Hurtigruten Foundation Donates to Help Protect the Alaskan Arctic

It’s Earth Week and to commemorate the annual event, Hurtigruten Expeditions is offering special rates on select cruises and will donate a percentage of each Alaska expedition booking to the Alaska Wilderness League.  This week only, Hurtigruten is offering up... Read More The post Hurtigruten Foundation Donates to Help Protect the Alaskan Arctic appeared first on Cruise Maven.
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Legislature reaches budget agreement, Hirono's role-model mother dies at 96, state attorney general fights fake vaccine passports, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Hawaii House Speaker Scott Saiki Hawaii House Speaker Scott Saiki’s High-Profile Agenda Is Raising Questions. Saiki has empowered the House to be a much-needed political player this year. But concerns about his methods and his ultimate goal are growing. Civil Beat.Lawmakers Reach Agreement On A New Two-Year State Budget. House and Senate negotiators say they have used federal funds to cancel out most of Gov. Ige’s budget cuts. Civil Beat.State board members violating law, Office of Hawaii...
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New Expression of Interest System in Ontario

  The long despised first-come first-served system for the Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program (OINP) is no more for five popular provincial nominee programs.   On March 15, 2021 the Ontario Government announced   that they would be moving to an   Expression of Interest (EOI)   based system for several types of provincial nomination applications. Ontario joins several other provinces that have already adopted this system including Alberta, British Columbia, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince...
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I went to the Jardin des Plantes here in Paris to have a look at what is flowering there right now. As I am always saying, it was a beautiful day. I seldom get out on gray days. This sculpture was out front. That’s some alligator! A very tall tree starting to leaf. I think this was a type of magnolia tree but the bloom were a creamy yellow. I was going to get a photo of this gorgeous tree without any people but I decided to leave them in to show how huge the tree was. T...
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Is Competition Always Good?

In a comment to a post, Prabhudesai asked “Is competition always good?” The simple answer is “It depends.” It depends on the circumstances and on whether one gains or loses from competition. Competition Competition is a feature of the biological… Continue reading →
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Oil drops from one-mth highs on demand fears as virus surges in India | Reuters

Oil drops from one-mth highs on demand fears as virus surges in India | ReutersCrude futures settled lower on Tuesday, pulling back from one-month highs, on fears that India, the world's third-biggest oil importer, may impose restrictions as coronavirus infections and deaths surge to record highs.Oil prices have risen steadily this year on anticipation that demand would recover, but while the United States and China are rebounding, numerous other countries are not. read more"Unless major progres...
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BlaBlaCar raises $115 million to build all-in-one travel app

French startup BlaBlaCar has raised a new $115 million funding round (€97 million). While the company is better known for its long distance carpooling marketplace, BlaBlaCar has also added a bus marketplace with the acquisition of Ouibus and an online bus ticketing platform with the acquisition of Busfor. Existing investor VNV Global is leading the round. Two new investors are also participating — Otiva J/F AB and FMZ Ventures. Otiva J/F AB is a fund created by Avito founders Jonas Nordlander an...
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The 5 best camping cookware sets for backpacking and car camping

A great set of camping cookware lets you prepare quality meals while car camping or in the backcountry. The best camp set should have pots, pans, plates, utensils, and storage containers, all built to last. Our top pick, the GSI Bugaboo Camper Cookset, has cooking gear for four plus mugs and is easy to clean. Everyone has a different approach to dinner at camp, but at the end of the day, every camping or backpacking trip requires some kind of kitchen setup.At the very least, you need a camping ...
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#UAE News: Case For Renewables Never Stronger, #AbuDhabi National Oil Chief Says - Bloomberg

UAE News: Case For Renewables Never Stronger, Abu Dhabi National Oil Chief Says - BloombergThe United Arab Emirates, one of the world’s biggest oil producers, said the commercial case for renewable energy has never been stronger.The Middle Eastern country plans to be at the forefront of the transition to greener energy and the fight against climate change even as it boosts oil-production capacity, according to Sultan Al Jaber, head of state firm Abu Dhabi National Oil Co. and the UAE’s climate e...
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U.S. House panel advances bill allowing anti-trust suits against OPEC | Reuters

