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Marriott Signs Agreement To Bring Four Hotels, 1,638 Rooms, To Thailand

Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) today announced it has signed a milestone agreement with Asset World Corp Plc. (SET: AWC) to add four new landmark properties under three world-class brands across Bangkok and Pattaya, Thailand. The multi-property agreement features a Ritz-Carlton Reserve, Thailand's first JW Marriott Marquis hotel in Bangkok and two Autograph Collection hotels, set to debut the Autograph Collection brand in the country.
Tags: Travel, Thailand, Marriott, Bangkok, Marriott Marquis, Marriott International Inc NASDAQ, Pattaya Thailand, AWC, Asset World Corp Plc, Ritz Carlton Reserve Thailand


The DHfamily welcomes new Executive Board

The designated Members of the Executive Board of Steigenberger Hotels AG/Deutsche Hospitality - CEO Marcus Bernhardt and CFO Dr. Ulrich Johannwille - assumed responsibility for operational management at the hotel group with effect from 1 November 2020. This new leadership pairing creates a wealth of international experience at the helm of Steigenberger Hotels AG, which brings together five separate hotel brands under the umbrella brand of Deutsche Hospitality.
Tags: Travel, Executive Board, Steigenberger Hotels AG, Marcus Bernhardt, Ulrich Johannwille


The economics behind hotel loyalty programs (with insights from a former Marriott VP)

In the past, I've reported on how loyalty programs are becoming even more important to airlines during the coronavirus pandemic. But after a discussion with Jeff Borman — the former VP of Revenue Management at both Marriott and Hilton — I've come to realize that it's even more important to hotel groups. After all, in Borman's own words: "Hotels own customers, not real estate."
Tags: Travel, Hilton, Marriott, Borman, Jeff Borman


You could spend your vacation living in a castle, an old manor house, or even a former church – if you agree to swap your home for a week

This Scottish castle is available for swap on the website Love Home Swap. Love Home Swap You could spend a week living in a castle, an old manor house, or even a former church – but you have to agree to swap your own house in return. Although travel restrictions make vacations abroad tricky, more people are choosing to enjoy staycations by swapping homes with someone else in their home country. Celia Pronto from Love Home Swap spoke to Business Insider about how the industry is changing du...
Tags: Travel, UK, England, Wales, US, Trends, Tourism, Cameron Diaz, Hotel, Retail, Kate Winslet, Kent, East Coast, Pronto, Snowdonia National Park, Stirling Scotland


Greek Hospitality Industry Performance Q3 2020

Hotels are suffering amid a dramatic drop in demand.  the covid-19 crisis hit hard the Greek hospitality sector as travel for business and leisure dried up. Our analysis shows that through the end of September 2020, room revenue of hotels in Athens and Thessaloniki dropped y-o-y by 79% and 67% respectively. Total revenue of city hotels located elsewhere declined by 63% y-o-y YTD Q3 2020, while resort hotels registered a staggering drop of 79% y-o-y during the same period.
Tags: Travel, Athens, Thessaloniki, Greek Hospitality Industry Performance


Mystical Hallowmass Season in Venice during the Blue Moon

San Michele, Venice's Island of the Dead - Photo: Cat Bauer (Venice, Italy) A heavy mist engulfed Venice on All Hallows' Eve, adding a mystical element to the Hallowmass season. Enhanced by the light of the full Blue Moon, the air was so thick that it seemed to swirl with the phantoms of the ancestors. Now is the time of their annual journey through the veil that divides the realm of the dead from the world of the living.   San Michele, the cemetery island, is where Venice buries h...
Tags: Travel, Venice, Dante, Grand Canal, Venice Italy, Virgil, Rialto Bridge, San Michele, Rialto Bridge Photo, Cat Bauer, Georgy Frangulyan, San Michele Venice, Cat Bauer in Venice Blog, Fondamenta Nuove, Olga Rudge Ciao


Tencent claims record 100M daily users on mobile game Honor of Kings

At its five-year anniversary gala graced by celebrities, esports stars and orchestras, Tencent’s mobile game Honor of Kings said it has crossed 100 million daily active users. The title has not only broken user records but generated other unprecedented accomplishments along the way. For one, it consistently ranks among the top-grossing mobile games worldwide, jostling with PUBG Mobile made by another Tencent studio Lightspeed & Quantum — gaming has long been the cash cow for Tencent, better know...
Tags: Travel, TC, Gaming, MOBA, Asia, China, US, Tencent, League Of Legends, Activision, Riot Games, PUBG, Honor of Kings, TIMI, Arena of Valor, Daniel Ahmad


