Bottega Cini - New Concept Store in Venice Celebrates Excellence

Bottega Cini - Photo: Cat Bauer (Venice, Italy) Bottega Cini, a new type of museum shop in Venice, is a cause for celebration. It is refreshing to witness the opening of a store that fits so perfectly into the local community, mixing commerce and traditional Venetian culture, positioned in just the right zone. Located directly in front of Palazzo Cini at San Vio in the Dorsoduro district of Venice, it is sure to attract both locals and travelers who visit the Accademia Galleries, the Pala...
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Hawaii to lift quarantine for those passing COVID-19 test, hospitals ready for anticipated virus surge, police discipline disclosure bill advances, Senate President: Zuckerberg didn't break quarantine, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Hawaii government officials announce reopening travel PC:Governor's Office Ige: Hawaii’s Quarantine Will Be Lifted For Those Who Show Proof Of Negative COVID-19 Test. Gov. David Ige said officials expect to see a rise in virus cases, but Hawaii hospitals are equipped with the capacity to handle new infections. Civil Beat.Gov. David Ige announces trans-Pacific testing program as alternative to quarantine. Starting Aug. 1, passengers with approved negative COVID-19 tests taken within 72 hou...
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Covid-19 deepens the educational divide

With the closure of schools, learning has moved to online platforms across the world, but a UNESCO report said only 12% of households in the least-developed countries have internet access at home The post Covid-19 deepens the educational divide appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.
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Windstar Caribbean Cruises 2021

? Windstar Caribbean Cruises 2021 Windstar Caribbean Cruises for the winter of 2021 offer a much-needed getaway from the cold weather and the COVID-19 virus. They offer guests small-ship sailings on three sailing yachts and three motor yachts. Carol and I sailed on the Wind Surf sailing yacht in the Caribbean a few years back and we enjoyed a fabulous and memorable experience. CLICK HERE to read our review. Windstar is the official cruise line of the James Beard Foundation and their three...
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How To Show The Welcoming Smiles Behind The Masks Of Your Hotel Staff | By Doug Kennedy

As part of the hotel and lodging industry's effort to help guests feel safe about traveling during the current COVID-19 pandemic era, nearly all are requiring hotel staff to wear facemasks. However, one down-side is of course the fact that our colleagues can no longer share their warm and welcoming smiles as they greet guests at the front entrance, pass by them in hallways and corridors or when serving them in dining and recreational outlets.
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I got to visit the beautiful ancient village of Rocamadour. It’s long been on my list of places I want to visit. It starts high up on a hill and works its way down to the bottom looking a bit Italian, a bit Disneyland. There it is from a distance. It has ancient entry ways. An upside down heart for some reason. A look down the picturesque street. Much higher up is a cathedral. Happily, there was an elevator. There was a black madonna, supposedly much more ...
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A disturbing Japanese clown head kids playground

Some Japanese playgrounds are almost delightfully bleak, whereas others are just bleakly disturbing.
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Builder of #Dubai’s Bluewaters Island Cuts 15% of Its Workforce - Bloomberg

Builder of Dubai’s Bluewaters Island Cuts 15% of Its Workforce - Bloomberg:ASGC Group, one of Dubai’s largest builders, cut almost 15% of its workforce as fallout from the coronavirus pandemic takes its toll on the Middle East’s construction industry.Almost 2,300 employees, including engineers and project managers, were dismissed this month, according to people with direct knowledge of the matter, who asked not to be identified because the matter is sensitive. The company was forced to reduce st...
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#Saudi $45 bln bank M&A is haunted by past failure – Breakingviews

Saudi $45 bln bank M&A is haunted by past failure – Breakingviews Mohammed bin Salman wants a banking champion that’s worthy of his grand visions. Saudi Arabian retail investors may not care much about the crown prince’s dreams. That means National Commercial Bank, the government’s would-be vehicle for building a financial powerhouse, will have to pay up for Samba Financial. The two banks on Thursday took the unusual step of announcing that they had arrived at a “framework agreement” for an al...
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Oil prices climb as U.S. economic data lends support - Reuters

