular shaped biscuits made for Purim which is at the beginning of March (March 9-10 this year). While they look deceptively easy (I mean how hard is a jam drop cookie?), there are definitely some tricks to ensure that you get perfect Hamantaschen every time!
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Gulf Central Banks Follow Fed Move With Half-Point Rate Cuts - Bloomberg

Gulf Central Banks Follow Fed Move With Half-Point Rate Cuts - Bloomberg:Policy makers in the Gulf followed the U.S. Federal Reserve’s emergency move on Tuesday, lowering interest rates in response to the coronavirus outbreak.Central banks in Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain matched the Fed’s half-percentage point cut, hours after Chairman Jerome Powell said the fallout from the virus had increased risks to the U.S. economic outlook.Gulf central banks largely move in lockstep w...
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Be Our Guest…

Hotel talk -- a safe fallback for whenever we need to actually speak to others.
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Pondering Impermanence in Old Goa

I got up early for my hotels awesome refined breakfast. Afterwards I went back to my room for a decadent midmorning nap. I wasnt actually planning on going sightseeing until noon. I generally only have the energy and desire for about three or fou
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Groups360 Welcomes New Vice President of Regional Sales

Groups360™, a leading online marketplace for meetings, has expanded its leadership team with the addition of Chris Cigna as its newest vice president of sales, leading the company's sales efforts in the West and Midwest regions.
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An Arctic Baptism

During the night we sailed through Bronnoysund Sandnessjoen and Nesna and at 7.45am this morning there is an announcement that we would be crossing the Arctic Circle. Not wanting to miss it we head to Deck 7 and carefully make our way outside to get a g
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U.S. oil climbs, but ends off the day’s high as Fed rate cut raises worries about COVID-19’s economic fallout - MarketWatch

U.S. oil climbs, but ends off the day’s high as Fed rate cut raises worries about COVID-19’s economic fallout - MarketWatch:U.S. benchmark oil futures finished modestly higher on Tuesday and off the day’s best levels, while global benchmark crude prices settled lower as a surprise, inter-meeting interest-rate cut by the Federal Reserve caused traders to worry more about the global economic fallout of the COVID-19 epidemic.Prices had traded sharply higher earlier in the session, buoyed by expecta...
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Cruise Queen Victoria Chile

Saturday 22nd February 2020Another sea day and we didnt get to Magellan Straights until mid afternoon. Bitterly cold wind even though the sun was out it was Chile Lol. The straights narrow to a gap about a mile wide which we reached about 7.30p
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Cruise Queen Victoria Argentina

Friday 14thFebruary 2020Chris had planned a couple of walking tours but after yesterdays walking tour failure and as Buenos Aires is such a large sprawling City we decided to buy a 48hr hop on hop off bus ticket 45 US pp. Left th
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Cruise Cunard Queen Victoria Chile

Saturday 22nd February 2020Another sea day and we didnt get to Magellan Straights until mid afternoon. Bitterly cold wind even though the sun was out it was Chile Lol. The straights narrow to a gap about a mile wide which we reached about 7.30p
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From pampered cruise to self catering studio in Mexico

Chile 13 24 February 2020 Mexico 26 February 3 March This is the third and last blog about the cruise. Sorry it took so long but the last week on board comprised lots of port days so much to see and record. The southern part of Sout
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Goodbye, Prof Freeman Dyson

I was saddened, though not surprised, to learn that Prof Freedom Dyson passed away on Friday in Princeton NJ at the age of 96. I admired him immensely for his intellectual might, bravery and honesty. Thanks to the internet, I have had the great pleasure of gaining from his intelligence, his humanity, his wide-ranging interests, … Continue reading "Goodbye, Prof Freeman Dyson"
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OPEC readies knife for oil demand-slump gunfight – Breakingviews

OPEC readies knife for oil demand-slump gunfight – Breakingviews:The 13-strong producers club that controls a third of global oil supply meets this week to try to prop up prices smashed by a coronavirus-led demand slump. Good luck with that.The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries’ chief goal when it meets in Vienna will be to soak up excess oil supply, and thus raise prices, which have fallen by 20% since January. Before the virus emerged, year-on-year demand for oil was expected t...
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Dear Italy: Leave the Light On For Us

Dear Italy, Leave the light on for us. We’ve seen the photos — of empty museums and stocked shelves and and blue skies. We believe you when you say that life goes on. We know that things are mostly normal almost everywhere. Leave the light on for us. Believe us when we say yes, we too would like to see you without the crowds. Ironically, our absence is the reason those lines are short and those museums are empty. We know you miss us and want us to come. And we will come. Maybe not tomorrow. May...
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#UAE to Allow Full Foreign Ownership in 122 Activities - Bloomberg

U.A.E. to Allow Full Foreign Ownership in 122 Activities - Bloomberg:The United Arab Emirates will allow full foreign ownership in 122 economic activities in the industrial, agricultural and services sectors.“We have the flexibility to keep up with the economic developments and changes around the world,” Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum was cited as saying by state-run WAM. [Author: [email protected] (Rupert Neil Bumfrey)]
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Norway Wealth Fund Cuts #Saudi Stocks During Benchmark Review - Bloomberg

Norway Wealth Fund Cuts Saudi Stocks During Benchmark Review - Bloomberg:Norway’s $1.1 trillion sovereign wealth fund reduced holdings of Saudi Arabian equities by about 60% last year as it reviews an internal benchmark that guides its global stock purchases.The fund’s total investment in shares traded in Riyadh fell to $420 million by the end of 2019, from about $1 billion the year before, according to data from Norges Bank Investment Management, which manages the fund. In contrast, holdings in...
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#Kuwait beauty startup Boutiqaat in new funding talks, eyes unicorn status -sources - Reuters

Kuwait beauty startup Boutiqaat in new funding talks, eyes unicorn status -sources - Reuters:Kuwait beauty e-commerce startup Boutiqaat is in early talks with banks to raise between $100 and $150 million in its latest funding round, tapping a burgeoning venture capital market in the Middle East, sources familiar with the deal said.The company, whose platform offers virtual stores for Gulf and Arab celebrities and social media influencers to sell products they endorse, is fast growing and ranks a...
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NMC Founder Shetty Is Said to Weigh Sale of Pharma Business - Bloomberg

NMC Founder Shetty Is Said to Weigh Sale of Pharma Business - Bloomberg:NMC Health Plc founder Bavaguthu Raghuram Shetty is considering selling his Abu Dhabi-based pharmaceuticals business, Neopharma, after drawing interest from potential investors, according to people with knowledge of the matter.Shetty, who resigned as chairman of the troubled hospital operator last month, has been approached by parties, including regional investors and family offices, the people said, asking not to be identif...
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