STR: U.S. hotel results for week ending 5 December

U.S. weekly hotel occupancy increased slightly from the previous week, according to the latest data from STR through 5 December.29 November through 5 December 2020 (percentage change from comparable week in 2019):
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STR: Canada Hotel Results For Week Ending 5 December

STR data for 29 November through 5 December 2020 showed Canada's hotel industry with slightly lower occupancy compared to the previous week.
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Greenwood Hospitality Inks Management Deal with Ross Group Development

Greenwood Hospitality Group, a full-service third party hotel management company, has assumed management of the Tulsa Club Hotel, a member of the Curio Collection by Hilton.
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Hawaii government workers face twice-monthly furloughs, Maui surfer dies from shark attack, ethics board dings Kim on Mauna Kea access, quarantined travelers swamp Honolulu PD, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Gov. David Ige announces furloughs PC: Governor's OfficeMore than 10,000 state employees face furloughs in January. An estimated 10,160 state employees will face twice-a-month furloughs beginning Jan. 1 and the number will be even higher when Department of Education and University of Hawaii employees are included, Gov. David Ige announced Wednesday as he struggles to balance the state’s budget and plug a projected $1.4 billion shortfall over each of the next four years. Star-Advertiser.H...
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My comments as a panelist at the Leadership Dialogue 2020

Sharing these two tweets which provide relevant links to fuller videos. I want to mention that Albert Dadon – who connected with me after my resignation and Fin Review article – is an extremely talented and intelligent person. It was a pleasure to have him as chair of these two panels. I've extracted the most […]
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The tranquil sight of Shinto priests in Tokyo

An unusually quiet Tokyo moment that felt a world away from the world just outside.
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Coronation Cauliflower!

Coronation chicken is a classic British salad using poached chicken, mayonnaise and curry powder. If you're upping your veggie intake, this version replaces chicken with roasted cauliflower and is no less delicious. In fact I loved it so much I would consider it a pushy recipe Dear Reader!
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Knowland Announces U.S. Meetings and Events Data for November 2020

November U.S. monthly meetings and events volume increased 15 percent over the previous month, according to the latest data from Knowland, the leader in group hospitality analytics for hotels, convention and visitor bureaus, conference centers and other meeting venues.
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The best travel mugs

We put a dozen travel mugs to the test for temperature retention, leak resistance, and general ease of use.The Zojirushi SM-SE Travel Mug kept coffee hot and ice frozen for the longest of any mug we tested.Plus, its locking lid ensures its contents stay safe inside. Table of Contents: Masthead Sticky If you're frequently on the go, and you need your caffeine fix close at hand, a good travel mug likely features prominently in your daily routine.Any mug with a lid that you can carry from place to ...
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Huge art that I saw on walls and buildings around Paris. We were in the Place d’italie area. I haven’t been there in a long time. This is the exterior of a movie theatre. They should open December 15. I hope they haven’t gone out of business during this time. A pretty building where famous carpets are made, Gobelins. There were three huge works of art in the same region. Very impressive. I liked this one the best. And even the artist who does all of the Sp...
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Brent rises above $50/bbl for first time since March on vaccine optimism | Reuters

Brent rises above $50/bbl for first time since March on vaccine optimism | Reuters Oil prices climbed nearly 3% on Thursday, with Brent surging above $50 a barrel for the first time since early March, fueled by hopes of a faster demand recovery as countries start to roll out COVID-19 vaccines.The bullish sentiment offset a large increase in U.S. crude inventories that showed there was still ample supply available.Britain began vaccinations this week and the United States could start inoculations...
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Airbnb valuation soars after wildly successful debut as public company

The travel company's share price shot up to more than $168 at one point after an initial price of $68 per share on Thursday, the company's first day on the Nasdaq.
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Aramco Said to Tap Moelis to Raise Billions From Asset Sales - Bloomberg

