The Hospitality Industry In 2020: What a Wild Ride | By Ryan Hamilton

Oh, what a year it has been. That statement may mean something different to each of us, but surely, we can agree on the general sentiment it provides. If 2020 felt both like a whirlwind and the slowest year on record, I can relate.
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Ige proclamation makes 10-day quarantine official, Kapolei casino plan spurs backlash, Kahele resigns state seat to enter Congress, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Kupuna hula in Hawaii ©2020 All Hawaii News Report: Hula, Other Cultural Programs Can Improve Hawaiian Health. Hula and other culturally based programs should be used to address longstanding health inequities affecting Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders in Hawaii, according to a new report from researchers at the University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine. Civil Beat.UH Report: Hawaiian Culture is Just What the Doctor Ordered. A new report by the University of Hawaiʻi...
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My Brother Marty

  In January my brother Marty discovered he had stage four pancreatic cancer that has metastasized to his liver. Since then has endured the severity of his illness. How does one hold the unbearable weight of such a prognosis? How does one maneuver their days with cancer or with a life-threatening illness waving in front of them?     The gift of suffering can be the song of solemn awareness that comes to our lips, hearts, touch, sight, perspective. Though, understandably it is not a gift we desi...
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#Saudi Wealth Fund Put 2008 Crisis Lesson to Use This Time Around - Bloomberg

Saudi Wealth Fund Put 2008 Crisis Lesson to Use This Time Around - Bloomberg Having lost out on buying stocks on the cheap during the global financial crisis, Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund wasn’t going to make the same mistake twice. So, when the coronavirus pandemic sent markets into a tailspin, it was all geared up.“The crown prince always talked about how we missed an opportunity in 2008 to invest in international markets, so we were ready,” Yasir Al Rumayyan, governor of the nation’s ...
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Sovereign assets of #AbuDhabi, #Kuwait, #Qatar help weather COVID-19, oil shock | ZAWYA MENA Edition

Sovereign assets of Abu Dhabi, Kuwait, Qatar help weather COVID-19, oil shock | ZAWYA MENA Edition The sovereign wealth funds (SWFs) of Abu Dhabi, Kuwait and Qatar have underpinned the resilience of their sovereign ratings despite lower oil prices and the coronavirus shock, Fitch Ratings said.The SWF assets of these countries could even increase in 2020 due to supportive market returns, despite governments using SWFs' foreign assets and other deposits to cover government funding needs in 2020.Th...
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Traditional Japanese snacks down a dark Tokyo alleyway

When you work all day in a dark little alleyway, idyllic visions of the world outside are clearly deemed necessary.
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Waste Not - DIVINE Mango Pit Syrup Using Scraps!

It's mango season and when these summer treats are inexpensive it's hard to not eat one a day. But don't throw away the skins and pit! You can cook them up into the most delicious mango pit syrup! You'll be surprised at how something you would have thrown out becomes something so delicious. It also makes for a wonderful edible Christmas gift!
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There are many areas in Paris all decorated for Paris which brightens your heart in these days of Covid-19. I saw beautiful decorations on rue Royale heading toward Place de la Concorde. Dior is looking good. A sophisticated bear in le Village Royale, a little shopping courtyard. A pretty window looking a bit oriental in design. So lovely. Looking up. Looking down a street. Here we are at Place de la Concorde all dressed up for Christmas. Acr...
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Thayer Ventures Acquisition Corporation Announces Closing of $172.5 Million Initial Public Offering

Thayer Ventures Acquisition Corporation (the "Company" or "TVAC"), a special purpose acquisition company, today announced the closing of its initial public offering of 17,250,000 units, including 2,250,000 units issued to the underwriters upon full exercise of their over-allotment option, at a price of $10.00 per unit. The units began trading on The Nasdaq Capital Market ("Nasdaq") on December 11, 2020 under the ticker symbol "TVACU".
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Oil prices rise, hit 9-month high on U.S. stimulus progress | Reuters

