More than 26% of Hawaii voters have already voted, Kauai restaurants bar tourists from dining rooms, tsunami advisory lifted, DOE revamps school reopening plans, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

 In Hawaii, Your Ballot Has To Be In By 7 p.m. On Election Day. Eighteen other states will still accept a ballot if it’s postmarked by Election Day. More than 900 ballots were not counted during the August primary in Hawaii because of a state law that sets a hard deadline of 7 p.m. on Election Day to return ballots. Civil Beat.Over 221,000 ballots received prior to opening of voter service centers. As of Monday, elections officials said over 188,000 ballots on Oahu alone have been received. At ...
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Lead Nurturing Campaigns | 6 Tips From a Small, But Mighty Marketing Team

Everyone is going to have their own story to tell when we reflect on the start of 2020. As marketers, we will talk about the enormous role of digital and how it impacted our jobs and our businesses. Some of us had to find the quickest way to move to a digital offering, and others had the challenging task of improving their business strategy. As Global Marketing Manager at LiteracyPlanet, my small but agile team faced this situation. LiteracyPlanet is an online gamified learning resource designed...
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A crumbling and crooked old Tokyo restaurant

Crooked and crumbling old shops and restaurants are thankfully not a rarity in Tokyo, but as wonderfully ramshackle as some of them are, the one below definitely takes some beating. In business for 60 years or so, it’s clearly comfortable in its discolourations and the almost comedic toll those decades have taken. The mesmerising combination of which made sitting down for a leisurely lunch all the more memorable. Of course how much longer it will last is hard to say, but for now at least it’s ...
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Cute & Creepy Caterpillar Pesto Buns For Halloween!

Happy Almost Halloween! Just 10 days to go and may I offer you these creepy cute Caterpillar Pesto buns? A soft and fluffy milk bun dough encases basil pesto. This recipe uses a clever cutting and rolling technique to create the stripes!
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The best coolers

Whether you're heading out for a weekend camping trip, an afternoon in the park, a tailgating party, or you're grilling in the backyard, you'll need a cooler if you like cold drinks and fresh food.When shopping for a cooler, keep in mind that although some might have an expensive price tag, most of today's coolers are designed to be a lifetime purchase. Our top pick, the Coleman Performance 48-Quart Cooler, is a true classic that stands the test of time with its incredibly low price and three-da...
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Palais Royal

I go here a lot but, what the heck, I was in the area. These striped columns are art but, as you can see, are enjoyed by everyone. Very regal. A French King was raised here once. I like the two fountains there. The mulberry trees there aren’t allowed to do as they wish and grow in any direction. The center pond. When it gets really cold, the water is shut off.
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Oil up on U.S. stimulus hopes, rising virus cases keep prices in check | Reuters

Oil up on U.S. stimulus hopes, rising virus cases keep prices in check | Reuters:  Oil gained more than 1% on Tuesday on the prospect the United States was nearing a deal on coronavirus relief, but the threat to demand from rising COVID-19 cases worldwide and increased Libyan output kept prices from moving higher.  November U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude CLc1 futures settled at $41.46 a barrel, up 63 cents, or 1.54%. The more active December contract settled at $41.70, gaining 64 cent...
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U.S. Hotel Performance Down for September 2020

The U.S. hotel industry showed slightly lower performance from the month prior, according to September 2020 data from STR.
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Karisma Hotels & Resorts Announces Fresh Identity as Offerings Expand

Karisma Hotels & Resorts has announced the unveiling of a new brand identity and website, including the launch of its World-Class Gourmet Inclusive® program, which builds on its first-in-the-industry gourmet-inclusive pricing which includes delectable food & beverage, high-end amenities, sensational spas and other activities with globally acclaimed service. The modern positioning showcases Karisma's commitment to bringing together unforgettable vacations in memorable destinations across a...
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McKibbon Hospitality Adds Five South Florida Hotels to Management Portfolio

McKibbon Hospitality, an award-winning leader in third-party hotel management, today announced the addition of five hotels to its management portfolio. Owned by Hospitality Investors Trust (HIT), the five Hilton properties include Hampton Inn Boca Raton, Hampton Inn & Suites Boynton Beach, Hampton Inn Boca Raton-Deerfield Beach, Hampton Inn Palm Beach Gardens, and Hampton Inn West Palm Beach-Florida Turnpike."McKibbon Hospitality has been a tru sted partner of ours for many years and has ...
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New Hospitality Brand Azumi To Launch In Japan

