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Hawaiian commission approves Kapolei casino plan, Kilauea volcano creates economic boost with COVID-19 concerns, utility disconnection moratorium extended, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Casino gambling in Las Vegas Photo by Kvnga on Unsplash Proposed Kapolei casino survives narrow vote to move forward. A controversial proposal to develop a casino resort on lands set aside for Native Hawaiians in Kapolei survived a narrow vote Tuesday at the Hawaiian Homes Commission and now heads to Gov. David Ige for his consideration. Star-Advertiser.Hawaiian Homes Commission Forwards Gambling Bill To The Governor. The proposal must still win approval from Gov. David Ige and the Legisl...
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Why Provence’s pompe à l’huile means Christmas to me – plus the recipe

A wonderful bread that used to be made by dumping flour into the olive mill to soak up the oil is a vital part of Christmas in rural south-east FranceWe lived in rural Provence for almost a decade and every Christmas Eve gradually reduced our consumption of imported mince pies, brandy snaps and liqueur-filled chocolates, replacing them with the Provençal tradition of Le Gros Souper. Despite its name, the meal is a display of restraint before the Christmas celebrations begin. It starts with a cle...
Tags: Travel, Food, France, Food And Drink, French food and drink, Provence, Provence Holidays, Europe Holidays, France Holidays, Le Gros Souper


#Dubai Sees Economy Shrinking 6.2% This Year Before 2021 Growth - Bloomberg

Dubai Sees Economy Shrinking 6.2% This Year Before 2021 Growth - Bloomberg The economy of Dubai, the Middle East’s business hub, will likely contract 6.2% this year, according to the emirate’s media office. It’s expected to see 4% growth in 2021.Gross domestic product fell 10.8% in the first half of the year, estimates published on Wednesday showed. The economy is heavily dependent on tourism and retail, sectors especially hard hit by the pandemic.The fallout this year is “within the expected ra...
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#Qatar Sees No Political Obstacles for Resolving Gulf Standoff - Bloomberg

Qatar Sees No Political Obstacles for Resolving Gulf Standoff - Bloomberg Qatar’s foreign minister said talks were ongoing to resolve the rift that has divided the energy-rich Gulf nations, and that there weren’t any obstacles to resolve the crisis at a political level.Talks on a reconciliation had taken place with Saudi Arabia, which represented the other parties to the dispute, Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani said in Moscow, according a statement posted on Qatar’s foreign ministry web...
Tags: Travel, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Iran, Egypt, Moscow, Kuwait, Gulf, Riyadh, Gulf Cooperation Council, Iran Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates Bahrain, Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, UAE Bahrain, Bloomberg Qatar


Carnival Cruise Line Takes Delivery of Mardi Gras

Carnival Cruise Line finally took delivery of its highly anticipated new ship, Mardi Gras during a live virtual signing ceremony at the Meyer Turku Shipyard in Turku, Finland. New Mardi Gras officially joins the Carnival fleet.  When Mardi Gras begins cruising in April 2021, the Read More The post Carnival Cruise Line Takes Delivery of Mardi Gras appeared first on .
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Oil gains 2% after draws in U.S. product inventories | Reuters

Oil gains 2% after draws in U.S. product inventories | Reuters Oil prices rose more than 2% on Wednesday, boosted by draws in U.S. inventories of crude, gasoline and distillates that lifted investors’ hopes for some return in fuel demand.Brent crude futures rose $1.12, or 2.2%, to settle at $51.20 a barrel, while U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures rose $1.1, or 2.3%, to settle at $48.12 a barrel.U.S. crude inventories fell by 562,000 barrels in the week to Dec. 18 to 499.5 million ...
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DREAMY Coquito, Puerto Rican Coconut "Eggnog"!

