U.S. hotel profitability improved in October

U.S. hotel profitability hit double figures for the first time since February, and year-over-year comparisons improved slightly from the previous month, according to STR's October monthly P&L data release. In a year-over-year comparison with October 2019, the industry reported the following:
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Horwath HTL Market Report: Mexico (English & Spanish)

The Mexican Market Report provides an insight of the current state of the Mexican economy, the tourism sector, and the evolution of variables that have a tangible influence on the hotel investment market amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Public schools lose enrollment, predators target girl on school-issued laptop, Schatz pushes Ige for COVID-19 plan, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Hawaii public school in COVID-19 era PC:Department of Education Hawaii Public Schools Keep Losing Students Amid Coronavirus Concerns. Latest figures show Hawaii’s public school lost 1,023 more students in the first quarter as overall enrollment plunged nearly 3% compared with last year. Civil Beat.Oahu mom says online predators connected with her daughter through school-issued laptop. An Oahu mother has a warning for other parents after she says her 13-year-old was being groomed by a pair...
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Hanauma Bay reopens to the public!

It’s true! Hanauma Bay, one Hawaii’s most popular visitor destinations, is now reopened to the public today, December 2, after being closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic on March 18 of this year. There are new limits on the number of daily visitors in place, as well as other measures to ensure the continued health […] The post Hanauma Bay reopens to the public! appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
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Millions of children with disabilities are missing out on education. Like me, they deserve to fulfill their potential

The "UNESCO Global Education Monitoring Report" 2020 shows that children with disabilities are among the most excluded people in the world, and 2.5 times more likely never to attend school in their lifetime than other children, writes Brina Maxino.
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Scaccia Ragusana Cooking Class

Scaccia or Scacce Ragusana is a wonderful Sicilian street food that is a bit like a lasagne crossed with a focaccia and pizza. This treat is all about perfect filling to dough ratios with a layered look. It is also one of the most delicious things you will eat!
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#SaudiArabia, #Qatar Near U.S.-Brokered Deal to End Lengthy Rift - Bloomberg

Saudi Arabia, Qatar Near U.S.-Brokered Deal to End Lengthy Rift - Bloomberg Saudi Arabia and Qatar are nearing a preliminary deal to end a rift that’s dragged on for more than three years, prodded by a Trump administration seeking foreign policy wins during its waning days in the White House, three people with knowledge of the talks said.The tentative agreement does not involve the three other Arab countries that also severed diplomatic and trade ties with Qatar in June 2017 -- the United Arab E...
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Austin mayor urged people to 'stay home' from a timeshare in Cabo San Lucas, where he flew in on a private jet for a vacation with eight others, according to report

Steve Adler, Mayor of Austin, speaks during the American Cities Climate Challenge conference at the C40 World Mayors Summit on October 10, 2019 in Copenhagen, Denmark. Ole Jensen/Getty Images The mayor of Austin, Texas, took a trip to Cabo San Lucas in Mexico on a private jet just before urging constituents to stay home as COVID-19 cases rose in the city, according to the Austin Statesman and KVUE. Steve Adler also hosted a wedding for his daughter the day before the November flight, accor...
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OPEC+ Makes Headway on Oil-Output Deal After Days of Talks - Bloomberg

OPEC+ Makes Headway on Oil-Output Deal After Days of Talks - Bloomberg OPEC+ has made headway toward a deal on oil-output cuts, the first sign of progress after failed talks earlier this week.After days of direct negotiations between the group’s heavyweights -- Russia, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates -- details of any potential compromise still weren’t immediately clear. It was too early to say whether the progress would translate into a final deal, delegates said, asking not to be nam...
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Oil prices rise on UK vaccine approval; signs OPEC+ may maintain output cuts | Reuters

Oil prices rise on UK vaccine approval; signs OPEC+ may maintain output cuts | Reuters Oil prices settled higher on Wednesday as Britain’s approval of a COVID-19 vaccine boosted hopes for a demand recovery and on mounting expectations that producing countries will maintain output limits next year.Brent crude oil futures settled up 83 cents, or 1.75%, at $48.25 a barrel. West Texas Intermediate crude settled up 73 cents or 1.64% at $45.28 a barrel.Traders were watching OPEC+, the Organization of ...
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Rocky Mountaineer: U.S. Luxury Train Journeys

? Rocky Mountaineer: U.S. Luxury Train Journeys We are very excited to share with you that Rocky Mountaineer is coming to the U.S. with exciting new luxury train journeys. Carol and I have journeyed with Rocky Mountaineer twice in the Canadian Rockies. It was a fabulous experience and one that we can heartily recommend.  You can read about our past journeys with Rocky Mountaineer at this link . Ok. Let’s get to the good stuff… Rocky Mountaineer: The Rockies to the Red Rocks Rocky M...
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The CDC says Americans shouldn't travel for the holidays. Knowing they will anyway, the agency suggests 2 COVID-19 tests.

