BC Ferries' fifth Island Class ferry as it departed Damen Shipyards in Galati, Romania bound for British Columbia. Photo Credit: BC Ferries BC Ferries revealed the name of its latest Island Class ferry at a naming and hull christening ceremony at its fleet maintenance facility in Richmond, BC on December 14, 2021. Island Kwigwis is the newest vessel to join the fleet and begins service in the spring of 2022 -- allowing for two-ship operation on the Nanaimo Harbour-Gabriola Island rou...
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The Christmas Season

Paris is a beautiful place to be when the Christmas Season arrives. On on street near where I live. Most restaurants decorate for Christmas. Seen in an office. Not exactly Christmas-y but very interesting. It wasn’t that cold! The most beautiful door in Paris, possibly France. Also not Christmas-y but I just happened to pass it on Avenue Rapp. Starting today my blog will only have postings once or twice a week, if that. I will be traveling so will post photos as I ...
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Chef Paata Georgian Grazing Boxes

Are you looking to try something different? How about some delicious Georgian food? Chef Paata's Grazing Boxes offer up Georgian specialties (a cuisine that's hard to find in Australia) in a delicious grazing box. You can try some dips that you've perhaps never tried before and also add some Italian antipasto to your grazing boxes.
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Oil Edges Higher as Equities Rebound After Fed Doubles Taper - Bloomberg

Oil Edges Higher as Equities Rebound After Fed Doubles Taper - Bloomberg PRICES: West Texas Intermediate for January delivery rose 14 cents to settle at $70.87 a barrel at in New YorkBrent for February settlement increased 18 cents to settle at $73.88 a barrel [Author: [email protected] (Rupert Neil Bumfrey)]
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U.K. Insurance Broker Ardonagh Valued at $7.5 Billion in ADIA Deal - Bloomberg

U.K. Insurance Broker Ardonagh Valued at $7.5 Billion in ADIA Deal - Bloomberg Abu Dhabi Investment Authority has acquired a stake in Ardonagh Group in a transaction valuing the U.K. insurance broker at $7.5 billion.The sovereign fund joined as a new investor in Ardonagh alongside several other large global institutions, Ardonagh said in a statement Wednesday, confirming an earlier Bloomberg News report. The investment was led by existing Ardonagh backers Madison Dearborn Partners and HPS Inve...
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Mubadala Rises From Eike Batista Meltdown to Brazil Private Equity Star - Bloomberg

Mubadala Rises From Eike Batista Meltdown to Brazil Private Equity Star - Bloomberg The meltdown of Eike Batista's commodities empire gave Mubadala Capital the local knowledge to become a private equity standout in Brazil. Now it's looking for more troubled assets in Latin America’s largest economy.The investment arm of Abu Dhabi's sovereign wealth fund — with about $5 billion of equity in Brazil including a refinery and three metro lines in Rio de Janeiro — has about another $3 billion ea...
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Arabia Monitor's Eid-Oakden on Rising Oil Prices - Bloomberg video

Arabia Monitor's Eid-Oakden on Rising Oil Prices - Bloomberg Florence Eid-Oakden, Arabia Monitor CEO/chief economist/founder, discusses oil prices and surplus. She speaks with Yousef Gamal El-Din and Manus Cranny on "Bloomberg Daybreak: Middle East." [Author: [email protected] (Rupert Neil Bumfrey)]
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#UAE Stock Markets To Shift Trading Week - Bloomberg video

UAE Stock Markets To Shift Trading Week - Bloomberg Tarek Fadlallah, CEO at Nomura Asset Management, Middle East discusses how the UAE's move to a Monday-Friday work week will be a positive move for the financial sector and businesses that operate in global capital markets in the UAE. He speaks with Manus Cranny on "Bloomberg Daybreak: Middle East." [Author: [email protected] (Rupert Neil Bumfrey)]
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Oaktree Capital, Ballmer Bet $315 Million on Aspiration Before SPAC Deal - Bloomberg

Oaktree Capital, Ballmer Bet $315 Million on Aspiration Before SPAC Deal - Bloomberg Oaktree Capital Management LP and investment affiliates of billionaire Steve Ballmer have committed $315 million in additional financing to green fintech company Aspiration ahead of its merger with InterPrivate III Financial Partners Inc., a blank-check firm. The financing includes $65 million, of which about $50 million is structured as convertible preferred stock drawn by Aspiration that converts into equity...
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Eight #UAE investors to take up to 20% stake in Adnoc's Ta’ziz projects

Eight UAE investors to take up to 20% stake in Adnoc's Ta’ziz projects Abu Dhabi Chemicals Derivatives Company, known as Ta’ziz, signed an agreement with eight UAE-based investors who will invest up to a 20 per cent stake in a portfolio of projects worth Dh15 billion ($4bn) in its Industrial Chemicals Zone in Ruwais.The deal marks the first domestic public-private partnership (PPP) in Abu Dhabi’s downstream and petrochemicals sector, Adnoc said in a statement on Wednesday.The local investors w...
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Royal Caribbean Moves World’s Largest Cruise Ship to Port Canaveral in 2022

