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French Husband found this at a brocante and rushed over to me exclaiming he found something he knew I would love. I loved that he was so happy. He gets the imperfection perfection concept.                    [Author: French la Vie]
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Legislature mulls lifting tax on unemployment checks, Oahu edges toward Tier 4 reopening, Mauna Kea management group advances, Hirono memoir to be published next month, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Hirono Memoir Heart of FireMazie Hirono Memoir To Be Published In April. It will chronicle her immigrant journey from Japan to Hawaii and all the way to the U.S. Senate. Civil Beat.=====Hawaii unemployment compensation tax exemption bill advances. A proposal to exempt unemployment compensation from state income taxes won a key approval on Thursday with the Senate Ways and Means Committee unanimously approving the measure. Star-Advertiser.Here’s How Tax Increases Are Shaking Out In The Ha...
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Yum Cha At Yellowtail, Terrigal

Yellowtail in Terrigal on the Central Coast offers yum cha from Friday to Sunday at lunchtimes. There's also outdoor seating and within the yum cha menu there's an optional set menu for $49 per person which pretty much gives you every dish except for one type of oyster and sashimi.
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Appeal to my Indian citizen friends – to chip in a bit for INDIA’S ONLY LIBERAL PARTY

FOR MY INDIAN CITIZEN FRIENDS As you know, in January 2001 I gave up the life of privilege in the IAS in order to fight for the liberty of everyday Indians. Since August 2016 I have succeeded – with the help of a team of like-minded Indians – to get India’s first liberal party – […]
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Oil Soars Above $66 With #Saudi Supply Gamble Buoying Crude Bulls - Bloomberg - closing price

Oil rallied to the highest in nearly two years in New York after OPEC+ shocked markets with a decision to keep supply limited as the global economy starts to recover from a pandemic-driven slump.U.S. benchmark crude futures topped $66 a barrel on Friday, while its global counterpart Brent neared the key $70 level. The producer alliance’s supply curbs and the rollout of Covid-19 vaccines have aided a stellar rebound for crude from the depths of the coronavirus-related fallout. OPEC+’s surprise de...
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Oil Soars Above $66 With Saudi Supply Gamble Buoying Crude Bulls - Bloomberg

Oil rallied to the highest in nearly two years in New York after OPEC+ shocked markets with a decision to keep supply limited as the global economy starts to recover from the pandemic-driven slump.U.S. benchmark crude futures topped $66 a barrel on Friday, while its global counterpart Brent edged closer to the key $70-a-barrel level. The producer alliance’s aggressive supply management and the continued rollout of vaccines worldwide has aided a stellar rebound for crude since the depths of the ...
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Travel Tech USA & Canada Virtual Conference Will Teach North American Hoteliers How Travel Tech Can Help Them Reach Recovery Faster

WHAT: Travel Tech - the largest travel technology education event worldwide - is proud to announce the first event of the 2021 season, Travel Tech USA & Canada, which was created to teach North American hoteliers about the significant benefits in investing in operational technology today, to establish a strong foundation for a better financial future, tomorrow.
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'I'll believe it when I see it' - #SaudiArabia doubts oil recovery and keeps taps tight | Reuters

'I'll believe it when I see it' - Saudi Arabia doubts oil recovery and keeps taps tight | Reuters This week’s surprise decision by Saudi Arabia and other top oil producers to broadly stick with output cuts despite rising crude prices was influenced by events in an unexpected place - Italy.About a year after the country’s financial heart became one of the first European cities to enter a lockdown to curb the spread of COVID-19, Milan is again facing restrictions.“Take a look at what is happening...
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Europe Hotel Transactions Bulletin - Week Ending 5 March 2021

The Zetter Group acquired by Orca Holding, Westmont co-invests in German and Dutch Invesco Portfolio, H10 Hotels sells the H10 Ítaca in Barcelona, Stanton House Hotel in Wiltshire, UK sold by Honda to John Mulchandani.
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Horwath HTL Market Report: US Lodging Market Update: Oct 2020

In the October edition of the Lodging Market Overview by Horwath HTL Atlanta, signs of gradual increases in weekly room night demand and weekly room nights available show that the lodging market is on a cautious trajectory to 2019 levels.
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Travel: How to do a ski trip to Mammoth Mountain during the pandemic

In late January, Mammoth Mountain was hit with more than 100 inches of snow just as Gov. Gavin Newsom lifted the latest stay-at-home order. And, while the fresh powder beckoned cooped-up eager skiers and riders, it also was a pivotal lesson in how resort officials would navigate this year’s season amid tight COVID-19 restrictions while still providing a fun place to enjoy the outdoor winter wonderland in the High Sierra. The resort opened on Nov. 13, after the longest off-season in its history. ...
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Baird/STR Hotel Stock Index jumped 22.4% in February

The Baird/STR Hotel Stock Index jumped 22.4% in February to a level of 5,141. Year to date through the first two months of 2021, the stock index was up 12.4%.
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Swiss-Belhotel International Continues Development in Indonesia

Swiss-Belhotel International, currently has a portfolio of 75 operating hotels in Indonesia and continues its success with seven new properties scheduled to be launched by 2023. With the latest additions to the global hospitality chain's portfolio, the Group's footprint will grow to an incredible 82-property presence in the country.
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Accor and Expedia Group join forces to expand UNESCO sustainability pledge into 96 countries

Expedia Group, the global travel platform and Accor, a world leading hospitality group, in conjunction with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), are joining forces to further extend the UNESCO Sustainable Tourism Pledge (hereinafter also "The Pledge"). This strategic tripartite agreement will see 3,358 global Accor hotels join together to promote environmental sustainability and sustainable tourism worldwide.
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The Best Of Both Worlds: Five Things To Consider When Organizing Hybrid Events

