Hawaii scores highly for coastal protection, Honolulu mulls massive law enforcement, first responder campus, Zuckerberg donates $4.9M to Kauai Habitat for Humanity, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Hawaii shoreline ©2021 All Hawaii NewsHawaii gets a ‘B’ for coastal protection in Surfrider Foundation’s national report. The Surfrider Foundation’s 2021 State of the Beach Report gives Hawaii a grade of “B,” moving up from the “C” it received last year and ranking better than 67% of the coastal states surveyed, the national nonprofit environmental group announced last week. Star-Advertiser.Future USS Daniel Inouye to Pass by Hawaiian Islands on its Way to Homeport on Oʻahu. The future U...
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The abandoned stations of a disused Japanese train line

Some of these photos first appeared on Tokyo Times just over half a decade ago, but after recently returning to them, doing some re-edits, and putting the full set together, it seemed like a good idea to once again go back to that sunny day in 2016. It also felt like a decent time to display the full colours of a Hokkaido summer before the winter snow soon sets in. Completed in 1936, the Esashi train line ran for a scenic 42kms. Stretching from coast to coast, it served small, inland villages, ...
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2021 Outdoor Lovers Holiday Gift Guide

My annual 2021 outdoor lovers holiday gift guide is here. My biggest find is the Solo Stove – a highly portable fire pit that delivers heat and a clean burn. A couple of new backpacking products I really like are featured along with my perennial brand fave – YETI. I’ve included lots of books – from guidebooks to adventure reads. I’ve also included chocolate from a company I very much admire for what they’ve had to deal with in life and a book penned by my buddy Blake Priddle, on being autistic. ...
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Tequila Daisy, Barangaroo

Tequila Daisy is a buzzy Mexican restaurant located along the foreshore at Barangaroo. It has what we all need these days: an extensive range of margaritas, tequilas and mezcals. There are also Mexican inspired plates from a range of tacos as well as tostadas, ceviche and heavier meat dishes designed to be paired with tortillas.
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Oil settles mixed on questions over crude supply, demand, strong dollar | Reuters

Oil settles mixed on questions over crude supply, demand, strong dollar | Reuters Oil prices settled mixed on Monday as investors wondered whether crude supplies will increase and whether demand will be pressured by the recent surge in energy costs, the strong dollar and rising COVID-19 cases.Brent futures settled down 12 cents, or 0.2%, to $82.05 a barrel while U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude rose 8 cents, or 0.1%, to $80.88.In early trading, the oil market factored in speculation th...
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American Airlines is dropping 27 routes with New York taking the biggest hit - see the full list

Photo by CHANDAN KHANNA/AFP via Getty Images American Airlines is dropping 27 routes in 2022, 18 of which touch New York City airports. The move comes a week after the airline announced it was bolstering its Northeast Alliance with JetBlue Airways. The cuts also include completely dropping service to Ottawa, Canada, as well as ending some regional routes. American Airlines dropped 27 routes over the weekend as it continues to strategically shuffle its network.American Airlines is making m...
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What are the hospitality trends for 2022? | By Jordan Lillis

We can hardly believe it’s time for a 2022 trends piece already, but here we are.
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Room Counts in China's Hotel Construction Pipeline Reach All-Time High at the Q3 2021 Close

In the recently released China Construction Pipeline Trend Report by Lodging Econometrics (LE), at the end of the third quarter of 2021, China’s total construction pipeline stands at 3,571 projects/681,095 rooms, up 5% by projects and 7% by rooms year-over-year (YOY). Rooms in the country’s hotel construction pipeline are at an all-time high, and the pipeline is a mere three projects shy of the cyclical high of 3,574 projects set in the second quarter of 2020.
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#Saudi PIF nearly triples U.S. stock holdings; adds Alibaba, Walmart | Reuters

Saudi PIF nearly triples U.S. stock holdings; adds Alibaba, Walmart | Reuters The Public Investment Fund, Saudi Arabia's sovereign wealth fund, nearly tripled its holdings of U.S.-listed stocks to $43.45 billion in the third quarter, adding shares of Alibaba Group Holding Ltd , Walmart Inc(WMT.N) and Pinterest (PINS.N).Its U.S.-listed stock holdings in the quarter ended Sept. 30 increased from nearly $16 billion in the prior quarter.Other stocks it bought included Just Eat (TKWY.A...
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Oil prices slide on expectations of higher crude supply | Reuters