Adrian Zecha, Founder of Aman, alongside Japanese hospitality group Naru Developments, announce the launch of their new brand Azumi. The brand will offer a fresh take on the Japanese ryokan by combining the wholehearted, personal hospitality that characterizes a traditional stay with the best elements of the global hotel experience. The first Azumi property is scheduled to open in the Setouchi Region of Japan in Spring 2021.
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Switzerland of the Middle East: Economic crisis threatens #Oman’s neutrality | Financial Times

Switzerland of the Middle East: Economic crisis threatens Oman’s neutrality | Financial Times:  Sandwiched between Saudi Arabia and Iran, Oman has long prized its neutrality, garnering a reputation as the Middle East’s Switzerland.  But the Gulf state’s ability to steer clear of regional power struggles has been put at risk by economic woes that have been exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic and the slump in oil prices. The IMF forecasts an economic contraction of 10 per cent this year, f...
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Is Flying Safe With COVID-19?

? Is Flying Safe With COVID-19? Is flying safe with a COVID-19 pandemic still troubling the world? This is an important question. Carol and I have not been on an airplane since the onset of the COVID-19  coronavirus pandemic. We have no empirical science behind our decision.  It simply seemed better safe than sorry. Further, our decision seemed the right thing to do when we began to see certain airlines filling all available seats.  Packed in a plane during a COVID-19 pandemic? No thanks! ...
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#Israel and #UAE sign visa and pipeline deals to cement alliance | Financial Times

Israel and UAE sign visa and pipeline deals to cement alliance | Financial Times:  Israel and the United Arab Emirates on Tuesday signed a flurry of deals, mediated by the US, to add heft to a normalisation agreement in which the Gulf state has pivoted towards Israel after decades of backing the Palestinians.  Under one of the agreements, Israelis will be allowed to travel to the Emirates visa-free, the first Arab nation to allow this, with Emiratis given the same right when travelling to the Je...
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Newport Hospitality Group, Inc. Selected to Manage Three Additional Hotels

Williamsburg, VA and Richmond, VA (October 2020) Newport Hospitality Group Inc., (Newport), a leading hotel management company, has recently been selected to manage three additional hotels by Apple Hospitality REIT, Inc. out of Richmond, VA.
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Before the pandemic, most would not associate Thanksgiving dinner with privacy. Under normal circumstances, you would head to a crowded family gathering, greet a bunch of relatives you vaguely remember and dodge questions on why you're not married yet. But things are different this year. Many have decided that their family gatherings cannot happen safely,...
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Israel and UAE Open Talks Over Top Secret Oil Pipeline - Bloomberg

Israel and UAE Open Talks Over Top Secret Oil Pipeline - Bloomberg:  Israel and the United Arab Emirates have opened talks over an oil pipeline linking the Red Sea with the Mediterranean and whose operations Israeli officials treat as top secret.  Europe Asia Pipeline Co., controlled by Israel’s government, and UAE-based MED-RED Land Bridge Ltd. signed a memorandum of understanding to collaborate on the transportation of crude and oil products between the Persian Gulf and Western markets, accor...
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#AbuDhabi’s ADQ to Form Digital Bank With $545 Million Capital - Bloomberg

Abu Dhabi’s ADQ to Form Digital Bank With $545 Million Capital - Bloomberg:  Abu Dhabi investment firm ADQ plans to set up a digital bank with an initial capital of 2 billion dirhams ($545 million) after obtaining the legacy license of First Gulf Bank.  First Abu Dhabi Bank, formed with the merger of First Gulf Bank and National Bank of Abu Dhabi, said Tuesday its shareholders approved the transfer of the license to ADQ.  First Abu Dhabi Bank, the United Arab Emirates’ largest lender, will own...
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Etihad Airways plans transition Islamic bonds | Reuters

Etihad Airways plans transition Islamic bonds | Reuters:  Etihad Airways, wholly owned by the Abu Dhabi government, is planning to sell U.S. dollar-denominated ‘transition’ sukuk, or Islamic bonds, a document issued by one of the banks leading the deal showed.  Proceeds of so-called transition bonds are used by companies to gradually switch to more environmentally sustainable operations.  Etihad has hired HSBC and Standard Chartered as joint global coordinators and “joint sustainability struc...
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IHG® Hotels & Resorts featured in Season 3 of Tomorrow’s World Today

