Hawaii governor holds fast on travel testing requirements, surfing contests canceled, only 500,000 COVID vaccinations expected through May, Maui beach closed after naked, mask-less parties, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Hawaii beach fun ©2021 All Hawaii News Ige has no plans to ease testing rules for visitors, despite calls to do so from tourism industry. With Hawaii’s visitor industry slow to rebound, tourism and business leaders are asking the state to modify its pre-travel testing program to make it easier for visitors to come. The response from the governor so far: That’s not going to happen. Hotel industry officials said the recent surge of the virus on the mainland has made it difficult for many tr...
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Pesto Chicken Pasta

This pesto chicken pasta was so delicious and even more delightful than I could have imagined! Al dente rigatoni is paired with freshly made pesto, tender chicken pieces and plenty of sweet peas that get caught in the rigatoni! This is a recipe to feed a hungry family or crowd.
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Rawson Lake, Alberta – A Year-Round Hiking Destination

The Rawson Lake hike in Alberta’s Peter Lougheed Provincial Park is one of a few that you can do year-round, no matter what the weather throws at you. You can knock it off in half a day – whether you hike it in summer or snowshoe it in winter. It’s family-friendly if your kids are regular hikers and are 8 years of age or older. If you want to do a full day of hiking, outside of winter, you can add in the hike-scramble to Sarrail Ridge or the full loop hike around Upper Kananaskis Lake. I hav...
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With eye on U.S. ties, #SaudiArabia leads pack on Gulf detente | Reuters

With eye on U.S. ties, Saudi Arabia leads pack on Gulf detente | Reuters FILE PHOTO: Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman meets Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin  Hamad al-Thani during the Gulf Cooperation Council's (GCC) 41st Summit in Al-Ula, Saudi Arabia January 5, 2021. Bandar Algaloud/Courtesy of Saudi Royal Court/Handout via REUTERS Saudi Arabia will move faster than its allies to reconcile with Qatar, sources familiar with the matter said, aiming to impress the incoming...
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GBTA Launches New Global Committee Focusing on Diversity, Equality and Inclusion

The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA), the world's largest business travel association, announces the launch of a new global committee. The Diversity, Equality and Inclusion Committee, comprised of global members, will strive to bring to light many of the issues facing travelers and coworkers in the workplace, whilst traveling or attending meetings, or handling travel needs.
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Q&A: Chris Nassetta Reflects on a Challenging 2020

The turmoil of 2020 has affected all of us - every person, company and industry - many in profound and even tragic ways. The hospitality sector is no exception and in fact has endured one of the most harrowing challenges in its history. But amid that challenge came an opportunity for resilience, along with important lessons and insights for the future.
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Oil rises to 10-month high after #Saudi output cut, U.S. inventory draw | Reuters

Oil rises to 10-month high after Saudi output cut, U.S. inventory draw | Reuters Oil prices rose to their highest levels since February on Wednesday after Saudi Arabia announced a big voluntary production cut and on a steep fall in U.S. crude inventories.Futures contracts pared gains in thin post-settlement trade after protesters stormed the U.S. Capitol building in an attempt to thwart the certification of Donald Trump’s loss in November’s U.S. presidential election.Brent crude settled up 70 ce...
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Cloud5 Strengthens Leadership with the Addition of Key Executives

Chicago, IL. — January 6, 2021 — Cloud5 Communications, the leading provider of technology and communications solutions for the world's top hotel brands and management companies, today announced the addition of several key executives to further strengthen its leadership team. In the fourth quarter of 2020, Cloud5 secured the talent of Alex Ajdelsztajn, Vice President, Professional Services; Beth McClure, Vice President, Marketing; and Jason Reid, Senior Vice President and GM, Contact Cent...
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BeyondTV and LG Business Solutions partner to Provide Italian Hotel Market With Advanced Content Casting Technology

BeyondTV (BTV), a full-service provider of guestroom entertainment services and solutions for the hospitality industry, has launched a certification program in Italy that will provide the county's LG Business Solutions dealership network with the ability to offer BeyondTV GuestCast™ to hotel customers. As part of BeyondTV's ongoing rapid expansion into hospitality markets around the world, the certification program now available to LG Business solutions will ensure that Italian hoteliers ...
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Vision 2050 – Hotel Recovery From COVID-19 | By Bob Rauch