Oil prices rise, hit 9-month high on U.S. stimulus progress | Reuters Oil climbed on Thursday and touched a nine-month high, with traders optimistic about progress toward a U.S. fiscal stimulus deal and record-breaking refining demand in China and India. U.S. lawmakers edged closer to agreement on a $900 billion virus-relief spending package on Wednesday.The U.S. dollar set a 2-1/2 year low against major rivals on Thursday. Since crude is priced in greenbacks, this made oil cheaper for buy...
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Marriott International Announces COVID-19 Testing Availability and Optional Health Protocols for Groups In Expansion of Connect with Confidence Initiative

As part of ongoing steps to help instill confidence and provide exceptional experiences and solutions for meeting professionals and attendees, Marriott International has identified health protocol options, including COVID-19 testing, which meeting professionals may select for group meetings at certain Marriott branded hotels in the United States beginning in January 2021. These optional health protocols build upon initiatives already in place as part of the recent launch of Connect with C...
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Rigour at the core of wellness investment - For wellness to deliver valuable returns in a project, investors must be “pioneering” and rigorous in their approach

For wellness to deliver valuable returns in a project, investors must be "pioneering" and rigorous in their approach, according to the updated Resources for Leisure Assets (RLA) Wellness Real Estate Report.
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STR: US Hotel Results For Week Ending 12 December

U.S. weekly hotel occupancy remained relatively flat from the previous week, according to the latest data from STR through 12 December.
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Meliá Launches Global Superior All-Inclusive Group Experiences Program

Meliá Hotels International (MHI), owner and operator of 390 hotels around the world, has announced the creation of group experiences, which adapt to the personality of each traveler at sub-brands including Gran Meliá, Paradisus by Meliá, ME by Meliá and Meliá Hotels & Resorts.
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STR: Canada Hotel Results For Week Ending 12 December

STR data for 6-12 December 2020 showed Canada's hotel industry with flat occupancy compared with the previous week.
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Cloud5 E911 Services Make it Easy for Hoteliers to Satisfy the Legal Requirements of Ray Baum’s Act and Kari’s Law

Cloud5 Communications today announced E911 service offerings that provide for fast and easy compliance with the rapidly approaching deadlines for the handling of calls from hotels to local emergency services.
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Viking World Cruise Itinerary for 2022-2023 Announced

Viking Cruises announced details for their World Cruise itinerary taking place aboard its newest ship in 2022.  The ninth Viking ocean ship, Viking Neptune, will set out on a 138-day global adventure at the end of 2022.   Cruise the World aboard Viking’s newest ship Viking’s Read More The post Viking World Cruise Itinerary for 2022-2023 Announced appeared first on .
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GBTA Poll: In-Person Business Meetings and Events To Surge In 2021

The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA), the world's largest business travel association, has released the results of its latest COVID-19 Member Poll.
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EHL Group: Training the Hotel Managers of the Future

What makes good service? This is a question that companies across the world in the hospitality sector ask themselves on a regular basis. With new technology becoming available that disrupts businesses and redefines good practices, consumers are consistently re-evaluating what they expect from their service providers. This means that education for hospitality personnel must remain ahead of the curve and unfailing in its excellence. EHL Group, with over 125 years of experience, uses its ind...
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European, Middle Eastern & African Stocks - Bloomberg #UAE #Kuwait #Israel #SaudiArabia close

European, Middle Eastern & African Stocks - Bloomberg #UAE #Kuwait #Israel #SaudiArabia close [Author: [email protected] (Rupert Neil Bumfrey)]
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#Qatar News: BeIN to Pay $500 Million in Renewed Premier League Deal - Bloomberg

Qatar News: BeIN to Pay $500 Million in Renewed Premier League Deal - Bloomberg Qatar’s BeIN Sports has agreed to pay about $500 million for the right to broadcast live Premier League soccer games across the Middle East, according to a person familiar with the matter.BeIN and the Premier League announced a new three-year contract running until 2025 in a joint statement Thursday, without disclosing financial details. It renews an existing agreement and allows BeIN to show matches in 24 markets sp...
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Presenting the Members of Airbnb’s New Host Advisory Board