My Dear Reader, have you heard of Coquito? It's a delicious Puerto Rican cousin of eggnog but made without egg yolks! It's dreamy base of a mixture of coconut milk, evaporated milk, condensed milk, spices and rum. It also takes all of 5 minutes to make and lasts for a month in the fridge (if it doesn't disappear, it's so delicious!). This is a pushy recipe Dear Reader!
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Florence to Open First Museum Dedicated to the Italian Language

The city that gave birth to Dante will soon give birth to the first museum dedicated to the Italian language. Construction on the Museo della Lingua Italiana begins in 2021.
Tags: Travel, Florence, Dante, Tuscany, Italy News, Museums and Exhibits, Italian language, Lingua Italiana, Florence & Tuscany


Die Hard 2

Die Hard 2 is pretty much the perfect movie sequel. Sure, it’s not as good as the original Die Hard, but you can’t blame it for that, and it manages to be entertaining as all hell, while playing around with the premise that made the original so great (stuck in an environment that’s being controlled by villains). It’s a shame that none of the subsequent sequels ever managed the same trick — although I’ve been entertained here and there, I’ve never really thought any of them were great. And ...
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Molton Brown Plays a Leading Role in Sustainability

Molton Brown continues its sustainable journey with exciting new initiatives. Staying true to the pioneering values of its founders, the brand remains deeply mindful of its relationship to the earth. The hotel sector is a key channel where they can bring its innovative commitments to the forefront.
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The new Molton Brown Signature Dispenser: reduces waste with a refined design

As part of its ongoing sustainable journey, Molton Brown is proud to introduce a new game-changing dispenser to support their hotel partners. Available worldwide in early 2021, the Molton Brown Signature Dispenser is the latest addition to the brand's expanding dispensing programme - continuing its purpose to reduce waste.
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What Is GOPPAR and Why Does It Matter?

The hotel industry has long been obsessed with revenue. But if you care about a hotel's operational health, relying on revenue alone only tells one chapter of the whole story.
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12 Best Hiking Socks FOR Comfort on your Hike

The best hiking socks are sure to make your feet feel dry and blister-free on your next hike. You can read the original article here: 12 Best Hiking Socks FOR Comfort on your Hike. Monkeys and Mountains | Adventure Travel - Trekking and Hiking Tours in Europe | Mountain Hiking | Adventure Travel Blog
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The Top Five Hotel KPIs in 2021 | By Saahil Karkera

Throughout this pandemic, hoteliers everywhere had to find ways to successfully navigate times of unpredictable and often decreased demand compared to previous years.
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Mausoleum of Augustus to Reopen in Rome

One of the most important monuments of Ancient Rome, the Mausoleum of Augustus, will reopen to the public in 2021. The post Mausoleum of Augustus to Reopen in Rome appeared first on Italofile.
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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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12 Best Hiking Socks to give you Great Comfort on your Hike

The best hiking socks are sure to make your feet feel dry and blister-free on your next hike. You can read the original article here: 12 Best Hiking Socks to give you Great Comfort on your Hike. Monkeys and Mountains | Adventure Travel - Trekking and Hiking Tours in Europe | Mountain Hiking | Adventure Travel Blog
Tags: Travel, Europe, Hiking Gear, Trekking & Hiking Tips


dailypoint™ expanding: Anjum Hotel Makkah is first Saudi Arabian customer

With the 5-star Hotel Anjum Makkah in the holy city of Mecca dailypoint™ welcomes its first customer in Saudi Arabia. The Anjum offers 1,743 rooms and suites, a unique location and a fantastic view over the pilgrimage city.
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STR: Asia Pacific hotel performance for November 2020

The Asia Pacific hotel industry reported nearly flat performance levels compared with the previous month, according to November 2020 data from STR.
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STR: Europe hotel performance for November 2020

Reflecting the impact of a second lockdown, Europe's hotel industry reported much lower performance levels from the prior month, according to November 2020 data from STR.Euro constant currency, November 2020 (percentage change from November 2019)
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Vaccine ‘no magic bullet’ to restoring traveller confidence

The availability of Covid-19 vaccines is "no magic bullet" and it will take more to restore consumers' confidence to travel, according to a leading health and safety expert.
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STR: Middle East and Africa hotel performance for November 2020

Hotels in the Middle East recorded their highest absolute occupancy level since February, while Africa hotels saw slightly lower occupancy than the previous month, according to November 2020 data from STR.
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Pacific Hospitality Group Acquires Hotel Granduca Austin

