Kona storm brings snow to Hawaii + Maui New Year’s Eve Guide released

We have a couple of news items to briefly share today. – Our Maui New Year’s Eve guide has been updated with festive options to welcome in 2022. – Did you hear about the “Kona Low” storm that hit Hawaii this week? It was a doozy! It caused flooding and wind damage in several locations, including Kihei and Waikiki. Governor Ige declared a state of emergency due to this storm.  This storm brought snow to the tall summits on Hawaii (Big) Island. Mauna Kea got so much snow that they had to use a sn...
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Ige taps Shikada for attorney general, USS Daniel Inouye commissioned at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii County Council passes 3% hotel tax, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Holly ShikadaIge Names Holly Shikada To Be Hawaii’s New Attorney General. Shikada is a veteran lawyer who worked for years on educational issues, including ensuring compliance with the Felix Consent Decree. Civil Beat. Star-Advertiser. Big Island Now.  Hawaii News Now.Red Hill Has Changed The Politics Around The Military In Hawaii. The military has enjoyed unwavering support from state and federal political leaders in Hawaii. But the threat to Oahu’s water supply may be bringing that to ...
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I Take You with Me

  I take you with me though you are here In the wind tangling my hair as the sea crashes roaring bringing a drowning silence tears speak upon my cheek  and the waves glide back to the sea  your shadow on the sand the sunlight peeks between the clouds I reach within the space   holding up a seashell                     [Author: French la Vie]
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Travel information for temporary workers

  While Government of Canada is gradually easing border measures provided that Canada’s COVID-19 epidemiology remains favourable,   restrictions limiting travel to Canada are still in place .   Even if you have a valid work permit, you may not be able to travel to Canada at this time.Visit IRCC’s foreign workers webpage before you make travel plans, and again before departing for Canada, to avoid being denied boarding or entry in Canada. The page contains important information on: How trave...
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Tattered shops in old Tokyo

Suitably weatherworn old shops on a windy Tokyo day.
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Mountain Biking Kejimkujik’s Ukme’k Trail

A visit to Kejimkujik National Park just got more interesting, especially for the mountain biking and hiking crowd with the opening of the multi-use Ukme’k Trail. In Mi’kmaq Ukme’k means twisted – and that’s exactly what the new trail does. It winds through the forest, following the bends of the Mersey River for 6.3 kilometres. What it also does is provide a missing link – connecting to other area trails so cyclists and hikers can enjoy up to a 28-kilometre return outing, depending on their star...
Tags: Travel, Biking, Nova Scotia, Jeremy, Oasis, Parks Canada, Mark, Jake, Peggy, Krista, Visitor Centre, Kejimkujik National Park, Kejimkujik, Cabot Trail, Mark Schmidt, Cape Breton Island

Festive Gifting - Chocolate Swirled Halva

Hands up who loves halva? This wonderful Middle Eastern treat makes for a wonderful gift too. All you need is tahini as a base and sweetener. This divine halva is swirled through with dark chocolate too for an extra special treat. Perfect for gifting or as a sweet treat with coffee or tea!
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Delivery Hero’s #Saudi Rival Jahez Eyes Over $2 Billion IPO Value - Bloomberg

Delivery Hero’s Saudi Rival Jahez Eyes Over $2 Billion IPO Value - BloombergSaudi food delivery firm Jahez, which competes with companies like Delivery Hero’s Hungerstation, is targeting a valuation as high as $2.4 billion in an initial public offering that would vault it to the ranks of the biggest startups in the Middle East.Jahez International Company for Information Systems Technology, as the four-year-old firm is formally known, set the price range for the offering later this month at betwe...
Tags: Travel, Saudi Arabia, Ipo, Bloomberg, Middle East, Western Union, HSBC Holdings Plc, Hassana, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, Saudi Telecom Co

Lawyers launch guidance on greenwashing

A committee comprised of top in-house lawyers and law firms in the hospitality industry today published a report, giving advice on greenwashing. It defines what greenwashing is, what specific laws apply in the UK and offers practical advice to hospitality businesses on how to avoid accusations of greenwashing.
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HVMG Assumes Operations of Two Premium Branded Orlando Hotels

