Vacation rental tax crackdown brings millions to state coffers, Congress mulls Pearl Harbor modernization money, Maui sets property tax rates, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Kayaks on the Ala Wai ©2021 All Hawaii NewsState tax crackdown garners millions in unpaid vacation rental taxes. The state Department of Taxation already has collected $4.1 million this year from vacation rental owners who owed back taxes, and through continued stepped- up enforcement expects to easily hit $12 million by year’s end. Star-Advertiser.UHERO Forecast: Visitors Could Reach 6.4M in 2021, 8.8M in 2022. A new forecast from the University of Hawaii Economic Research Organization ...
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Thoughts About Living with Sadness

    Thank you for sharing with me that some of you have felt the same way, that the uneven paths life have brought us have been difficult to get around and at times crawling has been the method.  There it is the struggle, the overload of emotion, and the questions that age puts before us. Annie uses to say, "It takes courage to get old." How the words haunt me. She wasn't kidding she was in her nineties when she said that ah the living ahead, the living now, the journey as is. Sadness is like ...
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Week 20: Marie Curie arrives in New York with her two daughters

100 years ago this week: Week 20In May 1921, Marie Curie crossed the Atlantic with her daughters, not to visit the new world but instead to collect a gramme of radium that had been paid for by dontations from hundreds of American women. The wonderful photo - published on the front page of Excelsior as she arrived in New York - features four remarkable women, flag bearers of a different new [Author: Adam]
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Raspberry Ridge Hike in Alberta

I have enjoyed exploring areas in Alberta this spring that are new to me – and as it turns out less well known and therefore less busy for hiking. As much as I love the workout and the views up Ha Ling Peak for instance, I prefer trails with far fewer people. Near the Highwood Junction area, there are a good handful of hikes that are all ideal in spring and fall when the mountains are still too snow-covered to safely ascend – at least for most people. The Raspberry Ridge hike is my latest hi...
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An old and incredibly ramshackle Tokyo shop

Walking towards the shop below, it seemed like the owner was loading his van for a delivery, and just as I got within a few metres, he drove off down the street leaving everything as it is in the photos. A temporarily unattended business that looks every bit like it was abandoned years ago.
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All the best early Memorial Day sales we found, including deals from Leesa, Pier 1, and Butcherbox

If you buy through our links, we may earn money from affiliate partners. Learn more. Butcherbox/Facebook Memorial Day weekend is one of the best times of the year to save on home goods, appliances, and tech. We've rounded up the best sales to shop ahead of the three-day weekend. Memorial Day is getting closer and so are the ensuing sales and discounts. Whether you're planning to take a much-needed day off or grill it up with friends in the yard, a great deal on supplies never hu...
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Kerten Hospitality expands portfolio with 2 new Cloud7 Glamping eco-resorts in the UAE

Aligned with Kerten Hospitality’s ethos to foster a sustainability-focused growth right at the heart of local communities in global destinations, curating a project with a purpose has been pivotal for the organisation’s portfolio diversification and entry into new markets, such as Ras Al Khaimah.
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10 of the best Airbnbs across Miami, from Brickell to South Beach and beyond

If you buy through our links, we may earn money from affiliate partners. Learn more. Airbnb Miami hotels are aplenty but private vacation rentals offer more space and often far cheaper prices. Airbnb homes in Miami range from sophisticated condos to tropical cottages steps from the beach. We rounded up top Airbnbs across Miami's vibrant neighborhoods, ranging from $82 to $501 per night. Miami's gorgeous beaches, Art Deco architecture, and Latin American flare have long made it a...
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Reunited and It Feels so Good: Survey Finds Family Travel a Top Priority for Americans This Year

Wyndham Destinations, the world’s largest vacation ownership business, announced today the results of its most recent travel trends survey* which indicate vacationing is on the horizon for a majority of Americans this year.
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Tourism After Lockdown: Guest Expectations Today and Tomorrow

As vaccine programs continue across the world and we see warming attitudes toward travel alongside increased accommodation bookings, it is important to take stock and assess how the pandemic, and it’s resultant impact on consumer behavior, may leave an indelible mark on hospitality.
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Bar Suze, Surry Hills

Bar Suze is a new bar with a Scandinavian menu on Foveaux Street in Surry Hills. There you'l find chef Phil Stenvall's creative take on his native Swedish cuisine. The menu has items from raw clams with Cowboy Candy, oysters paired with a crisp Wildflower beer to more substantial dishes like pasta, risotto and steak.
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Oil climbs 1% on economic recovery hopes despite fresh Asian restrictions | Reuters

