OTA Insight expands partnership with Leading Hotels of the World

London, Denver & Singapore, April 22nd, 2021 – OTA Insight, the cloud-based data intelligence platform for the hospitality industry, today announced its partnership as the preferred business intelligence provider to Leading Hotels of the World (LHW).
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Dolan Uyghur Restaurant, Campsie

Dolan Uyghur in Campsie features the delightful cuisine of the Uyghur people. There are aromatic and rich flavours with lamb stews on a bed of soft, puffy naan bread, thick and toothsome noodles underneath a bed of spicy chicken and long hand pulled noodles!
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Oil slips on COVID-19, data woes; stocks rebound | Reuters

Oil slips on COVID-19, data woes; stocks rebound | ReutersWorld stocks rose on Wednesday as Wall Street and Europe bounced back from large drops, while oil prices continued to be weighed down by rising COVID-19 cases in Asia.Concern that record coronavirus infections in India, likely restrictions in Japan and rising cases in Latin America will be a hurdle for the global economic recovery has weighed on investor sentiment, though the S&P 500 closed just 12 points below its record close.On Wall St...
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Photos of the weirdest and most unique McDonald's restaurants in the world

This McDonald's restaurant in Taupo, New Zealand, is located inside a decommissioned plane. EQRoy/Shutterstock Some McDonald's restaurants are found in downright strange locations. One McDonald's restaurant in Taupo, New Zealand, is located inside a decommissioned plane. A glass-walled McDonald's restaurant has received an award for its impressive architecture. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. The McDonald's location in Downey, California, is the ...
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Hawaii travel news: Pearl Harbor ticket distribution changes, Hawaiian Air Sweepstakes & more

Pearl Harbor – We just recently learned that the traditional first-come, first-served ticket distribution program has been discontinued at Pearl Harbor National Memorial. To visit the USS Arizona Memorial, you must reserve your ticket/time at There is a fee of $1 per ticket to participate in the USS Arizona Memorial program. Their ticket distribution system has changed numerous times over the years and it is a bit confusing. On top of that, their own website appears to sho...
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UCF’s Hospitality School Ranks Among World’s Top 5 — Again

Orlando, FL (April 21, 2021) — For the fifth consecutive year, UCF's Rosen College of Hospitality Management is ranked among the top five best hospitality and hotel management schools in the world, by CEOWorld magazine. The college, which is less than 20 years old, ranked fifth in the world for 2021, among colleges and universities that have been in existence for more than 50 years, such as Switzerland's Ecole hoteliere de Lausanne and the School of Hotel Administration at Cornell Univers...
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There Is No Excuse To Not Respond To A Customer | By Shep Hyken

Let me put it to you in the simplest terms possible. When your customer calls, emails or texts you, you must respond. That is unless you don't care if they ever do business with you again.
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Hoteliers Cope with Dramatic Changes in Labor As Demand Shifts

The COVID-19 pandemic was a shock to the system that led to a number of layoffs across the hotel industry. But as demand starts to return and occupancy increases, hoteliers are finding ways to bring back staff.
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Hilton Releases 2020 ESG Report, Reinforcing Commitment To Positive Global Impact

Hilton (NYSE: HLT) has released its 2020 Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Report, which highlights the company's continued commitment to redefining sustainable travel and driving positive impact on people and the planet. Through Hilton's Travel with Purpose program, the company continues to take important steps to integrate positive social impact and environmental stewardship throughout its operations, communities and supply chain.
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FAB's Q1 net profit rises 3% on lower impairment charges | The National

FAB's Q1 net profit rises 3% on lower impairment charges | The NationalFirst Abu Dhabi Bank, the UAE's largest lender by assets, reported a 3 per cent rise in net profit on the back of lower impairment charges and a broader economic recovery.Net profit for the period ending March 31 rose to Dh2.5 billion ($680.6 million), the lender said in a statement to Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange, where its shares trade.Total operating income was 4 per cent lower year-on-year at Dh4.4bn, as net interest inc...
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#Dubai's DMCC to get GCC's biggest gold, precious metals refinery in 2022 | Markets – Gulf News

Dubai's DMCC to get GCC's biggest gold, precious metals refinery in 2022 | Markets – Gulf NewsThe blockchain movement is picking up speed in the UAE – and now it’s in precious metals refining too.The DMCC free zone has entered a deal with real estate fund to build a 100,000 square feet precious metals refinery and storage facility – the largest of its kind in the GCC. It will be the first such to “completely enabled” by blockchain. As part of the agreement, REIT Development, which is the real es...
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3IQ's $1.5 Billion Bitcoin Fund Set for Nasdaq #Dubai Listing - Bloomberg video