Hospitality Ventures Management Group (HVMG), an Atlanta-based, private hotel management and investment company, today began operating the 195-room Residence Inn Near Universal Orlando and the 160-room Fairfield Inn & Suites Orlando International Drive/Convention Center.
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Marriott International Expects to Debut More than 30 Luxury Hotels Across the Globe in 2022

From International Luxury Travel Market (ILTM) Cannes, Marriott International, Inc. today announced it expects to debut more than 30 luxury hotels in 2022, creating the rare and enriching experiences today's luxury traveler craves with its unmatched portfolio of dynamic luxury brands. Through the world-renowned hospitality hallmarks of The Ritz-Carlton, Ritz-Carlton Reserve, St. Regis, W, The Luxury Collection, EDITION, JW Marriott and Bulgari, Marriott International continues to elevate ...
Tags: Travel, Australia, Mexico, Portugal, JW Marriott, Marriott International, Ritz Carlton Ritz Carlton Reserve St Regis, Bulgari Marriott International, Luxury Hotels Across the Globe

American Airlines is dropping 5 international destinations from its summer 2022 schedule because it doesn't have enough planes

American Airlines at JFKWangkun Jia/Shutterstock American Airlines is dropping five international markets as its waits on delayed Dreamliner aircraft. The carrier is cutting cities in Europe and Asia and reducing frequencies to Asia-Pacific destinations. While American is axing some cities, it is adding one international market in the Middle East. American Airlines is reducing its international network as Boeing delays the delivery of its Dreamliner jets. In an internal memo seen by Insider, ...
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Oil Drops on Broader Risk-Off Sentiment Amid Omicron Worries - Bloomberg

Oil Extends Omicron Relief Rally With Demand Concerns Easing - Bloomberg PRICES West Texas Intermediate for January delivery fell $1.42 to settle at $70.94 a barrel in New YorkBrent for February settlement dropped $1.40 to settle at $74.42 a barrel. [Author: [email protected] (Rupert Neil Bumfrey)]
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ESG - Climate change strategy as a differentiator for talent | By Bhushan Sethi

In a recent PwC survey on Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) issues, employees expressed dissatisfaction with corporate investments across a range of environmental priorities. While 55% of business leaders said their companies are stepping up investments in climate change action, only 36% of employees agreed. Setting a top-down strategy for reducing emissions is a big milestone for any company. But how do you inspire the workforce to drive change? It should involve finding common ...
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Notes on Ivan Illich’s work more when time permits.
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STR: U.S. hotel results for week ending 4 December

U.S. hotel occupancy increased from the previous week, but performance comparisons with 2019 were lower, according to STR‘s latest data through 4 December.
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The Superiority of American Medicine - The Life of a Hotel Doctor | By Mike Oppenheim

Patriots boast that American medicine is the best in the world. My view is more nuanced, but let me take their point of view. You’ll be amazed at the dumb things foreign doctors do!
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Hyatt Selects Vostio Access Management by ASSA ABLOY Global Solutions with Room Keys in Apple Wallet

ASSA ABLOY Global Solutions has announced that Hyatt has selected the cloud-based Vostio Access Management platform with room key in Apple Wallet for Hyatt locations. The first stage of this Vostio Accesss Management rollout includes Andaz Maui, Hyatt Centric Key West, Hyatt House Chicago/West Loop-Fulton Market, Hyatt House Dallas/Richardson, Hyatt Place Fremont/Silicon Valley and Hyatt Regency Long Beach. Vostio Access Management provides Hyatt hotel teams with next-generation capabilit...
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Oil weighs on #Saudi shares, #Dubai gains for seventh day | Reuters

Saudi Arabia's stock market ended lower on Thursday, tracking a fall in oil prices as some governments took measures to slow the spread of the Omicron coronavirus variant, while the Dubai index rose for a seventh consecutive session.Brent crude futures fell $1, or 1.3%, to $74.82 a barrel by 1310 GMT after touching a peak of $76.70.Saudi Arabia's benchmark index (.TASI) dropped 0.5%, dragged down by a 0.7% fall in Al Rajhi Bank (1120.SE) and a 0.9% decline in oil behemoth Saudi Aramco (2222....
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The World’s Largest Loyalty Programme for Independent Hotel Brands is Reimagined to Meet Expectations of Today’s Travellers