Health care worker Elizabeth Cameros, right, administers a deep nasal coronavirus test to traveler Wade Hopkins at a COVID-19 testing station at LAX on Monday, November 23, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images The CDC says the safest way to celebrate winter holidays this year is at home. But if you do plan to travel, the CDC recommends getting tested twice, once before and once after, and restricting your outings to only those most essentia...
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Celebrity Cruises Announces 2022 Alaska Cruises

It’s not too early to start planning your Alaska cruise for 2022.  On Monday, Celebrity Cruises unveiled their newest Alaska cruise schedule for 2022.   Celebrity Cruises in Alaska 2022 – Longest Season Ever Cruises to Alaska are schedule to begin in early May for Celebrity’s Read More The post Celebrity Cruises Announces 2022 Alaska Cruises appeared first on .
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The Story Tells The Story | By Shep Hyken

What's your story? What reasons compel your customers to do business with you? What gets them excited about doing business with you?
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The DOT is cracking down on emotional support animals on airplanes and will only allow trained dogs to fly

A service animal onboard a United Airlines plane. AP Photo/Julio Cortez The US Department of Transportation no longer classifies an emotional support animal as a service animal.  Airlines can further crackdown on the practice of classifying a pet as an emotional support animal and charge passengers seeking to bring animals onboard. Bonafide service animals will still be allowed to fly and the new rule takes effect in 2021.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. The US Departm...
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Hawaii travel news: December 2, 2020

* Kauai’s newly implemented rule requiring all travelers to quarantine for 14 days is in effect today. This rule applies to tourists and residents arriving on the island from traveling elsewhere. This new restriction has resulted in many cancellations, closures and job losses. For more information on Kauai-specific travel restrictions, go to * The recently added restriction requiring travelers who participate in the pre-travel testing program to have their results before the...
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German Hotel Technology Landscape: Hotels must pursue a strong digital strategy to succeed in the market after the crisis

To give hotel executives an insight into the hotel tech market, the first report about the German Hotel Technology Landscape was published today by Hotelhero in partnership with the Hotelverband Deutschland (IHA) and in cooperation with HSMA Deutschland e.V. and This report underlines the importance for hotels to rely on a strong digital strategy in order to succeed in the market after the lockdown. At the same time, 80% of the surveyed managers in the hotel industry stil...
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OTA Insight Announces Atomize is First RMS to Ingest Company's Revolutionary New Forward-Looking Data Sets

With hotel operators under pressure to maximize revenue from very little demand, any additional insight into future traveler intent is proving critical. For this reason, Atomize users will soon have more insight into the volume of travelers searching for and arriving in their market with the addition of OTA Insight's Market Insight data. In an industry first, Market Insight data will be ingested directly into an RMS, affording hoteliers the ability to analyze and action forward-looking da...
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The Alisal is an all-inclusive dude ranch set on 10,000 acres just outside Santa Barbara, California — here's what it was like taking a family vacation there during COVID-19

When you buy through our links, we may earn money from our affiliate partners. Learn more. The Alisal Guest Ranch & Resort The Alisal Guest Ranch & Resort is an all-inclusive dude ranch just 45 minutes outside Santa Barbara in Solvang, California.All rooms have private entrances and the resort is set on 10,000 acres, making for easy social distancing. I recently stayed in a mid-tier Select Suite with my family, which typically starts at $710 per night. Last-minute entry-level rooms start...
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70% of Destinations Have Lifted Travel Restrictions, but Global Gap Emerging

The number of destinations closed to international tourism has continued to fall. According to the eighth edition of the UNWTO Travel Restrictions Report, 70% of all global destinations have eased restrictions on travel introduced in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. In comparison, just one in four destinations continue to keep their borders completely closed to international tourists.
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Wyndham Goes High Impact, Low Contact with New Mobile App: Introduces Lightning Book and In-Stay Features

