Aptech Announces Next Version to its Execuvue Business Intelligence Solution

PITTSBURGH, Oct. 20, 2020 — Aptech, the industry standard for hospitality financial management, has released the next version of its Execuvue business intelligence solution. The web-based hospitality application gathers and coordinates data from a wide variety of corporate systems, including Smith Travel Research, into accessible, easily understood information with familiar browser commands. The NEW Execuvue features a completely redesigned user interface, making the customized reporting...
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Hawaii COVID-19 vaccination plan kept secret, every island's rules different as tourists return, Tulsi Gabbard relocates to California, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Cruise ship along Kona coast ©2020 All Hawaii News  No cruise bookings in islands for remainder of 2020; cloudy waters ahead for industry. Although the state welcomed back trans-Pacific travelers without quarantines to island airports on Thursday, provided arriving passengers have tested negative for COVID-19 in the previous 72 hours, the future of the cruise ship industry remains murky. Tribune-Herald.Hawaii’s COVID-19 Vaccination Plan Is Ready But The State Is Keeping It Under Wraps. Ev...
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Ari Joffe’s slidepack on “Rethinking the groupthink” about COVID-19

Someone had sent me this some time ago. I had no time to look into it. I’ve now scanned through it and it is quite good. So sharing. DOWNLOAD.  
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Seoul Station

This is an animated prequel to the Korean zombie flick Train to Busan (by the same director), and as I’ve been meaning to watch the sequel (Peninsula), I thought it would be fun to start with this. I wasn’t sure if I had seen it before, and as I was watching it it slowly started coming back to me, but I’m still glad I rewatched it. It’s really well animated, and looking up what else the director has done, I see he has two other animated films that I now really want to check out as well. On...
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Bubble Houses in Shanghai’s Space Forest

My family and I stayed in one of these places during the October holiday. The Chinese name for these kinds of structures is 泡泡屋 , literally “bubble house.” You’re inside a giant plastic bubble, inflated by a pump. So there’s a sort of “airlock” door. Interestingly, while you can easily see the bubble walls inside the bubble, they often don’t show up in pictures. (In the photo below, you can see the shiny plastic wall in the bottom left of the photo.) This place is ...
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A Fun Sydney Staycation Itinerary!

Sydney comes alive in Spring and Summer and if you're looking for a romantic or family getaway in Sydney take a look at this 48 hour guide. Staycation in style and be a tourist in your own city. I also give you some tips on how to save on hotels and attractions!
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The best hotels in the US with in-room jacuzzi or hot tubs for every budget

When you buy through our links, we may earn money from our affiliate partners. Learn more. Miraval Resort For most Americans, international travel to exotic destinations is still off the table, but there are plenty of indulgent places to stay in the US. For added luxury, or to simply savor extra room for social distancing, many hotels offer rooms with private jacuzzis for a spa-like stay.We rounded up highly-rated hotels around the US with this desirable feature, ranging from $94 to $879...
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Column: Hedge funds see OPEC+ offsetting recession risk - Kemp | Reuters

Column: Hedge funds see OPEC+ offsetting recession risk - Kemp | Reuters:  Hedge funds are reducing their risk exposure to crude oil and refined products against a backdrop of increasing uncertainty over a resurgence in the coronavirus and potential double-dip recession. However, fears over the impact on oil consumption are offset by the growing likelihood that OPEC+ will postpone its output increase scheduled for the start of next year and signs that refiners are reducing excess stocks of disti...
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United Airlines just announced 8 new leisure routes in another shift away from business travel following heavy losses – here's the full list

A United Airlines Boeing 777. Nicolas Economou/NurPhoto/Getty United Airlines is growing its leisure route network as executives expect business travel to remain low until 2024. Latin American and Caribbean countries with limited or no restrictions for entry by US citizens are the main focus of the expansion. The new routes boost United's presence in Mexico, Costa Rica, Belize, the Dominican Republic, and Honduras. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. United Airlines is furt...
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Two Standout Hikes in Merritt, British Columbia

This post from writer Sylvia Dekker takes you on a couple of hikes near Merritt British Columbia – a community you might have stopped in for gas or coffee while driving the Coquihalla Highway between Vancouver and Kamloops or on the way to the Okanagan via Kelowna. If you’re like me, you probably didn’t know about the great hiking and backpacking opportunities in the region. Now you will! The area surrounding the Merritt, British Columbia area is a wilderness of roads, rolling hills, peaks and...
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Oil dips after OPEC+ meeting as Libyan supply boost weighs | Reuters

