Europe Hotel Transactions Bulletin - Week Ending 9 October 2020

Les Hôtels d'en Haut acquires three hotels in France from Édouard Loubet
Tags: Travel, Europe, France, Les Hôtels, Haut

Flamborough May 2020

  [Author: Vlad Barbu]
Tags: Travel, North Sea, Puffin, Seagull, Puffins, Vlad Barbu, Flamborough Head, Flamborough, Bempton Cliffs, Bempton, Flamborough Cliffs

Possible data breach in travel software, racial data missing in state COVID-19 counts, tech billionaire donates 1M masks, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Hawaiian family in an ocean pond ©2020 All Hawaii News Hawaii COVID-19 Data For Race And Ethnicity Is Missing. Leaders across many Pacific Islander communities have been working to prevent COVID-19 infections from increasing. Civil Beat.Advocates worry immigrant, working families struggling to get by amid pandemic woes. A new advocacy group said that the backlog in unemployment claims is hitting immigrant and working-class families hard. Hawaii News Now.Potential data breach exposed in st...
Tags: Travel, San Francisco, Fbi, Gop, Hawaii, House, House Of Representatives, Leo, Donald Trump, Gardens, Lanai, Big Island, Hawaii Island, Maui, Honolulu, Board of Education

Three strongmen and their battle for the Middle East | Financial Times

Three strongmen and their battle for the Middle East | Financial Times: Copyright: James Ferguson Vladimir Putin, Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Mohammed bin Salman have a lot in common. The Russian, Turkish and Saudi leaders are all nationalists with regional ambitions. They are autocrats who have centralised power and have been ruthless with domestic political opposition. And they are all risk-takers, who are happy to use military force.These three strongmen are also believers in the diplo...
Tags: Travel, Putin, Russia, Africa, US, Turkey, Syria, Nato, Middle East, Moscow, Erdogan, Mohammed bin Salman, Nagorno Karabakh, Syria Libya, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, James Ferguson Vladimir Putin Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Petrofac CEO to retire after 30 years | Financial Times

Petrofac CEO to retire after 30 years | Financial Times:Ayman Asfari, the longstanding chief executive of Petrofac, is to step down after almost three decades at the oilfield services company, which remains under investigation by the UK’s Serious Fraud Office.He will be replaced by Sami Iskander, an Egyptian and French national and energy industry veteran of 30 years, who until last year was executive vice-president of Royal Dutch Shell’s upstream joint-ventures business.Mr Asfari, 62, whose fam...
Tags: Travel, UK, London, US, Middle East, Royal Dutch Shell, Petrofac, North Sea, Financial Times, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, Ayman Asfari, Sami Iskander, Asfari

Ezra, Potts Point

Ezra is a new Israeli restaurant on Kellett Street in Potts Point. The menu draws from Ashkenazi and Sephhardic Jewish culinary influences and was inspired by the Tel Aviv food scene. With new restaurant openings scarce (understandably) there has been a lot of buzz about Ezra, so what is it like?
Tags: Travel, Tel Aviv, Ezra, Kellett Street, Ezra Potts

If this was a movie a good title would be "WAG THE PANDEMIC"

This is one strange, strange pandemic, if it wasn't for the news media I wouldn't even know it existed.Many have come to the view that we're living in something of a dystopian nightmare.  We're told there's this horrible deadly virus floating around, but people I talk to don't know anyone who's died of it.  In point of fact many don't even have direct knowledge of someone who's even gotten sick from Covid.  The closest thing I hear is something like: "My sister works with a guy who's wife got it...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, Washington, Canada, United States, Willie Nelson, Albania, Gordie Canuk, COVID, Robert DeNiro Dustin Hoffman Woody Harrleson

