UNWTO Makes History With Opening Of First Regional Office In The Middle East

The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has opened its first Regional Office for the Middle East, bringing the United Nations specialized agency closer to its Members and advancing on its commitment to guiding the development of tourism in every global region.
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what i'm reading: there, there by tommy orange

After finishing and marveling over Kate Reed Petty's True Story, I picked up There There by Tommy Orange and had a similar reaction.I don't read a lot of popular fiction, so reading two debut novels back to back, and really enjoying both of them, was a wonderful surprise.What does it mean to be an Indigenous person -- a Native, Native American, First Nations, Native American Indian, an Indian -- in the world today? Not in the pre-contact world romanticized in our imaginations. Not as any of the ...
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Choice Privileges Introduces "Get On The Road. Get Rewarded." Summer Promotion

Choice Privileges, the award-winning loyalty program from Choice Hotels International, Inc. (NYSE: CHH), is helping to make summer travel a little more fun this year with the "Get on the Road. Get Rewarded." promotion. Through July 11, Choice Privileges members who check in for two separate qualifying stays at participating hotels will earn enough reward points that can be redeemed for a $50 gift card with select dining, gas and shopping retailers.
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Kindred Spirits

  Thank you for responding by email and comments to my question. Your response was exactly what I thought, the majority of you who read my blog do not follow Instagram nor FB.  There is a community here that I adore and that keeps me sane. "What "sane" did she say?" Yes, you keep me sane. The other day I was telling a friend, "... one of the reasons I blog is to help me see things in a light, a loving light which does not come naturally for me. First, I grump, I express without filter and proc...
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Abandoned old Tokyo and canned coffee eye-contact

This old, slowly collapsing hairdressers has fascinated me for a long time, and these first two photos were taken just over three years ago. Then, when passing last week, I was incredibly pleased to see the fella below sat outside having a quick canned coffee break. Photographs that further document the deterioration, as well as proving that excited responses aren’t always reciprocal.
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Ah, Spring in Paris. It’s so nice to look at the flowers. Wisteria of course. Closeup. It looks good even as it’s fading. Roses for sale at a market. Tulips too. Vegetables were seen.
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DELICIOUSLY Sticky Korean Potatoes

These deliciously sticky Korean potatoes or Gamja Jorim are such a tasty way to serve up potatoes. They're a bit sweet and a bit spicy and are a cinch to make too! If you've ever enjoyed these banchan as the beginning of a Korean Barbecue meal then you'll want to give these delicious, easy Korean potatoes a try. This recipe is also vegan so ideal to serve to anyone!
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Easy Kananaskis Hikes Everyone Will Love

We are lucky in Alberta to have such a wide range of hiking opportunities available to us in Kananaskis Country. While the area that makes up Kananaskis Country is huge – covering a swath of land from the Sheep River Valley to parts of the Ghost Valley Wilderness, the Highwood Pass area, Bragg Creek and Highway 40 – Smith-Dorrien Road. The focus of this post is on easy Kananaskis hikes in Peter Lougheed, Bow Valley, Bow Valley Wildland , Spray Valley and Elbow Sheep Wildland Provincial Pa...
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Oil prices gain 1%, boosted by U.S. economic data | Reuters

Oil prices gain 1%, boosted by U.S. economic data | Reuters Oil prices rose 1% on Thursday, bolstered by strong U.S. economic data that offset investors’ concerns about the potential for a rise in Iranian supplies.Brent rose 59 cents, 0.9%, to settle at $69.46 a barrel. U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude rose 64 cents, or 1%, to settle at $66.85 a barrel.The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits dropped more than expected last week, according to data from the U....
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Mideast Stocks: #Qatar shares jump as investors cheer virus restrictions easing | ZAWYA MENA Edition

Major stock markets in the Gulf ended mixed on Thursday, with the Qatari index outperforming the region as the country is set to ease coronavirus restrictions.The Gulf Arab state said on Wednesday that leisure and education centres and restaurants can reopen at limited capacity as of Friday under a phased easing of measures. The Qatari benchmark advanced 1.3%, as most of the stocks on the index were in positive territory including petrochemical maker Industries Qatar.Qatar said earlier this mont...
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HFTP Announces 2021 Paragon Award Recipients – Tanya Venegas and Sanjay Nadkarni