Oil prices climb as U.S. economic data lends support - Reuters:Oil prices rose about 2% in a volatile session on Thursday, buoyed by signs of a marginal improvement in the U.S. economy and a tepid rise in fuel demand, but price gains were limited by rising cases of COVID-19 in some U.S. states.Brent crude rose 74 cents, or 1.8%, to settle at $41.05 a barrel. U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude ended the session up 71 cents, or 1.9%, at $38.72.Road traffic in some of the world’s major cities...
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#SaudiArabia's biggest lender NCB in merger talks with Samba - Reuters

Saudi Arabia's biggest lender NCB in merger talks with Samba - Reuters:National Commercial Bank (1180.SE), Saudi Arabia’s biggest lender, said on Thursday it had signed an initial agreement with smaller lender Samba Financial Group (1090.SE) to create a combined entity with almost $214 billion in assets.NCB’s offer would value each Samba share at 27.42 to 29.32 riyals ($7.82), giving it a maximum market value of $15.63 billion, 27.5% above its market value of nearly $12.3 billion based on Wednes...
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Roasted Rainbow Dutch Carrots With Honey & Sesame

Dutch carrots are roasted with a simple honey butter and then sprinkled with sesame seeds for a wonderful side dish for meat or as part of a vegetarian spread!
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How to Drink Safely On Vacation

There’s nothing like a refreshing piña colada, mojito or a beer while on vacation. And with the way things are now—with travel restricted and the need for social distancing—we will all, at some point, if not already, definitely need some kind of a vacation. And when that day arrives, the drinks will, undoubtedly, be …Read more...
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How to Bring Extra Stuff on the Plane Without Paying

Gone are the days when checked baggage was automatically included in economy tickets for domestic flights. Or when there weren’t any airlines charging for carry-on luggage because, well, it’s a carry-on. Airlines have taken the time to make it just that much pricier to get your essentials (and non-essentials) on a…Read more...
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Europe to ban American travel as U.S. struggles to contain pandemic

The EU has slowed the spread of COVID-19 in most regions, while cases in the U.S. continue to grow.The U.S. is reportedly excluded from both lists of "accepted nations," but Secretary of State Mike Pompeo suggested the U.S. may reach an agreement with European officials.A ban on American travel would surely have political consequences for the Trump administration. The European Union is preparing to block Americans from traveling to member nations when borders begin to reopen on July 1.European ...
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Disney Ditches Problematic Song of the South Theme for Splash Mountain

Splash Mountain, one of Disney's problematic theme park attractions, will be "completely reimagined" from its current theme, which has its roots in Song of the South, a Disney movie the company has long disavowed. The official Disney Parks blog broke the news today with a first-look rendering of the new theme for the ride, which...
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Sevenrooms Raises $50m Series B Round With Providence Strategic Growth

SevenRooms ("the Company"), a fully-integrated, data-driven guest experience platform for the hospitality industry, has raised a $50 million Series B funding round led by Providence Strategic Growth ("PSG"). This latest funding aims to support SevenRooms' continued global expansion and enable the company to further enhance the industry's only end-to-end guest experience platform focused on helping operators build profitable, direct relationships with their guests. In conjunction with the ...
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Even amid the pandemic, this newly funded travel startup is tackling the stodgy timeshare market

The world is rife with me-too startups, which makes it all the more refreshing when a founder comes along that manages to find a broken market that’s hiding in plain sight. That’s what Mike Kennedy appears to be doing with Koala, a young outfit determined to update the stodgy world of property time-share management, wherein people acquire points or otherwise pay for a unit at a timeshare resort that they intend to regularly use or swap or rent out (or all three). It’s a big and growing market. A...
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Candidate Labs wants to be modern talent agency for techies

In the first few minutes of pitching his new company, Candidate Labs, Jonathan Downey admitted that he’s operating in a market that is “done to death”: recruitment technology. But Downey, whose previous startup Airware shut down after burning $118 million, remains optimistic because of a little company named Zoom. “There were lots and lots of videoconferencing companies and yet everybody’s experience was really bad,” he said. “It just took [Zoom] coming along and getting just a few more things r...
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Brand Moves for Thursday June 25