Aramco Said to Tap Moelis to Raise Billions From Asset Sales - Bloomberg Saudi Arabia is looking to emulate neighboring Abu Dhabi by using its state energy firm to raise billions of dollars from investors, as the kingdom seeks cash to counter a severe recession.Saudi Aramco, the world’s biggest oil company, has hired Moelis & Co. to devise a strategy for selling stakes in some subsidiaries, according to people familiar with the matter. The plan includes raising around $10 billion from a stake sa...
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Hyatt Grows Boundless Portfolio of Lifestyle Brands in the Americas with New Hotel Openings and Strong Development Pipeline Slated Through 2021

Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE: H) announced today mindful growth of the Alila, Hyatt Centric and Thompson Hotels brands with nearly 20 new hotels that have opened in 2020 and hotels planned to open in the Americas through 2021. This strong growth is fueled by Hyatt's 2018 acquisition of Two Roads Hospitality and Hyatt's commitment to growing with intent and offering compelling experiences and benefits for guests and World of Hyatt members.
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#UAE, #Israel Start Talks on Energy Cooperation as Ties Normalize - Bloomberg

UAE, Israel Start Talks on Energy Cooperation as Ties Normalize - Bloomberg Israel and the United Arab Emirates held talks to discuss cooperation in the oil and gas sector, months after the two nations agreed to normalize ties.OPEC’s third-largest oil producer and Israel held their first natural gas and petroleum working group meeting, UAE’s state-run WAM news agency reported on Thursday.The countries discussed ways to develop bilateral relations and cooperation in energy, petroleum and natural ...
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#Qatar Set for Biggest Budget Deficit Since Gulf Spat in 2017 - Bloomberg

Qatar Set for Biggest Budget Deficit Since Gulf Spat in 2017 - Bloomberg Qatar will run its largest budget deficit in four years in 2021 as it tries to shake off the impact of the coronavirus and the drag of lower energy prices on government revenue.The country will spend 34.6 billion riyals ($9.4 billion) more than it takes in next year, according to a statement from the Finance Ministry on Thursday. The projected shortfall for next year will be the largest since 2017, when countries including ...
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State-related entity debt in Gulf to rise next year, Fitch says | Reuters

State-related entity debt in Gulf to rise next year, Fitch says | Reuters Government-related-entity (GRE) debt in the six Gulf Arab states, wihch include Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, will increase next year, ratings agency Fitch said on Thursday.The coronavirus pandemic has strained the economies of Gulf countries already under pressure from low oil prices, a key source of state revenue.“The economic contraction in 2020 will further exacerbate leverage ratios and magnify the risks ...
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Half of American Travelers Say They’ll Take the COVID-19 Vaccine as Soon as Possible, While Others Will Wait to See If It Is Effective

MMGY Global has released the latest findings of its Travel Intentions Pulse Survey (TIPS) and Travel Safety Barometer, with data answering questions about how Americans feel about travel amid news of effective vaccines and COVID-19 cases rising sharply in the U.S. Among the 1,200 American leisure and business travelers surveyed in November for TIPS Wave XI, the most important consideration for making future travel plans is the availability of a vaccine that is proven to be clinically effe...
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Bench Events partners with the Trusted Executive for third episode of Hospitality Tomorrow

Following the success of the first two episodes of Hospitality Tomorrow (, Bench Events ( has released details of the third episode set to take place on 15 December 2020 from 11:00am to 6:00pm GMT.Powered by Bench Digital, Hospitality Tomorrow was launched to support the hard-hit international hospitality community during Covid-19, by offering a virtual conference platform that provides knowledge, facilitates information sharing and connects...
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RMS introduces a refreshed property management system for hotels

RMS North America, a provider of fully integrated, cloud-based property management systems to 6,000 properties in the hospitality industry, unveiled its biggest update yet with highly anticipated features to make life easier for hoteliers. RMS' revamped property management system was designed to meet hoteliers' needs in three main areas -- distribution, operations and guest marketing -- and features a fresh, user-driven interface. The new version introduces a brand new module market that ...
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Condé Nast Traveller Announces The Gold List 2021

