Marriott International announces partnership with Grab in six Southeast Asian countries

The COVID-19 pandemic has hit the hospitality industry especially hard, and hotels around the world are looking for ways to regain revenue. Today, Marriott International and Grab announced a partnership that will cover the hospitality giant’s dining businesses in six Southeast Asian countries: Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Vietnam and Thailand. Instead of room bookings, Marriott International deal with Grab focuses on about 600 restaurants and bars at its properties in t...
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Hawaii opening to travelers from Japan, 20k apply for rent relief, HART board fails to kill rail partnership, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

House Speaker Scott Saiki and Gov. David Ige at Honolulu airport (Governor's Office video grab) Hawaii to welcome Japanese travelers next month through the state’s pre-arrival testing program. The number of Japanese visitors willing to come to Hawaii during the pandemic will be limited in part because of a requirement from the Japanese government that Japanese nationals traveling abroad complete a 14-day quarantine upon returning to Japan. Also, the Japanese government still has the U.S. ...
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What to Do in Kootenay National Park in Winter

Kootenay National Park, located in southeast British Columbia, is one of four national parks that make up the Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks World Heritage Site. When you drive Highway 93 – the only major highway through the park you get the feeling that much of the park remains untrampled and unexplored. Steep mountains, waterfalls galore, canyons, beautiful rivers and even a hot spring are all here waiting to be discovered. Kootenay National Park is a popular destination in summer with severa...
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Lamia Super Deli, Marrickville

Lamia Super Deli is where to head if you are looking for Greek treats. This small but well stocked Marrickville deli is a treasure trove of goodies from a jaw dropping selection of olives to Greek cheeses, smallgoods, olive oils, honeys - it's all Greek!
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Onity Combines Modern Aesthetics and Contactless Access with the Launch of Serene, an All-In-One, Small-Form-Factor Lock

SALEM, Ore., Oct. 27, 2020 — Onity, a global leader in electronic access solutions, is announcing Serene™, an all-in-one minimalist lock designed for aesthetically-minded, high-end hotels. This smallform-factor lock combines both elegant design and leading-edge DirectKey™ mobile access technology. Onity is part of Carrier Global Corporation (NYSE: CARR), a leading global provider of healthy, safe and sustainable building and cold chain solutions.
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Emirates President Clark Is Said to Delay Retirement to 2021 - Bloomberg

Emirates President Clark Is Said to Delay Retirement to 2021 - Bloomberg Emirates President Tim Clark postponed his retirement into next year to help steer the world’s largest long-haul airline through the toughest crisis in its history, according to people familiar with the matter.The 70-year-old, who had already delayed a June retirement plan, hasn’t yet set a departure date, said the people, who asked not to be identified as the decision hasn’t been made public. Emirates hasn’t yet named a su...
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Top Kuwait Finance Officials Quit to Protest Ministry Revamp - Bloomberg

Top Kuwait Finance Officials Quit to Protest Ministry Revamp - Bloomberg The No. 2 official in Kuwait’s Ministry of Finance and five senior colleagues resigned to protest a reshuffle of almost all key ministerial posts, alleging the revamp wasn’t based on merit, according to a copy of their resignation letter.The ministry said in a Twitter post that it had accepted the resignations in the public interest, without commenting on the claims made by the six officials.Saleh Al-Sarawi, effectively the...
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#Oman Is Said to Plan Gulf Sultanate’s Biggest Property Trust IPO - Bloomberg

Oman Is Said to Plan Gulf Sultanate’s Biggest Property Trust IPO - Bloomberg Oman REIT Fund is planning an initial public offering that could raise about $100 million, in what could be the biggest-ever listing of a property trust in the Gulf sultanate, people with knowledge of the matter said.The REIT, managed by Shumookh Fund Management LLC, plans to seek a valuation of $170 million or more, according to the people, who asked not to be identified because the information is private. It aims to o...
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Now I’m no longer the only Victorian official to have resigned to protest Daniel Andrews’s public health terrorism

Two others have joined me – although none had to leave a real, paying job, to do so. But such resignations are important markers in Australia’s history. We need people to stand for what they believe (I still wouldn’t recommend any young public servant resigning – people like me can take on this monster by […]
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Oil plunges over 5% to four-month low as pandemic surges, U.S. crude output soars | Reuters

Oil plunges over 5% to four-month low as pandemic surges, U.S. crude output soars | Reuters Oil prices fell more than 5% on Wednesday, sending Brent to a four-month low as surging coronavirus infections in the United States and Europe prompted renewed lockdowns and fed expectations for new declines in fuel demand. Also pressuring prices, U.S. crude stockpiles rose more than expected last week as production surged in a record build, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.“The inc...
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Child’s Play 2

