Busy Doing Nothing

I’ve been a huge fan of Rekka and Devine’s — better known as Hundred Rabbits — adventures sailing around the world over the past few years, following them through their various posts, tweets, and especially videos that they would share as they sailed from Vancouver, down the coast to Mexico, then to New Zealand, before reaching Japan and then back again. But despite all the following I was doing, it’s reading their book Busy Doing Nothing that gave me the best understanding of what they we...
Tags: Travel, Books, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Vancouver, Devine, Devine Lu Linvega, Hundred Rabbits, Rekka, On Something, Busy Doing Nothing, Rekka Bellum

Week 19: The Republic of Montmartre is proclaimed

100 years ago this week: Week 19A town outside of the Paris walls until 1860, Montmartre proclaimed itself to be an independant from the city once again 60 years later, following the initiative of a group of artists. The Republic is in reality an association based around charitable initiatives for children and annual festivities, but is still going strong today.Cross the border below.(Le Petit [Author: Adam]
Tags: Travel, Paris, Republic, Montmartre, Adam, Le Petit

Wallpaper Adventure Number 10000000000000000 (Maybe minus a bunch of zeros)

A rainy day, more or less the entire day, gave me permission to stay indoors and dive into a long-awaited project giving it chance to become. I had two more walls to wallpaper . Those of you who have been reading this blog as long as I have been writing it know I have a thing for patchwork wallpapering. Yes, I had a sturdy ladder! I fell off once, shattered my wrist, and am still paying the price.  Yes, I copied all the old papers I wanted to use. Because twice (Yes, because I am a slow learner....
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Hawaii worries, but gets a grip on coronavirus, Honolulu can't find workers, Maui loosens COVID-19 rules, Big Island construction through the roof, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

  Tourists view Diamond Head from Waikiki ©2021 All Hawaii NewsHawaii tops nation in worrying about COVID-19. Roughly 80% of Hawaii residents worry about COVID-19 daily, giving the state the No. 1 worry rank in a new nationwide report from SafeWise. The survey showed that on average only 62% of Americans worried about the pandemic each day, said Andrea Harvey, SafeWise’s outreach director. Star-Advertiser.Daily case counts remain steady as Hawaii leads way for adult vaccinations. Although...
Tags: Travel, Navy, China, Hawaii, Pacific, Big Island, Hawaii Island, Waikiki, Maui, Department Of Education, South China Sea, Josh Green, State, Honolulu, Hawaii County, U S District Court

Visual Matrix Adds Staff Productivity Tracking and Guest Texting Features to All-in-one PMS Solution

RICHARDSON, TX - May 11, 2021 - Visual Matrix, an industry-leading hotel property management software providing an all-in-one PMS, today announces the integration of hotel housekeeping productivity tracking and guest texting functionalities into its PMS platform. Now in addition to providing unique opportunities to increase hotel revenue and boost profits, Visual Matrix ensures that hoteliers operating with reduced staff can improve efficiency and responsiveness to accommodate the recover...
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Ian Schrager and various boutique hotel icons come together to support the noticeable growth of boutique hotels

Los Angeles - - Global experts have confirmed their participation at the 9th annual Boutique Hotel Investment Conference on June 2-3, 2021, produced by BLLA (Boutique Lifestyle Leaders Association). They are all coming together to shape the year's most sought-after sector of hospitality. From workshops to mentorship circles, to debates, to keynotes, to investment opportunity presentations, and more, there will be a range of content and networking opportunities for all hotel investment pro...
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An old school Tokyo bus stop trio

This time last year I did a short series on suburban bus stops and their sometimes comically eclectic seats. A set of photos that was deliberately devoid of people as the emptiness seemed to somehow suit the surroundings. The old Tokyo bus stop below, on the other hand, has always felt like it needed the right person, or indeed the right people, to really do it justice — something that had never quite happened until I fortuitously happened upon these three fellas last week. A trio who for me at...
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Dassault's largest-ever private jet can fly up to 7,500 nautical miles and has fighter jet tech- meet the $75 million Falcon 10X

Dassault Aviation's new Falcon 10X private jet. © Dassault Aviation - Droits Réservés Dassault Aviation unveiled a new jet to compete with Gulfstream and Bombardier's heavy-hitters. The Falcon 10X features a 7,500 nautical mile range and the widest cabin of any competitor. Its cockpit features fighter jet features, touchscreen systems, and digital fly-by-wire technology. See more stories on Insider's business page. Dassault Aviation is finally catching up to its competito...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, News, Planes, Trends, Features, Flying, Aircraft, Aviation, Private Jets, Falcon, Bombardier, Royce, Paris France, Gulfstream, Le Bourget airport

HFTP Global Establishes Fundraiser for Covid-19 Relief in India

Ready to take part in relief efforts to allay the heightened Covid-19 crisis in India, Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP®) has organized a fundraiser to support organizations providing much-needed medical equipment to India.
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Gou Sushi Omakase, Surry Hills