Condé Nast Traveller today reveals The Gold List 2021 unveiling everything classic and exceptional. The Gold List 2021 is curated by Condé Nast Traveller UK Editor, Issy von Simson, and contributing editors, under Editor-in-Chief Melinda Stevens, and provides inspiration and authoritative critiques for discerning travellers on where to stay.
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QR Codes in the Hospitality Industry

Sometimes it takes a pandemic to rethink how hotel guests access information either at the check-in desk, guest room, or restaurant. Smartphones make using QR codes a simple solution.
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Oracle Joins American Hotel & Lodging Association Board of Directors

Building on record levels of membership and engagement at an unprecedented time for the hospitality industry, the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) today announced that Alex Alt, senior vice president and general manager, Oracle Hospitality, has joined the Board of Directors.
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Supersonic jet startup Aerion just broke ground on a new $300 million plant in Florida with plans to fly its first aircraft in 5 years - take a look

A rendering of Aerion Supersonic's AS2 jet. Aerion Supersonic Aerion has broken ground on a new campus in Melbourne, Florida that will house the production facilities for its AS2 supersonic business jet. The $300 million campus will be known as Aerion Park and span 110.6 acres at Melbourne International Airport on Florida's Space Coast.  Aerion expects to begin building the first AS2 in 2023 once the production and engineering facilities are complete.  Visit Business Insider's homepage...
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Why the Pandemic Will Inspire Every Guest to be a Travel Writer | By Alan Young

People may look at this article and say, "been there, done that," however with the hotel industry breathing a small sigh of relief due to the introduction of a COVID-19 vaccine, it is more important than ever to make sure that you are ready for every guest a.k.a. travel writer.
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European, Middle Eastern & African Stocks - Bloomberg #UAE #Kuwait #Israel #SaudiArabia #Qatar close

European, Middle Eastern & African Stocks - Bloomberg #UAE #Kuwait #Israel #SaudiArabia #Qatar close [Author: [email protected] (Rupert Neil Bumfrey)]
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French data authority fines Google $120 million, Amazon $42 million for violating cookie consent rules

The French data authority, CNIL, has fined Google and Amazon after investigations revealed that the tech giants were placing cookies on their websites, without the consent of consumers. In two orders, the CNIL placed a €100 million ($120 million) penalty on Google LLC and Google Ireland, and a €35 million ($42 million) on Amazon Europe. Websites use cookies primarily to collect information about users and can be used for targeted advertising. Both Google and Amazon were found to be in breach of ...
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Insurance Industry Trends And The Role Of Hospitality Skills | By Eric Debétaz

As with many other sectors, the banking and insurance industries have experienced tremendous changes over the past few years. Consumer demands, behavior and expectations have put pressure on these businesses to adjust, adapt and ensure that they remain relevant and helpful for their target customers.
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Sofitel Legend The Grand Amsterdam begins digital upselling journey

Luxury hotel Sofitel Legend The Grand Amsterdam, a 5-star property steeped in history, has adopted Oaky as their digital upselling platform. Located in the heart of Amsterdam in a monumental canal-side building, the hotel's unparalleled reputation attracts visitors from all corners of the globe. "As part of the hotel tech ensemble that we use at The Grand, Oaky fits in well. The platform is very hotel-oriented, and operates on a foundation of hotelier feedback and in-house hotel experien...
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Zoox Smart Data Enables Hyper-Targeted Local Advertising Capabilities for Hotels

Zoox Smart Data ("Zoox"), an international provider of advanced technological solutions that harness big data to build detailed customer profiles over existing Wi-Fi networks, has today announced the enhancement of its service offerings to include local advertising capabilities based on a guest's physical location and individual interests. Already set to be implemented by Choice Hotels, this new feature will provide hoteliers with an unmatched ability to personalize guest experiences by p...
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