California-based Pacific Hospitality Group (PHG) today announced its expansion with the purchase of Hotel Granduca Austin in Austin, Texas. This is PHG's third hotel in the lone star state - with two Marriott-branded hotels in Dallas, Texas. PHG will be taking over operations of the hotel immediately with plans to rebrand the property as part of the Meritage Collection of independent hotels in the summer of 2021. Hotel Granduca Austin will mark the company's sixth independent hotel in its...
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Takeout Take Away

Chinese food is one of the most popular worldwide simply because it boasts such incredible breadth and depth. There are eight primarily styles of cuisine that fall under this umbrella term, each with its own flavor affinities and specialties. Even if you only eat “Chinese food” every day of the week, you would never run out of options. Certainly, you’d never get bored. Cantonese is one of the most common styles found in America, blending a delicate interplay between sweet and sour, with more b...
Tags: Travel, Food, China, Restaurants, America, Chinese, United States, Baking, Dinner, Vegan, Meals, Sichuan, Zhejiang, Tso, Jiangsu, Shandong


The finger of suspicion for SUBVERTING THE SCIENCE points to Bruce Aylward. And Tom Frieden.

Unfortunately, there’s so much to discover about the wheels within wheels. I thought Tedros Ghebreyesus was the main culprit in distorting WHO’s former advice against lockdowns, quarantines and mass testing for flu-like virus. But it is most likely the Canadian Bruce Aylward. . Not just consensus. There was a prohibition even against quarantines for a […]
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The finger of suspicion for SUBVERTING THE SCIENCE points to Bruce Aylward

Unfortunately, there’s so much to discover about the wheels within wheels. I thought Tedros Ghebreyesus was the main culprit in distorting WHO’s former advice against lockdowns, quarantines and mass testing for flu-like virus. But it is most likely the Canadian Bruce Aylward. . Not just consensus. There was a prohibition even against quarantines for a […]
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Artotel Group To Manage Tijili Benoa And Tijili Seminyak Bali

At the end of the year 2020, ARTOTEL Group has successfully added 2 new hotels to its portfolio, TIJILI SEMINYAK, and TIJILI BENOA. These two hotels will both be operated under ARTOTEL Curated brand, as modern boutique hotels that suitable for middle class.
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Statement on Hyatt's Sale of Exhale, Ongoing World of Hyatt Alliance

Hyatt announced today the completion of its sale of Exhale Enterprises LLC, which includes Exhale, an internationally recognized spa and fitness brand in the U.S. and Caribbean, to E-HALO Holdings, LLC in partnership with Integrity Square, LLC, a leading advisory firm and growth equity investor in the Health, Active Lifestyle & Outdoors sector based in New York City.
Tags: Travel, Caribbean, Hyatt, Exhale Ongoing World of Hyatt Alliance, Exhale Enterprises LLC, HALO Holdings LLC, Integrity Square LLC, Health Active Lifestyle Outdoors


Tel Aviv bourse sees investor interest from #UAE, Arab countries | Reuters

Tel Aviv bourse sees investor interest from UAE, Arab countries | Reuters The Tel Aviv Stock Exchange is expected to gain new investors from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and other Arab countries in 2021 in the wake of a normalisation between Israel and the UAE, the bourse’s chief executive said on Tuesday.“We see an interest for international institutions from the Emirates and from other Arab countries to invest through the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange and get exposure to Israeli high tech,” Itai B...
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#Saudi Firms Replace CEOs at Rapid Pace in Fourth Quarter - Bloomberg

Saudi Firms Replace CEOs at Rapid Pace in Fourth Quarter - Bloomberg Some of Saudi Arabia’s listed companies are seeing key leadership roles reshuffled at a rapid pace, with about 10 CEOs replaced this quarter alone.Rania Nashar, the first woman to lead a banking group in the kingdom, resigned from Samba Financial Group on Tuesday and will become a senior adviser at the country’s $360 billion wealth fund. Saudi Telecom, the Middle East’s biggest phone operator, last month said its CEO would leav...
Tags: Travel, Saudi Arabia, Middle East, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, Saudi Telecom, Samba Financial Group, Rapid Pace, Rania Nashar, Fourth Quarter Bloomberg, Fourth Quarter Bloomberg Some of Saudi Arabia



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