LONDON - Wyndham Hotels & Resorts, the world's largest hotel franchising company with approximately 9,000 hotels across 90 countries, has announced the arrival of its new mobile app for iOS and Android, combining best-in-class design with personal experiences, account management, gamification and more.
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LoungeUp acquires Dmbook Pro and establishes itself as the leading European provider in solutions for guest relationship and hotel operations management

LoungeUp is the European leader in guest relationship management tools dedicated to the hotel industry, with over 2550 establishments from all over the world already using their solution. LoungeUp has added a new product to its platform by acquiring Dmbook Pro, an Irish company specialising in the management of hotel tasks and procedures.
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Live: Hospitality Marketplace. #Justpitchit Day 2 - Focus on Distribution

Between December 1 to 4, from 3:00 to 6:00 pm CET, 40 companies will meet online to inspire the world of hospitality and travel tech. Brave leaders, industry pioneers, innovators and rule-breakers to show hoteliers "the reason why" their offers, their products and their services are the best fits in the market.
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Column: Positive oil outlook draws in fund managers | Reuters

Column: Positive oil outlook draws in fund managers | Reuters Hedge funds are becoming increasingly bullish on the outlook for oil prices, anticipating that early deployment of coronavirus vaccines will allow a rapid resumption of more normal travel patterns.Ultra-loose fiscal and monetary policies are also expected to promote a progressive recovery from the massive cyclical downturn in business activity experienced in 2020, giving a big boost to petroleum consumption.Global petroleum inventorie...
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#Saudi ends lower on weak oil, others gain on UK vaccine nod | Reuters

Saudi ends lower on weak oil, others gain on UK vaccine nod | Reuters Saudi shares retreated for a second straight session on Wednesday, tracking weaker oil prices, while some markets cheered Britain’s approval of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine, which raised hopes of a faster-than-expected global economic recovery.Britain became the West’s first country to formally endorse a jab it said should reach the most vulnerable people early next week.However, oil prices slipped as the market awaited a pact fr...
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Payment companies suffer frequent UPI system outages

In the last few weeks, payment companies have suffered frequent “downtimes” or “outages” on the Unified Payments Interface (UPI) platform leading to many unprocessed customer and merchant transactions, four payments industry executives, who operate UPI-based apps and platforms, told MediaNama. While the adoption of UPI has grown significantly since April, there has been a corresponding rise in transaction failures on account of the high volumes of transactions flowing through the banking system....
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Great Barrier Reef outlook 'critical' as climate change called number one threat to world heritage

The outlook for Australian sites including the Blue Mountains and the Gondwana rainforests has deteriorated, report to Unesco saysThe outlook for five Australian world heritage sites including the Great Barrier Reef, the Blue Mountains and the Gondwana rainforests, has deteriorated, according to a global report that finds climate change is now the number one threat to the planet’s natural world heritage.The International Union for Conservation of Nature, the official advisory body on nature to t...
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#SaudiArabia News: Life After Aramco Includes Plenty More IPOs for Saudi Arabia - Bloomberg

Saudi Arabia News: Aramco IPO Opens Doors for More Listings on Tadawul Exchange - Bloomberg One year on from oil giant Saudi Aramco’s record-busting initial public offering in Riyadh, the exchange has continued to enjoy a steady stream of listings. And deals are already lining up for 2021.For years, the twists and turns leading up to Aramco’s listing dominated Saudi Arabia’s IPO market. The decision to float on Riyadh’s Tadawul exchange and to largely forgo international investors sparked concer...
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The Travel Industry Is Up Against a Psychological Make-or-Break

As the head of travel and tourism for Boston Consulting Group, Jason Guggenheim is used to troubleshooting on behalf of airlines and hotel companies when the road gets bumpy. Typically that means rethinking operations and carrying out restructuring efforts for sprawling resorts, cruise lines, online travel agencies, or big names in air travel. But even for someone whose job it is to fix the industry's most complicated problems, there's never been a year as turbulent as 2020.
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Salt Hotels' David Bowd on why hotels were a summer getaway for the drive market

Established in 2014, boutique hospitality group Salt Hotels is known for its design-led portfolio of independent properties, which include the Asbury and Asbury Ocean Club in Asbury Park, N.J., and the Salt House Inn and Eben House in Provincetown, on Cape Cod in Massachusetts. This spring, the company plans to debut the Hutton Brickyards in Kingston, N.Y. Spanning 73 acres, the Hudson Valley property will feature 31 cabins and suites, expansive outdoor and indoor event space and access t...
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