UK travel firms call for state help after Omicron hits turnover

Industry body warns that some operators won’t last the winter after return of strict Covid travel rulesCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageTravel firms have called on the government to provide urgent financial help as fresh Covid-19 restrictions come in to force on Tuesday, hitting holiday travel just before the peak booking period.Turnover has been at just 22% of normal levels for tour operators, according to figures from the travel association Abta. Continue reading...
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The simple joy of very simply grilled Japanese food

The other week I walked past where the little shack in the last photo was and found a modern, much less shack-like structure going up in its place. The new shop isn’t going to be serving grilled chicken like the old one either, but it will at least be staying in the family, so it’s an evolution of sorts rather than an ending. A sight that led my mind to other, somewhat similar places, which in turn resulted in the series below. A celebration in a way of the simple pleasure of simple food that’s ...
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How to Set Up a DEWA account in Dubai

The Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) is the sole provider of electricity, water and sewerage in Dubai.  Whether you are a tenant or owner of a property, you have to deal with DEWA to get access to the facilities for your property. Please see below application process and list of required documents.  There is […] The post How to Set Up a DEWA account in Dubai appeared first on Dubai Expat Blog.
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Canyon Creek Ice Cave Hike Near Bragg Creek

If you’re after a different sort of hike – one where the goal is an ice cave rather than an alpine lake or mountain top, then I’d suggest the Canyon Creek Ice Cave hike, not far from Bragg Creek. It also goes by the name Bragg Creek Ice Cave and Moose Mountain Ice Cave. It’s a full day hike now – as the trailhead was moved just off Highway 66, after a string of accidents both in the cave, and perhaps on the steep scree as well – well over a decade ago. There is a 5.1-kilometre oil and gas acce...
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WAN, Mascot

WAN is a new Taiwanese and Japanese style restaurant on Coward Street in Mascot. You'll find casual, snacky dishes packed with flavour. Prices are very reasonable and there is also got a curated drinks list from sake, wine, beer and cocktails. There's also a little surprise for those in the know and that is their off menu items. But how do you access these? Well find out here!
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BlackRock, #Saudi asset manager Hassana sign deal for Aramco's gas pipelines | Reuters

BlackRock, Saudi asset manager Hassana sign deal for Aramco's gas pipelines | Reuters Saudi Aramco (2222.SE) said on Monday it has signed a $15.5 billion lease-and-leaseback deal for its gas pipeline network with a consortium led by BlackRock Real Assets and state-backed Hassana Investment Co.Gulf oil producers are looking at sales of stakes in energy assets and raising cash through long-term leases, capitalising on a rebound in crude prices to attract foreign investors.Earlier this year Aramc...
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#Saudi Aramco warns of ‘social unrest’ if fossil fuels ditched too quickly | Financial Times

Saudi Aramco warns of ‘social unrest’ if fossil fuels ditched too quickly | Financial Times The chief executive of Saudi Aramco, the world’s largest oil producer, has called on global leaders to continue investing in fossil fuels in the years ahead or run the risk of spiralling inflation and social unrest that would force them to jettison emissions targets. Speaking at the World Petroleum Congress in Houston, Texas, Amin Nasser said there was an assumption that the world could transition to...
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Oil Advances With Equities as Fears of Omicron Lockdowns Ease - Bloomberg

Oil Advances With Equities as Fears of Omicron Lockdowns Ease - Bloomberg PRICES West Texas Intermediate for January delivery rose $3.23 to settle at $69.49 a barrel in New York.Brent for February settlement rose $3.20 to $73.08 a barrel. [Author: [email protected] (Rupert Neil Bumfrey)]
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Alaska Airlines BOGO ticket sale + Our 2021 Maui Christmas guide has been released

We have a couple of big Hawaii travel notes to share today. – Alaska Airlines just announced a Buy One, Get One sale, including flights to and from Hawaii! This deal allows you to buy one coach class Alaska ticket and you’ll get another ticket for just the cost of taxes and fees. You’ll need to use the discount code STARBUCKS and book by 11:59pm Pacific Time on December 7, 2021. Some restrictions apply. See this link for the details. – For readers awaiting our 2021 Maui Christmas Guide, it’s re...
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Sajid Javid updates MPs on UK Omicron cases and new travel rules – video