Oil prices slide on expectations of higher crude supply | Reuters Crude oil prices fell on Monday on expectations of increasing supply, while the recent surge in energy costs and rising COVID-19 cases are expected to weigh on demand.Brent crude futures fell 87 cents , or 1.1%, to $81.30 a barrel, as of 11 a.m. EDT (1500 GMT). U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude lost 80 cents, or 1.0%, to $79.99 a barrel.Oil markets have ended each of the last three weeks lower than the previous one. Howev...
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PhocusWire's Hot 25 travel startups for 2022

As borders reopen and travel activity accelerates, a feeling of optimism – tempered with caution – is beginning to surface.
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#Dubai May IPO Emirates, the Airline That Transformed Its Economy - Bloomberg

Dubai May IPO Emirates, the Airline That Transformed Its Economy - Bloomberg Dubai may sell shares in its flagship carrier Emirates, which helped transform the city into a global hub for commerce, just as coronavirus restrictions ease and the outlook for travel brightens.Emirates and its units may be listed on Dubai’s stock exchange, Chairman Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum told Asharq TV. The comments come as the city ratchets up efforts to draw level with Abu Dhabi and Riyadh, which ha...
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Digital Tipping Platform youtip Named a ‘Hot 25 Startup’ for 2022 by PhocusWire

Chicago — November 15, 2021 — youtip, the first enterprise-level digital tipping platform for the hospitality, travel, and tourism industries, has been named a PhocusWire “Hot 25 Startup” for 2022. The coveted title is bestowed on companies that have navigated through the pandemic and are well-positioned to make a mark in their respective sectors or regions next year.
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Embrace Life

It was one year ago that I was diagnosed with Primary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis (PPMS). Based on the symptoms and what I now know I have had this condition for several years, but did not know what it was. I am grateful to friends who helped us down the path to reach this diagnosis. Knowing what is the cause of my problems and the limitations it will create has helped us to adjust to this new stage of life and approach it accordingly. We are fortunate to have a friend who is a surgeon ...
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#Dubai hits near 4-year high after Emaar's strong earnings | Reuters

Dubai hits near 4-year high after Emaar's strong earnings | Reuters Dubai's stock market outperformed its Gulf peers on Monday, hitting its highest level in nearly four years, after robust earnings from blue-chip developer Emaar Properties.Meanwhile, the Saudi index was in the red due to lower oil prices.Dubai's main share index (.DFMGI) climbed 2.7%, closing at its highest since February 2018, lifted by a 4.1% jump in Emaar Properties (EMAR.DU) after it reported a sharp rise in quarterly ...
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HNtv INSIDERS: Hotel technology, loyalty and the guest experience

Peter O'Connor (Professor of Strategy at the University of South Australia) and Martin Soler (Managing Partner at Soler & Associates) discuss current trends and development in hotel distribution, marketing, technology and loyalty and their effect on the guest experience. Capitalizing on their experience working with hotel companies, tech companies and platforms, Peter and Martin question why the hotel industry continues to fail to learn/adopt best practices from retail, banking and other ...
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WorldHotels™ Welcomes Three New Properties to Expanding Global Portfolio

WorldHotels™ announced today the addition of three new hotels to the brand’s global portfolio. The Kingsmills Hotel and Ness Walk Hotel in Inverness, Scotland have joined WorldHotels’ Elite and Luxury collections, respectively. In addition, Layan Green Park in Phuket, Thailand will become part of WorldHotels’ Distinctive collection.
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Aylmer's Henry Hildebrandt is Canada's Pastor

Pastor Henry Hildebrandt of Aylmer's Church of God Restoration in Aylmer Ontario is a friend of mine.  I have no hesitation in making that assertion.  On the Friday prior to Canadian Thanksgiving I attended a worship meeting in Aylmer and listened to the preaching of Ray Tinsman, a church leader who had come up from Ohio.  When I was introduced to Brother Ray after the meeting, Henry told him "This is a friend of mine".  It was an honour for me to be described in such terms by Henry and it took ...
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Utopia Corporation Launched Utopia Hospitality Group a New Era of Hospitality World in Phuket