The reimagination of GHA DISCOVERY, the world's largest loyalty programme for independent hotel brands, is officially launched today, meeting the needs of modern travellers with more rewards, recognition and opportunities to experience hotels and resorts at home or away. Operated by Global Hotel Alliance (GHA), the programme, which embraces new travel and lifestyle trends, encompasses more than 500 hotels across 35 brands in 85 countries and serves more than 11 million members. It will ex...
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Margaritaville Sets Sail with Margaritaville at Sea

Yesterday, Margaritaville announces Margaritaville at Sea, an offshore resort experience. The first cruise ship, Margaritaville Paradise, will offer the fun, escapism, and state of mind synonymous with the global lifestyle brand.
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Oil down on Omicron restrictions and China fears | Reuters

Oil down on Omicron restrictions and China fears | Reuters Oil prices fell on Thursday after measures by some governments to slow the spread of the Omicron coronavirus variant and a ratings downgrade for two Chinese property developers that stoked fears over the economic health of the world's biggest oil importer.Brent crude futures fell $1, or 1.3%, to $74.82 a barrel by 1310 GMT after touching a peak of $76.70. U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures fell 92 cents, or 1.3%, to $71.4...

#Kuwait telecom Zain receives $1.3 bln offer for Sudan business | Reuters

Kuwait telecom Zain receives $1.3 bln offer for Sudan business | Reuters Kuwait-headquartered Zain (ZAIN.KW) said on Thursday it had received a non-binding $1.3 billion offer for the telecom group's Sudanese business from a subsidiary of Sudan's DAL Group.Zain's board has agreed to complete due diligence on the offer from DAL Group's Invictus Holding Ltd for Zain Sudan and Kuwait Sudanese Holdings, it said in a bourse filing.DAL, one of Sudan's largest conglomerates with companies in the food,...
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Airbnb’s design predictions for 2022, inspired by TikTok

As we round out the year, Airbnb has partnered with TikTok to identify new design trends for 20221. Looking at home decor buzzwords used by TikTok’s huge community of creatives, Airbnb has ranked the trends according to the number of times they appear on Airbnb listings. Here are TikTok and Airbnb’s design tips for 2022:
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“BE Deutsche Hospitality” – exclusively for hotel partners, franchisees and investors

Deutsche Hospitality is undertaking a massive expansion of the services it provides to hotel partners and investors in the areas of franchise, management and lease agreements. The new “BE Deutsche Hospitality” partner programme sends out clear impetuses to the sector. The hotel industry continues to offer considerable areas of potential for successful investments if the right ties are in place with an expert ally. To this end, Deutsche Hospitality has put together a new service concept co...
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The inside story of InterContinental Hotels' quest to export 1960s American glamor to the world

Every time InterContinental Hotel interior designer Neal Prince stepped off a Pan Am aircraft in a new destination, he'd head straight to the city center for inspiration.
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Condé Nast Traveller Announces 2022 Gold List

Today, Condé Nast Traveller unveils the winners of its 2022 Gold List highlighting editors' all-time favourite hotels around the world that exemplify the gold standard of service and hospitality.
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2022 U.S. Short-Term Rental Outlook: Industry Maintains Momentum in an Uncertain Era

AirDNA's Industry Outlook forecasts that U.S. short-term rentals will reach 2.6% more demand in 2021 vs 2019, and expect 14.1% more growth in 2022 vs 2021.
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Air-Travel Trends: the future is sustainable and interconnected | By Romain Vetter, Martin Diaz & Caroline Schmid

While travel has not yet resumed its previous levels after a period of major depression, airlines are taking the time to take an introspective look and improve. We met with Romain Vetter, Head of Western Switzerland for SWISS International Air Lines, to talk about his perspective on the future and trends of air travel and the challenges that the industry is facing. 
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Meliá Presents “The Meliá Collection” - Unique Luxury Hotels for Travellers Seeking Authenticity and a Greater Connection With The Destination

Tourism continues to constantly evolve, with new trends revealing a growing preference for brands and experiences that enhance the authenticity and meaning of travel. For Meliá Hotels International, this new way of travelling and discovering destinations has led to the creation of a collection of exclusive hotels in which their exclusivity, independent personality, and strong local roots are some of their main attractions.
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