The health secretary has updated the Commons on the latest numbers of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus virus, as well as new travel restrictions for those arriving in the UKFollow our UK Covid live blog Continue reading...
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Omani, #Saudi companies sign $10 bln MoUs ahead of crown prince's visit | Reuters

Omani, Saudi companies sign $10 bln MoUs ahead of crown prince's visit | Reuters Omani and Saudi firms signed 13 memoranda of understanding (MoU) potentially valued at more than $10 billion, Omani official media reported on Monday, as Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman sets off on a Gulf tour.Oman's state energy company OQ signed an MoU with petrochemicals firm Saudi Basic Industries Corp (SABIC) on developing Oman's Duqm petrochemical complex project.OQ also signed an MoU with Saudi Arabi...
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#Dubai property prices to get boost next year from foreign demand | Reuters

Dubai property prices to get boost next year from foreign demand | Reuters Dubai house prices will extend their rise into next year at twice the rate expected three months ago, driven by demand from foreign investors and improving affordability, according to a Reuters poll of property analysts.With a successful vaccination roll-out and an early easing of COVID-19 restrictions, Dubai's economy bounced back sharply this year as trade and travel sectors opened up, helping the previously ailin...
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#Saudi sovereign fund PIF selling 5.01% stake in STC in secondary offer | Reuters

Saudi sovereign fund PIF selling 5.01% stake in STC in secondary offer | Reuters The Public Investment Fund (PIF), Saudi Arabia's sovereign wealth fund, is selling a 5.01% stake in Saudi Telecom Co (STC) (7010.SE) through a secondary share offering, STC said on Sunday.PIF plans to sell 100.2 million shares at a price range of 100 riyals to 116 riyals per share, potentially raising as much as 11.623 billion riyals ($3.10 billion) at the top end of the range.The final price will be determined on...
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Exclusive: Uber in talks with Mideast unit over outside investment - sources | Reuters

Exclusive: Uber in talks with Mideast unit over outside investment - sources | ReutersUber Technologies (UBER.N) is in talks with the management of its Middle East unit Careem to bring outside investors into the business, four sources familiar with the matter said.Careem's ownership structure following the planned investment was not immediately clear, though sources said Uber would remain a shareholder while giving Careem's management greater decision-making power over its strategy.The investmen...
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From South Africa to freezing Birmingham. Welcome to my £2,285 quarantine world | Carla Stout

I’m stuck in a hotel for 10 days, under a system that is disorganised and shockingly expensiveI am writing this on day zero, having arrived at my government-designated quarantine hotel after 24 hours of travel. I need to isolate in my room for 10 days and 11 nights. It is, to put it mildly, a bit of a dump: a tired, chipped Formica table, sagging curtains, freezing cold. For this, I paid £2,285.So what is that like? Sitting in this room, I just want to burst into tears. My despair is exacerbated...
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Advent Prayer

Lead me love to have awareness ofyour guidance to bring forth your invisible truth … advent prayer                             [Author: French la Vie]
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Commonwealth Hotels Acquires the Staybridge Suites Indianapolis Fishers and the Hampton Inn & Suites Scottsburg Indiana

Commonwealth Hotels is excited to announce the acquisition of the Staybridge Suites Indianapolis Fishers and the Hampton Inn & Suites Scottsburg Indiana. The Staybridge is just 20 minutes from downtown Indianapolis and the Hampton Inn & Suites is located just 30 minutes from downtown Louisville and near the Indiana National Guard.
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Anthony Bourdain on the Burroughs and Bowles trail to Morocco

In the 1950s, the original Beats—William Burroughs, Jack Kerouac, and Allen Ginsberg—made their way to Morocco. Writer Paul Bowles was already there, and never really left. Read his Sheltering Sky to see it through his eyes. Tangier is where Burroughs penned most of Naked Lunch, captivated by the "interzone" (international zone) where nothing was true, and everything was permitted. — Read the rest
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State of emergency as 'Kona low' sweeps Hawaii, Ige joins call to suspend Red Hill fuel storage, Maui closes government offices, schools, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

5 a.m. Dec. 6 radar over the Hawaiian Islands PC:NWSState of emergency in effect across Hawaii as potent storm wallops islands. A potent storm has begun to wallop the Hawaiian Islands with gusty winds and widespread flooding rain, with blizzard conditions expected at some higher elevations, AccuWeather forecasters say. A state of emergency was issued for Hawaii on Sunday morning due to the intense flooding and blizzard conditions. Accuweather. Star-Advertiser. Hawaii News Now. KHON2. KIT...
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Modi did recommend statutory MSP in his 2011 report – now he’s in trouble!