After watching the reboot not too long ago, and the original first film late last year, it was time to revisit the sequel. Is it good? I’m definitely more a fan of the reboot and the way they position Chucky (as an A.I. run amok, instead of the supernatural take of the original films), but Brad Dourif’s voicing of Chucky is still classic and fun to hear. I did feel a bit bored throughout, but there were a few fun sequences, especially the climax and the way they “kill” Chucky at the end. I...
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RV sales continue to soar through the coronavirus pandemic with no end in sight and shipments rising 30% in September alone

Buy it used. Shutterstock The RV industry continues to remain resilient through the coronavirus pandemic with more RVs shipped in September 2020 than September 2019. According to RV Industry Association's September 2020 survey of RV manufacturers, last month saw the shipment of 41,509 RVs, which is a 31.2% increase from September 2019's 31,639 shipments. Travel trailers, fifth-wheel trailers, folding camper trailers, camper vans, and truck campers all saw an increase in popularity in Septe...
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Tracy Uphold Joins Newport Hospitality Group, Inc, as Vice President of Revenue Generation.

Williamsburg, VA, (October 2020) Newport Hospitality Group Inc. (NHG), a leading hotel management company, is pleased to announce the appointment of Tracy Uphold to the newly created position of Vice President of Revenue Generation.
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The best bike pumps

Having a bike pump in your cycling kit ensures that your tires are always inflated to their ideal pressure, whether you just need to add a little air between rides or have to fully change a tube.There are generally three types of bike pumps to consider: Floor pumps, hand pumps, and C02 inflators, each with their own advantages.We tested models in all three categories to find the best currently available, no matter if you're a road biker, mountain biker, or just a casual rider who wants something...
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#SaudiArabia's deficit down in third quarter as taxes boost revenue | Reuters

Saudi Arabia's deficit down in third quarter as taxes boost revenue | Reuters Saudi Arabia posted a budget deficit of 40.768 billion riyals ($10.87 billion) in the third quarter this year, more than half its deficit in the previous quarter, as a spike in non-oil revenues offset a continued decline in oil income.The world’s largest oil exporter faces an economic contraction this year as the coronavirus crisis hits global demand for crude while virus containment measures weigh on non-oil economic ...
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Singapore will replace passports with iris and facial scans

By 2022 residents of Singapore won't be required to show a passport when they return home from another country. Instead, a scanner will compare their face and iris pattern to a matching record in a database. If the scan fails, they can use a fingerprint, also in the database. — Read the rest
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Zaplox Demonstrates Contact-Free Mobile Guest Journey at Cyber HITEC

Zaplox AB, which offers hotels, casinos, and vacation home rentals a contact-free mobile guest journey for a safe and engaging guest experience, is demonstrating its contact-free mobile guest journey with mobile check-in and mobile keys at CYBER HITEC (Live October 27-29 in Advantage Hall F). CYBER HITEC is the word's first completely virtual hospitality trade show and conference, featuring the latest hotel technologies from around the world. This year's virtual edition of the show revolv...
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#Oman gets $1bn in aid from #Qatar | Financial Times

Oman gets $1bn in aid from Qatar | Financial Times Oman has received $1bn in direct financial support from Qatar as the cash-strapped sultanate seeks to stave off an economic crisis worsened by coronavirus and lower oil prices.   One of the poorer oil-dependent Gulf states, Oman is tapping richer neighbours for much-needed financial aid as it balances the need to plug a widening budget deficit against the potential threat to its much-prized neutrality.  Officials from the sultanate marketing...
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ITB Berlin 2021 to be an entirely virtual event: from 9 to 12 March

Next year the World’s Leading Travel Trade Show® will take place as an entirely virtual event. This decision was taken by Messe Berlin after weighing all the circumstances. ITB Berlin 2021 and the accompanying ITB Berlin Convention will be open to trade visitors only. The trade visitor days will take place from 9 to 12 March 2021, adding an extra day to the event.
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PwC UK Hotels Forecast 2020 - 2021

In the bleakest outlook since benchmarking began, hotel occupancy rates in 2021 are forecast to be 55% across the UK, and could take four years to return to pre COVID-19 levels. This is a stark reality for a once optimistic industry, which had seen a decade of growth post the global financial crisis.
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Circa Resort & Casino Implements the InvoTech Uniform System for Contactless Uniform Distribution and Inventory Management