Sydney is omakase mad with many restaurants offering omakase menus, some specialising in tempura or sushi. By day Gou Sushi in Surry Hills is a regular sushi restaurant but on Friday and Saturday nights they have a sushi omakase and it's one of the best priced omakases available.
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Why are so many masked faces spewing racist invecitves? They're scared

First some context, I live in Northumberland County which is in Eastern Ontario.  It's farming country, orchard land.  If you've been out this way you not doubt have seen The Big Apple complete with it's yellow mask as you drive along the 401.  It is also overwhelmingly white, and we have our share of racists out here.  Maybe the mask on that Apple should be replaced with a white hood?Like everywhere Northumberland County has a lot of frightened people, terrified of catching this Covid bug.  The...
Tags: Travel, Apple, Masks, Eastern Ontario, Northumberland County, Gordie Canuk, COVID, Brampton Mississauga

American travelers set pandemic-era flying record

Americans set a record for pandemic-era air travel, then broke it again over the Mother’s Day holiday weekend. The Transportation Security Administration said that slightly more than 1.7 million people were screened at airport checkpoints on Sunday, the highest number since March 2020, when travel was collapsing because of the coronavirus outbreak. Sunday’s mark was about 4,500 more than the previous record, set just two days earlier. However, those crowds were still far smaller than before the ...
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Trends in China Give Marriott Executives Confidence in Global Recovery

As more people receive one of the available COVID-19 vaccines, demand has been rebounding, Marriott International CEO Tony Capuano said.
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Condé Nast Traveller Announces The 2021 Hot List

Condé Nast Traveller has revealed the 2021 Hot List unveiling its favourite new hotels around the world. This year's list features 69 new addresses across the globe. As we begin to emerge into a new world of travel following a year impacted by lockdowns and air corridors, a tangle of traffic-light systems and testing protocols, these are the most exciting new addresses across the planet to earmark, from Copenhagen to Thailand via Madrid, Namibia, Byron Bay and beyond. Discover the 2021 Ho...
Tags: Travel, Thailand, Copenhagen, Byron Bay, Condé Nast Traveller, Madrid Namibia

Hyatt Announces Return of Hyatt Loves Local with More Than 160 Small Business Collaborations to Help Revitalize Communities

Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE: H) announces today Hyatt hotels across the Americas, Asia Pacific, Europe, Middle East, Africa, and Southwest Asia regions have launched more than 160 Hyatt Loves Local collaborations in a continued effort to help revitalize and advance care to communities and small businesses recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Turkish minister in #SaudiArabia for talks to mend ties, end boycott | Reuters

Turkish minister in Saudi Arabia for talks to mend ties, end boycott | Reuters Turkey’s foreign minister arrived in Saudi Arabia on Monday for talks aimed at overcoming a rift over the 2018 killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul that led to bitter recriminations and a Saudi boycott of Turkish goods.Mevlut Cavusoglu was due to hold talks in the kingdom after years of tensions between the two regional powers, which are also at odds over Turkish support for Qatar in a dispute wit...
Tags: Travel, Saudi Arabia, Jerusalem, Qatar, Muslim Brotherhood, Istanbul, Gulf, Reuters, Riyadh, Tayyip Erdogan, Mevlut Cavusoglu, Cavusoglu, Aqsa, Al Aqsa Mosque, Reuters Turkey, Palestinian Red Crescent

Radisson Hotel Group Releases 2020 Responsible Business Report

Radisson Hotel Group's 2020 Responsible Business Report highlights the Group's latest corporate responsibility targets as outlined in its strategic five-year plan, including the reduction of the company's carbon and water footprint by 30% by 2025, aligning with science-based emissions reduction targets, removing single use plastics, and continuing to drive best practices in water stewardship and responsible consumption behaviors in line with the three pillars of Think People, Think Commun...
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Happy camping on Oahu

It’s probably true that the first thing that comes to mind when planning a Hawaii vacation is not camping. White sand beaches? Sure. Tropical rainforests, waterfalls, and rainbows spanning remote valleys? Absolutely. But camping? That just sounds like work! I’m on vacation! It’s true, camping is not everyone’s cup of tea (or steaming mug of […] The post Happy camping on Oahu appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
Tags: Travel, National Parks, Hawaii, Oahu, Kualoa, Camping In Hawaii, Malaekahana, Hoomaluhia Botanical Garden

INNSiDE By Meliá And Gino D’Acampo Announce UK-Wide Hospitality Partnership

INNSiDE by Meliá, part of Spain's largest hotel group Meliá Hotels International, has agreed a strategic partnership with the UK's favourite Italian chef Gino D'Acampo.
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north island life: in which we buy a generator (when in rome)