Seventeen weeks ago, when the gravity of the situation became clear, we started daily reporting on how brands were dealing with the COVID-19 crisis. What’s now becoming clear is that the current climate is one of near-perpetual disruption. So we made the decision to keep on telling the stories of inspiring brand leadership and strategy amid the latest crises in an anxious world. Our goal remains the same: to provide an up-to-the-minute source of information, inspiration and insight on brand mov...
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Undertaking Hospitality

"The closeness with death opens your eyes to the fact that life is short, and that we need to treasure it."
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STR: Canada Hotel Results For Week Ending 20 June

STR data for 14-20 June 2020 shows Canadian hotel performance up slightly from previous weeks with the same significant level of year-over-year declines.
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Premier Inn CleanProtect hotel hygiene regime will help guests stay with confidence

Premier Inn announces its rigorous new Premier Inn CleanProtect enhanced hotel hygiene promise to help guests stay with confidence.
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U.S. Hotel Profitability Improved In May, Limited-Service Properties Break Even At 45% Occupancy

STR's latest monthly P&L data release shows U.S. hotel gross operating profit per available room down 110.1% in May. That percentage change was a slight improvement from April's decline of 116.9%. Additionally, limited-service properties showed positive profitability on average when surpassing 45% occupancy.
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Caesars Announces Universal Mask Policy In All Properties

LAS VEGAS - Caesars Entertainment Corporation (NASDAQ: CZR) ("Caesars", "Caesars Entertainment" or the "Company") today announced that everyone indoors at its properties across the Caesars network will be required to wear masks at all times, except when eating or drinking. The updated mask policy becomes effective on June 24, 2020 at 12 p.m. Pacific Time and applies to all employees, vendors, contractors, guests and passersby in properties. Previously, all employees plus guests at table g...
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Salesforce announces a new mobile collaboration tool for sales called Anywhere

Even before the pandemic pushed most employees to work from home, sales people often worked outside of the office. Salesforce introduced a new tool today at the Trailheadx Conference called Salesforce Anywhere that’s designed to let teams collaborate and share data wherever they happen to be. Salesforce VP of product, Michael Machado says that the company began thinking about the themes of working from anywhere pre-COVID. “We were really thinking across the board what a mobile experience woul...
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Your Home at Your Fingertips: Four Seasons Launches New Digital Experience for Private Residence Homeowners Worldwide

TORONTO, - Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, the world's leading luxury hospitality company, has expanded its award-winning App and Chat platforms with enhanced residential features, giving Four Seasons Private Residence homeowners and residents the ability to connect with their designated residential teams from their phones, tablets or computers.
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OTA Insight Shapes The Future Of Real-Time Market Intelligence With Market Insight

OTA Insight, the cloud-based data intelligence platform for the hospitality industry, announces today the launch of Market Insight, an industry first predictive market intelligence solution that captures hotel booking intent in real-time to uncover new revenue opportunities.
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#NAMA: GOQii founder Vishal Gondal on issues of bias, discrimination, and accuracy of health data

“There is fundamentally no disincentive in how someone’s health data can be used to determine their insurance premiums. Of course, somebody who is doing more effort, walking more, exercising more, gets more benefits versus somebody who is doing less,” said Vishal Gondal, founder of wearables company GOQii when asked if use of health data can make insurance premiums discriminatory. He also noted that health data can potentially help us in moving away from traditional healthcare practices, and ada...
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‘Travel as We Knew It Is Over,’ Says Airbnb CEO as Bookings Rise

With "zero marketing whatsoever," Airbnb is seeing travelers come back to the home-sharing platform, with levels equivalent to 2019 in a pre-pandemic world. "People are saying they want to get out of the house," Airbnb CEO and founder Brian Chesky told CNBC, which was first to report the news. "Although our business has not recovered,...
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