Legislature mulls sunscreen ban, magic mushrooms, recreational marijuana, gambling, bestiality and more, Big Pharma fine could boost state budget, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Rinsing off baby at Kona beach ©2021 All Hawaii News Bill adds new ingredients to state’s sunscreen ban. HB 102, HD 1, which seeks to amend Section 342D-21, Hawaii Revised Statutes, by adding avobenzone and octocrylene to the list of banned ingredients, has been making its way through the state House of Representatives and is scheduled to be heard today by the House Committee on Consumer Protection and Commerce. Star-Advertiser.Hawaii Court’s Massive $834 Million Fine Against Drug Makers...
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Hoteliers: Now is the Time to Take Cues from the Airlines | By Jeff Swanson

Consumer surveys all predict the same thing for the second half of 2021: a huge wave of travel. But in the midst of yet another wave of lockdowns, the post-COVID surge that everyone has been expecting since last summer sometimes feels more like a mirage than a future reality. Yet, it is coming. The European Travel Commission found that 52% of Europeans intend to travel within the next six months—and intra-European travel is currently dominating their plans.
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Kouzina Greco, Parramatta

Kouzina Greco is a Greek restaurant in Parramatta. They serve Greek classics done well like fresh figs and grilled halloumi and prawn saganaki. The star of the show is Kleftiko, a divine 4 hour slow cooked lamb shoulder served with lemon potatoes.
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Back-to-Back Combination Ocean Cruises

Back-to-Back Combination Ocean Cruises Back-to-back combination ocean cruises have become popular as travelers look to post-COVID travel. A back-to-back cruise, otherwise known as a combination cruise, occurs when you book two consecutive cruises, one right after the other. Because travelers lost out on their travel plans for 2020, many are opting for longer adventures into 2021 and 2022. And for many, a back-to-back cruise is just the ticket. Back-to-Back Cruise Options Putting together a b...
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ALICE Launches New eBook for Hoteliers

NEW YORK, New York - ALICE, the hospitality industry's leading operations technology company, has launched a new eBook for hoteliers: Hotel Operations Unleashed: 99 tips, tricks, hacks, and solutions for optimizing with ALICE. More than 2,500 hotels and thousands of hoteliers around the world have chosen ALICE to streamline operations and communication with a single platform.
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Oil jumps $1/bbl as Texas freeze prompts U.S. output drop | Reuters

Oil jumps $1/bbl as Texas freeze prompts U.S. output drop | Reuters Oil prices gained more than $1 a barrel on Wednesday, as frigid Texas temperatures shut production across the largest U.S. crude producing state, with the unusually cold weather expected to hamper output for days or even weeks.Brent crude settled at $64.34 a barrel, gaining 99 cents, or 1.6%, while U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude settled at $61.14 a barrel, rising $1.09, or 1.8%. Both benchmarks were at their highest le...
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HSMAI Foundation’s COVID Relief Fund Opens with Generous $150,000 Donation from the Carolyn Smith Foundation

The Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International (HSMAI) Foundation is opening its COVID Relief Fund for grant applications following a generous donation of $150,000 from the Carolyn Smith Foundation on behalf of STR Founders Carolyn and Randy Smith.
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Louvre Hotels Group chooses Sabre’s hospitality solutions to boost its strategic distribution transformation and support its development

Sabre Corporation (NASDAQ: SABR), a leading software and technology provider powering the global travel industry, today announced a strategic long-term technology partnership with Louvre Hotels Group, Europe's second-largest enterprise hotel group counting almost 1,600 hotels across 54 countries and a subsidiary of Jin Jiang International.
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#Saudi Wealth Fund Made $3.3 Billion Bet on Video-Game Makers - Bloomberg

Saudi Wealth Fund Made $3.3 Billion Bet on Video-Game Makers - Bloomberg Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund is pursuing investments in an industry long favored by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman: video games.The Riyadh-based Public Investment Fund acquired more than $3 billion worth of stock in three U.S. video-game makers during the fourth quarter, according to a regulatory filing. They include Activision Blizzard Inc., Electronic Arts Inc. and Take-Two Interactive Software Inc.The sovereign...
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Global Payments platform Adyen makes DIFC its regional headquarters | Banking – Gulf News

