STR: U.S. hotel results for week ending 10 October

U.S. hotel weekly occupancy hit 50% for just the second time since the low point of the pandemic, according to the latest data from STR through 10 October. 4-10 October 2020 (percentage change from comparable week in 2019):
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Hawaii Opens to U.S. Travelers

Hawaii Opens to U.S. Travelers Hawaii opens the door to U.S. travelers.  However, there are important guidelines and COVID-19 testing requirements that must be followed. From the beginning of the coronavirus crisis, Hawaii’s governor shut the state’s tourism down with a required 14-day quarantine.  In the early days, travelers were unwilling to fly the distance to Hawaii.  Further, they were also unwilling to quarantine for 14-days once they got there. Consequently, this has put a tremendous st...
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The Hotels Network launches CRM Targeting to take hotel website personalization to the next level

The Hotels Network (THN), a full-stack direct growth platform for hotels, has announced its latest product development: CRM Targeting. The focus of this launch is to enable hotel brands to apply advanced targeting rules based on user profile data to create a totally personalized website experience.
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Hawaii opens travel to trans-Pacific flights, Japan flights coming soon; Ige popularity low in poll; $1B hole in Honolulu rail, more state and local news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Hawaiian Airlines plane at airport ©2020 All Hawaii News Airlines Predict A Long Slow Recovery Even As Tourism Returns. As Hawaii reopens to tourists with a plan that lets travelers sidestep the state’s 14-day quarantine for arrivals, few companies stand to gain more than Hawaiian Airlines. Then again, few have lost more because of the shutdown. Civil Beat.=====Japan may join Hawaii COVID-19 pre-travel testing once ‘trusted partners’ picked. Japanese visitors, the state’s top internationa...
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Kristi Noem, a hero of liberty and reason. Along with Anders Tegnell.

Just chanced upon this. Haven’t finished watching it, but it is absolutely brilliant – the few minutes I’ve watched.
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Old Tokyo and some of the city’s youngest citizens

The plan was to find some of Tokyo’s past, but I ended up photographing its future.
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Fennel & Feta Tarte Tatin

Want a creatively tasty way to cook fennel? This fennel tarte tatin is all about slow roasted fennel, garlic and onion and is the laziest (but delicious) tarte tatin you will make!
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The sun came out after many days of rain and gray skies and it was so nice to go up to Montmartre, a part of Paris on a hill and really like a village in many ways. It’s full of places like this often seen on Instagram. A cabaret still in operation. I hope it survives the virus. The architecture is nice up there too. I wouldn’t mind having windows like those. Signs of Autumn. These leaves should be red in a month or so. This is often seen on Instagram too. It is ...
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#Saudi School Operator Al-Motaqadimah Hires Advisers for IPO - Bloomberg

Saudi School Operator Al-Motaqadimah Hires Advisers for IPO - Bloomberg:Saudi Arabia’s Al-Motaqadimah Schools Co. hired GIB Capital and Adeem Capital as financial advisers to prepare for an initial public offering, joining a flurry of IPOs in the kingdom.The IPO will allow the education provider to expand its operations, according to a statement. Al-Motaqadimah operates 21 schools across the kingdom.The potential listing comes as businesses from grocery stores to car rental companies look to sel...
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#AbuDhabi Funds Invest $2.1 Billion in Adnoc Gas Pipelines - Bloomberg

Abu Dhabi Funds Invest $2.1 Billion in Adnoc Gas Pipelines - Bloomberg:Abu Dhabi government institutional investors are paying $2.1 billion for a stake in a natural gas pipelines unit run by Abu Dhabi National Oil Co.Abu Dhabi Pension Fund and holding company ADQ will take an indirect stake in the pipelines unit Adnoc set up earlier this year, the oil and gas company said in a statement. Adnoc is doing the transaction at the same price as a deal in June, when it agreed to sell a stake in the gas...
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#UAE, #Israel working on double tax treaty to encourage investment | Reuters