Oil climbs 1% on economic recovery hopes despite fresh Asian restrictions | Reuters Oil prices rose more than 1% on Monday, lifted by European economic reopenings and rising U.S. demand after prices fell earlier due to surging coronavirus cases in Asia and underwhelming Chinese manufacturing data.Brent crude ended the session up 75 cents, or 1.1%, at $69.46 a barrel and West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude settled 90 cents, or 1.4%, higher at $66.27.The British economy reopened, giving 65 milli...
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14 Airbnbs that deliver a bucket list experience and prove you don't need to leave the US for a once-in-a-lifetime trip

If you buy through our links, we may earn money from affiliate partners. Learn more. Airbnb As demand in summer travel heats up, many are eager to finally check off bucket list destinations. International travel is still in limbo, but there's no shortage of incredible places here in the US. From a tree house in Hawaii to a condo overlooking Times Square, you'll never forget these Airbnbs. As travel continues to tick up around the US thanks to millions of Americans being fully va...
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Emirates Chairman on Summer Re-opening, #Israel - Bloomberg video

Emirates Chairman on Summer Re-opening, Israel - Bloomberg Emirates Chairman Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum says he doesn't think the U.K. Is transparent enough with its re-opening plans. Speaking to Bloomberg's Manus Cranny, the airline chairman discussed the tensions around Israel in the region, his outlook on the summer, and who is likely to be the successor to outgoing president Tim Clark. (Source: Bloomberg) [Author: [email protected] (Rupert Neil Bumfrey)]
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Oil Extends Gain With Market Eying Summer Demand Recovery - Bloomberg

Oil Extends Gain With Market Eying Summer Demand Recovery - Bloomberg PRICES West Texas Intermediate for June delivery rose 78 cents to $66.15 a barrel at 12:15 p.m. in New YorkBrent for July settlement gained 69 cents to $69.40 a barrel Oil advanced as rising optimism around a demand recovery in regions such as the U.S. offset Covid-19 flare-ups in parts of Asia.Futures in New York climbed as much as 1.4% on Monday. The U.S. and China, along with parts of Europe, are rapidly recovering...
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#Iran's Petropars to develop Farzad B gas field, Oil minister says | Reuters

Iran's Petropars to develop Farzad B gas field, Oil minister says | Reuters Iran has signed a $1.78 billion contract with Petropars Group to develop the country's Farzad B gas field, Oil Ministry website SHANA said on Monday, after the failure of talks with Indian companies to develop the offshore site.Under the deal, the subsidiary of state-run National Iranian Oil Co (NIOC) will produce 1 billion cubic feet of gas per day within five years from the field, which is estimated to hold 22 trilli...
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#Saudi sovereign fund PIF boosts U.S. equities exposure to over $15 billion | Reuters

Saudi sovereign fund PIF boosts U.S. equities exposure to over $15 billion | Reuters Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund has increased its U.S. stock holdings to $15.4 billion in the first quarter from nearly $12.8 billion at the end of 2020, according to a U.S. regulatory filing on Monday.The Public Investment Fund (PIF) bought 2.9 million class A shares in SoftBank Group Corp-backed Coupang Inc, equivalent to $141 million, and dissolved its share stake in Suncor Energy, according to a Secur...
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Mideast Stocks: Major Gulf markets gain as financials rise; #Qatar falls | ZAWYA MENA Edition

Mideast Stocks: Major Gulf markets gain as financials rise; Qatar falls | ZAWYA MENA Edition Most major stock markets in the Gulf ended higher on Monday as financial shares rose, while the Qatari index was hit by profit-taking.Saudi Arabia's benchmark index added 0.7%, with Al Rajhi Bank rising 1.9%.The kingdom plans to reopen to foreign tourists soon, a senior tourism official said on Monday. It recently announced the lifting of quarantine restrictions for certain foreign arrivals. Saudi Arab...
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Mask mandates and vaccine passports/exceptions — what’s the latest for Hawaii?

