Honolulu bars to stay closed, delays expected in COVID-19 vaccine distribution, rail boss ousted, Aloha Stadium struggling but not planning to close, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Waikiki at night ©2020 All Hawaii News  Federal judge denies request to reopen Oahu bars and nightclubs. A federal judge denied a preliminary injunction today that would have reopened bars and nightclubs on Oahu. The suit seeks $50 million in damages. It claims the civil rights of bar owners have been violated, partly because they are forced to be closed while other establishments serving alcohol have been allowed to remain open during the pandemic. Star-Advertiser.Report from Hawaii Heal...
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My email re: Countering government propaganda re: the covid vaccine

I’ve sent this email out a moment ago. Please share if it makes sense. === I’m no anti-vaxxer – quite the contrary, I’m a great supporter of vaccines. But everything must be risk-based and every person must have full information before they decide to get the covid vaccine. Unfortunately, governments, including the Trump administration are intent on […]
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DREAMY Apricot Custard Tart

This apricot tart is a dream! It is like an apricot version of the classic French fruit tart. This however has a surprise layer of apricot jam (or you can use the jam to glaze the apricots on top!) and sliced apricots for visual appeal! This is a dessert to wow guests.
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Oil settles up, marking seventh straight weekly gain | Reuters

Oil settles up, marking seventh straight weekly gain | Reuters Oil settled up at a nine-month high on Friday, rounding out seven straight weeks of gains as investors focused on the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines and a decline this week in the U.S. dollar.Pfizer has applied for approval in Japan for its vaccine, which is being used in the United Kingdom and the United States. U.S. Vice President Mike Pence said U.S. approval for Moderna’s shot could come later on Friday.Brent crude settled up 76 ce...
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An Unlikely Warrior - Wild Boar in the Hood

--today we have a guest author and illustrator - Tom Vieth Susan wrote a blog about getting lost in the woods. I finally figured out why it is so easy to get lost in our local forest. It has to do with animal tracks and thorn bushes.   The forest is chock-a-bloc full of quadrupeds. There are   two species of deer— small ones with little prong horns and big ones that, oddly, bark with a sound like a dog with a bone stuck in his throat.   The forest is home to foxes, weasels, and ...
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Unicorn travel startup Hopper is facing a pandemic-fueled customer service nightmare

Mobile travel app Hopper has been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic as consumers canceled their trips and airlines dropped their flights. But the complications around getting airline credits and refunds have since turned into a customer service crisis for the airfare prediction and ticket booking startup, which had been valued at $750 million back in 2018 before reaching unicorn status thanks to an undisclosed round it closed amid COVID lockdowns this year. Currently, hundreds of Hopper customer...
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Gorizia & Nova Gorica 2025 Capital of Culture

The Slovenian city of Nova Gorica and Italy’s Gorizia, just across the border from each other, will be the 2025 European Capital of Culture. — ANSA , News in English You may have heard of Gorizia if you’ve seen our map and travel guide to Friuli Venezia Giulia. Back in the Romanesque period the town was a very big deal; it was its very own country then. But history and a world war changed all that. It passed to Austria in 1500 and became a highly regarded cultural center under Austrian ru...
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The Spirit of Hospitality Is Nurtured By Gratitude | By Doug Kennedy

As we count down the final days and prepare to turn the calendar to a new year, so many of us are tempted to think "good riddance to 2020." When I read posts and view memes on social media, it seems that most of us cannot wait to put this year behind us. Indeed, it has been a tough one for all, especially those of us who work in the hospitality and tourism industry. Yet when I sit at my desk writing my last training article of this crazy year, thinking of all the ups and downs I have gone...
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Choice Hotels Makes It Easier Than Ever For Loyalty Members To Achieve Elite Status

Choice Hotels International, Inc. (NYSE: CHH) is making life a little more rewarding on the road next year for members of its award-winning loyalty program, Choice Privileges. Building upon valued program features, elite status qualifications are being reduced so guests can get the most value out of their travel in 2021. These new changes allow guests to receive benefits faster, reflecting the company's ongoing commitment to its loyalty members amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Silversea: Save 20% on Select Cruises