Oil dips after OPEC+ meeting as Libyan supply boost weighs | Reuters:  Oil edged lower on Monday, weighed by concerns over surging coronavirus cases globally and by Libya’s plan to boost output, but hopes for a U.S. fiscal package lent some support.  Analysts also focused on an OPEC+ ministerial monitoring committee meeting on Monday. Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak said the committee recommended sticking in full to the group’s global deal to reduce oil production.  Brent crude futures...
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#Saudi retail chains join growing informal boycott of Turkish products | Reuters

Saudi retail chains join growing informal boycott of Turkish products | Reuters:  Saudi Arabia’s biggest supermarket chains this week joined a growing boycott of Turkish imports proposed by business leaders and Saudis on social media, as political tensions spilled into trade between the two regional powers.  Turkey and Saudi Arabia have been at loggerheads since the 2011 “Arab Spring” over Ankara’s support for Islamist political groups. The 2018 murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the...
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#UAE firms sign agriculture deals in #Israel as pact approved | Reuters

UAE firms sign agriculture deals in Israel as pact approved | Reuters: Israeli irrigation company Netafim has agreed to open an office in the United Arab Emirates, UAE state news agency WAM said, under one of four deals announced on Monday in the wake of a U.S.-brokered pact between the two countries.The deals were made as a UAE business delegation visited Israel, WAM reported, without going into further details.Abu Dhabi-based agriculture firm Al Dahra Holding, whose managing director led the U...
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#Qatar Airways expects to keep A380s parked for years | Reuters

Qatar Airways expects to keep A380s parked for years | Reuters:  Qatar Airways does not expect to use its Airbus AIR.PA A380s for at least the next two years, its chief executive said on Monday, longer than a previous projection for the superjumbos to possibly return to service in 2021.  The state-owned airline has parked its 10 A380s due to the devastating impact of the coronavirus crisis on travel demand.  “We don’t think we are going to operate our A380s for at least the next couple of year...
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Top 5 Things You Need to Know Now in Hotel Digital Marketing: October Edition | By Margaret Mastrogiacomo

As hotel marketers plan for a strong Q4, it's important to keep a pulse on the evolving digital landscape, especially when planning for success in 2021.
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SHMS Swiss Hotel Management School welcomes a new dean

The autumn term at SHMS has not only seen students returning to the SHMS campuses, but also the arrival of a new dean, Dominic Szambowski, former president and CEO of the International College of Management in Sydney (Australia).
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How Hotel Managers can become More Data-Driven to Increase Direct Revenue | By Pedro Colaco

According to Travel Weekly News, 90% of people do all their holiday research online, while 80% of people book online. And out of those who book hotels, research published in Forbes Magazine shows that 70% of hotel bookings online come from OTAs.
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12 affordable Airbnb cabins in the Catskills you can book for under $200 a night

When you buy through our links, we may earn money from our affiliate partners. Learn more. Airbnb Although the novel coronavirus continues to spread across the US, some travelers are looking to escape to vacation rentals away from the crowded city.According to experts, Airbnb is a great option for travelers since it offers the option to book a private home and removes interactions with other guests, which promotes social distancing. New York's Catskills are an ideal getaway in every seas...
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US exceeds 1 million daily air travelers for the first time since March

More than 1 million people traveled through US airports on Sunday, a new high since the pandemic hit in March. Associated Press US air travel topped 1 million daily passengers for the first time in seven months on Sunday.  The TSA screened 1,031,505 people on Sunday, but that's still roughly 40% of the roughly 2.6 million people that flew on the same day last year.  Air travel has gradually picked up since its low point in mid April, but it still has a long way to go.  Visit Business Insid...
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UAE News: Rock-Bottom Solar Prices Trigger Shift in #UAE's Energy Strategy - Bloomberg