Tikait has been continually citing the 2011 report in which Modi as chairperson recommended statutory MSP. This is what his report said: Enforce MSP: Since intermediaries play a vital role in the functioning of the market and at times they have advance contract with farmers. In respect of all essential commodities, we should protect farmer’s […]
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Wyndham Grand and Catherine Lowe Celebrate the Gift of Family with Launch of Reimagined 'Reconnected' Program

The holidays are officially here. As travelers once again look to reconnect and enjoy the company of loved ones, Wyndham Grand® is getting into the spirit of the season—randomly surprising and delighting guests at its U.S. hotels with its first-ever 'Reconnected' Travel Keepsake Box.
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Recovery of U.S. hotel profitability stalled in October

U.S. hotel profitability increased from the previous month on a per-available-room basis but was down when indexed to 2019, according to STR‘s October 2021 monthly P&L data release.
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#AbuDhabi hits record peak; STC weighs on Saudi index | Reuters

Abu Dhabi hits record peak; STC weighs on Saudi index | Reuters Most stock markets in the Gulf ended higher on Monday on hopes the Omicron coronavirus variant's symptoms prove mostly mild and have a less damaging economic impact.Reports in South Africa said Omicron cases there had only shown mild symptoms and the top U.S. infectious disease official told broadcaster CNN that so far "It does not look like there's a great degree of severity". read moreIn Abu Dhabi, the index (.ADI) advanced ...
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Column: Oil market hit by wave of hedge fund liquidation: Kemp | Reuters

Column: Oil market hit by wave of hedge fund liquidation: Kemp | Reuters Fears over the Omicron coronavirus variant's impact on international aviation and other sources of oil demand have prompted massive liquidation of previously bullish hedge fund positions.Hedge funds and other money managers sold the equivalent of 131 million barrels in the six most important petroleum futures and options contracts in the week to Nov. 30 ( one-week sale was the 13th largest in...
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DoubleTree by Hilton Celebrated National Cookie Day

National Cookie Day, celebrated on December 4, is an especially sweet holiday for DoubleTree by Hilton. The brand is famous for its proud tradition of greeting guests with its signature, warm DoubleTree chocolate chip cookie at check-in, symbolizing a warm welcome and comfortable stay.
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The Staycation helps deliver record Q3 results with resilience in budget travel market

Craig Bonnar, Chief Executive commented: “Following the lifting of all Covid-19 restrictions Travelodge has delivered a record trading performance in quarter 3. We saw a significant increase in demand post 19 July, with very strong levels of domestic leisure demand across the UK this summer, good ‘blue collar’ business demand and we also benefited from the reduced VAT rate."
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Cornell Research: Key Human Resources Practices Benefit Franchisees, Performance

In the new Center for Hospitality Research and Cornell Center for Innovative Hospitality Labor and Employment Relations brief, “Understanding Human Resource Practices and Outcomes in Franchise Businesses,” Professor Tashlin Lakhani finds that increased collaboration between hotel franchisees and franchisors on human resources best practices can lead to higher organizational performance.
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Travelodge is set to open four new hotels in time for Christmas

Last month, Travelodge, the UK’s first budget hotel chain, announced it expects to open a further four new hotels in the lead-up to Christmas, two of these hotels officially opened on the 22nd of November in London’s top growth hotspots - Elephant & Castle and Manor House. Both of these hotels are located in a prime location close to the tube station.
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CBRE U.S. Hotels State of the Union - December 2021

The CBRE Hotels Research State of the Union showcases a pictorial review of current hotel trends, leading and coincident indicators of hotel demand, and an update on cost pressures and margin flow-through. The report provides a brief update on capital market trends, the impact of virtual work and office vacancy, as well as our revised Chain Scale, National, and market-level forecast summaries.
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What are truffles and why are they so expensive? | By Patrick Ogheard

Truffle. A true love it or hate it delicacy, with its pungent flavour and heady scent, the truffle is not a flavour which takes a back seat in any dish and can easily overwhelm the palate if overdone. The truffle is an edible fungus belonging to the mushroom family, but it’s not a mushroom like any other; many describe the taste as earthy, gamey even. Those on the other side of the fence might describe it as ‘musky’ or ‘funky’. Whatever the taste, there’s no denying for those who love it,...
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