The shambles that is the public health discipline: (2019) Understanding the unintended consequences of public health policies

Now for a 2019 paper – which is a big shock since it confirms that public health practitioners STRICLY AVOID any analysis of the harms of their policies. A most disappointing state of affairs. Understanding the unintended consequences of public health policies: the views of policymakers and evaluators Kathryn Oliver, Theo Lorenc, Jane Tinkler & […]
Tags: Travel, Public Policy, Kathryn Oliver Theo Lorenc Jane Tinkler


Startup brands like the shoe company Thousand Fell are bringing circular economics to the fashion industry

Thousand Fell, the environmentally conscious, direct-to-consumer shoe retailer which launched last November, has revealed the details of the recycling program that’s a core component of its pitch to consumers. The company, which has now sold enough shoes to start seeing its early buyers begin recycling them after ten months of ownership, expects to recycle roughly 3,000 pairs per quarter by 2021, with the capacity to scale up to 6,000 pairs of shoes., The recycling feature, through partnerships ...
Tags: Travel, Energy, TC, Supply Chain, Nike, UPS, Walgreens, Circular Economy, Kroger, United Parcel Service, Industries, Co-founder, Walgreens Across, Stuart Ahlum, Thousand Fell, Ahlum


Three Wild Pumpkins, a Small French Boy, and His Curious Grandmother

The three pumpkins sprouted unintended from our compost pile. Their appearance there was quite a surprise as it has been a few years since I carved “American” style pumpkins (French pumpkins are flat and red and only for eating). It seemed a miracle that some seeds had survived and germinated after several long, hot summers laying dormant. The small French boy normally lives in Bordeaux, but was in our small village visiting his curious grandmother. The curious grandmother i...
Tags: Travel, France, Bordeaux, Susan, Tom, a Small French Boy, and His Curious Grandmother, Three Wild Pumpkins


Shoddy ethical thinking in 2014: “Adverse effects of public health interventions: a conceptual framework”

Till 2014, the public health literature had not even recognised the possibility of public health measures KILLING people. This 2014 comes closest to admitting the kinds of harms being inflicted by lockdowns on a large scale. My annotated notes in blue. === Adverse effects of public health interventions: a conceptual framework Theo Lorenc, Kathryn Oliver […]
Tags: Travel, Public Policy, Theo Lorenc Kathryn Oliver


Shoddy ethical thinking in 2002: “Principles for the justification of public health intervention”

Clearly, public health has gone well overboard and needs a thorough scrutiny. It seems that ethics was largely ignored in public health practice till the Siracusa principles and even in 2002 there was a very poor understanding of public health ethics. This is a good example of the POOR quality of thinking in the literature […]
Tags: Travel, Siracusa, Public Policy


A fallen, modern-day Tokyo samurai?

A modern-day hero, felled on the 24-hour battlefield that is Shinjuku’s myriad of little bars.
Tags: Travel, Photography, Food And Drink, Tokyo, Shinjuku


UBS Deepens Mideast Footprint With #Qatar Wealth Management Foray - Bloomberg

UBS Deepens Mideast Footprint With Qatar Wealth Management Foray - Bloomberg UBS Group AG plans to open a wealth-management business in Qatar after its chief executive officer marked his first day on the job by signing a memorandum of understanding with the country’s Investment Promotion Agency. The Zurich-based bank’s CEO Ralph Hamers and Chairman Axel Weber clinched the initial agreement on Sunday with Ali Al Kuwari, Qatar’s Minister of Commerce and Industry, the government-backed Qatar Financ...
Tags: Travel, Qatar, Ubs, Zurich, Axel Weber, Sergio Ermotti, ING Groep NV, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, Commerce and Industry, Ali Al Kuwari, Ralph Hamers, Hamers, Investment Promotion Agency


Top Oil Trader Vitol Says Europe Lockdowns Mere ‘Speed Bump’ - Bloomberg

Top Oil Trader Vitol Says Europe Lockdowns Mere ‘Speed Bump’ - Bloomberg The world’s largest independent oil trader doubts that new coronavirus lockdowns in Europe will lead to another significant drop in crude prices following last week’s rout.“This is a speed bump,” Mike Muller, the head of Asia for Vitol Group, said in an interview Sunday with Dubai-based consultant Gulf Intelligence. “We are not going to see a violent reaction in price on Monday.”Benchmark Brent crude fell 10% in the five da...
Tags: Travel, Asia, Europe, France, Germany, Bloomberg, Dubai, U K, Müller, Vitol Group, Mike Muller, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, Top Oil Trader Vitol Says Europe Lockdowns Mere, Gulf Intelligence