#Oman to Join Gulf Neighbors by Introducing 5% Value-Added Tax - Bloomberg

Oman to Join Gulf Neighbors by Introducing 5% Value-Added Tax - Bloomberg:Cash-strapped Oman is planning to introduce a 5% value-added tax in April, following the lead of Gulf neighbors.Essential food items, medical care, education and financial services will be exempt from the planned levy, according to a royal decree detailing the tax on Monday.Oman, the biggest oil exporter outside OPEC, was among the more vulnerable economies in the six-nation Gulf Cooperation Council even before it was lash...
Tags: Travel, Opec, Oman, International Monetary Fund, Gulf, Gulf Cooperation Council, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, Value Added Tax Bloomberg

Middle East construction industry 'in crisis', more casualties loom, warns expert - Arabianbusiness

Middle East construction industry 'in crisis', more casualties loom, warns expert - Arabianbusiness:A leading consultant has warned that the Middle East's construction industry is “in crisis” and Dubai-based giant Arabtec, which is set to go into liquidation, will not be the last high profile casualty unless changes are made in the sector.The Dubai government last week passed a new building code, aimed at reducing construction costs by streamlining building rules.However, Kenny Linn, partner – c...
Tags: Travel, Middle East, Dubai, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, Kenny Linn, PwC Middle East

ICE says to launch ADNOC's Murban oil futures early in 2021 | Reuters

ICE says to launch ADNOC's Murban oil futures early in 2021 | Reuters:Intercontinental Exchange Inc. ICE.N said on Monday it planned to launch ICE Futures Abu Dhabi (IFAD) and trading in Murban futures contracts late in the first quarter of 2021.Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) said last year its flagship Murban crude would be traded on a new local exchange, IFAD, that would be owned by Abu Dhabi, several oil firms and ICE, the home to trading in Brent crude LCOc1.“ICE Murban Futures will ...
Tags: Travel, Abu Dhabi, IFAD, Reuters, United Arab Emirates UAE, Intercontinental Exchange Inc, ADNOC, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, Abu Dhabi National Oil Company Adnoc, ICE Futures Abu Dhabi IFAD

Oil prices fall 3% as U.S., Libyan, Norwegian supplies resume | Reuters

Oil prices fall 3% as U.S., Libyan, Norwegian supplies resume | Reuters:Oil prices settled about 3% lower on Monday as force majeure at Libya’s largest oilfield was lifted, a Norwegian strike affecting production ended and U.S. producers began restoring output after Hurricane Delta.Brent crude LCOc1 settled down $1.13, or 2.6%, to $41.72 a barrel. U.S. West Texas Intermediate CLc1 ended 2.9%, or $1.17, lower at $39.43.Production in Libya, a member of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting C...
Tags: Travel, Russia, Opec, Libya, Reuters, Sharara, Rupert Neil Bumfrey

I believe lockdowns are a form of imprisonment, so habeas corpus applies

1. Lockdowns are not quarantine. 2. Therefore they are a form of imprisonment 3. Habeas Corpus applies How do we know that lockdowns are a form of imprisonment? As noted in my 8 October 2020 Samuel Griffith paper: Lockdowns are not a quarantine. This is big discovery I made only yesterday while starting to read the […]
Tags: Travel, Current Affairs, Habeas Corpus, Public Policy, Samuel Griffith

Though Hawaii tourism opens 0ct. 15 with pre-travel testing, tours, attractions, hotels may be slower to reopen

The long-awaited reopening of Hawaii tourism come October 15th with pre-travel testing has been a huge hurdle to this point. Now, assuming all the precautions are safe, opening restaurants, hotels, tours and attractions are going to be the next hurdle. Some are already open with restrictions while others will be opening in the weeks to come. The reasons for a delayed opening are many, such as: local rules prohibiting or restricting reopening the time it takes to rehire and retrain employees wi...
Tags: Travel, Hawaii, Pearl Harbor, Lanai, Oahu, Hawaiian Islands, Hawaii Big Island, Kipahulu, Hawaii Big Island Hilton Waikoloa Village, Oahu Hanauma Bay, Coronavirus COVID 19, Maui Haleakalā National Park, Kauai County City, Honolulu Oahu Maui County, Molokai County, Oahu Kualoa Ranch

Tourist returns artifacts she swiped at Pompeii in hopes of lifting "curse"

