Pompeo to meet Chinese officials in Hawaii, vacation rentals reopening on three islands, state's largest newspaper threatens to lay off half of newsroom, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo official photo Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to meet with Chinese officials in Hawaii as tensions escalate. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is planning a trip to Hawaii this week to meet with Chinese government officials as tensions continue to mount between China and the United States, according to multiple media reports. Star-Advertiser.Pompeo Plans To Meet In Hawaii With China Officials. Politico and CNN are reporting that U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pom...
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Birthday Boy Photos

     Chelsea sent some very happy birthday videos of family and friends enjoying the afternoon together at Gabriel's birthday party. As I cannot connect the videos I am adding the two photos I loved the most. His homemade birthday crown, his little scratched nose, toothless grin, and his new colorful scoot toy that his other grandparents gave him. Chelsea, Martin, and baby have been staying with Martin's parents during the covid 19, and plan to stay throughout summer. Hopefully, I will see...
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‘Aarogya Setu voluntary for rail, plane passengers,’ says central govt in Karnataka HC

Resolving three weeks of confusion about whether or not Aarogya Setu is mandatory for air passengers with compatible phones, the central government’s counsel finally said that it is voluntary in Karnataka High Court on June 12. The Additional Solicitor General of India for the Karnataka High Court, M.B. Nargund said that “A person can travel by air without having downloaded the Aarogya Setu app and the same thing applies for travel by railways. A self-declaration though will have to be given by ...
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Untitled - 16Jun20

I slept off early last night. I was on my bed by 930. And then drifted off to sleep at around 1030 or something. No, it's not the earliest to be honest. I would love to sleep every day by 9 and then get up at 4 (yes I am a morning person). But I think till I reach a time where I can control my time fully (I can control a large part of my time, but not all the time) it would be tough. Lets see when that happens. It is 730 AM. I have been up since 7 at least and I have been puttering around. The...
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Tea Cosy Tea Room, The Rocks

The Tea Cosy is a tea room and afternoon tea parlour housed in a lovely heritage listed building on Playfair and Atherton Streets in The Rocks. Here you can have a pot of tea along with a Devonshire tea or a Grandstand tea tower with freshly baked scones and the freshest finger sandwiches plus the Fairy Bread of your dreams!
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Why People Are More Honest When Writing on Their Smartphones

The restaurant review that divulges distressing family dynamics. The Facebook post that rehashes an embarrassing encounter. The tweet that reveals a phobia few people know about. On our smartphones, we are quick to reveal private emotions and highly personal experiences to faceless strangers. From a report: Building on her earlier research that equated smartphones with adult pacifiers, Shiri Melumad, an assistant professor of marketing at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, set...
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12 Kananaskis Trail Hikes in Alberta With a View

If you live in the Calgary – Banff corridor chances are pretty good that you already know how fantastic the hiking is along the Kananaskis Trail (Highway 40). But out of town visitors largely have no idea that the hiking here is on par with much that is available in nearby Banff National Park. Most of the hikes on the Kananaskis Trail don’t see anywhere near the number of people you see in the national park. And nor is there a need for a park pass. Described are 12 Kananaskis Trail hikes with ...
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What You Need to Know About Plane Operations Post-Pandemic

You might’ve been a nervous flyer pre-pandemic, but there’s no question that getting on an airplane will be far more trepidatious for everyone as air travel slowly becomes a thing people do again. Owing to the health crisis of the past several months, planes around the world have been grounded, leaving us to wonder: W…Read more...
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Apple says its App Store facilitated $519B in commerce in 2019

Amid increasing antitrust scrutiny by U.S. regulators, Apple announced an update on its App Store ecosystem. While the company normally shares some App Store metrics during its WWDC keynote, it’s today detailing the results of a new study that claims the App Store ecosystem facilitated half a trillion ($519 billion) in billings and sales globally in 2019. This is a new and broader figure than has been previously reported, as it includes all transactions the App Store facilitates, not just those ...
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Top #Qatar State Companies Cut Wage Bills Over Pandemic - Bloomberg

