Ted Cruz traveled to Jamaica for July 4th last year, defying public health guidelines during the pandemic, report says

Cruz is facing criticism for flying to Cancun as his home state of Texas grapples with severe winter storms. Tom Williams-Pool/Getty Images The Washington Post reported GOP Sen. Ted Cruz traveled to Jamaica for the Fourth of July last year. CDC guidelines at the time recommended Americans avoid nonessential travel. The Post report came as Cruz faces criticism for traveling to Cancun as Texas battles winter storms. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. Sen. Ted Cruz travel...
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2 Italy - The Book

 Want to read the story about our process of moving from the US to Italy? It is now available in a Kindle version for easy reading with added insights. Easy download on Amazon. [Author: Bryan]
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Gabriel 20 Months

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Schatz describes next round of federal bailouts, mainland storms force Hawaii vaccination cancellations, COVID-19 case count unknown due to lab failure, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz PC:Star-Advertiser video grab Sen. Brian Schatz hopes stimulus will prevent layoffs and furloughs, among other benefits. The next round of COVID-19 related federal stimulus could be enough to prevent layoffs and furloughs of Hawaii public workers, keep island businesses afloat and prevent renters and homeowners from losing their homes while extending unemployment benefits, U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser’s Spotlight Hawaii online video progr...
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An old Tokyo men’s shop and an old Tokyo man

Some awnings are definitely more impressive than other awnings.
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French bakers want UNESCO designation for baguettes

The baguette - a mix of wheat flour, water, yeast, salt and a pinch of savoir-faire and as much a symbol of France as the Eiffel Tower - may soon join UNESCO's listing of cultural treasures.
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AMAZING Black Sesame Ice Cream No Churn!

Black Sesame ice cream is one of the most delicious, nutty and aromatic ice cream flavours! Learn how to make the most delicious black sesame ice cream using an easy no churn method. This is intensely flavoured with black sesame and super easy! And there's no need to buy any special ingredients like Kuki (black sesame paste). This is a pushy recipe Dear Reader (and Thermomix users, it's a cinch made in your Thermie)!
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Oil falls after surging past $65 on Texas freeze | Reuters

Oil falls after surging past $65 on Texas freeze | Reuters Oil prices fell on Thursday despite a sharp drop in U.S. crude inventories, as market participants took profits following days of buying spurred by a cold snap in the largest U.S. energy-producing state.Brent crude fell 41 cents, or 0.6%, to settle at $63.93 a barrel. During the session it rose as high as $65.52, its highest since January 2020.U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures fell 62 cents, or 1%, to settle at $60.52 a ba...
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GBTA Poll: Vaccine a Game-Changer for a Return to Travel

The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA), the world's largest business travel association, finds most GBTA members and stakeholders (79%) would be "very comfortable" or "comfortable" traveling for business after receiving the COVID-19 vaccination, and almost half support mandatory testing prior to travel to ensure the safety of customers and clients when meeting face-to-face.
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Panini Girl In Lucca October 2021

It’s heartbreaking to announce, but the May 2021 tour has been rescheduled due to the pandemic. I’m already dreaming of my return to Lucca this autumn. Come along and be prepared for amazing food, new friends, stunning scenery and lots of laughs. I’m available to help you with your travel plans so get in touch! […]
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‘Reality bites’ as Biden tries to loosen ties with #SaudiArabia | Financial Times

‘Reality bites’ as Biden tries to loosen ties with Saudi Arabia | Financial Times The White House told reporters on Tuesday that Joe Biden would deal directly with  King Salman rather  than his son, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (above) © Reuter During the election campaign, Joe Biden pledged to make Saudi Arabia “the pariah that they are”, underscoring his intention to unpick one of Donald Trump’s most transactional foreign policy relationships.  Since taking office,...
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Brent gives up gains after rising above $65 on Texas freeze | Reuters

Brent gives up gains after rising above $65 on Texas freeze | Reuters Oil prices erased early gains on Thursday, with Brent retreating from a 13-month high above $65 a barrel as buying spurred by concerns that a rare cold snap in Texas could disrupt U.S. crude output for days or even weeks petered out. Brent crude was down 18 cents, or 0.3%, at $64.16 a barrel at 1516 GMT, after rising to $65.52 earlier in the session, its highest since Jan. 20, 2020.U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futu...
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STR: U.S. hotel results for week ending 13 February

U.S. hotel occupancy increased more than 4 percentage points from the previous week, according to STR's latest data through 13 February. 7-13 February 2021 (percentage change from comparable week in 2020):
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Superhost Hospitality Expands Management Portfolio

Superhost Hospitality has been awarded the management contract for the Hampton Inn and Suites, Denison, Texas providing additional presence in Texas along with their hotels in Mesquite and Northlake. This new addition to the Superhost Hospitality portfolio takes the company to 16 hotels and $200M in real estate investments.
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Is the Hospitality Industry Finally Putting COVID in the Rear-View Mirror? | By Alan Young

I know that everyone is tired of hearing about COVID-19 and its impact on the hotel and travel industry. I could not agree more. I am exhausted when it comes to the daily barrage of pandemic stories on the news, online, via social, etc. So, let us look to the future!
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'An eyesore': thousands protest against Spanish cathedral's new doors