The next 30 years begins with COVID-19 recovery. What does that look like? We pick up the pieces that were cracked, torn apart and ravished one by one. We will review demand, those elusive customers who are either mandated to stay at home, are afraid to travel or were planning to attend an event that was postponed or cancelled. We'll discuss challenges we see on the horizon and review the economy, what guests are looking for, what hotel recovery may look like and the future.
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ASSA ABLOY Global Solutions Implements Latest in Door Lock Security and Contactless Digital Key Convenience at Hilton Surfer’s Paradise Hotel & Residences

ASSA ABLOY Global Solutions as a leading innovator of security and guest experience-enhancing technology for hotels, has successfully upgraded the room access abilities of Hilton Surfer's Paradise Hotel & Residences with VingCard Signature RFID door locks equipped with Mobile Access. Following a swift and seamless upgrade process, the 178-guestroom property can now ensure the safety of guests using advanced encryption technology while providing them with the convenience of contactless che...
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Rethinking travel in a post-pandemic world

In 2018, social scientist Roger Tyers pledged to stop flying for work and leisure. Soon afterwards, he won a research fellowship that included fieldwork in China. So he decided to take the train from Southampton to Shanghai, a journey of almost two weeks.
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Has COVID-19 Really Brought City Living & Travel to a Grinding Halt? | By Alan Young

When you step out of your apartment onto the street, you're hit with a rush of city noise. Somewhere close by, a car honks at an Uber idling in front of a building waiting for its passenger. Excited voices bounce off the walls of buildings in alleyways and spill onto the nearby sidewalks. A man plays guitar on the corner while passer-by's drop loose change into his open case. The smell of food fills the air, rich and sweet, as you stride past the local bakery, which you duck into to grab ...
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A vaccination mandate for travel? Fauci says it's possible

Addressing a topic on the mind of everyone in the travel industry, Dr. Anthony Fauci told Newsweek that it is "quite possible" that Covid-19 vaccinations could become mandatory in order to travel to other countries.
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2021 American travel boom less likely than previously thought, survey finds

Expectations for 2021 are high. Earnings estimates are ticking upwards, the stock market continues to crest, and people talk of a "Roaring '20s" boom as Americans emerge from their COVID cocoons to spend, go out, and travel.
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Industry Veterans John Murphy And David Parsky Announce Launch Of Investment Firm Triton Hospitality Group

John Murphy, founding president of Evolution Hospitality and David Parsky, founder of Arris Investments, announced today their new venture, Triton Hospitality Group (Triton), a boutique hospitality firm focused on distressed assets and loans resulting from the current downturn. With a combined 50 years of experience in the hotel and investment management industries, the new partners seek to invest in selective ventures, leveraging their diverse skills to maximize value, while collaboratin...
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Sommet Education and UNWTO: Hospitality Challenge Online Events

World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and Sommet Education launch Hospitality Challenge Pitch - a series of online discussions with UNWTO experts and tourism leaders, revealing some of the winners of the "Hospitality Challenge," the solidarity initiative created by the two partners. They will share insights on the state of tourism and hospitality, and the prospective solutions to restart tourism.
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Oil extends gains after surprise #Saudi output cut and U.S. crude draw | Reuters

Oil extends gains after surprise Saudi output cut and U.S. crude draw | Reuters Oil prices extended gains on Wednesday, rising to their highest since late February, after Saudi Arabia announced a big voluntary production cut, and as U.S. crude inventories declined in the latest week.Brent crude was up 88 cents, or 1.7%, to $54.48 a barrel at 11:24 a.m. EST (1524 GMT). Earlier in the session, it hit a high of $54.63 a barrel, a level not seen since Feb. 26, 2020.U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI)...
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American Airlines just ramped up its Boeing 737 Max operations after a week of successful trial flights

An American Airlines Boeing 737 Max. Joe Raedle/Getty Images American Airlines grew its Boeing 737 Max route network on Tuesday to include Washington, DC and Orlando, Florida, as well as New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport. The next few months will see the aircraft quickly expand across the US, Caribbean, and Latin America as American gets the newly-ungrounded fleet back to full strength.  American began flying passengers on the aircraft again on December 29, 2020, between Mia...
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L’année numérique