Top Qatar State Companies Cut Wage Bills Over Pandemic - Bloomberg:Some of Qatar’s biggest state-owned companies have cut their wage bills as part of a wider government plan to reduce spending and bolster finances to mitigate the impact of the coronavirus outbreak.Qatar Petroleum, the world’s biggest producer of liquefied natural gas, cut about 800 jobs, according to a person with knowledge of the matter. Qatar Airways is reducing basic salaries for non-Qatari pilots by as much as 25% and is poi...
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Planned MENA energy investments will total $792m over 5 years - Arabianbusiness

Planned MENA energy investments will total $792m over 5 years - Arabianbusiness:Planned and committed investments in the MENA region’s energy sector will exceed $792 billion over the next five years, approximately $173 million less than previous outlooks, according to a new report from the Arab Petroleum Investments Corporation (APICORP).According to the report, the overall decline – which is mostly in planned investments – is largely a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, the oil crisis, and a loom...
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Column: Hedge funds wait for signs of cyclical recovery in oil - Kemp - Reuters

Column: Hedge funds wait for signs of cyclical recovery in oil - Kemp - Reuters:Hedge fund managers show little directional conviction on petroleum prices after crude futures doubled between late April and early June, suggesting most now see upside and downside risks as finely balanced.For the second week running, fund managers made no significant changes in their positioning in any of the six most import futures and options contracts, according to records published by regulators and exchanges.F...
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Oil prices rise 2% on optimism around OPEC+ output pact - Reuters

Oil prices rise 2% on optimism around OPEC+ output pact - Reuters:Oil prices rose more than 2% on Monday as signs that fuel demand was recovering, while OPEC+ members were complying with a production cut deal, outweighed fears that new coronavirus infections could further slow the global economy.U.S. West Texas Intermediate crude rose 86 cents, or 2.4%, to settle at $37.12 a barrel. Brent crude gained 99 cents, or 2.6%, to settle at $39.72 a barrel.Prices rebounded from early losses after the en...
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The Art Of Being Persian

It is sunset and I am standing on the top of one of the Towers of Silence — a massive rock citadel where the Zoroastrians once laid out their dead for the vultures, to avoid contaminating the air with cremation, or the earth with burial. Article by Samira Ahmed | Financial Times I look down on the desert city of Yazd, in the heart of the Iranian plateau. The adobe-walled settlement glows at dusk, brimming with life. There are hidden cafés down the winding streets, where university ...
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Hotel Management Agreements - Creating a Win Win Relationship | By John Duran, Hua Rong & Paul Breslin

As a wave of uncertainty overtakes consumer sentiment, investors are using this time to pause and reflect on their assets. Some hotel Owners have concluded that there are areas of improvement at their hotels that would help in maintaining the asset's value through these troublous times. One course of action is the review and revision of the contracts or agreements that impact their hotel's operations, and they are wise to do so. Most notably, the Hotel Management Agreement (HMA) is at the...
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100 Ideas For The Food & Beverage Industry Post COVID-19 | By Alex Sogno

The COVID-19 crisis led to major structural and operational changes for the restaurant industry, from the implementation of new health standards to adaptation to new customer expectations. We offer 100 ideas to allow independent restaurateurs or operating in hotels to meet these challenges and choose from this list the most suitable ideas for their activity.
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On Magazines: Haruki Murakami

I’ve admittedly — and strangely — never read a novel by Haruki Murakami. You’d think I would have by now, and I’ve certainly had the intention of doing so many a time over the years, but it’s something I’ve yet to do. I have finally read my first piece of fiction by him though. Last week’s issue of The New Yorker — which I read through Apple News+ — featured a short story by him, and so I figured this would finally be my entry into his style of writing. And I liked it. The story, “Confessi...
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Horwath HTL Market Report: Designing Through The Wellness Lens

The latest report by Horwath HTL Health and Wellness provides key guidelines to successfully design wellness resorts.
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How Long Will It Take to Get a Passport Right Now?

