Honolulu rail deficit less than feared, Honolulu advances hotel tax, Hawaii County advances pesticide ban, Bezos gives $2.5M for Maui homeless project, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Honolulu rail construction PC:HARTHonolulu rail deficit estimate cut to $1.97B. The projected $3.5 billion deficit for the city’s troubled rail project is far less than feared — $1.97 billion, rail officials said Wednesday. Star-Advertiser. Civil Beat. Hawaii News Now.Electric vehicles are all over Hawaii roads. So why aren’t there more charging stations? In the past year, there was a nearly 32% increase in the number of passenger electric vehicles in Hawaii, according to the state. But ...
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STR: U.S. hotel results for week ending 13 November

U.S. hotel performance increased slightly from the previous week, according to STR‘s latest data through 13 November.
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Delta is expanding its domestic network with 8 new or returning routes as the competition intensifies — see the full list

Delta Air Lines at LaGuardia Airport.Thomas Pallini/Insider Delta is launching three new and five resumed routes by summer 2022 as competition grows in its hubs. The move comes as the Northeast Alliance expands in New York and Sun Country Airlines adds flights in Minneapolis.  The route adjustments will bring back the company's shuttle service between New York and Boston. Delta Air Lines' competitors in the Midwest and the Northeast are expanding in the carrier's primary hubs, and...
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Amadeus Announces Agreement with Marriott International to Deploy Transformative, Cloud-based CRS Solution

Amadeus today announces an agreement with Marriott International to deploy the Amadeus Central Reservations System (ACRS) to modernize Marriott’s reservation infrastructure in the coming years. Integrating the ACRS will ultimately replace Marriott’s proprietary reservations system and expand its commerce capabilities, including enabling travelers to personalize their travels, by providing greater flexibility in choosing guest room attributes, and purchasing products like spa and golf when...
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Top 5 things to do on your visit to Dubai Expo 2020

Even though the pandemic has spoiled the travel plans of many, Expo 2020 Dubai has not failed the hopes of travel enthusiasts by allowing them to travel around the world without any hindrance. Are you already wondering ‘how’? Expo 2020 Dubai is an event where 192 countries from across the world are participating to share their innovative ideas for a better world through sustainability, mobility and opportunity, which are the themes of this mega-event. This expo is aimed at inspiring and trigg...
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Sorry, Alex Berenson is wrong again – for the third time

Someone shared this analysis by Alex Berenson: People appear to die at rates 20 percent or more above normal for weeks after receiving their second Covid vaccine dose, according to data from a huge Swedish study. The figures are buried in a preprint paper on vaccine effectiveness released last month. The headline finding of the […]
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SUNNY Summer Squash & Corn Soup

Looking for summer squash recipes? This creamy summer squash and corn soup makes the most of in season vegetables and has a creamy texture despite no cream being used. It can be eaten cold or hot and is full of delicious vitamin rich vegetables. It can also be easily made vegan too (there's a Thermomix recipe too)!
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My postings on my blog will not be as numerous as before. I has knee replacement surgery and, of course, am not out cruising around taking photos. I am doing what they call reeducation (rehab) which involves special exercises to get back to as near normal as possible. I haven’t found a huge difference between American and French hospitals. I am now in what they call a clinic specifically for “reeducation” after various orthopedic surgeries. I sort of feel like I’m back in a college dorm except a...
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Oil Takes Fresh Hit as China Says Stockpile Release in the Works - Bloomberg

Oil Takes Fresh Hit as China Says Stockpile Release in the Works - Bloomberg PRICES: Western Texas Intermediate crude for December delivery rose 65 cents to settle at $79.01 a barrel in New York.Brent for January settlement rose 96 cents to settle at $81.24 a barrel. Oil rose in choppy trade as recent declines below $80 lured some investors back for bargains while the market waited to see whether the U.S. would match China’s plans to release strategic reserves. Futures in New Yor...
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Top Dubai Municipality Apps

