Hawaii officials and party leaders condemn Capitol violence, state DOE warns 1,300 teachers could be cut, vaccination hubs open, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Trump supporters rally at Hawaii Capitol Jan. 6, 2021 PC:Hawaii News NowTrump supporters, detractors gather in Hawaii; most condemn pro-Trump mob in DC. About 200 supporters of President Donald Trump demonstrated at Hawaii’s Capitol building on Wednesday, but they kept their demonstration peaceful and most rejected the acts of mob violence by Trump supporters who swarmed on Congress. Hawaii News Now.Ige Blames President Trump For Violence At US Capitol. Peaceful protesters gathered outsi...
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Arrivals to UK will need to show a negative Covid test before entry

New control will apply in England from next week, with devolved nations expected to follow suitCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageInternational travellers will need to show a negative Covid-19 test before being allowed into the UK, the government has announced, in a significant toughening of border controls to try to stem the spread of new coronavirus variants.The new rules will take effect next week and apply to returning UK nationals as well as foreign citizens. Passen...
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Ancient Tokyo gun squads, train tracks and traffic lights

Tokyo is a city that’s constantly reinventing itself, which is something I’ve been trying to document of late in relation to the capital’s disappearing old bars and businesses. But those kinds of changes are nothing when you start going back further in time. Like way back to the1600s for example, when the area below was home to a 100-man gun squad — which given its current guise, feels more akin to fantasy than historical fact.
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DELICIOUS Chinese Shredded Potatoes

These spicy Sichuan Chinese shredded potatoes or Suchao Tudou Si are a simple treat and so different to other ways of serving potatoes. While they resemble shoestring fries, these potato shreds have a crunch to them as they are very lightly stir fried. They are also very tasty and I hope you'll try these at least once!
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GBTA Canada Strengthens Local Advisory Board

The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA), the world's largest business travel association, has expanded its local presence in Canada with a number of new appointments to the GBTA Canada Advisory Board as we head into 2021.
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This and That

A mix of photos in Paris. I saw this in the St Germain des Pres Church. It’s the tomb of the Kind of Poland which puzzled me until I saw that he had once been the head of the Abby. It was too light to really show the lights on these trees but it’s still a pretty corner. A lovely courtyard. The lights came on on the Saint Sulpice Church. A closeup. I love this fountain with its smooth fall of water.
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Social media users are slamming a Hyatt hotel in Washington, DC, after a video surfaces showing Trump supporters parading around the hotel without masks

Supporters of President Donald Trump take over balconies and inauguration scaffolding at the United States Capitol on Wednesday, January 6, 2021 in Washington, DC. Matt McClain/The Washington Post via Getty Grand Hyatt Washington in Washington, DC, is facing backlash after Bloomberg reporter William Turton tweeted a video showing maskless Trump supporters mingling inside the hotel after the historic Capitol siege.  Hyatt is now facing backlash on social media after the video, posted on Wed...
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How airlines are responding to Wednesday's siege at the US Capitol as they're faced with the prospect of flying rioters home

The US Capitol Building seen from Washington, DC's Ronald Reagan National Airport. Douglas Litchfield/ Airlines are preparing for the worst as protests in Washington, DC turned into riots on Wednesday, and some participants will now be boarding aircraft to fly home.  Some airlines are banning alcohol on their flights departing Washington and moving their flight crews out of downtown hotels. Protesters harassed and heckled Utah Senator Mitt Romney while on a Tuesday flig...
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Oil Edges Higher Alongside Equities With Stimulus Hopes Growing - Bloomberg

Oil Edges Higher Alongside Equities With Stimulus Hopes Growing - Bloomberg Oil gained for a third day as a Democratic sweep in the U.S. stoked optimism around the prospect of more fiscal stimulus under the incoming Joe Biden administration. The slight rise of less than 1% on Thursday left futures in New York at their highest since late February. Prices tracked a move higher in equities as Democrats are poised to take control of the Senate, House and presidency, setting the stage for addit...
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Wyndham Destinations Bought Travel + Leisure for the Brand, Not the Product

On first look, it may seem odd that one of the largest timeshare operators in the country is now the owner of Travel + Leisure, a glossy tome dedicated to luxury travel. But for Wyndham Destinations, which announced the $100 million purchase of the publication--the only monthly travel magazine still printing in the U.S.--this week,...
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Amphora Wine