Silversea: Save 20%, Select 2021 Cruises Save 20% on select 2021 Silversea cruises when you book and pay in full by February 28, 2021. For a list of all of the select cruises on this special offer, . To highlight the special savings available with this promotion, let me pull out one of the included itineraries: Silversea: Mediterranean Cruise, Athens to Venice, August 27, 2021 Here is what you need to know about this very popular itinerary: With the early booking bonus, you save 20% off o...
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Accor Travel Report: The Future Of Travel In 2021 And Beyond – From Resilience To Recovery

In an ever-changing environment, how can the hospitality industry transform, adapt and build for the future of travel? A deep understanding of motivations and behaviors is crucial to predicting how consumers and corporations will view lifestyle pursuits and experiences in the years to come.
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Venice’s €6 Billion Flood Barrier Probably Won’t Be Enough

“For all its exquisite engineering, MOSE is essentially a stopgap, a $6 billion duct-tape fix that could work just long enough to induce complacency. The fact that it took so long to design and build means that the technology predated the latest science. … A 2011 UNESCO report concluded that MOSE ‘might be able to avoid flooding for the next few decades, but the sea will eventually rise to a level where even continuous closures will not be able to protect the city from flooding.” – Curbed
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Saunas to sourdough: Unesco updates culture heritage list

Thirty-five entries from around the world added to 2020 list of national traditionsSauna culture in Finland, sourdough making in Malta, Budima dancing in Zambia and a grass mowing competition in Bosnia and Herzegovina have been added to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation’s prestigious list of intangible cultural heritage.The entries were among the 35 from around the world added to the list for 2020, and also included the tradition of playing the hunting horn, a ...
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How to Find a Good Doctor - The Life of a Hotel Doctor | By Mike Oppenheim

This column gives the impression that I'm a skilled, caring physician.
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Sonesta Adds Nine More Hotels and Launches New Brand: Sonesta Select

Sonesta International Hotels Corporation is excited to introduce nine new hotels to its growing portfolio of U.S. destinations and the launch of the company's latest brand, Sonesta Select. Sonesta Select is an upscale, focused-service brand designed to deliver the same authentic award-winning hospitality Sonesta is known for.
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Europe Hotel Transactions Bulletin - Week Ending 18 December 2020

AEVIS acquires Hotel Schweizerhof in Zermatt from Michael Reybier, Casacuberta family acquires Beau-Rivage Geneva from Mayer Family, Portfolio of three hotels in Tenerife acquired by Blantyre Capital, Perial acquires three B&B hotels for €28 million for hotel fund, Extendam sells the Ibis Marne-la-Vallée in Paris, Mazabi acquires Soho Boutique Palacio San Gabriel in Ronda, Spain, CDL sells the Copthorne Hotel Birmingham, Sontowski & Partner forward sells Ibis Styles to Kingstone in Coburg...
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US airlines are allowing passengers to avoid the Boeing 737 Max as it returns to the skies in the coming months - here's how

Boeing 737 Max aircraft of Alaska Airlines, Southwest Airlines, and Gol Linhas Aéreas. LINDSEY WASSON/Reuters Airlines are responding to customer skepticism over the Boeing 737 Max by offering free flight changes and trip cancellations to those seeking to avoid it. The four US airlines that plan to operate the Max in 2021 have all said they'll work with passengers, despite praising the aircraft's efficiency and safety.  At least for the time being, there's very little reason that anybody w...
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Rural Development And Recovery Focus Of Executive Training Programme

Tourism leaders from 18 countries met for the 14th annual UNWTO Asia-Pacific Executive Training Programme. In line with UNWTO's Year of Tourism and Rural Development, the three-day programme focused on sharing knowledge and good practice relating to harnessing the power of the sector to create opportunities for all outside of big cities.
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What are CRE credit and ESG risks?

The first-lien mortgage is the senior-most loan secured by real estate having priority claim against a property. It is first in the chronological order in which all mortgage loans are filed and recorded and payment upon the property's disposition. The senior mortgage has priority over all junior encumbrances and gives its holder priority to foreclosure proceeds in the event of borrower default.
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Governments and Organizations Using City Portal Doubles in Recent Months

In September of this year, we launched our City Portal, a first-of-its-kind solution built exclusively for governments and tourism organizations. In just a few months, we've reached a new milestone: Today, 40 local and national governments and destination marketing organizations (DMOs) access and utilize the Portal.
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Hilton Recognizes 2019 Legacy Award Winners