U.S. House panel advances bill allowing anti-trust suits against OPEC | ReutersA U.S. House panel on Tuesday passed a bill to open the OPEC oil production group and countries working with it to lawsuits for collusion in boosting petroleum prices, but it was uncertain whether the full chamber would consider the legislation.The so-called NOPEC bill, introduced by Representative Steve Chabot, a Republican, passed on a voice vote in the House Judiciary Committee. It would allow the U.S. Justice Depa...
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Mount Burke Hike in Kananaskis Country

I think many of us get into a routine when it comes to going to the mountains. For me that means heading to either Banff National Park, Kananaskis Country south of Highway 40 or the Bragg Creek area. However, I have been on the lookout for a new early season mountain hike and discovered Mount Burke – thanks once again to @mcc617 (Don McCready) on Instagram. He posted a photo on March 19th along the ridge to Mount Burke and I was instantly hooked. Fast forward to an unseasonably warm, windless ...
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The best non-theme park hotels in Orlando and Kissimmee for amazing pools, spas, golf, and cheaper prices

If you buy through our links, we may earn money from affiliate partners. Learn more. Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress With warm weather and iconic theme parks, Orlando is one of the world's most popular tourist spots. Many hotels are Walt Disney World resorts, but there are plenty of choices outside the parks, too. We picked the best hotels in the Orlando and Kissimmee area priced under $200 for your next trip. Table of Contents: Masthead Sticky I've been visiting and editing guide...
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Even #SaudiArabia and #Iran may be thinking peace now | Financial Times

Even Saudi Arabia and Iran may be thinking peace now | Financial Times The measured presence of Joe Biden in the White House, vacated gracelessly by the geopolitical arsonist Donald Trump, may be having a mildly calming effect on the Middle East, the most reliably combustible region in the world and perennial provider of what the US has come to think of as “forever wars”.  A US delegation, headed by Robert Malley, the special envoy for Iran, is trying to resurrect the 2015 nuclear a...
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2021 Chinese New Year Impact

One of the largest global celebrations each year is, undoubtably, Chinese New Year. Although the celebration this year (11-17 February 2021) felt different for the country, there was a noticeable impact around hotel performance.
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Travel Is Heating Up: Two-Thirds Of Americans Planning Summer Vacations

With summer right around the corner, it's not just the weather that's heating up. Tripadvisor's 2021 Summer Travel Index reveals that - with every passing day - travel is making a big comeback. Nearly half of Americans (43%) in a recent Tripadvisor survey believe travel activity will rebound within three months. With Americans no longer settling for staycations and local trips, it appears true vacation getaways are coming back en vogue.
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STR: U.S. Hotel Performance For March 2021

The U.S. hotel industry showed its highest performance levels since the beginning of the pandemic, according to March 2021 data from STR.
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SiteMinder Enables Digital Transformation Of Ona Hotels

Ona Hotels has selected SiteMinder, the world's largest open hotel commerce platform, to support the process of digitally transforming its 25-year business and consolidating its technology as it prepares for future growth. The appointment will see Ona Hotels adopt a more dynamic pricing strategy with SiteMinder and distribute its portfolio of 8000 rooms through SiteMinder's platform.
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How To Launch A Start-Up 2021: 5 Easy Steps For Swiss Entrepreneurs | By Flamur Ademi & Amant Fejzullahu

It's in human nature to become defensive every time that we feel threatened. Evolutionarily, this strategy has had a positive outcome for us because we have survived and prospered. However, in the context of doing business, playing safe and not considering the changes occurring in the ecosystem where you are operating has not always resulted in success, especially nowadays when disruptive innovations transform the world and the way we live.
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Oil Trades Above $63 a Barrel One Year After Plunge Below Zero - Bloomberg

Oil Trades Above $63 a Barrel One Year After Plunge Below Zero - Bloomberg WTI for May delivery, which expires Tuesday, fell 4 cents to $63.34 a barrel at 10:20 a.m. in New York The more active June contract slid 6 cents to $63.37 Brent for June climbed 21 cents at $67.26 a barrel Oil fluctuated above $63 a barrel, exactly one year after U.S. benchmark crude futures plunged below zero, with traders extending its rally on bets for demand to return.West Texas Intermediate chopped around Monday...
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#AbuDhabi's TAQA sells $1.5 billion in bonds | Reuters