Depuis 2009, voici l'exercice de recul sur l'année numérique écoulée avec projection sur l'année qui commence. Cette année 2020 a accéléré la transformation digitale avec un de ses aspects, le télétravail. Celui-ci s'est développé avec le confinement subi. Du reste, c'est webinaire qui a été élu mot numérique de l'année. Un retour, une fois la pandémie passée, ne pourra être effectué à l'identique, c'est-à-dire à la situation d'avant Covid et nous aurons une part plus importante du temps ...
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greetings island: the best e-card site you've never heard of

Tl; dr: Greetings Island is the best e-greeting-card site. * * * *I love greeting cards -- birthdays, anniversaries, thank yous, "glad you're my friend". I used to love spending time choosing unusual and relevant cards for family and friends. No Hallmark drivel, and no holidays that are meaningless to me -- but lots and lots of birthdays and thinking-of-yous. I also used to send winter-season cards to a lot of people. My partner and I would carefully choose what card would represent us that year...
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Yogurt Cake Recipe

Yogurt Cake Repost of a Favorite: My niece Juliette was fourteen when she shared the French's most treasured secret cake recipe with me. She told me that she was going to teach me a classic French cake recipe then asked if I had some yogurt. Looking at her oddly I asked if we were making a French classic cake or had I misunderstood. Misunderstanding for me in those days was as common as breathing.   I can still see her opening a pot of yogurt, reassuring me that it was going to be the best cake...
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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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Gulf markets ends lower as Georgia races take centrestage | Reuters

Gulf markets ends lower as Georgia races take centrestage | Reuters Gulf markets fell on Wednesday, tracking global peers, as investors brace for a possible Democrat win in the U.S. Senate run-off election in Georgia that could help President-elect Joe Biden push for greater corporate regulation and higher taxes.The prospects of a victory for Democrats in both races in Georgia, handing them control of the chamber, along with their narrow majority in the House of Representatives jointly could ush...
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#Oman turns stock exchange into closed joint stock company | Reuters

Oman turns stock exchange into closed joint stock company | Reuters Oman’s stock market, the Muscat Securities Market, has been converted into a closed joint stock company and put under the ownership of the state-owned Oman Investment Authority, state media said on Wednesday.It will be called the Muscat Stock Exchange and all assets and employees of the Muscat Securities Market will be transferred to that new entity, Oman news Agency said.Oman established the Oman Investment Authority in June to...
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Negative outlook for GCC sovereigns as recovery could take up to 3 years - Moody's | ZAWYA MENA Edition

Negative outlook for GCC sovereigns as recovery could take up to 3 years - Moody's | ZAWYA MENA Edition It will take two to three years for real, inflation-adjusted GDP in GCC sovereigns to return to pre-pandemic levels, Moody’s Investors Service said in a report Wednesday.Even then recovery will take the longest in the more economically diversified sovereigns, where key sectors such as transportation and tourism will be slow to bounce back, the ratings agency said in its outlook for sovereign c...
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Update January 2021: Carnival Cruise Line Cancellations Into 2021 and 2022

Carnival Cancellation Update January 6, 2021: Carnival Cruise Line has once again reached out to guests and travel agents with another list of cruise cancellations.  This time, canceled cruises include select itineraries for specific departures that extend further into 2021... Read More The post Update January 2021: Carnival Cruise Line Cancellations Into 2021 and 2022 appeared first on Cruise Maven.
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Mondrian South Beach Selects Advantage Reserve to Optimize Reservations Sales, Deliver Visibility into Guest Data

Advantage Reserve, the leading provider of high-quality central reservations services to the hospitality industry, has announced that Mondrian South Beach, a newly renovated, 220-room waterfront property on Miami Beach's Biscayne Bay, has selected its services to enhance the guest experience, increase reservations conversions, and gain deeper insights into guest data.
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Why it’s still the Roaring ‘20s for hotel revenue management | By Klaus Kohlmayr

Remember all the big aspirations we had heading into 2020? I myself made some pretty bold claims about this new decade being the "golden age of revenue management," and you know what? I still think it will be.
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Hotel Henry Urban Resort Conference Center Salutes Maestro PMS Ease of Use, Service and Support

In a post pandemic world, only the most service-oriented businesses will survive. Putting customers first, nurturing empathy, being proactive, prioritizing communications, boosting training, and practicing patience must be the fundamental ingredients of a customer service culture in the new normal. It is those components that Umit Uyghur, director of rooms and regional director of revenue and optimization at the Hotel Henry Urban Resort and Conference Center, said he values from Maestro. ...
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