3IQ's $1.5 Billion Bitcoin Fund Set for Nasdaq Dubai Listing - Bloomberg It was the first Bitcoin fund in the world to be listed on a major exchange, in Toronto last year. Now 3IQ, which is valued at $1.5 Billion dollars, plans to list in the Middle East on Nasdaq Dubai in May. Chairman & founder Fred Pye is hoping to quench investors' thirst for Bitcoins. He spoke with Bloomberg's Manus Cranny. (Source: Bloomberg) [Author: [email protected] (Rupert Neil Bumfrey)]
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#SaudiArabia to Speed Privatizations to Ease Budget Deficit - Bloomberg

Saudi Arabia to Speed Privatizations to Ease Budget Deficit - BloombergSaudi Arabia is hoping to speed up privatizations to narrow a budget deficit that ballooned last year due to the pandemic and a slump in oil revenue.The kingdom aims to strike around 15 billion riyals ($4 billion) worth of infrastructure deals with private investors this year, the head of the National Center for Privatization, Rayyan Nagadi, said in an interview. That would be the most since the body was established to accele...
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Mideast Stocks: Oil price fall hurts major Gulf markets | ZAWYA MENA Edition

Mideast Stocks: Oil price fall hurts major Gulf markets | ZAWYA MENA EditionMajor stock markets in the Gulf ended lower on Wednesday, as oil prices were weighed down by concerns that surging COVID-19 cases in India would pressure fuel demand in the world's third-biggest oil importer.India on Wednesday reported another record increase in the daily death toll from COVID-19. Brent crude futures for June declined $1.15, or 1.7%, to $65.42 a barrel at 0100 GMT.The movement in oil prices is a key cata...
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Hiking for Beginners: What You Need to Know To Start Hiking

This hiking for beginners guide gives you an overview of how to start hiking. You'll learn how to find hiking trails, stay safe and more.   You can read the original article here: Hiking for Beginners: What You Need to Know To Start Hiking. Monkeys and Mountains | Adventure Travel - Trekking and Hiking Tours in Europe | Mountain Hiking | Adventure Travel Blog
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Gateaux De Voyage: Travel Cakes Unpacked | By Beatrice Venturini

What the French elegantly refer to as a "gateau de voyage", the Brits might just call a nice slice of "teacake" or the Italians a "torta". Admittedly, the French version sounds more refined and exciting, probably due to the cake's regal history. In 17th century France, the Marquise de Sévigné would travel several times a year between Brittany and the Palace of Versailles; she asked her pastry chef to prepare cakes that could be stored over time and be easy to eat during the week-long jour...
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Travel + Leisure Announces The 2021 It List Of Best New Hotels

Meredith Corporation's (NYSE: MDP) Travel + Leisure announces its annual It List of the best new hotels of the year, spotlighting the 73 most remarkable new and newly redone properties around the globe. Selected by the editors of Travel + Leisure, the hotels on this 16th annual list provide experiences that are sure to inspire wanderlust, offering travelers more reasons to make plans to get up and go. The 2021 It List is featured in the May issue of Travel + Leisure, on newsstands now, an...
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Build A Great Team By Breaking A Mirror? | By Stacy Moore

Think that breaking a mirror is bad luck? If you want to build a really strong team in your foodservice operation, you may find that this is exactly what will bring you that tiny bit of luck that will make all the difference.
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Japan’s Recovery From COVID-19 And What Lies Beyond

In January 2021, the Nikkei-225 Stock Average reached a peak not seen in 30 years, despite the third wave of COVID-19 cases. However, the real economy remains sluggish. As such, JLL Japan Research released the monthly Recovery Index – a comprehensive indicator to visualise how the socio-economic situation, which was hit hard during the pandemic, is recovering. The index shows that the momentum of the recovery are largely depending upon government measures.
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Kuwait's Equate Petrochemical tightens guidance for dollar bonds - document | Reuters

Kuwait's Equate Petrochemical tightens guidance for dollar bonds - document | ReutersKuwait's Equate Petrochemical Company has tightened price guidance for seven-year U.S. dollar-denominated bonds to 150-155 basis points (bps) over U.S. Treasuries, a document showed on Wednesday.Guidance was tightened from initial price thoughts of around 170 bps over Treasuries after Equate received over $2.3 billion in orders for the bonds that are expected to launch later on Wednesday, the document from one o...
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#Saudi Tadawul Group narrows banks for IPO process -sources | Reuters

