Biden will be the first president to use the new Air Force One - here's what we know about the $5.3 billion aircraft

Air Force One. w_p_o/ The current Air Force One aircraft are scheduled to be upgraded with the replacements to soon be delivered to Andrews Air Force Base for use by the president and his staff.  The Boeing 747-8i aircraft will be replacing the aging models first used by President George H.W. Bush in the early 1990s. Despite cost-saving efforts by President Donald Trump, the replacement program is still estimated to cost $5.3 billion. The most recognizable plane in the worl...
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STR: 2020 officially the worst year on record for U.S. hotels

The U.S. hotel industry reported all-time lows in occupancy and revenue per available room (RevPAR), according to year-end 2020 data from STR. In addition to historically low absolute levels in the aforementioned metrics, average daily rate (ADR) came in lower than any year since 2011. Year-over-year declines were the worst on record across the three key performance metrics.
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Hawaii drops case against U.S. Surgeon General, vaccine shortage limits inoculations, budget woes plague Legislature, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams in Honolulu file photo Honolulu Prosecutor Drops Surgeon General’s COVID Violation Charge. Newly elected Honolulu Prosecuting Attorney Steve Alm is moving to dismiss the criminal cases against U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams and his aide after Honolulu police cited the men for allegedly violating pandemic rules in August. Civil Beat.New prosecutor wants surgeon general’s case dismissed. Honolulu’s new prosecutor, Steve Alm, submitted a motion Tuesday se...
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Is covid man-made or created in lab?

I discussed this issue here: But the matter is not resolved. Here’s an alternative view:  
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Cvent Expands its Exclusive For Dummies® Series with Virtual Event Strategy For Dummies®

Cvent today announced the availability of its latest For Dummies® guide, Virtual Event Strategy For Dummies. The new guide outlines how organizations can successfully develop effective virtual event strategies, design and execute engaging virtual experiences, and maximize virtual event ROI.
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Covid vaccine watch

In addition to my recent book and ICC complaint, I’ve written a number of posts on the covid vaccine issue. My next TOI blog post: The covid vaccine is good but the people must decide Why does this alleged “vaccine” not stop transmission of the virus? Two strongly negative views about the covid “vaccines” (one […]
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Watch the Tide Coming in

Thank you again and again for your prayers for my brother Marty. It has been one year, a very long difficult year for him. my brother says thank you  that he feels prayers upon him. Let it be a new tide coming in.                       [Author: French la Vie]
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MsChief, Crows Nest

Healthy cafe food? Sure! If you are looking for somewhere dog friendly with healthy food options on the North Shore head to MsChief in Crows Nest. There's a menu with a mix of healthy and regular cafe food plus a range of house-baked treats with 40% less sugar than their regular counterparts.
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DemoDay Reveals the Future of Revenue Management: Data-Based Forecasting, Using Lybra’s Assistant RMS

Lybra's DemoDay will unveil the future of revenue management: using data-based forecasting, via Lybra's Assistant RMS, to determine the right room rate, at the right time, increasing your property's bookings and revenue, to help your property reach financial recovery, today and post-COVID, more quickly.
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Small Improvements In Customer Service Create Big Wins | By Shep Hyken

Little successes added together make for large success down the road. Small successes add up. To put it in baseball terms, you don't need to hit a home run every time it's your turn at bat. So, here's the question to consider: What small change will enhance the experience for the customer, even if it is just by 1%?
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Less Traveled States End 2020 Not Far Off From Normal Seasonal Lows

Year-end U.S. data shows that less traveled markets have generally made more progress in regaining hotel demand. In fact, a majority of states ended 2020 with room demand levels approaching normal, seasonal lows.
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STR: U.S. hotel performance for December 2020

The U.S. hotel industry showed performance levels closer to earlier months of the pandemic, according to December 2020 data from STR.
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Travel Industry Welcomes President Biden, Vice President Harris

U.S. Travel Association President and CEO Roger Dow issued the following statement on the inauguration of Joseph R. Biden Jr. as the 46th president of the United States:
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AHLA Statement On Inauguration Of President Biden And Vice President Harris

The following is a statement from Chip Rogers, president and CEO of the American Hotel & Lodging Association, on the Inauguration of President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris.
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Oil rises on U.S. stimulus hopes, tighter market under Biden | Reuters

Oil rises on U.S. stimulus hopes, tighter market under Biden | Reuters Oil edged higher on Wednesday on expectations that U.S. President Joe Biden’s administration will deliver hefty pandemic-related economic stimulus that will lift fuel demand and enact policies that will tighten crude supply.Biden, who was inaugurated on Wednesday, immediately was set to take measures to curb the U.S. oil industry, including a plant to re-enter the Paris climate accord, cancelling a permit for the Keystone XL ...
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Biden flew to DC on a luxurious Boeing 737 private jet with its own master bedroom and shower - see inside