On October 30, 2020, Airbnb Co-Founder and CEO Brian Chesky announced the creation of the Airbnb Host Advisory Board, to help present ideas, influence Airbnb policies and help shape investments in the host community from the Airbnb Host Endowment, which has been seeded with 9.2 million company shares. Brian Chesky is also putting plans in place to make an additional personal contribution of shares of Airbnb stock worth over $100 million at the time of the contribution to support the Host ...
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The Excitement of Post-COVID Marketing | By Mark Newton

I am reminded every time I go to my almost empty gym that membership is down 70 percent due to the COVID-19 pandemic. I wonder with the exciting news of a vaccine and hope of eventually getting back to "normal," are small businesses like my gym ready to enter an entirely new scenario?
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Travel in 2021 Will Be Better And Worse Than You Think | By Clayton Reid

As we all process the short and long-term effects of COVID in our lives, jobs & leisure pursuits, I have been conflicted with the reality of a very real lethal threat to the world community and the incredibly important role travel plays in the success and lifeblood of small business, service workers and government tax-based human services. Yes, we need to wear masks, socially distance and protect others, but we also need to move our economy forward with travel as a lead economic boon.
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Airline Passenger Experience Improves During Pandemic, but Hotels Struggle to Satisfy Fewer Guests, ACSI Data Show

Before the pandemic, customer satisfaction among the travel industries tracked by the American Customer Satisfaction Index (ACSI®) was mixed.
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Meliá Hotels International Among The Top 5 Hotel Companies In The World In Combatting Climate Change According To The Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP)

Coinciding with the virtual Climate Ambition Summit involving 75 countries in order to assess progress on the COP21 Paris Agreement, the 2020 results for the CDP (Carbon Disclosure Project) have been announced in the "climate change" and "water management" categories.
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UNWTO: Tourism Back To 1990 Levels As Arrivals Fall By More Than 70%

International arrivals fell by 72% over the first ten months of 2020, with restrictions on travel, low consumer confidence and a global struggle to contain the COVID-19 virus, all contributing to the worst year on record in the history of tourism.
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High-End Cooperation – Steigenberger Hotels & Resorts Joins Forces With The Othegraven Winery And Its Owner Günther Jauch

Wines of the very highest quality will soon be available after Steigenberger Hotels & Resorts marked its 90th anniversary by announcing the conclusion of a cooperation agreement with Othegraven Winery. Othegraven is a traditional wine-growing estate on the River Saar, which is owned by Günther Jauch, a leading German TV personality. An exclusive edition of the company's Riesling has been included on the wine menus of Steigenberger Hotel Restaurants in Germany since September. Othegraven's...
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#AbuDhabi’s IHC to List Three of Its Units Starting Next Week - Bloomberg

Abu Dhabi’s IHC to List Three of Its Units Starting Next Week - Bloomberg The fourth biggest company by market capitalization in the United Arab Emirates will list three of its units on the stock exchange in its home market.International Holdings Company PJSC, which has a value of about $20 billion, will list Palms Sports, Zee Stores and Ease Lease on the second market of the Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange next week, according to a statement Thursday.IHC expanded its portfolio rapidly in the past...
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'There is hardly any gas': LNG price rally exacerbates gas crunch in Asia | Reuters

'There is hardly any gas': LNG price rally exacerbates gas crunch in Asia | Reuters Surging spot prices for liquefied natural gas (LNG) are exacerbating a gas supply crunch in key fast-growing emerging markets in Asia just as a cold spell in other parts of the region boosts demand for the fuel.Companies from Pakistan to China have cancelled a flurry of LNG tenders this week, several trade sources said, as lofty prices risk pushing up the input costs of industries, which could make energy more ex...
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