Saudi Tadawul Group narrows banks for IPO process -sources | ReutersSaudi Tadawul Group has short-listed three local and three foreign banks for potential advisory roles in the financial market company’s upcoming initial public offering (IPO), three sources said.Citigroup, JPMorgan and Morgan Stanley were chosen, along with the securities unit of Saudi National Bank, Saudi Fransi Capital and HSBC Saudi Arabia, the sources said.Tadawul, the kingdom’s bourse operator, is expected to chose one loca...
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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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Oil Drops on Resurgent Virus, Reported Build in U.S. Stockpiles - Bloomberg

Oil Drops on Resurgent Virus, Reported Build in U.S. Stockpiles - Bloomberg WTI for June delivery declined 2.1% to $61.33 a barrel at 8:53 a.m. in New York Brent for June settlement was down 1.9%, trading at $65.33 a barrel Oil fell amid concern that a resurgent virus will hurt demand in some economies, while industry data showed a slight build in U.S. inventories.West Texas Intermediate retreated 2.1%, extending Tuesday’s decline. The renewed spread of Covid-19 in countries such as Indi...
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#Saudi, South Korea Lead, Latin America Lags in EM Recovery: Map - Bloomberg

Saudi, South Korea Lead, Latin America Lags in EM Recovery: Map - Bloomberg A renewed outbreak of the virus is underway, but not all emerging-market and frontier economies are hit equally hard. Bloomberg Economics’ ranking of 75 economies -- based on confirmed Covid-19 deaths, vaccination rates, mobility levels and the policy space available to cushion the economic damage -- shows those in the Gulf Cooperation Council and East Asia performing better than the rest of the Middle East, Centr...
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How To Keep Hotel Labor Costs Down When Business Ramps Up | By Rayna Katz

Some changes made to cope with the pandemic likely will be industry norms, while the crisis also spotlighted the need for new practices to be put in place.
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#AbuDhabi Said to Weigh Sale of $4 Billion Stake in Utility Taqa - Bloomberg

Abu Dhabi Said to Weigh Sale of $4 Billion Stake in Utility Taqa - BloombergAbu Dhabi is weighing the sale of a stake in its biggest state-owned utility, as the oil-rich emirate continues to bring in international investors to some of its marquee assets, people familiar with the matter said.The government is working with an adviser as it considers selling about 10% of Abu Dhabi National Energy Co., according to the people, who asked not to be identified because the information is private. The st...
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Emirates may need to raise cash if air travel does not pick up | Reuters

Emirates may need to raise cash if air travel does not pick up | ReutersEmirates may need to raise more cash this year, possibly through another equity injection from the Dubai government, if demand for air travel does not pick up soon, its president said on Wednesday.The state carrier had hoped the global vaccine rollout would renew confidence in air travel but demand remains at very low levels, leaving many airlines to ground planes or fly them near-empty.“We are good for another six, seven or...
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#SaudiArabia's Al Rajhi Bank reports 40% increase in Q1 | ZAWYA MENA Edition

Saudi Arabia's Al Rajhi Bank reports 40% increase in Q1 | ZAWYA MENA Edition Al Rajhi Bank, Saudi Arabia's second-largest lender by assets, reported a 40.1 % rise in net profit, boosted by an increase in financing and investment income.Saudi Arabia's biggest Islamic lender said net profit in the three months ended March 31 to 3.34 billion riyals ($890.60 million). It made net profit of 2.38 billion riyals in the same period year earlier.Al Rajhi, which has traditionally focused on consumer banki...
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#Dubai Investments buys 21.5% stake in NGI from Emirates NBD, becomes biggest shareholder | ZAWYA MENA Edition

UAE real estate firm Dubai Investments has taken over the controlling stake in National General Insurance (NGI) from Dubai’s biggest lender Emirates NBD. In a “direct deal” executed before 9 am at the Dubai Financial Market (DFM) on Wednesday, the company bought more than 32.3 million NGI shares from Emirates NBD. The sale represents 21.53 percent of the issued shares of NGI. With the deal, Dubai Investments has increased its aggregate ownership in the insurance firm to 29.9 percent, making it t...
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S Hotels & Resorts Books THB 182 Million From Divestment Of UK Hotels, In Line With Portfolio Enhancement Strategy

S Hotels and Resorts Public Company Limited (SET: SHR), the flagship hospitality arm of Singha Estate PCL (SET: S), has disclosed its intention to divest a selection of its underperforming hotel assets in the United Kingdom, as part of its strategy to optimise its UK portfolio and maximise returns.The company announced today that it intends to enter into a sale agreement for the 73-key Mercure Newbury Elcot Park. S Hotels & Resorts in the amount of GBP 4.25 million (equivalent to THB 182 ...
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