Throughout 2020, the world was inundated with Zoom meetings and virtual events to keep businesses operational - in-between getting our fresh loaves of sourdough out of the oven, of course. Being able to meet in person has been tricky with looming threats of continued virus outbreaks and little to no travel opportunities.
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Accor expands its presence in South Korea

South East Asia accounts for 12% of the Accor network worldwide, with nearly 385 hotels and 88,000 rooms. This figure is sure to grow in the future, given that the region boasts 190 hotels in its pipeline. Among them, Mercure Ambassador Jeju, ibis Styles Ambassador Incheon Airport, Mercure Ambassador Pyeongtaek, and Mercure Ambassador Mokpo will open in the next 5 years in South Korea.
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Sunstone Hotel Investors Announces Chief Operating Officer Transition

Sunstone Hotel Investors, Inc. (the "Company" or "Sunstone"), the owner of Long-Term Relevant Real Estate® in the hospitality sector, today announced the retirement of Marc Hoffman, Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer. Mr. Hoffman joined Sunstone in 2006 and has been responsible for Asset Management and Design & Construction. Chris Ostapovicz has been appointed Senior Vice President & Chief Operating Officer. Mr. Ostapovicz will join the Company in March and will report to ...
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How Investors Are Tapping Into Domestic Tourism

Investors are betting on the resilience of holiday parks as people seek out safe, secure staycations once lockdown restrictions lift.
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HVS Market Pulse: Indianapolis, Indiana | By Kristen Gatti

Downtown Indianapolis experienced record visitation in 2019, led by the city's impressive calendar of national conventions and major sporting events. The award-winning Indianapolis Convention Center (ICC), which features 749,000 square feet of exhibit space and twelve connected hotels, hosts several national conventions, expositions, and events every year. Lucas Oil Stadium (LOS), located adjacent to the ICC, is a 67,000-seat, multi-purpose, retractable-roof stadium that is home to the NF...
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Poll: Only 12% of Americans Plan Spring Break Travel

The spring break season is traditionally the first major travel period of the year—but only about one in eight Americans plans a spring break trip this year, according to polling data by Destination Analysts.
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How Women Are Confronting The Gender Gap At Work

Just over a year ago, while steep challenges around gender equality remained, the number of women in the workplace was on the rise.
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The 7 Components Of Designing A Hotel Concept | By Youri Sawerschel

A Hotel Concept is designed around 7 components that cover all aspects of running it successfully: The Story, The People, The Space, The Identity, The Services, The Content, and The Channels. Starting from the central story, components are interconnected and work side by side to build a unique, coherent whole.
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Ukraine holds borscht soup fest with political flavour

Ukraine seeks Unesco status for its beetroot soup - but Russians and Poles call it theirs too.
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Aloha Friday Photo: Maui sunrise at Haleakala

Mahalo to Kimberly Kuman from South Elgin, Illinois for sharing this stunning sunrise photo with us for Aloha Friday Photos. This shot was taken at the summit of Haleakala on Maui. Here’s what Kimberly told us, “It was my first time in Hawaii and seeing sunrise at 10,000 feet after driving up those hairpin turns in the dark is one I won’t ever forget.” Witnessing a sunset from Haleakala is a memorable experience indeed and worth planning into your Maui vacation itinerary. Before you go, be prep...
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Here’s What Goldman to UBS Are Saying About #Saudi-Led Oil Shock - Bloomberg

Here’s What Goldman to UBS Are Saying About Saudi-Led Oil Shock - BloombergThe surprise move by OPEC+ to maintain oil supply restrictions through April, coupled with Saudi Arabia’s decision to extend voluntary curbs, has stunned the global energy market. Prices surged again on Friday, with West Texas Intermediate topping $65 a barrel, and Brent climbing above $68.Here’s what leading analysts make of the bold move.Goldman: Brent Forecast Rises to $80 for Third QuarterGoldman Sachs Group Inc. rais...
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The most beautiful movie hotels: a way to escape during the pandemic | By Lucile Muller

Check-in, passports, suitcases, reception, mini-bar, housekeeping, concierge, ... For many hotel enthusiasts, these words almost give off a scent of exoticism as it's been a long time since they last walked down the corridors of a hotel.
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Marriott International to Provide Associates Financial Award for COVID-19 Vaccination

Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) today announced it has created the Vaccination Care Program, which will provide a financial award to U.S. and Canadian associates at its managed properties who get vaccinated for COVID-19. Employees will receive the equivalent of four hours of pay upon completion of the vaccination.
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European Hotel Investment Market 2020: Surprisingly Optimistic Results | By Kimberly Yoong

Nearly a year into our days of forced telecommuting and videoconferencing, the words 'impact of COVID-19' continue to ring in our ears. The hospitality industry has undoubtedly borne the brunt of this crisis, as many hotels across Europe continue to record single-digit occupancies, with average revenues per room down by nearly 70% in 2020. However, it would be hasty to presume that the long-term prospects of hospitality are all doom and gloom.
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Stress Test Before You Invest: Hotel Supply | By Susan Barry

For better or worse, the decimation of the hospitality industry as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic has piqued the interest of investors. Private equity firms are raising new rounds of funding; SPACs are being created for the purpose of buying up distressed restaurants; and all sorts of new, opportunistic capital is sniffing around.
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Column: OPEC+ keeping output cuts won't surprise the physical crude market | Reuters

Column: OPEC+ keeping output cuts won't surprise the physical crude market | ReutersThe decision by OPEC and its allies to extend crude oil output cuts into April came as something of a surprise to a market expecting some level of increase, but it shouldn’t have.The problem for the prevailing narrative is that it’s focused on what is happening in the paper crude market, the widely followed and traded Brent and West Texas Intermediate futures.They have been signalling increasing tightness in the ...
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