Dubai Municipality has launched a number of mobile apps for easier integration with municipal services. Whether you want to access the geographical system and land maps, order animal slaughter and delivery, identify fake consumer products, find or adopt a pet, visit the parks and beaches, check out the weather, or simply contact the 24/7 contact […] The post Top Dubai Municipality Apps appeared first on Dubai Expat Blog.
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Brazeau Loop Trail Hike in Jasper National Park

For a fabulous multi-day backpacking trip that includes an amazing alpine traverse, hike the Brazeau Loop trail in the southern part of Jasper National Park. The trail crosses three passes as it loops through a landscape of wildflower filled meadows, passing numerous mountain peaks and the stunning, turquoise-coloured Brazeau Lake – a large backcountry lake along the route. The Brazeau Loop trail is in an area that is reportedly wildlife rich – though the only animals we saw were some marmots, a...
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Oil hovers above six-week low as China readies crude reserve release | Reuters

Oil hovers above six-week low as China readies crude reserve release | ReutersOil prices rose slightly on Thursday, bouncing after a drop to six-week lows as investors wondered about how much crude major economies would release from their strategic reserves and how much that would ease global crude demand pressures.Prices fell to the six-week lows early in the session as China said it was moving to tap reserves. On Wednesday, Reuters reported that the United States was asking large consuming nat...
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A Vietnamese airline is launching the first regular nonstop flights from Vietnam to the US

Vietnam Airlines Boeing 787-9 aircraft.Vytautas Kielaitis/Shutterstock Vietnam Airlines to become the first carrier to operate regularly scheduled nonstop service from Vietnam to the US. The long flights begin November 28, though the airline's CEO says the route will not be profitable anytime soon. The Boeing and Airbus aircraft used for the flights will not fly full due to weight restrictions. After decades of interest in offering direct flights from Vietnam to the US, Vietnam Airlines i...
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Colombian Pension Fund Proteccion Is Key in Billionaire's Bid for Food Firm - Bloomberg

Colombian Pension Fund Proteccion Is Key in Billionaire's Bid for Food Firm - Bloomberg Billionaire Jaime Gilinski’s takeover bid for a majority stake in Colombian food producer Nutresa SA has placed the spotlight on a pension fund manager that may hold the key to whether the transaction goes through. Proteccion SA, which manages retirement funds with a 5.2% stake in the Medellin-based food producer, is closely associated with the two largest holders of Nutresa -- Grupo de Inversiones Surameri...
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PwC: This holiday season, more consumers want to travel. But will they?

More consumers want to travel this holiday than they did pre-pandemic, according to data from our annual Holiday Outlook. Whether they actually will travel depends on a variety of interlocking factors, chief among them public health.
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The End of Shoulder Season for U.S. Short-term Rentals as Gateway Cities Prepare for International Travel

DENVER - AirDNA's monthly review indicates that U.S. short-term rentals are now generating 40% more revenue than at the same time in 2019 with demand up 12.2% and 35.8% from 2020.
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Ford, GlobalFoundries say they will work together to boost chip supply | Reuters

Ford, GlobalFoundries say they will work together to boost chip supply | ReutersFord Motor Co (F.N) and chip manufacturer GlobalFoundries Inc (GFS.O) on Thursday said they plan to work together to boost supplies for the automaker's vehicles and the broader U.S. auto industry but gave few details about what the deal entails.The two companies announced a non-binding agreement that could involve increasing production capacity for Ford's current lineup and performing joint research and development o...
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Emirates cargo boss says supply chain constraints could stretch beyond 2022 | Reuters

Emirates cargo boss says supply chain constraints could stretch beyond 2022 | Reuters Global supply chain constraints will continue to hit freight movers until at least the end of next year and could stretch beyond 2022 as logistics companies struggle with labour shortages amid booming demand, Emirates' cargo boss said.A shortage of freight space and manpower as a result of the pandemic compounded by a rapid recovery in demand has jammed seaports and airports and led transport costs to skyrock...
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Airbnb delivers €315 million in EU tourist taxes

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Saudi Arabia and the U.A.E. Lead the Middle East Hotel Construction Pipeline at Q3‘21