In 2005, a Canadian person only identified as Nicole was one of 2.5 million tourists who each year visit the ruins of the ancient Roman city of Pompeii, destroyed in 79 CE by a volcanic eruption. Rather than hit the gift shop though, Nicole says she "wanted to have a piece of history that couldn't be bought" so she swiped a couple of mosaic tiles, pottery shards, and a bit of a ceramic wall from the site. — Read the rest
Tags: Post, News, Archaeology, Tourists, Pompeii, Nicole, Curses

Will Meetings And Events Ever Be The Same? 41 Clever Things Hotels Are Doing To Make Them Safe

The meeting and wedding planning industries have been rocked during the Covid-19 pandemic, and they may continue to feel the effects for years to come. While online alternatives like Zoom will put a dent into the events business, many hotels are staying laser-focused on recovery even if the path forward presents unusual challenges.
Tags: Travel

Go Cabin Camping This Winter

Camping was a great way to spend a pandemic summer: you got social distancing as a matter of course, you didn’t have to spend time indoors with anybody you don’t know, and, provided you chose a place near home, you didn’t have to deal with navigating the risks of airports and mass travel. Well, here’s your winter…Read more...
Tags: Travel, Camping, Lifehacks

Hilton Survey Reveals What Americans Are Missing the Most: Travel

According to a new study released Monday by Hilton, 95% of Americans are missing travel right now - are you one of them? It's not surprising, after six months of restrictions brought on by a global pandemic which led to working and learning from home and little change in scenery … day after day after day. What is surprising though? That within this time, 188 million Americans already feel a 'travel memory deficit,' leading to greater stress and the feeling of FOMO on lost or missed out up...
Tags: Travel, Hilton

Facebook, in a reversal, will now ban Holocaust denial content under its hate speech policy

Facebook this morning announced a significant change in how it approaches Holocaust denial content on its social network. For years, the company has been criticized for not taking down this extremely offensive form of content in favor of allowing free speech and distancing itself from taking on the responsibilities of a traditional publisher. Today, it’s reversing that position, saying it will now update its hate speech policy to “prohibit any content that denies or distorts the Holocaust.” The ...
Tags: Travel, TC, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Naacp, ADL, Yad Vashem, Facebook These, Facebook Holocaust

Himalayan Gardens June 2020

  [Author: Vlad Barbu]
Tags: Travel, Garden, Botanical Garden, Sculpture Park, Vlad Barbu, Himalayan Gardens

Hapimag Resorts restore guest confidence with contactless self-service tech

Hapimag AG, which operates more than 50 holiday properties all over Europe and the US, is doing its part to restore confidence in the hospitality sector following the COVID-19 pandemic by introducing guest self-service via their own smart phones at its resorts.
Tags: Travel, Europe, US, Hapimag AG

Marriott's Arne Sorenson Receives 2020 Out & Equal Ally Changemaker Award Recognizing Workplace Equality

Arne Sorenson, President and Chief Executive Officer of Marriott International has been awarded the 2020 Out & Equal Ally Changemaker Award. According to Out & Equal, this award recognizes an LGBTQ Ally who has made a significant contribution to advancing workplace equality. As allies, they uplift the voices of marginalized groups and have shown a unique commitment to LGBTQ workplace rights and will have used their talents to further that cause, even if at some risk.
Tags: Travel, Marriott, Arne Sorenson, Marriott International

Newstead Abbey May 2020

[Author: Vlad Barbu]
Tags: Travel, Ruins, Abbey, Gothic, Newstead Abbey, Vlad Barbu

European, Middle Eastern & African Stocks - Bloomberg #UAE #Kuwait #Israel #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)]
Tags: Travel, Qatar, Europe Middle East Africa, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, Europe UK Germany Russia, Bloomberg UAE Kuwait Israel

Effective approaches to cut costs and boost productivity at your hotel | By Bogdan Romashko

Оver the past years, the tourism sector has become vital for the success of many economies across the world. According to McKinsey, it made up 10% of global GDP in 2019 and was worth nearly $9 trillion. It is almost three times larger than agriculture.
Tags: Travel, Mckinsey, Bogdan Romashko