UAE, Israel working on double tax treaty to encourage investment | Reuters:The United Arab Emirates and Israel have reached a preliminary agreement on avoiding double taxation, as part of moves to encourage investments between the two countries, the UAE finance ministry said on Thursday.Israel and the UAE signed a normalisation deal on Sept. 15, forging formal diplomatic ties. Israel ratified the deal in a cabinet vote on Monday and a parliamentary vote on Thursday.Several commercial agreements ...
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Oil eases as new lockdowns raise concern about fuel demand | Reuters

Oil eases as new lockdowns raise concern about fuel demand | Reuters:Oil prices eased on Thursday as new restrictions to stem a surge in COVID-19 infections dimmed the outlook for economic growth and fuel demand.Traders said prices pared earlier losses after the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) reported an increase in U.S. petroleum demand last week that helped reduce crude stockpiles, while distillate inventories dropped by the most since 2003 as Hurricane Delta cut oil production a...
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Domestic Travel Will Dominate in 2021, Says Airbnb

Entire homes have replaced apartments as the top pick of guests on Airbnb, according to a new report the short-term rental platform released today. While not at all surprising during the Covid-19 pandemic, the results provided some insights as to what the brand's hosts and travelers can expect next year. Domestic travel continues to be...
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Travellers from Italy must quarantine on arrival in UK

Country was one of the last destinations that holidaymakers could visit without need to isolate on returnCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageItaly is being removed from the UK’s travel corridor in a fresh blow to holidaymakers who will have to quarantine for a fortnight on their return from the country.In a move revealed earlier by the Guardian, Italy – which this week recorded its highest ever daily tally of Covid-19 cases – is being dropped from the dwindling list of lo...
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Coronavirus live news: warning Europe death rate could reach five times April peak; Von der Leyen self-isolating

WHO’s Europe director says virus spreading rapidly across continent; Ursula von der Leyen self isolates after member of office tests positiveEurope records highest ever weekly Covid cases, says WHO expertTennis player accused of fleeing Russia by private jet after positive testFrench police search officials’ homes as part of coronavirus inquiryItaly poised to be removed from England’s travel corridorSee all our coronavirus coverage 5.29pm BST As Switzerland sees record high Covid-19 infectio...
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Zoox Smart Data Continues Rapid Global Expansion with New North America Headquarters

Zoox Smart Data ("Zoox") is pleased to announce the expansion of its global operations with the establishment of its North America headquarters in the Atlanta metropolitan area. This move is part of a strategic global growth initiative that will allow Zoox to more effectively address the international hospitality and travel market with its established solution that provides unmatched visibility into guest preferences and behaviors.
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STR: Canada Hotel Results For Week Ending 10 October

STR data for 4-10 October 2020 showed slightly lower performance from prior weeks for Canada's hotel industry.
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Airlines and Airports Hope to Encourage Travel With Testing

Left with a patchwork of testing options and domestic quarantines in the face of a public health crisis, travelers have had to ask themselves an odd question: Would they really get a Covid test at the airport salon that also does pedicures? XpresSpa, which calls itself the world's largest airport spa company with more than...
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AirBuddy’s AirPod integration for the Mac gets updated with more iOS-style features

The AirBuddy app is celebrating another successful Apple week by opening up preorders on v2.0. The original, which arrived in early 2019, brought a pop-up to the Mac when a pair of AirPods were brought near — bringing simple ecosystem integration to the desktop before Apple did. The update, which is set to arrive arrive on November 11, brings even deeper integration. At the top of the list is a quick status menu featuring all connected Apple and Beats devices. That includes the iPhone, iPad a...
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Popmenu earns raves from investors for its marketing and delivery software for restaurants