Apple Dapple Cake With Salted Butterscotch Sauce

This apple dapple cake is a wonderfully, chunky nutty cake studded with pieces of soft apple throughout. This apple dapple cake comes into its own with an incredible salted butterscotch sauce on top!
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#UAE cuts spending in 2021 federal budget | Reuters

UAE cuts spending in 2021 federal budget | Reuters The cabinet of the United Arab Emirates approved a smaller federal budget for 2021 in a sign that the country is curbing expenditure amid the coronavirus crisis and lower oil prices.The budget for next year was set at 58 billion dirhams ($15.8 billion), state news agency WAM reported on Sunday, down from this year’s 61.35 billion dirhams, which was the largest budget since the establishment of the country.“The UAE economy will be among the faste...
Tags: Travel, Wam, United Arab Emirates, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Uae, Reuters, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid


Place des Vosges

I think the Place des Vosges is one of the loveliest places in Paris. All four of the fountains in the park work. A different view of the fountain with the spectacular architecture of the buildings behind. I wonder how much longer the grass will be green. This is one of the few parks or gardens where you are allowed to sit or walk on the grass. The pretty lamps against turning leaves. Inside a door at the Place des Vosges you find the beautiful Hotel de Sully, on...
Tags: Travel, Photos, Paris, Fountains, Place des Vosges, the Marais, Vosges, Hotel de Sully


Thrillin’ and Chillin’ in October 2020

Following the October horror marathons I did in 2018 and 2019, I decided to do the same this year, and what a ride it was. I ended up watching much more this year than in the past (34!), which is especially surprising since that includes multiple episodes of a few series (Lovecraft Country, Ash vs Evil Dead, Creepshow, and The Haunting of Bly Manor). I think that what contributed to this was that since the start of the pandemic, I barely watched any horror — maybe not such a big surprise — ...
Tags: Travel, Halloween, TV, Film, Horror, Tokyo, Don, Blumhouse, Movie Marathon, Bly Manor, October 2020


Books of Blood

I followed my viewing of The Mortuary Collection with another horror anthology film, Books of Blood, which itself is an adaptation of a Clive Barker book. Feels like I haven’t seen anything new film-wise from Barker in ages (I of course have revisited some of his classic films), and so I was quite looking forward to this. This was really great, and not only because each of the stories were interesting (and creepy as fuck) by themselves. I especially liked how they all intertwine with each ...
Tags: Travel, Film, Clive Barker, Barker, Debaser, Movie Marathon, Books Of Blood, October 2020


Relic

I capped off my monthlong horror fest with a triple bill on Halloween night that included The Mortuary Collection, Books of Blood, and then lastly Relic. This was quite good. Incredibly slow and creepy during its buildup, it then climaxes in a harrowing and stressful bout of unexpected horror that’s not specifically scary, but eery, and although I didn’t quite understand what the ending meant, a bit of reading after the fact (interviews with the director) made me appreciate what it all mea...
Tags: Travel, Film, Relic, Debaser, Movie Marathon, October 2020


Accor launches digital ‘Order and Pay’ service at four UK hotels

Accor to has partnered with London based hospitality software provider Bizzon to launch a new digital F&B ordering service.
Tags: Travel, UK, London, Accor, Bizzon


A camper van maker just unveiled its first Class B RV based on the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter and it costs more than $300,000

Advanced RV's B Box prototype. Advanced RV. Advanced RV has revealed a prototype of its "B Box" camper van built on a Mercedes-Benz Sprinter cab chassis. The B Box fits a full bathroom, kitchen, and dual living room and bedroom inside of the highly insulated box. Advanced RV's president Mike Neundorfer estimates that the price will be similar to the company's other vans, which have recently ranged between $310,000 to about $490,000 with a median price of about $380,000. Advanced RV has...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, Trends, Sonos, Mercedes Benz, South Carolina, Mercedes-benz Sprinter, Sprinter, Camper Van, Neundorfer, Brittany Chang, RV Industry Association, Advanced RV, Class B, Mike Neundorfer


A camper van maker just unveiled its first 'box' RV based on the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter and it costs more than $300,000