Why am I suggesting you should consider what we’re going to call wine travel on your vacation? Well, consider wine’s unique place in our industrial world. A beverage like Coca Cola is the same in Peoria as it is in Madagascar. Companies spend millions to ensure this consistency. They don’t cave to local tastes. The profit in their flavored sugar water is through the roof, of course—that’s the point of industrial production. But wine is different. Even the production from a single vineyard can v...
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The world's most powerful passports for 2021

The days of strolling into an airport, flashing a passport, then hopping on a flight to wherever one likes are, for now, a distant memory.
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23 virtual wine tastings hosted by vineyards, experts, and winemakers from around the world

When you buy through our links, we may earn money from our affiliate partners. Learn more. Getty Images As the pandemic continues, many people are still turning to online experiences for socializing.Wineries, winemakers, and wine connoisseurs are bringing the vineyards and tasting rooms straight to homes with virtual wine tastings.Many of the virtual tastings are free to join, and some ship wine right to your door as part of the package.Read more: 21 signature cocktail recipes from hotel...
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OPEC: The Real Price of #SaudiArabia’s Oil Cuts - Bloomberg

OPEC: The Real Price of Saudi Arabia’s Oil Cuts - Bloomberg Saudi Arabia’s $3 billion insurance premium to protect against falling oil prices will end up being a lot smaller than it seems at first sight. That holds even if demand turns out to be stronger than the kingdom seems to fear.This week’s OPEC+ meeting of oil producers broke up in disarray on Monday night, with Russia pressing for output targets to be raised by 500,000 barrels a day in February. Most other members wanted to leave them un...
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Oil Market Gears Up for $9 Billion Index Buying Spree - Bloomberg

Oil Market Gears Up for $9 Billion Index Buying Spree - Bloomberg Tens of billions of dollars worth of commodity investments are about to be switched around in a move that’s set to cause a wave of oil-futures buying.While the move happens every year, crude’s 20% decline in 2020 means that the value of oil index investments has been far below its target for months. As a result, as much as $9 billion of oil contracts could be purchased over the five days of re-balancing that start Friday, accord...
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#Saudi-Backed Lucid in Talks for Electric Car Factory Near Jeddah - Bloomberg

Saudi-Backed Lucid in Talks for Electric Car Factory Near Jeddah - Bloomberg Lucid Air   Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg Lucid Motors Inc. is in talks with Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund to build an electric vehicle factory potentially near the Red Sea city of Jeddah, according to people familiar with the matter.The move would mark a significant expansion for Newark, California-based Lucid. Saudi Arabia is trying to become a Middle Eastern hub for manufacturin...
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#Qatar Banks Agree to $2.2 Billion Deal to Leapfrog Larger Rivals - Bloomberg

Qatar Banks Agree to $2.2 Billion Deal to Leapfrog Larger Rivals - Bloomberg Masraf Al Rayan QSC agreed to buy Al Khalij Commercial Bank PQSC in a share-swap deal that will create Qatar’s second-largest lender in the Middle East’s first takeover of the year.Masraf Al Rayan will pay a 21% premium to Al Khalij’s closing share on Tuesday, and will issue 0.5 securities for every Al Khalij share, the lenders said in a statement on Thursday. The deal is valued at 8.2 billion riyals ($2.2 billion), acc...
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Oil touches fresh 11-month highs, shrugging off unrest in Washington | Reuters

Oil touches fresh 11-month highs, shrugging off unrest in Washington | Reuters Oil prices rose on Thursday, shrugging off surprising political unrest in the United States, as markets remain focused on Saudi Arabia’s pledge to cut oil output by more than expected.Brent crude rose 28 cents to $54.58 a barrel by 11:35 a.m. EST (1635 GMT) after touching $54.90, a fresh high not seen since before the first COVID-19 lockdowns in the West.U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) was up 30 cents to $50.93, af...
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#Qatar News: Fitch Sees Banks Benefiting From #SaudiArabia Fund Inflows - Bloomberg