LOS ANGELES, CA - October 28th, 2020 InvoTech Systems Inc. announced the recent implementation of its Uniform System at Circa Resort & Casino. InvoTech Systems is the leading provider of advanced Linen Management, Laundry and Uniform Systems that integrate the latest RFID technology to increase profitability for hotels, resorts, casino operators, sports arenas, convention centers, theme parks and production plants. The InvoTech System installed at Circa Resort & Casino manages the uniform...
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The New Executive Position: Clo (Customer Love Officer) | By Shep Hyken

The word love is not used that often in the corporate or business world. It may have been Tim Sanders in his revolutionary book, Love Is the Killer App, who helped bring the word love to the forefront for leaders trying to build a stronger culture and create a better experience for their customers.
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3 lessons from Root’s IPO pricing

Last night neo-insurance provider and former startup Root priced its IPO at $27 per share, $2 per share ahead of its $22 to $25 target price range. According to Root, it sold 26,830,845 shares in its IPO, including 24,249,330 from the company itself. Its underwriting banks have the option to buy another 4,024,626 at the IPO price, less “underwriting discounts and commissions.” The remaining shares are being sold by existing shareholders. At $27 per share, Root raised $654,731,910, but that figur...
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Prepare For the New Reality of Hybrid Meetings with the Electro-Media ReadyRoom!™

The global pandemic has been the largest disruptor to the meetings and events industry in generations, and there are many questions about when and how meetings will return. One thing is certain, when they do, they will look different on both the meeting planner and supplier sides. And when the hotel meeting and events staff returns to work, they will have a lot of questions on how to support the "new normal" of hybrid events.
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Hawaii vacation news: October 28, 2020

– Yesterday, Gov. Ige announced that starting November 6th, Hawaii will welcome travelers from Japan with a 72-hour pre-test from a trusted testing partner. This Hawaii News Now segment provides a summary of that announcement. – In yesterday’s press conference, the governor shared the following helpful image to explain all the testing requirements based on where travel originates to and within Hawaii. – One of the bigger confusions/complaints/controversies we’re seeing since the October 15th r...
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MIDEAST STOCKS- #Saudi index leads losses with most Gulf markets subdued | Nasdaq

Major Gulf markets ended lower on Wednesday with the Saudi index leading losses, while Egypt's bourse was hurt by a blue-chip selloff.Saudi Arabia's benchmark index .TASI fell 0.9%, with Saudi Electricity 5110.SE shedding 3.7% and National Gas and Industrialization Company 2080.SE dropping 1%.However, National Commercial Bank (NCB) 1180.SE advanced 1.3% after it reported on Tuesday a nearly 24% rise in third-quarter net profit.The kingdom's largest lender posted a net profit of 3.16 billion riya...
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The DOJ is investigating Visa’s $5.3 billion bid for Plaid on antitrust grounds

It’s not just big tech that’s getting the antitrust treatment from the Department of Justice. Late Monday afternoon, the Department of Justice tipped its hand that it was investigating Visa’s proposed $5.3 billion acquisition of the venture-backed Plaid, which allows applications to connect with a users’ bank account. It’s a tool that powers a good chunk of new fintech offerings, and the Justice Department has apparently spent the past year looking into how the deal would affect the broader mark...
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Stripe Climate is a new tool to let Stripe customers purchase credits towards carbon removal efforts

Last year, payments giant Stripe announced that it would donate $1 million of its own funds annually into companies that are building technology to remove carbon from our environment, with the recipients of that investment announced in May of this year. Now, it’s expanding that commitment with a new product aimed at getting its customers to invest, too. Today, the company is launching Stripe Climate, a new tool that companies using Stripe can integrate to set up automatic contributions that a...
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Guest Post: Jeanne

  Jeanne and her sister.       I grew up in the fabulous fifties era, the happy days' era, the sweet simple times when life seemed less complicated.  My Mother and Grandmother raised us with much love with the help of many relatives.  They both began their eternal lives and I miss them more than words can say.  They are both treasured and adored in Heaven as they were on Earth. My Sister and I are so close and reflect often on our beautiful childhood memories and treasure each ...
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Industry Veteran, Bill Navas, Launches New Hotel CapEx Advisory Firm

Bill Navas, a 30-year hotel industry veteran has launched Rich-Port Hospitality Development, an innovative advisory firm primarily focused on executing capital projects for clients. Rich-Port also assists institutional investors with pre-acquisition due-diligence and provides hotel companies with outsourced brand representation and technical services.
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