Hilton (NYSE: HLT) today revealed its 2019 Legacy Award Winners, an annual program recognizing its owners and development partners in the Americas. The Hilton Legacy Awards comprises different categories that focus on the company's brand excellence and development efforts. Nearly 60 owners and developers are being recognized across 15 different categories including the coveted lifetime achievement award.
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Photos show how the first doses of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine got from Michigan into the arms of healthcare workers

Transporting Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine. Michael Clevenger - Pool and MARK LENNIHAN/POOL/AFPGetty The first doses of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine left Michigan on Sunday bound for hospitals across the US. A fleet of trucks and airplanes, accompanied by armed guards, ensured that the vaccine was quickly and safely transported. The first shot was given in New York on Monday, just days after the Food and Drug Administration's emergency authorization on Friday.  Visit Business Insider's homepa...
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Airbnb is offering 2 NYC residents a stay in a private dome on Nasdaq's rooftop above Times Square hosted by Mariah Carey to watch the New Year's ball drop

Airbnb and Nasdaq's room in dome. Airbnb Airbnb and Nasdaq are teaming up to offer a one-night stay on New Year's Eve inside a private dome with views of the Times Square ball drop. The listing, which is hosted by Mariah Carey, has space for two New York City residents that live in the same household. The booking opens on December 21 and will cost $21 for the stay and a list of perks. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Airbnb and Nasdaq are teaming up to offer a one-ni...
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​Seeing Stars: 6 Ways To Prepare Your People For Post-Brexit Travel

31 Dec 2020 marks the end of the Brexit transition period. As we get closer to this date - the theme tune to the game show 'Deal or No Deal' is in the back of our minds - it's natural to be concerned by the dizzying news emerging from negotiations in Brussels. On the plus side, 2020 has pushed us to new depths of resilience and ease at navigating uncertainty. With that in mind, no matter the outcome of negotiations, organizations can prepare their travelers for the changes that will come ...
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Healing Hotels of the World curates new Urban Healing Collection

Healing Hotels of the World announces the launch of Urban Healing Hotels, a new division in their hospitality group. This invitation-only collectionsupports travelers' desire to bring their holistic lifestyle along wherever they go. Aimed at luxury hotels located in an urban setting that have the desire and ability to cater to a health-conscious guest, the program will allow these hotels to differentiate by providing wellbeing experiences and amenities for a growing health-focused cliente...
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ProfitSword Set to Continue Rapid Hospitality Market Growth into 2021

ORLANDO, Fla. - (December 18, 2020) - ProfitSword, hospitality's premier developer of business intelligence and data integration software, is poised to maintain its industry-leading presence as the go-to source for performance measurement and forecasting with the ongoing expansion of its customer base. Recently signing agreements with renowned companies such as Meyer Jabara Hotels, The Irvine Company, Gulf Hospitality Management and Windsor Hospitality, the growing demand for ProfitSword'...
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Hotel Brands Hope Selling Pillows and Robes Will Pick Up the Slack in Travel Recovery

In a year that's seen the lowest occupancy rates since the Great Depression, Marriott has found a way into travelers' bathrooms, beds and closets thanks to branded products such as a plush Ritz-Carlton robe, pillows from the St. Regis, and a Westin white tea diffuser. In 2020, Marriott, the world's largest hospitality brand, has seen...
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Dreaming Of Travel: IHG Hotels & Resorts Reveals Part Two Of Exciting 2021 Hotel Openings

After all the challenges of 2020, the thought of an escape has never been more appealing. Whether looking for a great place to take the family on an adventure, a new venue to work, or a local option for a restful staycation - IHG Hotels & Resorts has notable hotels opening across the world for everyone to enjoy.
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WTTC and World Economic Forum Reinforce Partnership To Promote Sustainable Growth In Travel & Tourism

The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) and the World Economic Forum, today announce a reinforced partnership to promote the importance of the sustainable growth of the global Travel & Tourism sector.
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Aloha Friday Photo: Wonderful Waimea Christmas Tree + Hawaii traveler quarantine reduced to 10 days

Mahalo to the very talented Hawaii (Big) Island photographer Ethan Tweedie for allowing us to share this shot for Aloha Friday Photos. Ethan took this photo at Parker School in “downtown” Waimea. It’s such a cheerful shot. We love the colorful lights arranged to make a rainbow effect. It’s a perfect Christmas tree for the state that’s nicknamed the “rainbow state.” — On different note, we wanted to let you know that effective December 17, 2020, the quarantine period for travelers to Hawaii was ...
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