According to the Q3 2021 Middle East Construction Pipeline Trend Report from Lodging Econometrics (LE), at the end of the quarter, the hotel construction pipeline in the region stands at 545 projects/168,042 rooms. While the number of total pipeline projects has increased over the previous quarter, project counts are down 6% and room counts are down 19% year-over-year (YOY).
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#Saudi bourse retreats on weak oil, registers weekly loss | Reuters

Saudi bourse retreats on weak oil, registers weekly loss | Reuters Saudi Arabia's stock market ended lower on Thursday and recorded its third weekly loss in four, tracking weaker oil prices, while other major Gulf bourses traded mixed.Oil prices slid to six-week lows before recovering some ground, as China said it was moving to tap reserves after a Reuters report that the United States was asking large consuming nations to consider a stockpile release to lower prices.The bid by the U.S. to...
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6 Budgeting Factors To Consider For 2022 | By Hannah Weller Barrise

Understanding your base business has been a fundamental starting block for preparing a hotel budget and forecast. But as we look back on 2021 and 2020 it’s easy to see that this base business may not be as reliable as in previous years. Group bookings that are on the books or anticipated may not ultimately materialize. As such, as you prepare your forecast for 2022 there are many more factors to consider bringing into the mix.
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Brittain Resorts and Hotels Selects Agilysys Cloud-Native SaaS Property Management Solutions

Agilysys, Inc. (Nasdaq: AGYS), a leading global provider of next-generation cloud-native SaaS and on-premise hospitality software solutions and services, today announced that Brittain Resorts and Hotels in Myrtle Beach, SC, has selected Agilysys’ cloud-native SaaS PMS solution Agilysys Stay, as well as Agilysys rGuest Service and Owners Accounting for 10 of their properties representing over 3,400 rooms.
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The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection Joins Marriott Bonvoy

Marriott Bonvoy®, Marriott International’s travel program, today announced The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection will join the program effective November 9, 2021. Translating the legendary Ritz-Carlton experience to sea, The Ritz-Carlton Yacht Collection is poised to become one of the most exciting debuts in the luxury travel sector, carving out an entirely unique space within the industry. Marriott Bonvoy members can now earn and redeem points for voyages slated to begin May 6, 2022, marking...
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OTA Insight Raises $80M Series B Funding from Spectrum Equity to Bring Data-Driven Decisions to Hospitality Industry

OTA Insight, the global leader in cloud-based hospitality business intelligence, has raised $80 million from Spectrum Equity, a leading growth equity firm focused on internet-enabled software and transformational data companies. Spectrum Equity joins existing OTA Insight investors Eight Roads, F-Prime Capital and Highgate Technology Ventures. This latest investment will support the company in furthering its mission to enable smarter commercial decisions and outputs across the industry as ...
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Hawaii luaus adapt to COVID restrictions

As we were recently updating our luau pages, we noticed quite a few new trends as luau companies adjust to COVID restrictions and guidelines. Here are some of the trends we’re seeing. Please note that these trends have not been applied across the board. Social distancing More luaus are moving away from ginormous, shared tables. Instead of having to sit elbow-to-elbow with a stranger, many luaus are offering private tables just for your ohana (family) or even just tables for two. We found this t...
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Asia's Reopening tourist hot spots are drawing investors’ attention

Thailand’s pristine beaches and resorts recently reopened to tourists for the first time since the onset of the pandemic, spurring a shot of optimism for the hotel sector in the country and beyond. 
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The 5 Key Trends for Asia Pacific Travelers in Q3 | By Celine Wickerhoff

We recently published the latest edition of Travel Recovery Trend Report, which detailed some of the most notable industry trends from Q3 at a global scale. But we know that the pace and form of the pandemic recovery isn’t uniform around the world, as vaccines rollouts and travel restrictions vary country by country. Here we look in more detail at the five most noticeable trends as seen among travelers in the Asia Pacific (APAC) region.
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Whitebridge APAC Hotels Monitor - Issue 8

Recent IMF projections have indicated that GDP could grow more slowly in 2021 than anticipated in April this year because of new C19 outbreaks in various locations around the region. Although APAC remains the fastest growing region in the world, there is increasing diversion within between advanced and emerging marketeconomies, reflecting differing vaccination rates and levels of policy support.
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