Facial recognition system cannot exhibit bias on basis of colour, ethnicity, says IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad

The artificial intelligence (AI) ecosystem must be free of bias, and facial recognition technology cannot exhibit bias on the basis of colour or ethnicity, Ravi Shankar Prasad, Union Minister for Electronics and Information Technology said. Prasad also prescribed a set of principles, or standards, that are necessary for the empowerment of Indian citizens and the development of the AI ecosystem in the country. Prasad was speaking at the event, organised by Intel. The four-day event, which ...
Tags: Travel, News, India, Narendra Modi, Intel, Artificial Intelligence, Facial Recognition, Hyderabad, Telangana, Parliamentary Committee, Ravi Shankar Prasad, Prasad, MeitY, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, INAI, Jayesh Ranjan

Cloud service providers write to DoT opposing TRAI recommendations

“There is no justification regarding the exceptional reasons or circumstances for the [Telecom Regulatory Authority of India] stepping into the jurisdiction of MeitY,” multiple industry associations wrote to telecom secretary Anshu Prakash on October 9 in a joint letter opposing further regulation of the cloud services industry. MediaNama has viewed and verified the authenticity of the letter. The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India recommended in September that cloud service companies such as...
Tags: Travel, News, India, Ibm, Dot, Trai, PDP, ACTO, Telecom Regulatory Authority of India, Prakash, ITI, The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India, Medianama, COAI, NASSCOM, Department of Telecommunications

Ascott Streamlines Operations with RMS Cloud

The Ascott Limited (Ascott), one of the world's leading lodging owner-operators, has completed its migration to a cloud enterprise property management system (PMS) provided by RMS Cloud (RMS). As part of Ascott's digitalisation efforts, it has moved from separate self-hosted property management systems to a cloud enterprise solution that will enable it to increase operational efficiency and enhance guest experience across its properties globally.
Tags: Travel, Ascott Limited Ascott, Ascott

Las Vegas: One Destination’s Approach to Travel Recovery | By Rachel Bird

The Las Vegas strip was the leading commercial casino market in the U.S. in 2019, generating nearly $7 billion in revenue. However, its appeal for domestic and international tourism goes beyond gambling. As a top destination for shopping, fine dining, entertainment, and nightlife, Las Vegas has drawn interest around how it's rebounding from the impacts of COVID-19.The Las Vegas travel industry is navigating the complexities and uncertainties of the constantly ev olving COVID-19 landscape,...
Tags: Travel, Las Vegas, Rachel Bird

Google scuttles curated news feature in Australia due to ‘unworkable’ media bargaining code

Google has scuttled its curated News Showcase feature in Australia, after a dispute over the country’s proposed News Media Bargaining Code. Announcing the decision, Mel Silva, Google’s head in Australia, said draft code is “unworkable”. News Showcase is a curated news product currently offered in Germany and Brazil, with expansion plans to more countries. Google had presented the News Showcase as a feature that would give publishers (which have partnered with Google) more control over which stor...
Tags: Travel, Google, Facebook, UK, News, Australia, Germany, Brazil, Argentina, Google News, ACCC, Australian Competition and Consumer Commission, Consumer Commission ACCC, Germany Brazil Argentina Canada, News Showcase, Mel Silva Google

COLUMN-LNG goes from doghouse to podium as weather fears stoke rally: Russell | Reuters

COLUMN-LNG goes from doghouse to podium as weather fears stoke rally: Russell | Reuters:Spot liquefied natural gas (LNG) prices in Asia have roared back to life in recent weeks, boosted by temporary and longer-lasting factors and recovering from being one of the commodities hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic.Spot cargoes for delivery in November to northeast Asia LNG-AS were assessed at $5.50 per million British thermal units (mmBtu) in the week ended Oct. 9, the highest price this year and...
Tags: Travel, Asia, Reuters, Russell, Nina, Rupert Neil Bumfrey

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