Utopia Corporation: UCORP, one of the largest real estate developers in Phuket, launched Utopia Hospitality Group: UHG, a flagship hospitality management company and it is a dynamic new player in the Asia Pacific hotel sector, with a vision to create daring concepts and lifestyle experiences that transform the world of hospitality. Its strong new vision will add a new page to the hospitality industry on Phuket Island with a business model covering a fully integrated Hospitality Ecosystem ...
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NH Hotel Group Increases Revenues by 84.2%, Triples Recurring EBITDA and Accelerates Recovery Thanks to Cost Control and the Return of Business Travel

Since July, NH Hotel Group has benefitted in particular from the swift recovery in the European hotel business following the lifting of health restrictions. During the third quarter of 2021, Group revenue amounted to €273.5 million, up 78% from the €153.6 million reported in 2Q21 and growth of 84% by comparison with the €148.4 million recorded in 3Q20.
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Cloud5 Communications Acquires Mid-America Telephone Systems (MTS)

Cloud5 Communications,a leading provider of communications solutions and Managed IT Services for more than 5,000 hotels, MDUs, and commercial facilities across the Americas, today announced the acquisition of Mid-America Telephone Systems (MTS).
Tags: Travel, Americas Launches First-of-its-Kind Travel Sustainable Badge to Lead Industry in Showcasing a Wider Variety of Sustainable Stays, one of the world’s leading digital travel platforms, today announced the inaugural launch of its Travel Sustainable badge, a credible, globally relevant sustainability measure that will provide highly coveted information to travelers all over the world looking to make more sustainable travel choices. The badge is available to any kind of property that has implemented a combination of sustainable practices that meet the requisite impact threshold for their destination.
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Parity Boost: how to be #1 in Google Hotel Ads when it matters | By Emma Gavala

The travel recovery is happening and more guests are searching for their next trip away. But competition on metasearch is at an all-time-high to win those customers. OTAs have the budget and resources to bid more aggressively than ever on major metasearch platforms like Google Hotel Ads. As a result, the cost-per-click (CPC) has gone through the roof. Back In April 2021, for a hotel in North America, a $1.40/click could buy your hotel a 50% impression share, in slots 1-4. This month you m...
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When will Business Travel Recover to Pre-Pandemic Levels? | By Melissa Rodrigues

Nearly two years since the world plunged into lockdown, travel and hotel bookings continue to show strong recovery, exceeding the record-breaking year of 2019. But although international travel is resuming with a vengeance, the business travel segment (crucial for City Center Hotels and Groups surveyed) is showing a much slower recovery.
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Don’t Buck the Plant-Based Trend | By Larry Mogelonsky

It’s a slow, relentless march towards zero-carbon emissions for all businesses in all industries. While the goal of ‘net zero’ has been given a far-off deadline like 2035 or 2050, many corporations are already pivoting so that they can improve operational efficiencies – minimizing the ‘green premium’ as it is known in economics – as well as capitalize upon any trendsetter cachet. The beginning of October saw two major announcements in the F&B space that hoteliers should be conscious of.
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Accor announces a bond refinancing transaction

ACCOR SA (the "Company") today announces its intention to issue new 7-year Benchmark Senior euro-denominated bonds due November 2028 (the “New Bonds”). The New Bonds will be issued in the form of “Sustainability-Linked Bonds” pursuant to the “Sustainability-Linked Bond Framework” published by the Company on 15 November 2021.At the same time, the Company also announces the launch of a tender offer by Crédit Agricole Corporate and Investment Bank on the following series of bonds of the Comp...
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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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#Dubai Airshow News: Emirates Fleet Rethink Could Mean Boeing Pain, Airbus Gain - Bloomberg

Dubai Airshow News: Emirates Fleet Rethink Could Mean Boeing Pain, Airbus Gain - Bloomberg As the man commanding the world’s largest international airline for almost two decades, Emirates President Tim Clark has perfected the act of playing arch-rivals Airbus SE and Boeing Co. off one another.His tactics were on display again this weekend in Dubai, where the biennial air show is taking place on Emirates’s home turf. Clark, speaking in an interview, said he’s conducting a fleet “reset.” That, i...
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Emirates airline president says carrier returned to profitability in October - Al Arabiya | Reuters

Emirates airline president says carrier returned to profitability in October - Al Arabiya | Reuters Emirates airline chairman Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al-Maktoum said on Monday that the Dubai state-owned airline returned to profitability in October, Al Arabiya TV reported.He added that the carrier's focus remains on increasing passenger numbers through Dubai airports.He also said that there is currently no need for any financial support from the Dubai government and that tapping the sukuk market...
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