Joe Biden flying to Washington, DC ahead of his inauguration. JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty President Joe Biden flew to Washington, DC on a Boeing 737 private jet instead of an Air Force plane. The airliner-turned-private-jet is favored among the wealthy jet set for its range and spacious cabin. Amtrak was the president's first choice of transport but security concerns scrubbed the plan. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. President Joe Biden arrived in Washington, DC ahead of his i...
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Webinar: Mastering Digital Guest Communication in the Hotel Room

Modern guests expect modern forms of communication. By introducing digital guest communication devices in your hotel rooms, you'll be able to enhance the guest experience while also benefitting in many other ways — this free & exclusive webinar on February 23rd, 2021, will tell you exactly how!
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How To Find The Best Places to Hike Near You

My top tips to find the best places to hike near you whether you're looking for an easy hike or a multi-day one. You can read the original article here: How To Find The Best Places to Hike Near You. Monkeys and Mountains | Adventure Travel - Trekking and Hiking Tours in Europe | Mountain Hiking | Adventure Travel Blog
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TIME Hotels partners with Neorcha to offer mobile and contactless services to guests

Leading hospitality solutions provider and SaaS (Software as a Service) company, Neorcha, has partnered with Dubai-based TIME Hotels to launch its new performance-based App in the Middle East.
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Has COVID-19 affected Brits’ and Americans’ love of travel?

A new year brings the reality of a COVID-19 vaccine closer and those dreaming of travel may soon be able to take the trips they plan for in 2021. Given the disruption to the travel industry brought on by the pandemic - leading to reductions in the amount of traveling done last year - what has happened to travel interest among Brits and Americans during that time? Throughout the course of 2020, despite restrictions and lockdowns, more than two in five Brits said they were still interested...
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Toward a post-human industry | By Simone Puorto

Fifteen years ago, the book "The Singularity Is Near: When Humans Transcend Biology" by futurist Ray Kurzweil was published. It addressed topics such as biology, artificial intelligence, nanotechnology and transhumanism.
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How Hotels are Faring in Transformative Times | By Daniel Lesser

We live in extraordinary times. There are only a limited number of periods in America's 245-year history which have been as transformative as 2020 (i.e., 1776, 1865, 1929, 1945, 1968, 2001). The confluence of a global pandemic, mass civil disobedience, and the transfer of power will undoubtedly affect how we live and work in 2021 and beyond.
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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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MIDEAST STOCKS- #Dubai leads most Gulf markets higher; #Saudi eases | Nasdaq

Most stock markets in the Gulf ended higher on Wednesday, with Dubai leading gains boosted by its top lender Emirates NBD, while Saudi bucked the trend to close lower.Dubai's main share index .DFMGI advanced 1.4%, with Emirates NBD ENBD.DU jumping 4.4% and sharia-compliant lender Dubai Islamic Bank DISB.DU up 0.8%.Emirates NBD recorded a more 20% increase in the number and value of fund transfers via its DirectRemit platform in 2020 compared to the previous year.Property stocks also drove gains,...
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Kasada Acquires 1602-Key Sub-Saharan African Hotel Portfolio From AccorInvest

Funds advised by Kasada Capital Management today announced the first transaction made through the debut fund, Kasada Hospitality Fund LP ("Kasada"), acquiring a portfolio of Sub-Saharan African Hotels from AccorInvest.
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Procida: Italian Capital of Culture 2022

The island city of Procida is the Capital of Italian Culture for 2022.
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Paul Schenk - On a Mission to Run Zero Plastic Hotel #PlasticNotSoFantastic

Previously as Hotel Manager of Crowne Plaza, Oman, Paul Schenk has introduced 50+ initiatives to eliminate plastic usage at the hotel. It has been a journey for him building awareness, challenging the status quo and implementing change. Through the initiatives Paul's battles included delivering profits, along with reducing plastic which is the highlight for the episode. It is the start of journey for Paul to truly bring plastic reduction in city-centre branded hotels, and we love his ambi...
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Around the World, Six Senses is Recognized for Conservation and Regeneration

For Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas, sustainable travel is the first step in establishing a collaborative relationship with nature and understanding how operations can fit into the design of the whole system. Regenerative travel takes the idea of sustainability a step further to consider a more reciprocal relationship with future ecosystems and generations.
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ITB Berlin NOW and Statista look back on 2020, a turbulent year in travel

Travel restrictions are affecting Germans' summer vacation plans - Domestic tourism not impacted as severely by the pandemic - Technological innovations, personalised travel services and the current low volume of travel could trigger a resurgence of the travel industry
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Vaccine Rollout Lifts #Dubai Stocks to Top of the Equity Pile - Bloomberg

Vaccine Rollout Lifts Dubai Stocks to Top of the Equity Pile - Bloomberg One of the world’s fastest vaccine rollouts is fueling one of its best stock rallies.As the United Arab Emirates pushes its inoculation program, the Dubai Financial Market General Index has climbed about 12% this year, trimming its 10% slump in 2020. Only two major markets performed better. MSCI Inc.’s gauge of developing-nation stocks has advanced 8%.“Vaccines are a prime reason for this,” said Divye Arora, a money manager...
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