Advanced RV's B Box prototype. Advanced RV. Advanced RV has revealed a prototype of its "B Box" camper van built on a Mercedes-Benz Sprinter cab chassis. The B Box fits a full bathroom, kitchen, and dual living room and bedroom inside of the highly insulated box. Advanced RV's president Mike Neundorfer estimates that the price will be similar to the company's other vans, which have recently ranged between $310,000 to about $490,000 with a median price of about $380,000. Advanced RV has...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, Trends, Sonos, Mercedes Benz, South Carolina, Mercedes-benz Sprinter, Sprinter, Camper Van, Neundorfer, Brittany Chang, RV Industry Association, Advanced RV, Class B, Mike Neundorfer


One of the largest private jet firms in the US is upgrading its entire fleet as more wealthy flyers turn to private aviation – take a look inside one of the luxurious jets

A newly-refurbished XOJET Aviation Bombardier Challenger 300. Thomas Pallini/Business Insider XOJET Aviation is refurbishing its fleet of 42 Bombardier Challenger 300 and Cessna Citation X aircraft. Both aircraft will see upgrades to their exterior and interiors, as well as a branding alignment to XOJET's new parent, Vista Global.  We toured a Bombardier Challenger 300 during a layover in Westhampton Beach, New York.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Private aviation fir...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, News, Air Travel, Life, Planes, US, Trends, Features, Vista, Flying, Hawaii, Aviation, West Coast, Private Jets, Business Insider


European, Middle Eastern & African Stocks - Bloomberg #UAE #Kuwait #Israel #SaudiArabia #Qatar close

European, Middle Eastern & African Stocks - Bloomberg [Author: [email protected] (Rupert Neil Bumfrey)]
Tags: Travel, Qatar, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, Bloomberg UAE Kuwait Israel


ADIA, PIF Invest $1 Billion in Reliance’s Fiber-Optic Assets - Bloomberg

ADIA, PIF Invest $1 Billion in Reliance’s Fiber-Optic Assets - Bloomberg Reliance Industries Ltd. is raising $1 billion in investment from two sovereign wealth funds as investors double down on the consumer businesses of Asia’s richest man, who’s diversifying his conglomerate away from oil refining.Abu Dhabi Investment Authority, or ADIA, and Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund, or PIF, will each invest 37.8 billion rupees ($507.2 million) in buying units of Digital Fibre Infrastructure Trust,...
Tags: Travel, Google, Asia, Saudi Arabia, Facebook Inc, ADIA, Mukesh Ambani, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, Abu Dhabi Investment Authority, Reliance 's Fiber Optic Assets Bloomberg, Digital Fibre Infrastructure Trust Reliance


#SaudiArabia Red Sea Development Co, PIF: Latest News on Coastal Tourist Resort - Bloomberg

Saudi Arabia Red Sea Development Co, PIF: Latest News on Coastal Tourist Resort - Bloomberg Saudi Arabia’s Red Sea Development Co. plans to close on a 14-billion riyal ($3.7 billion) loan from five domestic banks by the end of the year as it steps up construction on a luxury tourism project about the size of Belgium, its chief executive said.The developer has been seeking financing since last year for the project, which stretches across dozens of islands off the kingdom’s west coast. Chief execu...
Tags: Travel, Belgium, Mohammed bin Salman, Red Sea, Pagano, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, John Pagano, Saudi Arabia Red Sea, Red Sea Development Co, SaudiArabia Red Sea Development Co, Coastal Tourist Resort Bloomberg, Coastal Tourist Resort Bloomberg Saudi Arabia


Surging Libyan Oil Output Nears 1 Million Barrels a Day - Bloomberg

Surging Libyan Oil Output Nears 1 Million Barrels a Day - Bloomberg Libya’s oil production is rising rapidly toward 1 million barrels a day, as a truce in the nation’s civil war allows the state energy firm to ramp up operations at previously idled fields and ports.Daily crude output has reached 800,000 barrels and the country is targeting 1.3 million by the beginning of 2021, Mustafa Sanalla, the chairman of state-run National Oil Corp., said in an interview Saturday in the eastern city of Breg...
Tags: Travel, Opec, Libya, Brega, National Oil Corp, Mustafa Sanalla, Sharara, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, Nuri Esaid, Akakus Oil Operations, Tripoli Sharara


The end of the road

Don't read anything into that. This is where the dirt road through the vineyards out back ends, if you agree that it begins behind our house. Three roads meet here, all more or less parallel. Two of them are paved, this one is not. The trees form an arch where the dirt road meets the paved roads. Vineyards continue west toward the horizon. Saturday afternoon was nice, weather wise. Lots of sun, warm temperatures. I got the south 40 cut along with the strip between our hedges and the road. Now,...
Tags: Travel, Don, WCS, The Vineyard



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