Qatar News: Fitch Sees Banks Benefiting From Saudi Arabia Fund Inflows - Bloomberg Saudi Arabian clients are expected to start shifting some of their funds back to Qatar after four Arab states agreed to restore ties with the gas-rich nation after a three-year regional split, according to Fitch Ratings.“This will provide Qatari banks with an additional pool of liquidity, which will diversify their funding base, reduce their reliance on price-sensitive government-related entity and corporate depos...
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Major markets log weekly gains; #Qatar leads day's gains | Reuters

Major Gulf shares ended the first trading week of the New Year on a high on Thursday and registered weekly gains as the regional markets benefited from a rise in oil prices.Crude hit its highest since late February after a fall in U.S. stockpiles added further support following Saudi Arabia’s unilateral decision to cut output. [O/R]The week also saw investors cheer the breakthrough in Qatar’s over three-year diplomatic rift with Saudi Arabia and other Gulf countries as Arab leaders gathered for ...
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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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#UAE News: #AbuDhabi’s $232 Billion Mubadala Wants to Take Crack at Top 10 - Bloomberg

UAE News: Abu Dhabi’s $232 Billion Mubadala Wants to Take Crack at Top 10 - Bloomberg Abu Dhabi’s Mubadala Investment Co. is overhauling its structure and deploying capital to double in size to nearly half a trillion dollars in the next decade, a plan that will vault it into the top ranks of the world’s sovereign wealth funds.With stakes in businesses from Reliance Industries Ltd.’s retail unit to private equity firm Silver Lake, Mubadala was among a few sovereign investors that last year seized...
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Travel & Tourism Sector Witnessed 9% Decline in Deal Activity During December 2020

A total of 81 deals were announced in the global travel and tourism sector during December 2020, which is a decrease of 9% over 89 deals announced during the previous month, according to GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company.
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HVS Operator Guide Middle East & Africa | By Maximilian Quack & Irmak Sen

This publication aims to guide owners in understanding the scale, presence and capabilities of operators in the region. Amidst the year of the COVID-19 pandemic, owners, more than ever, need foresight in selecting the right operator to run their hotel properties. While the hospitality industry is going through one of the roughest years of recent history, it is detrimental that strategic decisions that shape the future are done with all aspects of an owner - operator partnership considered...
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Las Vegas Sands Chairman Sheldon G. Adelson to take Medical Leave of Absence

In March of 2019, Las Vegas Sands Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Sheldon G. Adelson announced he was receiving treatment for non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. Mr. Adelson recently resumed his cancer treatment and will be taking a leave of absence as of today from his role as chairman and chief executive officer of both Las Vegas Sands (NYSE: LVS) and Sands China Ltd.
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2021 Top hospitality industry trends

What are the latest trends in the hospitality industry? Well, it goes without saying that the coronavirus outbreak and ensuing safety measures have had a significant impact on hospitality throughout 2020 and will no doubt spill over into 2021 and beyond. Some responses to this extraordinary situation, attempting to entice patrons back into food and beverage outlets and assure holidaygoers that it is indeed safe to enjoy a hotel stay, have accelerated existing hospitality industry trends a...
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Can Hotels Claim Business Interruption Insurance Due to a Pandemic? | By David Eisen

Does a pandemic qualify for business interruption insurance? It's a question hoteliers shouldn't be asking themselves, but rather, their insurance company.
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The 32nd Hunter Hotel Investment Conference Will Take Place in 2021

Back in March, we made the difficult decision to cancel our 2020 conference with the hopes of resuming in March 2021. In our commitment to deliver the most relevant content, meaningful networking, and the opportunity to gather again safely—the 32nd Hunter Hotel Investment Conference will take place May 10-12, 2021 at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis.
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Wyndham Destinations Acquires Travel + Leisure Brand from Meredith Corporation in Strategic Alliance; Wyndham Destinations to Be Renamed Travel + Leisure Co.

Wyndham Destinations (NYSE:WYND) and Meredith Corporation (NYSE:MDP) today announced that Wyndham Destinations has acquired the Travel + Leisure brand and all related assets from Meredith Corporation, combining the travel company's portfolio of resort, membership, and lifestyle travel brands with the world's most trusted travel lifestyle content curator and its travel clubs. This acquisition will accelerate Wyndham Destinations' strategic plan to build on its leading position as the world...
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The Right Lens: When To Choose Live vs Pre-Recorded Virtual Events

There are many factors to take into consideration when deciding to host a live or pre-recorded event but the planning should start with what your overall goals and aims are for you and your attendees.
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