Royal Caribbean has announced that they’re going to homeport the largest cruise ship in the world at Port Canaveral in November 2022.  From Port Canaveral on Florida’s Space Coast, Wonder of the Seas will offer 7-night round-trip eastern and western... Read More The post Royal Caribbean Moves World’s Largest Cruise Ship to Port Canaveral in 2022 appeared first on Cruise Maven.
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Blackstone, ADIA Said to Near Indiabulls Housing Stake Purchase - Bloomberg

Blackstone, ADIA Said to Near Indiabulls Housing Stake Purchase - Bloomberg Indiabulls Housing Finance Ltd.’s founder is nearing a deal to sell about half his stake in the shadow lender to investors led by Blackstone Group Inc. and Abu Dhabi Investment Authority, according to people familiar with the matter, as the sector comes out of a three-year meltdown.Sameer Gehlaut, who founded Indiabulls Housing 16 years ago, will sell roughly 11% to the firms in an initial tranche, the people said, ask...
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Hanauma Bay: legend and lore

Virtually every Hawaii landmark has an ancient legend about its origin. Every scenic lookout, hiking trail, or famous (or secluded) beach and stretch of coast is home to lavish tales of magic and mayhem, of love and loss. Hanauma Bay at the tip of southeast Oahu is certainly no exception. Hanauma Bay State Park is […] The post Hanauma Bay: legend and lore appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
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Accor's Lifestyle Hotel Development Pace Accelerates

The moves Accor has made in recent years to grow its global portfolio and further organize its lifestyle brand offerings has prepared the Paris-based hotel company for accelerated expansion, particularly as the world makes collective steps toward recovery.
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Hoteliers, Human Trafficking is a Hospitality Problem, and It’s Up to Us to Address It | By Parminder Batra

In 2021, freedom is a fundamental human right -- an aspect of our lives that is so firmly ingrained in our understanding of North American culture that we quite often don’t have to give it a second thought. Personal freedom is assumed to be a guarantee… and yet, it isn’t. The somber but unavoidable reality is this: human trafficking is a global problem that has taken on many forms and destroyed countless lives over the years. It shows no sign of slowing down without meaningful interventio...
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Hyde Continues Tremendous Growth with Announcement ff Hyde Paradox Hotel London City

NEW YORK - Hyde Hotels today announced Hyde Paradox Hotel London City, which will be coming soon to the historic location by the Old Bailey in the heart of London. The 110-room property will occupy 15 Old Bailey, a building originally known as the 'Spiers & Pond Hotel'. Built in 1874 by architect Evans Cronk and converted to office use in the early 1900s, the latest re-conversion by Hyde London City owners, OB Capital seeks to return the asset back to the iconic hotel that it once was. Th...
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Oil Falls Further on Looming Surplus, China Demand Constraints - Bloomberg

Oil Falls Further on Looming Surplus, China Demand Constraints - Bloomberg PRICES: West Texas Intermediate for January delivery dropped 1.1% to $69.93 a barrel at 8:32 a.m. local time after falling 0.8% on Tuesday.Brent for February settlement slumped 1% to $72.98 a barrel.Brent’s prompt timespread was at 8 cents a barrel in backwardation after briefly flipping into contango on Tuesday. Oil declined for a third day as global markets tip into a supply surplus, with demand pressured by th...
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How Many Faces in Five Seconds Challenge

Olivia didn’t know she was in the face challenge. Like most babies, I would say all babies who aren’t sleeping, Olivia makes many faces in a second. Those muscles develop quickly with the multitude of expressions. Due to the constant movement of their faces maybe that is why baby photos are taken when they are sleeping? That might explain why my photos are blurry. Olivia smiles often, then goes into a serious mode, tries to talk and rolls over. She makes me laugh. Olivia is two and a half of...
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National Guardsmen leave COVID duty, Blangiardi signs Honolulu hotel tax bill, 91-year-old Kauai woman finishes Honolulu Marathon, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

National Guard loads PPE April 4, 2020 PC:Hawaii National GuardCOVID-19 Mission Ending for 500 Hawaiʻi National Guardsmen. About 100 Soldiers and Airmen will remain on orders until mid-March, supporting: the Department of Health with COVID mapping; and the Department of Labor and Industrial Relations with unemployment site assistance, a small Safe Travels team, and admin support for the neighbor islands. Maui Now.Hawaii Schools See An Uptick In Covid-19 Cases. The numbers remain relative...
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Don’t Cut What Is Obvious to the Customer | By Shep Hyken