Abu Dhabi's TAQA sells $1.5 billion in bonds | ReutersAbu Dhabi National Energy Company (TAQA), owned by Abu Dhabi state-owned holding company ADQ, sold on Tuesday $1.5 billion in dual-tranche bonds comprising a seven-year tranche and 30-year Formosa notes, a document showed.It sold $750 million of each tranche, with the seven-year paper at 80 basis points over U.S. Treasuries and the 30-year notes at 3.4%, the document from one of the banks on the deal showed.Initial guidance was around 110 bas...
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ARTOTEL Group And Far East Hospitality Form Strategic Alliance To Enhance Post-Pandemic Business Expansion

ARTOTEL Group, Indonesia's leading boutique hospitality and lifestyle group, today announced the formation of a strategic alliance with Singapore's leading hospitality provider Far East Hospitality (FEH). Under the terms of the partnership, the two parties will collaborate across operations, cross-branding exposure, and training to strengthen their respective businesses across markets.
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Onyx CenterSource Expands Partnership with Preferred Hotels & Resorts

DALLAS (April 20, 2021) — Onyx CenterSource, a leading global provider of B2B payments and business intelligence to the hospitality industry, today announced that it has joined the Preferred Hotels & Resorts Alliance Partner Program.
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Cycas Hospitality Secures Three Hotels Deals Across Europe In Q1 2021

Cycas Hospitality's European expansion plans continue, following the signing of three hotel management agreements across the UK and Belgium so far this year.
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U.S. Market Recovery Monitor – 10 April 2021

The week of 4-10 April was all about demand. The number of U.S. room nights sold surged to 22 million, which was the most since the start of the pandemic. As a result, occupancy reached 59.7%, also the highest level of the past year. On a total-room-inventory (TRI) basis, which includes temporarily closed hotels because of the pandemic, U.S. occupancy reached 56.6%—yes, that was another pandemic-era high. On average, the industry sold 3.2 million rooms per day during the week. A year ago,...
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The Need For Talented Employees In The Hotel And Tourism Industry | By Rémi Walbaum

With 1 out of 10 jobs currently supported by the Travel and Tourism industry, 9.9% of global employment, it's evident that this is one of the world's largest economic sectors. In fact, according to The Economic Impact of Travel and Tourism research for 2018 conducted by the World Travel and Tourism Council, "it is estimated that nearly 100 million new jobs could be created over the decade ahead".
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Expedia Announces New Direction In Brand Positioning In Anticipation Of Post-Vaccination Travel Demand

Building on its 25 years as one of the world's leading full-service travel companies, today, Expedia Brand announces a new direction as the world prepares for the return of travel demand. Launching a new global positioning grounded in the understanding that who you travel with matters, today marks the beginning of Expedia's journey in becoming the ultimate travel companion, helping travelers every step of the way.
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New entrance fees required at many Hawaii state parks effective April 19, 2021

Iao Valley State Park In the last couple of years, fees to visit Hawaii state parks have gone up considerably. Many that used to be free for everyone to visit now have a fee for both parking and entry. These fees are required for non-residents only as Hawaii state residents are exempt. It was only back in October 2020 when many new or increased parking fees went into effect for Hawaii state parks. (You can read our coverage of those fees here.) Now, effective April 19, 2021, new entrance fees...
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WTTC reveals U.S. Travel & Tourism sector suffered loss of $766 billion in 2020

The annual Economic Impact Report (EIR) from the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) today revealed the U.S. Travel & Tourism sector suffered a significant loss of $766 billion* in 2020.
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How does the Supreme Court’s Google v. Oracle case impact the hotel industry (beyond software)? | By Jim Butler & Jeffrey Goldman

The recent ruling in Google v. Oracle has altered the definition of "fair use" when it comes to functional works such as code. While the use of existing creative works must still be transformative in order to avoid violating copyright laws, it will now be much easier to claim fair use when building on existing functional creations. JMBM's Entertainment Litigation Chair Jeff Goldman explains the case below and discusses its potential impact on the hotel industry.
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ROOMDEX Introduces Hotel Upsell KPIs for a Profitable Recovery

As the old saying goes, "what is not measured cannot be improved." Metrics allow you to identify where you can make the easiest and most impactful improvements. Indeed, the more a business can measure, the more it can improve its efficiency and, in many cases, revenue.
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