Our new friend Here on Vancouver Island, frequent power outages are a fact of life. Obviously outages happen everywhere, but when high-wind storms come ripping off the Pacific, we're the windbreak. On the North Island, add thousands of acres of tall trees, with instability caused by logging. Add to that a remote region where it may be many hours before work crews arrive, and the source of the outage can sometimes only be located by helicopter. The last outage lasted 30 hours, the one ...
Tags: Travel, Personal, Pacific, Allan, North Island, Vancouver Island, Laura K, Life In A Small Town

U.S. Travel Reacts To U.K. Placing U.S. On ‘Amber’ List For Travel

U.S. Travel Association President and CEO Roger Dow issued the following statement on today's release of the U.K.'s "traffic light system" for international travel:
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#Saudi Wealth Fund-Owned Digital Security Firm Hires IPO Adviser - Bloomberg

Saudi Wealth Fund-Owned Digital Security Firm Hires IPO Adviser - Bloomberg A digital security firm owned by Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund has hired Riyad Capital to advise on a planned initial public offering that could value the company at about $2 billion, according to people familiar with the matter.Elm is aiming to complete the sale of shares on the Saudi stock exchange by next year, the people said, asking not to be identified as the information is private. The IPO could see the k...
Tags: Travel, Saudi Arabia, Riyad Bank, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, Riyad Capital, Public Investment Fund

Aldar Properties Q1 net profit surges 80%, partly helped by one-off gain | Reuters

Aldar Properties Q1 net profit surges 80%, partly helped by one-off gain | Reuters Abu Dhabi's Aldar Properties (ALDAR.AD) posted an 80% rise in first-quarter net profit, partly helped by a one-off gain from completion of a property transaction with state-backed ADQ.Net profit jumped to 544 million dirhams ($148.12 million) in the quarter that ended March 31, from 302 million dirhams in the same period a year earlier.Aldar late last year agreed to take over the management and development of go...
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#Qatar Freezes Assets of Six Businessmen After Arrest of Finance Minister - Bloomberg

Qatar Freezes Assets of Six Businessmen After Arrest of Finance Minister - Bloomberg Qatar froze the assets of six local businessmen as part of a crackdown against high-ranking figures that began last week with the publicly announced arrest of the Gulf nation’s finance minister.The six were named in a central bank circular distributed to financial institutions late last week, according to two people with knowledge of the matter who declined to be identified. The assets of Finance Minister Ali ...
Tags: Travel, London, Qatar, Bloomberg, Qatar Investment Authority, Qia, Doha, Gulf, Dhaka Bangladesh, Glencore Plc, Hamad al Thani, Qatar National Bank, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, Ali Sharif Al Emadi, Hasnain Malik, Al Emadi

Mideast Stocks: #Saudi leads Gulf markets higher ahead of Eid holidays | ZAWYA MENA Edition

Most major stock markets in the Gulf ended higher on Monday in thin trade ahead of Eid al-Fitr holidays, with financials and petrochemical shares boosting the Saudi index.The benchmark index gained 0.9%, with petrochemical maker Saudi Basic Industries 2010.SE climbing 2.5%, while Al Rajhi Bank added 0.5%.The kingdom's economy shrank 3.3% in the first quarter from a year earlier, hit by oil output cuts, but the non-oil economy expanded 3.3%, recovering from the impact of the pandemic, flash gover...
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STORY Hospitality Launches A New 4-Star Lifestyle Brand, CUE Hotels

The new lifestyle properties boast vibrant contemporary designs and offer an inspiring experience to modern travelers- CUE Podgorica is the first hotel opened under CUE Hotels in January 2021- The second CUE property is expected to launch in Abu Dhabi in Q1 2022
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Hospitality Financial Leadership – Today’s Leader Wants To Work For An Owner Or Brand That Is Willing To Invest In Their Development | By David Lund

More than ever our industry is facing big challenges when it comes to attracting a workforce. With the current unemployment situation who knows what will emerge once people start to travel again.
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Despite Jobs Gains, Leisure & Hospitality Sector Hamstrung By Lack Of Int’l And Business Travel

The Leisure & Hospitality industry gained 331,000 jobs in April—outperforming the overall U.S. jobs increase of 266,000, and offsetting jobs losses in other sectors.
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WTTC Responds To The Latest UK Government Announcement

Recent announcement will delay the recovery and the restoration of millions of jobsUK government should take advantage of its effective vaccination rollout and restart international travel to benefit its economy £148 billion lost to the UK economy due to the lack of Travel & Tourism
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England’s travel green list sends Madeira flight bookings soaring

Portugal is only major European ‘sun and sand’ destination on list of countries for quarantine-free travel Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageNotorious crosswinds can make for some nauseating landings and a relatively short runway is not for the faint-hearted.Yet after months of lockdown it seems that not even the reputation of its international airport is deterring people in England from looking to Madeira, which has had the biggest jump in popularity among destinations...
Tags: Travel, Health, Europe, Business, England, Israel, Travel & leisure, Society, UK News, Falkland Islands, Portugal, Health policy, Vaccines and immunisation, Gibraltar, Iceland, Portugal Holidays

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