After months of social distancing and quarantine measures, it's only natural to daydream about your next big getaway. And if you're going to dream, you might as well dream big, so allow us to serve up some inspiration. Join Tomorrow's World Today and IHG® Hotels & Resorts on a visit to the glittering high rises of Dubai and sandy shores of Oman to enjoy the best of hotels stays, from jaw-dropping views and luxurious bedding to fine dining - but with sustainability at the heart.Tomorrow's ...
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Preferred Hotels & Resorts Celebrates Second Annual Independent Hotel Day

Preferred Hotels & Resorts declared today the second annual Independent Hotel Day to foster an unwavering rallying cry for independent hotels globally. As part of this year's celebration, Preferred, in partnership with its sister division, PHG Consulting, have released a whitepaper outlining how independent hotels represented within its brand portfolio significantly outperform those affiliated with a major chain - both in banner years and times of crisis - and debuted a video encouraging ...
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VivoAquatics Receives CMAHC Certification for CDC Safety Standards

The Council for Model Aquatic Health Code (CMAHC) Certifies VivoAquatics for Optimal Safety Standards of its Industry Leading Aquatic Management Platform
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Rocco Forte Hotels launches Rocco Forte Friends

Rocco Forte Hotels, the prestigious family-owned hotel group led by Sir Rocco Forte has launched Rocco Forte Friends, a recognition programme unlike any other aimed at inviting its most loyal guests as well as new guests to sign up and take part in bespoke activities that will create lifelong memories. Implemented at a time when value and quality take on an even stronger meaning, Rocco Forte Friends will be the first to take advantage of special offers, attend exclusive events, and discov...
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Nomadix Dials Up New Cloud PBX Service for High-Quality Calling at a Low Cost

LOS ANGELES, Calif. -  Nomadix Inc​., a technology leader in hospitality and MDU, today announced its new cloud PBX service that offers clear and reliable communications for hotels. As the hospitality industry navigates the challenges of 2020 and heads into recovery, hoteliers are looking for ways to cut costs without compromising quality or safety. Nomadix PBX enables hotels to upgrade outdated equipment, meet new safety requirements and save money each month by making the switch.
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The Polaris Slingshot R is a 3-wheel pocket rocket begging for electrification

The Polaris Slingshot has always wowed. Three wheels, open cockpit, and a design reminiscent of the Batmobile. It draws a crowd and is a blast to drive. I spent several weeks in the reworked Polaris Slingshot. The company just unveiled a new version that is finally available with an automatic transmission. Past versions were limited to a standard transmission, radically limiting the 3-wheeler’s market to those who can drive a stick. But now, with a slushbox, the Slingshot is ready for the mas...
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Pickle app puts on users, as millennials/Gen-Z latch onto location apps to fight Covid lockdowns

As the coming of winter combined with the coronavirus continues to put new restrictions on peoples’ movements, location-based apps are on the rise again. People are looking to find out who is close to them. Who is in their community. People are understandably looking for new friends and resources close to them. Apps that connect young mums locally (Pumpspotting, Peanut), professionals (Fishbowl, Lunchclub), Jetset daters (Raya, Bumble), digital nomads (Homeis), locals (Nextdoor ) and millennials...
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Shiji Selects New Office in Washington D.C. to Facilitate Technology Growth

Chevy Chase, Maryland - Shiji Group has moved into their new Washington D.C. Metropolitan Area office to better serve the growing number of Americas-based Shiji customers.
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To Spend or Not to Spend: What Hoteliers Should Prioritize for a Faster Recovery | By Ryan Hamilton

To spend or not to spend. That is a question which, perhaps now more than ever before, weighs heavy on the hospitality industry.
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Guest Post: Heather Bendet

    Greetings to all of you I feel so honored to be able to write here as part of this wonderful community. As Corey had mentioned I felt shy like others about coming forward, which is unusual because I am a classic extrovert. Let me start by saying Hello and thank you for sharing this part of your day. My name is Heather and I met Corey online here in the blog world in 2008.   I also had a blog at that time. Sadly, I no longer blog I need to I really do, Corey always inspires me. 2008, My Blo...
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Radisson Hotel Group Launches New Brand: Radisson Individuals

Radisson Hotel Group has announced the launch of a new brand, Radisson Individuals, giving independent hotels and small chains the opportunity to become part of the global Radisson Hotel Group platform and benefit from international exposure, with the freedom to maintain their own unique style and identity.
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