Tanya Venegas, MBA, MHM, CHIA and Sanjay Nadkarni, Ph.D. have been selected as the 2021 Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP®) Paragon Award recipients for their excellent direction of the HFTP Research Centers and their impactful tutelage over hospitality students and HFTP student members. Venegas is Global Head of Customer Success for HotStats, Inc., but had previously served as director/executive director of the HFTP Americas Research Center at the University of Hou...
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WorldHotels™ Celebrates 50th Anniversary With Brand Refresh

WorldHotels Collection premiers refreshed branding including new logos and updated vision and mission statements. The brand refresh comes at an exciting time in the company’s history as the soft brand celebrates its 50th anniversary this year under the theme “A WORLD Reimagined”.
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2021 COVID-19 Pandemic Impact Update For The Hospitality Industry By Grey Hospitality | By Sean Skellie

The lodging industry is estimated to report a 50 percent, nearly $125 billion-dollar loss in 2020 making this year the worst year in history for the hotel industry, just the hotels and not travel overall. Oxford also reported that this will equate to a total loss of $910 billion in travel related economic output in 2020. This is seven times the impact of 9/11. Will your hotel or favorite destination close? Odds are it will.
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Bernie Sanders' hotel room must be kept at 60 degrees, have an extra blanket and a king-sized bed, according to his 'Senator Comfort Memo'

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) speaks to the media after boarding the plane at the Des Moines International Airport on February 04, 2020 in Des Moines, Iowa. Mr. Sanders was heading to Manchester, New Hampshire to campaign leading up to the primary on February 11 as he awaits the release of the results from the Iowa caucus. Joe Raedle/Getty Images Sen. Bernie Sanders likes a hotel room that's set at a cool 60 degrees with a king-sized bed. A new book detai...
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Best Western Heats Up The Return Of Travel With New Summer Promotion

Best Western® Hotels & Resorts cares about making summer travel rewarding for its guests, announcing today the latest “See You Soon” promotion from its award-winning Best Western Rewards (BWR®) program. With this offer, BWR members can earn up to $100 in Best Western Travel Cards® (gift cards) during their summer travels – one $20 gift card is awarded for each night they stay at a Best Western-branded hotel now through September 6, 2021 with a limit of five gift cards.
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U.S. Hotel Profit Improved To 60% Of 2019 Level, Labor Remains Stagnant

Gross operating profit for U.S. hotels reached 60% of the comparable 2019 level, according to STR‘s April 2021 monthly P&L data release. While GOP in comparison with 2019 improved from 50% in March, labor spending was up to just 64% in April after coming in at 60% the previous month.
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How Small Wine Producers Can Crisis-Proof Their Business Model | By Nicolas Velin & Stella Enriquez

As ambassadors of Peter Michael Winery, we have asked ourselves about the reasons of the success of the company during such a global crisis. How has the company been so successful during this tough period?
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The 10 best hotels in Savannah including historic inns, affordable brands, and luxury enclaves

If you buy through our links, we may earn money from affiliate partners. Learn more. Tripadvisor With preserved architecture, beautiful parks, and delicious food, Savannah, Georgia is a must-visit. Savannah's hotel portfolio showcases small inns, historic properties, big brands, and niche spots. Our top hotels have been chosen based on recent stays, desirable amenities, and affordable prices. Table of Contents: Masthead Sticky Beautiful old town squares, a scenic riverside, import...
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8 Top Tips For Solo Travel

Across the globe travel has been on the backburner. But now hope fills the air as would-be travelers are starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel thanks to the roll-out of vaccines and the development of other break-through medical advances in the battle against COVID-19. In fact, Our research shows that two thirds of global travelers (66%)* feel more hopeful about traveling in 2021. And that means many are keen to start planning for when it’s safe to travel again.
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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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The role innovative technology will play in the hospitality industry post Covid

The Years 2020 and 2021 are an eye-opener for the hospitality industry, things can change fast and only those who innovate can survive such difficult times. Innovation and technology play a major role in recovery and those who do not wish to innovate with changing times perish.
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HotelPartner Yield Management Presentation - Exclusive Revenue Management Strategies for Your Property

HotelPartner is an internationally based performance management company that was founded in 2006 to help hotels optimize their revenue management efforts. Offering an exclusive synergy out of first-class experts, technology, and know-how, HotelPartner will ensure you are getting the most value out of each room, while securing your long-term strategic goals.
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What Does It Mean To Travel Sustainably In 2021?