Global Payments platform Adyen makes DIFC its regional headquarters | Banking – Gulf News Dubai International Financial Centre has welcomed global payment technology provider Adyen, a company that has a market capitalisation of €66.4 billion and processed over €303.6 billion worth of transactions in 2020.Dutch firm Adyen announced their expansion into the Middle East in November 2020 and selected the DIFC as the location for their regional headquarters, due to the Centre’s regional reach and com...
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Samba's 2020 net profit up 5.3% on operating income boost | The National

Samba's 2020 net profit up 5.3% on operating income boost | The National Saudi Arabia’s Samba Financial Group, which is in the process of being merged with its larger rival National Commercial Bank, reported a 5.3 per cent increase in its net profit for 2020 despite a rise in operating expenses.Net income for the period ending 31 December rose to 4.2 billion Saudi riyals ($1.1bn), the lender said in a statement on Wednesday to the Tadawul stock exchange, where its shares trade.A 9.6 per rise in ...
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A Spanish startup is offering trips to space in helium balloons as a cheaper alternative to SpaceX

Setting off from Andalucia in the south of the country, the space trip will take six hours. Zero 2 Infinity Spanish startup Zero 2 Infinity will soon be launching operational helium balloon space flights. Tourists will be taken 40 kilometers above Earth, allowing them to enjoy the "overview effect." As well as being lower cost, it's a lower risk operation than more ambitious missions like SpaceX. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. Founded in 2009 by Jose Mariano Lopez-...
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#SaudiArabia Set to Raise Oil Output Amid Recovery in Prices - WSJ

Saudi Arabia Set to Raise Oil Output Amid Recovery in Prices - WSJ Saudi Arabia plans to increase oil output in the coming months, reversing a recent big production cut, say advisers to the kingdom, a sign of growing confidence over an oil-price recovery.The world’s largest oil exporter surprised oil markets last month when it said it would unilaterally slash 1 million barrels a day of crude production in February and March in an effort to raise prices.But the kingdom plans to announce a reversa...
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#Saudi Stocks Climb With Oil to Outperform #Dubai This Year: Chart - Bloomberg

Saudi Stocks Climb With Oil to Outperform Dubai This Year: Chart - Bloomberg Stock markets in neighbors Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have been moving in opposite directions. While the Saudi Tadawul All Share Index has risen for 10 straight days through Wednesday, boosted by rising oil prices, the Dubai DFM General Index has dropped in seven out of 10 sessions, as the pandemic’s impact continues to subdue tourism. [Author: [email protected]com (Rupert Neil Bumfrey)]
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Spain in talks with Gulf sovereign funds on investing in EU recovery projects | Reuters

Spain in talks with Gulf sovereign funds on investing in EU recovery projects | Reuters Spain is in talks with sovereign wealth funds from several Gulf countries on them co-investing in projects financed by European aid in order to leverage the initial investment, Spanish Foreign Minister Arancha Gonzalez Laya said on Wednesday.“They are very interested in projects of decarbonisation, digitalisation and modernisation of our productive structure at a time when Spain is entering this process of tr...
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After A Year of Being Stuck at Home, TripAdvisor Search Data Reveals U.S. Travelers Are Ready for International Escapes and Luxury in 2021

After a year that left much of the world locked down and staring at the same four walls at home, Tripadvisor research, based on global traveler search and survey data across six markets (United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Italy, Japan and Singapore), today reveals a new 2021 travel mindset.
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The ER Strategy 2.0: Small Improvements Add Up | By Shep Hyken

Not long ago I wrote about how small improvements can make a big difference. Even just a 1% improvement can make an impact.
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Transforming Tourism: UNWTO Global Startup Competition Winners Announced

Startups from around the world have been recognized for their unique contributions to sustainable and responsible tourism in the UNWTO SDGs Global Startup Competition.
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The Castell Project, Inc. Issues “Diversity of Hospitality Industry Public Company Boards 2021” Report