UAE News: Rock-Bottom Solar Prices Trigger Shift in UAE's Energy Strategy - Bloomberg:  The United Arab Emirates may use more solar energy for its power grid and to produce hydrogen as prices fall, a government official said.  Two local companies have offered to supply solar power from an Abu Dhabi project at a record-low price, according to Sharif Al Olama, under-secretary at the UAE’s Ministry of Energy & Infrastructure.  Abu Dhabi National Energy Co., also known as Taqa, and Masdar Abu Dhab...
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#Qatar’s $300 Billion Wealth Fund Realigns Structure Under CEO - Bloomberg

Qatar’s $300 Billion Wealth Fund Realigns Structure Under CEO - Bloomberg:  The Qatar Investment Authority is streamlining its management structure, bringing together some of its most high-profile executives under one committee, according to people familiar with the matter.  Under the new structure, four executives who run everything from the fund’s domestic businesses to investments in the U.S. and Asia will report directly to Chief Executive Mansoor Al Mahmoud, the people said, asking not to ...
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#UAE stocks gain, while major Gulf markets fall | Reuters

UAE stocks gain, while major Gulf markets fall | Reuters:  The stock markets in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) closed higher, boosted by real estate and banking shares, defying the fall in other Gulf markets.  Dubai's index .DFMGI advanced 1.3%, with Dubai Islamic Bank DIBDISB.DU gaining 1.7% and Emaar Properties EMAR.DU adding 1.9%.  On Sunday, Dubai Financial Market DFM.DU introduced equity futures trading platform, which included the lender Dubai Islamic Bank and Emaar Properties among stoc...
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Archaeologists find huge 2,000-year-old cat image carved into Peru hillside

The massive design of a cat was found at the UNESCO heritage site known as Nazca Lines which features thousands of drawings scratched into the ground.
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The best travel backpacks

A travel backpack packs like a suitcase but is small enough to wear on your back as you trudge through the airport or trek around a new city.We tested nine of the top travel backpacks and determined that the Tortuga Outbreaker is the best you can buy with its generous capacity, functional organizer pockets, and customizable strap system.If you're looking for a more traditional suitcase, check out our guide to the best carry-ons.Before the pandemic struck, I was regularly reviewing hotels for the...
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Weekend Plans, Anyone? | By Noelle Homsy

I started writing this piece, my first ever on LinkedIn, back in February. Governments had just begun banning citizens and residents of highly infected cities from entering what they believed was a "safer" country.
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How Air Travel Has Changed During COVID-19, According to The Points Guy

Air travel has changed a lot during the pandemic, according to Brian Kelly, better known as The Points Guy, the CEO and founder of the travel website of the same name. Between travel restrictions, airlines cutting down on routes and the number of flights, and concern over the spread of the virus inside airports and…Read more...
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Some college students are set to head home for Thanksgiving — and may bring COVID with them. Here the impact it may have — and how to mitigate it.

John Minchillo/AP With COVID cases on the rise, especially in college towns, families may need to change Thanksgiving plans. Risky behaviors out of class and changing weather may also lead to more cases among students. Universities and towns can begin preparing now by putting in place mitigation measures, and students should alter their plans to incorporate as many safety measures as possible. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's leading infe...
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‘We don’t collect subscribers’ genetic, religious, health and sexual data,’ Airtel clarifies

Airtel has said that it does not collect any personal information related to subscribers’ genetic data, religious or political beliefs, and health or sexual orientation. The telco instead attributed the inclusion of such data in its privacy policy to a “clerical error”. The second largest ISP in the country (by number of subscribers) had “inadvertently put” the broad definitions of personal data from the Information Technology Act on to its website, the company said in a statement to MediaNama. ...
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Pakistan overturns TikTok ban after app promises to block ‘obscene’, ‘immoral’ accounts

Pakistan overturned its ban on TikTok on Monday, only ten days after first banning it for allowing “indecent”, and “immoral” content. TikTok’s management assured the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority that that they will block all accounts which are repeatedly involved in spreading obscenity and immorality, as per a statement by the regulator. The company has also agreed to moderate content in accordance with local laws. We have reached out to TikTok to understand the terms it had to accept to...
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Chief Health Officer Advice to Minister for Health relating to Declaration of Extension to State of Emergency

I’ll go through this in detail and annotate in colour (blue being my own comments) as soon as I find time. Source of this document. Shorter PDF. ===NOTE, == Chief Health Officer Advice to Minister for Health Advice relating to Declaration of Extension to State of Emergency Introduction and Summary of Advice Set out below […]
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