Planned update to Burgos Cathedral prompts online petition signed by more than 31,000 peoplePlans to mark the 800th anniversary of Burgos’s magnificent gothic cathedral with three enormous new bronze doors have ushered in an unholy row, with Unesco advising against the project and critics attacking the €1.2m portals as an “artistic outrage”.Cathedral authorities in the northern Spanish city say the new doors, designed by the renowned, award-winning artist Antonio López, are a work of contemporar...
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Hawaii travel news: February 18, 2021

* Hawaii and CLEAR are piloting a new program to streamline and verify COVID-19 test results for arriving passengers. Starting today, passengers on select United and Delta flights from Los Angeles (LAX) to Honolulu (HNL) can participate in CLEAR’s Health Pass. For more information, see this KITV4 segment. * Outrigger Resorts has issued an interesting promise for people booking a Waikiki stay with them now through May 1, 2021. Here’s the Outrigger Promise: “We promise that guests who stay at eit...
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As Bitcoin surges, will cryptocurrency become an accepted form of payment in travel?

The wild ride of Bitcoin has dominated headlines in recent weeks. The cryptocurrency's value stands around $50,000 for one Bitcoin this week - compared to about $10,000 a year ago and around $400 five years ago. Bitcoin is just one of thousands of cryptocurrencies in existence - and many of those are also surging - but it has by far the highest value.Since Bitcoin first appeared in 2009 as the original decentralized digital currency, i.e., not controlled by banks or a government, a handfu...
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Cloud5 and SABA Hospitality Bring Humanized Virtual Guest Service to the Americas

Chicago, IL. — February 18, 202 1, Cloud5 Communications and SABA Hospitality today announced that they are bringing personalized guest services to hospitality operations in the Americas. The solution combines completely digitized compendium, self-service food and beverage ordering, and A.I. driven chatbot functionality, with the option of click-to-chat/click-to-call service featuring Cloud5's world-class contact center services.
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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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Most Gulf markets fall; #AbuDhabi gains | Reuters

Most Gulf markets fall; Abu Dhabi gains | Reuters Most Gulf markets ended in the red on Thursday, with the Saudi index pressured by losses in its banking shares.Saudi Arabia’s benchmark index ended the session down 0.7%, but was still up 0.9% on the week.Al Rajhi Bank dropped 0.7%, while the kingdom’s largest lender National Commercial Bank retreated 1.9%.Crude oil exports in Saudi Arabia, the world’s largest oil exporter, rose for a sixth straight month to an eight-month peak in December 2020, ...
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Big Freeze in Texas Is Becoming a Global Oil Market Crisis - Bloomberg

Big Freeze in Texas Is Becoming a Global Oil Market Crisis - Bloomberg What began as a power issue for a handful of U.S. states is rippling into a shock for the world’s oil market.More than 4 million barrels a day of output -- almost 40% of the nation’s crude production -- is now offline, according to traders and executives. One of the world’s biggest oil refining centers has seen output drastically cut back. The waterways that help U.S. oil flow to the rest of the world have been disrupted for ...
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Statistics to Guide Restart of Tourism in the Caribbean

From the need for enhanced political engagement to developing relevant expertise, the World Tourism Organization, jointly with the Caribbean Tourism Organization, have united their Members in the Caribbean to address the key challenges they face in making effective use of statistics to drive the restart of their tourism sectors.
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Furukawa Electric: Not only offering network infrastructure, but also a 6-start service for the hotel sector | By Magno Fugisawa

The Hospitality industry has often been faced with the challenge of reinventing itself. It couldn't be otherwise, after all, it was one of the pioneers in the development of the Customer Experience concept working the entire supply chain that operates behind the scenes in order to delight its demanding customers.
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Marriott's 2020 Q4 RevPAR declined 64.1 percent worldwide - Reports Q4 results

Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) today reported fourth quarter 2020 results, which were materially impacted by the COVID-19 global pandemic and efforts to contain it (COVID-19).
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Hotel Marketing Mistakes Hoteliers Must Avoid In 2021

The events of 2020 have levelled the playing field for hotels across the industry. Implementing a strong hotel marketing strategy is crucial now more than ever. According to a recent study by HubSpot, 70% of businesses are investing in a digital marketing strategy.
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Hotel Equities and Virtua Partners Form 33 Degrees™

Today, Hotel Equities and affiliated global private equity group Virtua Partners officially announced the launch of 33 Degrees, a master brand encompassing a portfolio of companies, including:
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Horwath HTL Market Report: New Zealand: Hotel Market Snapshot

New Zealand's response to the COVID-19 pandemic has been widely praised both locally and internationally.
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Blockchain Technology Shaping The Future Of Commercial Real Estate

In short, blockchain technology enables the user to record information on a digital ledger. It divides and stores the entered information in a compartmentalized array across several computer systems on a Blockchain network. Technically speaking, Blockchain technology utilizes Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT), where the stored information becomes impossible to hack, alter or erase.
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Will the Hospitality and Travel Industry Recover in 2021? | By Linchi Kwok

Spring will soon be here. People are celebrating the Lunar New Year. Do you see a brighter future in 2021?
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