Officials of Castell Project, Inc., a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to accelerating the careers of women professionals in the hospitality industry, today released the "Diversity of Hospitality Industry Public Company Boards 2021" report. The statistical document presents data about hospitality industry public company boards and compares statistics to 2020 Women on Boards Gender Diversity Index produced by 2020 WOB (
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OYO Announces The Launch Of Its Partner Prosperity Campaign

Campaign Kicks Off With Updates to Proprietary Smart Pricing Tool, Giving Partners Greater Flexibility and Control OYO will enable successful revenue growth for its 300+ partners in the US through its technology products for small, independent hotels.
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Choice Hotels International Reports 2020 Fourth Quarter And Full Year Results

Choice Hotels International, Inc. (NYSE: CHH), one of the world's largest lodging franchisors, today reported its results for the three months and year ended December 31, 2020.
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How we Increased Mobile Conversion 33% in a Pandemic Year. | By Sergio Serra

2020 is a year that most hotels don't want to remember, with many closing their doors in both the first and second waves of the pandemic. From a different viewpoint, consumer behavior changed dramatically and hotels had to adapt. As mobile bookings increased, so too did the need to improve mobile conversion for hotels.
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#Saudi Oil Minister Urges Producer Caution Before OPEC+ Meeting - Bloomberg

Saudi Oil Minister Urges Producer Caution Before OPEC+ Meeting - Bloomberg Saudi Arabia urged fellow members of the OPEC+ oil alliance to remain cautious as they prepare to consider further output increases.Crude prices have rebounded to a one-year high above $60 a barrel in New York as fuel demand recovers and the 23-nation OPEC+ coalition constricts supply. Still, the ongoing pandemic poses a continuing threat to consumption, and oil-output losses in the U.S. caused by freezing storms are unli...
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Dana Gas seeks around $500 million to fund output expansion - CEO | Reuters

Dana Gas seeks around $500 million to fund output expansion - CEO | Reuters United Arab Emirates energy firm Dana Gas is exploring financing avenues, including green bonds, to raise around $500 million for a plan to more than double its output capacity, its chief executive said.Dana plans to raise its capacity in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI) to 900 million standard cubic feet per day (mmscfd) with two processing trains of 250 mmscfd each.“The total scope that we’re looking at is probably a...
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Mideast Stocks: #Qatar leads most of Gulf lower | ZAWYA MENA Edition

Most Middle Eastern stock markets fell on Wednesday, with Saudi Arabia's benchmark index reversing early gains and snapping a nine-day rally.The index fell 0.2% and Saudi telecom and Banque Saudi Fransi led the losses, down 2.2% and 2.6%, respectively.Saudi Arabia's inflation rose to 5.7% in January from 5.3% the month before, continuing a rise fuelled by a tripling of value-added tax last year, government data showed. The economy of the world's largest oil exporter contracted last year, but dat...
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#UAE Considers Cap on Food Prices as Global Crop Costs Soar - Bloomberg

UAE Considers Cap on Food Prices as Global Crop Costs Soar - Bloomberg The United Arab Emirates is considering price controls on some foods, as soaring crop prices affect countries across the world.The Persian Gulf nation could place price caps on chicken and milk, said Mariam Almheiri, the country’s minister of state for food and water security.Global food prices climbed to the highest level in six years last month, according to a United Nations index. The surge has been driven by crop such as ...
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Digital Marketing and the Voice Channel: A Symbiotic Symphony | By John Smallwood

In today's world, digital marketing efficiency is not only mission-critical, it's a business imperative. While hospitality marketers typically look to improve conversion rates from their digital campaigns on their websites and within the booking engine, there are many opportunities to optimize digital marketing performance within the voice channel.
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Best Tips for Planning a Post-Pandemic Girls’ Getaway Trip

The post-coronavirus world is a very different reality from the one we experienced pre-2020.  After more than a year of lockdowns, travel restrictions, and outright travel bans, the general population is ready to enjoy a relaxing vacation far away from... Read More The post Best Tips for Planning a Post-Pandemic Girls’ Getaway Trip appeared first on Cruise Maven.
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Reassuring Meetings & Events With Park Plaza Hotels

Park Plaza hotels has prepared for the safe return of meetings, events and conference clients with the launch of its dedicated 'Reassuring Meetings & Events' programme: designed to enhance the robust safety measures already in place across its estate.
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