Brendan Sweeney didn’t know anything about the restaurant business before he and his co-founders launched the Atlanta-based startup Popmenu. What Sweeney did know was that it was nuts that while every other business was using incredible graphics, curated text, carefully crafted images and fancy videos to make their pitch to customers restaurants were — posting a text-based menu. “It’s just crazy that restaurants present their inventory, which is their whole story, their whole selling proposition...
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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)]
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WarnerMedia discontinues HBO and WB channels in India: Report

WarnerMedia has announced that it will discontinue two channels in India, Pakistan, Maldives and Bangladesh — HBO and WB — from December 15, Campaign India reports. Unlike in many markets, HBO doesn’t broadcast shows and films that are generally associated with the HBO brand in the US — it has been a generic English-language movie channel. Both HBO and WB primarily broadcast films from Warner Bros. Siddharth Jain, MD of Warner Media South Asia, reportedly said that the “pay-TV industry landscape...
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Govt to not force domestic listing on companies looking to raise money overseas: Report

India will not mandate secondary listing for domestic firms that wish to raise money from foreign stock exchanges, Reuters reported on Thursday. The news comes just weeks after it was reported that the Ministry of Corporate Affairs (MCA) was considering issuing guidelines that would force Indian companies looking to go public overseas to also list themselves on an Indian stock exchange. Currently, Indian companies cannot raise money in international markets unless they get listed first on an Ind...
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Delhi HC routes another petition against online gambling to state govt as representation

We missed this earlier. The Delhi High Court disposed of another petition against online gambling last week, and essentially reminded the Delhi government of how online gambling remains unregulated in the national capital. Instead of passing any directions, the court told the Delhi government to treat the petition as a representation and act upon the issues raised in the plea, which included demands that online gambling should be prohibited and better regulated. In November last year, the court ...
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Supreme Court issues notice in plea filed by CPI MP seeking regulations to protect UPI data

The Supreme Court on Thursday issued notice in a petition seeking the Reserve Bank of India to frame necessary regulations to make sure that Indians’ data collected on UPI platforms such as Amazon Pay, Google Pay, and WhatsApp Pay, is not exploited by these companies. The petition, which was filed in September by Communist Party of India MP Binoy Viswam, had also sought that Indians’ right to privacy should be protected from being misused by “giant corporations” for their “financial ends”. It al...
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What Scott Morrison could have told the nation in April 2020 – and even today

A person shared this speech he had written for Scott Morrison in April 2020.  I’d agree, except maybe strengthen the protections for the elderly and require businesses to undertake appropriate OHS  risk assessments. But a good draft for the PM to use – even today. ====== My fellow Australians, Our country faces an existential dilemma. […]
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Supreme Court issues notice in case to regulate streaming platforms like Netflix

The Supreme Court on Thursday issued notice in a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) wherein petitioners demanded the creation of a regulatory system for online content, including streaming services like Netflix and Hotstar. Bar and Bench first reported the development in a now-deleted tweet. Manju Jetley, who is arguing for the petitioners in the case, confirmed to MediaNama that the Supreme Court issued notice. The petition named the central government, the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting,...
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What Paranormal Tourism Reveals About the Human Psyche | By James Houran

October is 'Halloween season' - a fun cultural holiday for many people worldwide. It represents a socially sanctioned time of year when children and adults alike can escape to a realm of fantasy and mystery that involves the simultaneous expression of the 'lighter' and 'darker' sides of human nature. In addition to carving pumpkins, dressing in costume, and the nightly ritual of trick-or-treating, a favourite activity this month for many people is the psychosocial phenomenon known as 'par...
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Chinese lawmakers deliberate upon personal data protection bill

China on Tuesday sent its draft personal data protection law to its legislature for deliberation, a press release from the National People’s Congress (NPC), the country’s parliament, said. Summarising the bill, the release warns countries and regions with “corresponding measures” if they take “unreasonable measures” against China in the name of data protection. The release has also cautioned international organisations of consequences if they harm Chinese citizens’ privacy. The bill is not yet p...
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