Last week I covered the concept of skimpflation. In case you missed it, the short definition is that skimpflation is the result of a labor shortage, some say due to The Great Resignation, and higher business costs that come from inflation and supply and demand issues. This translates to the customer experiencing a lower level of service, and in some cases, quality. Our colleague at Shepard Presentations refers to it as customer service on a diet.
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Hospitality Ventures Management Group (HVMG) Awarded Management of Fort Lauderdale Marriott Pompano Beach Resort & Spa

Hospitality Ventures Management Group (HVMG), an Atlanta-based, private hotel management and investment company, today assumed management of the 219-room Fort Lauderdale Marriott Pompano Beach Resort & Spa. The property was recently acquired by Key International, a leading international real estate development and investment firm, and Wexford Real Estate Investors (WREI).
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Prism Hotels & Resorts Acquired By Aimbridge Hospitality

Dallas-based Prism Hotels & Resorts, an award-winning, full-service hotel management, investment and advisory services company representing more than 48 properties across the country, has been acquired by Aimbridge Hospitality, a leading global hospitality company. The terms of the deal will not be disclosed. The announcement was made by Steve Van, President & CEO of Prism Hotels & Resorts and Aimbridge President & CEO Michael J. Deitemeyer.
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European Hotel Transaction Bulletin - Week Ending 10 December 2021

Azora acquires Bluserena from the Maresca family, Fortress acquires majority stake in PREM Group, Blasson acquires the Hotel Punta Negra de Mallorca, Spain, Aina Hospitality sells the Four Points by Sheraton Milan Center, Mazabi acquires the Hotel Cap Roig Nature in L’Ampolla, Spain from The Palm Experience, Hamburg Team acquires Hansator Hotel, Münster from Landmarken, Fragrance acquires Aloft Liverpool from North John Street, Private investor acquires Das Carls Hotel, Düsseldorf from Ge...
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COVID-19 webinar summary: 5 key points on France hotel performance, 3 December

Knowing you might not have time to watch our full webinars, we are pleased to continue our series of COVID-19 webinar summaries. In this latest edition, we talk performance in France.
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VICI Properties Inc. Enters Into Agreements Relating to the Mirage Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas

VICI Properties Inc. (“VICI Properties” or “VICI” or the “Company”) announced today that, in connection with MGM Resorts International’s (“MGM Resorts”) agreement to sell the operations of The Mirage Hotel & Casino (the “Mirage”), located in Las Vegas, NV, to Hard Rock International (“Hard Rock”), VICI has agreed to enter into a new separate lease with Hard Rock related to the operations of the Mirage (the “Mirage Lease”) and also enter into an amendment to the Master Lease to be made by ...
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Hotel profitability global update: Continued improvement for most of the world in October

In our last global P&L article, we noted that hotel profitability improved across much of the globe as the industry continued its slow recovery. In this latest update with October data, we saw similar trends in P&L data although there were notable outliers in each world region.
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Noble Acquires Portfolio of Marriott, Hilton, and Hyatt Branded Hotels

Noble Investment Group ("Noble") today announced the acquisition of the Residence Inn by Marriott Charlottesville Downtown, Hyatt House Tallahassee Capitol | University, and the Hampton Inn & Suites Tallahassee Capitol | University. These newly built hotels are in strong growth markets, which provide a highly resilient and diverse mix of business and leisure demand generators.
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OPERA Cloud Property Management is on the Itinerary for Hotels Worldwide

Hotels around the globe are checking into Oracle Hospitality OPERA Cloud property management system (PMS) to improve operations and deliver great guest experiences. In the past six months alone, Oracle has seen a 300% increase in customers using OPERA Cloud. The addition of brands including Accor, Banff Park Lodge, Fontenille, The Great Southern Hotel, Jumeirah, Predator Ridge, and Wyndham Hotels and Resorts account for an additional 27,000 hotel rooms across properties in 28 countries.
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CBRE Expects Lodging Revenue Per Available Room Recovery by Mid-2023

Average daily rate (ADR) gains and a 35.1% year-over-year increase in hotel occupancy in Q3 showed demand for U.S. hotel stays endured in the face of the Delta variant. Continued improvement in domestic travel and the rollback of many international travel restrictions have led CBRE to revise its forecast significantly upward in the near- and medium-term. Revenue per available room (RevPAR) is now forecast to reach 2019 nominal levels by the second half of 2023, rather than in 2024, as pre...
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Most Gulf markets fall as cenbank decisions, Omicron fears loom | Reuters

Most Gulf markets fall as cenbank decisions, Omicron fears loom | Reuters Most stock markets in the Gulf ended lower on Wednesday over Omicron worries and as investors worldwide await the U.S. Federal Reserve's plan to wind down asset purchases and start raising interest rates. The Fed's decision will set the tone for the central banks of the European Union, the UK and Japan when they meet this week, and add to pressure for policy tightening in emerging markets.  read more Omicron coronav...
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