Rules for masks and vaccines passports continue to be hot topics for Hawaii and around the world. Many would-be travelers want to know what the rules are. So, we wanted to provide a quick update on both topics. Mask mandates remain in effect for Hawaii Last week the CDC relaxed their face covering guidelines, but Hawaii plans to keep their mask mandates in effect at least for now. Governor Ige says he thinks it’s better to continue wearing masks until the state gets to 70% to 80% of residents v...
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By The Numbers: Despite Gains, Leisure & Hospitality Remains Hardest-Hit Industry | By Aaron Szyf

The latest employment report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics revealed that the Leisure & Hospitality (L&H) industry gained 331,000 jobs in April while overall U.S. jobs increased by a mere 266,000. The smaller gain in total jobs can be explained by the fact that it is a net number and is influenced by significant job losses in other industries—mainly “temporary help services,” which lost 111,000 jobs and “transportation and warehousing,” which lost 74,000 jobs. L&H, by far, perfo...
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Time To Evaluate Your Restaurant Takeout Revenue? | By Stacy Moore

The idea of putting idle kitchens to better use is not a new one. People have been sharing their kitchens in off hours or for pop ups for years. What is new is looking at putting kitchens to alternative uses in both on and off hours to develop additional revenue streams. While companies had toyed with this idea in recent years, the pandemic brought it into clear focus. Excess capacity exploded in kitchens everywhere.
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A Benchmarking Journey to Grow your Direct Bookings

Hotel benchmarking is essential to every hotel brand's growth strategy. From five-star luxury properties to serviced apartments and everything in between. Benchmarking allows you not only to understand your hotel’s performance compared to the market but to pinpoint areas for improvement.
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‘The beginning of normality’: Algarve welcomes back British tourists

Unemployment rose by 70% in the past year in the Portuguese region most reliant on tourism, so locals are delighted to see Kevin Rushby and today’s other arrivalsCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageThe mood at Faro airport was buoyant. Camera operators and photographers jostled to take pictures of smiling tourists, perhaps not as many as hoped, for but more are on the way. João Fernandes, head of the Algarve tourism board, was there, too, greeting arrivals while his staff...
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Crackers aux graines

Cela fait beaucoup trop longtemps que nous n’avons pas parlé de crackers sur ces pages ! Pourtant j’en ai presque toujours un bocal semi-plein dans la cuisine. C’est comme le granola : les crackers fournissent le cadeau bonus, la petite touche deLire la suite [Author: MamRanClea09]
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Thailand, Barbados, And Cyprus Join More Than 275 Destinations To Adopt The WTTC Safe Travels Stamp

Following its launch just 12 months ago, the highly popular Safe Travels stamp from the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) has now been adopted by more than 275 destinations around the world.
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Hospitality Financial Leadership – The Infamode Machine | By David Lund

There has been a great deal of progress and technology that helps hotels and businesses in general keep better financial information. This story is about the early days and how things changed rapidly in my world. With those changes came opportunities. I also remember how some struggled with all the changes. It in turn makes me think of the current situation in our world and I can take some solace from knowing there is still more to come.
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Sequoia Enters Mideast, Teams Up With Firm That Hired Mesut Ozil - Bloomberg

Sequoia Enters Mideast, Teams Up With Firm That Hired Mesut Ozil - Bloomberg Sequoia Capital has made its first investment in the Middle East by partnering with a venture capital fund that hired soccer star Mesut Ozil last year.The U.S. venture capital firm led an initial funding round for Egyptian digital banking app Telda, with participation from Berlin-based Global Founders Capital and Class 5 Global, which Ozil joined as a strategic adviser. Telda said it raised $5 million.Digital banks ha...
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Doors Open For Whitbread As It Prepares To Open 2,142 Summer Rooms

Whitbread, the owner of Premier Inn, the UK’s biggest hotel brand, will grow its network of Premier Inn and hub by Premier Inn hotels by 2,142 bedrooms this summer as it continues to expand its market share and capitalise on the recovery opportunity.
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#Dubai's Marina 101: Property owners willing to spend 'few millions' to finish much-delayed skyscraper | Property – Gulf News

Dubai's Marina 101: Property owners willing to spend 'few millions' to finish much-delayed skyscraper | Property – Gulf News Some of these property owners have already paid off the entire amounts on their multi-million homes.  But they still don't   have a clue as to when they can get a completion certificate for the 97.3% finished project. Image Credit: Clint Egbert/Gulf News Property buyers in Marina 101, the much-delayed skyscraper project at Dubai Marina, are willin...
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Committee On Tourism Ethics Recommends Responsible Use Of Travel Certificates

As some countries work to welcome back visitors and restart tourism, the Committee met to assess the implications health certificates might have on tourism ethics. As an independent and impartial body of the General Assembly of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), it concluded that such certificates can be compatible with ethical tourism, though their use needs to be proportionate, measured and responsible.
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