Do you remember all the fuss about plastic straws? It wasn’t long ago when company after company realised that handing out 4.7 billion plastic straws each year in England alone wasn’t such a great idea after all. Hotels were quick to jump on that ‘green’ bandwagon. It was a clear win: something easy to phase out, that represented both a cost saving and a simple way of showing a brand’s eco credentials.
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Spiced Grilled Corn – Indian-style (Bhutta)

It’s been a hot minute since I popped in here and shared. And boy, do I have news to share! If you follow me on my social media like Instagram and Facebook, then you probably already know what I’m about to say. If not, then why? Jokes apart, let me start off by offering you... The post Spiced Grilled Corn – Indian-style (Bhutta) appeared first on Hooked on Heat.
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#Dubai property fund Emirates REIT already claims majority support for $400m Sukuk conversion | Property – Gulf News

Dubai property fund Emirates REIT already claims majority support for $400m Sukuk conversion | Property – Gulf News After a tough few days of intense negotiations, the Dubai real estate fund Emirates REIT might have got enough investors to side with it on a change of status for its $400 million bond offering from 2017.The fund manager of Emirates REIT, Equitativa, had initially set 7pm on Wednesday evening as the deadline for the investors to agree to its Consent Solicitation Memorandum. This ...
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The Pandemic Strengthens RIU’s Commitment To Its CSR Allies

The worst crisis to have hit the tourism industry and in the history of the RIU hotel chain has not put the brakes on the company’s social commitment to its allies from the third sector. From 2020 to the present day, RIU Hotels has dedicated 1,593,017 euros to social investment as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility strategy, a department led by the CEO, Carmen Riu, whose work is focused on supporting health and development programmes in the local communities near the company’s ho...
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A Year After The Hotel Industry Collapsed, Guests — And Performance — Trickle Back | By David Eisen

April 2020 was not for the faint of heart. The month will live in infamy for the global hotel industry, which saw the bulk of its key performance indicators swoon to unprecedented levels, an unfortunate by-product of the COVID-19 vapor. The subsequent 12 months have been a slog, but as the world transitions slowly back to a semblance of normalization, hotels are following suit.
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Celebrity Cruises Gets the OK for First Ship to Sail From U.S. Port

It’s been a long time, 15 months to be exact, since a cruise ship sailed out of a U.S. port.  Today, Celebrity Cruises received approval to resume cruising from Florida and they’ve chosen their first ship to do it. On... Read More The post Celebrity Cruises Gets the OK for First Ship to Sail From U.S. Port appeared first on Cruise Maven.
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COVID-19’s Impact On The Anaheim-Santa Ana Lodging Market – May 2021 Update | By Brittany Hart

Given the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Anaheim-Santa Ana lodging market faced a downturn greater than the past two lodging-market declines combined. During the Great Recession, the Anaheim-Santa Ana[1] market’s occupancy fell roughly five points from 69% in 2008 to 64% in 2009. In 2020, occupancy dropped from the 2019 benchmark of roughly 78% to 43%, reflecting a 35-point correction. Average daily rate (ADR) declined from $123 in 2008 to $109 in 2009, an 11% drop. In 2020, ADR dec...
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Check-In Has Never Been Easier

Dorothee Bär, Minister for Digitalisation, held a special press conference at the Steigenberger Hotel Am Kanzleramt on Monday 17 May in order to announce the start of a pilot project entitled “Digital Identities”. Ms Bär, who was accompanied by a number of representatives from trade and industry, then headed for the hotel’s reception and symbolically became the first guest to use a digital ID to check in. This process eliminates aspects such as the need to complete a paper-based registrat...
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