After months spent at a standstill, travelers are finally starting to move about the globe again—or at least starting to think about it. And as government offices begin to ramp up operations once again, passport services are reopening in phases. If you’re planning ahead for a trip outside the country, here’s what you…Read more...
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Iran's beautiful palaces and holy sites – in pictures

Ahead of new BBC series Art of Persia, starting on 15 June, Christopher Wilton-Steer looks up at the intricate ceilings of Iran’s mosques, mausoleums and palaces Continue reading...
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Centara Freshens Up its Hotels and Resorts Before Welcoming Back Guests

Centara Hotels & Resorts, Thailand's leading hotel operator, has used the recent pause in travel to revamp and revitalise its hotels and resorts, alongside the implementation of "Centara Complete Care", its certified health, hygiene and safety programme.
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Dubai’s Leading Hospitality Company Leverages the Industry’s Top Analytics Platform

Intelligent Hospitality is proud to announce that they have completed the roll-out of their award-winning analytics platform, HotelIQ Business Intelligence, across all properties in Emaar Hospitality Group's portfolio. Emaar Hospitality will be leveraging the full suite of HotelIQ's capabilities including Analytical Dashboards and Reporting, Forecasting and Budgeting, and Master Data Management.
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Prioritizing the Need for Guestroom-Centric Experiences in a Post COVID-19 World

Las Vegas — June 15, 2020 — From implementing strict cleanliness procedures to reshaping the way that services and amenities are offered, it's clear that the hotel industry has experienced a seismic shift and will look very different as the threat of COVID-19 subsides and guests begin to return. One thing hoteliers can be sure of is that the first bookings will come predominantly from business travelers. In fact, recent survey findings from consulting firm Oliver Wyman support this conclu...
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In hotels and beyond, UV light robots and lamps could help protect against coronavirus

For guests checking into a high-profile California hotel, they might be staying in rooms that have been sanitized in part by an unusual new staff member: a three-foot-tall robot named Kennedy.
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How Much Coronavirus Risk Is There In Common Travel Activities? We Asked An Expert

Travel in the middle of a global pandemic presents challenges, with each activity carrying its own level of risk for coronavirus.
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Locked Out of Paris

Article by Secrets of Paris Correspondent Anne Daignault Anne with Heather at an apéro on the banks of the Seine in 2019. When I left Paris in November 2019, I didn’t expect to be able to return to my studio apartment until March. Four months away from Paris and friends seemed an eternity, but Florida’s warm weather, time with Dennis, and our funky cottage in the art community of Gulfport beckoned. News about coronavirus began to appear on our radar screen in February, soon after we ar...
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Hospitality in GCC - HVS Hotel Owner and Investor Sentiment - COVID-19 | By Hala Matar Choufany

With all the uncertainty that remains around the duration and outcome of this pandemic and its' prolonged impact on the hospitality industry in particular; we are pleased to share the findings of the "HVS Hotel Owner and Investor Survey". The goal of the survey was to understand the hotel's operational status and challenges since the outbreak of COVID-19 as well as hotel owners' ability to survive in the hope that there will be some easing of restrictions and return to some normalcy and a...
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Phuket Hotels Association Partners With Hotel Resilient To Launch COVID-READY Certification In Phuket

The Phuket Hotels Association has joined forces with Hotel Resilient to launch the COVID-READY Certification scheme, a new initiative to provide guidance, resources and tools to support the safe reopening of hotels and to help restore confidence in the island's hotel industry following Covid-19. Hotel Resilient is the world's only scientific benchmarking and certification body for disaster risk management and climate change adaptation in the hospitality industry. It provides hotels and re...
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Viking Celebrates Seventh Ship Float Out in Italy

There was some good news from Viking Cruises last week.  Their newest and seventh ocean ship, Viking Venus, touched the water for the first time during a traditional maritime “float out” event.  Viking Venus Float Out Ceremony The float out event took place at Fincantieri Read More The post Viking Celebrates Seventh Ship Float Out in Italy appeared first on .
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Oil falls on growing fears of coronavirus second wave - Reuters

Oil falls on growing fears of coronavirus second wave - Reuters:Oil prices fell on Monday as new coronavirus infections hit China, Japan and the United States, adding to concerns that a resurgence of the virus could hamper a recovery in fuel demand.Brent crude was down 38 cents, or 1%, at $38.35 a barrel by 1154 GMT. U.S. West Texas Intermediate crude was down 66 cents, or 1.8%, at $35.60.“A fresh wave of cases will certainly raise worries that a recovery in demand may take even longer than init...
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