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First Gabriel was not feeling well, then when he was back to his playful self  Chelsea caught it but not as bad as Gabriel and being the super mom she was better in a day, A few days after Sacha arrived he found himself wading through it. then Martin joined him, and today Elena she has it. Sacha and Elena had to change their flight home because of it. We have had plenty of covid tests (we are vaccinated and covid tests are free and within five minutes from our home.) We have been and are nega...
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Hawaii hits 16.7% COVID positivity rate, Ige postpones public meeting requirement, Maui requires booster for indoor dining, bars, gyms, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Fewer hospitalizations expected during Omicron surge, but experts remain concerned. Hospitalizations are rising again and are expected to peak in late January but not at levels seen during the Delta surge. Hawaii News Now. KHON2.Hawaii sees 3,178 new coronavirus cases, bringing statewide total to 118,820. The state’s 7-day average positivity rate is 16.7% The new confirmed and probable infection count by island includes 2,495 new cases on Oahu, 238 on Hawaii Island, 225 on Maui, 129 on Kauai, ...
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Happy New Year! 2022 storms into Hawaii

Happy New Year! Here at the HAT Blog, we kept our head down over The Holidays, spending Christmas Eve and Christmas with our small group of immediate family. We spent New Year’s Eve hunkered down at home as torrents of rain thundered down and the skies lit up with countless thousands of illegal arial fireworks […] The post Happy New Year! 2022 storms into Hawaii appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
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TenTo, Surry Hills

TenTo is a Japanese style cafe hidden down a laneway in Surry Hills. The spacious, outdoor only café has a menu of Japanese style eats from the photogenic Snow Crab and Snapper Ochazuke to the delicious Snapper Ramen served with a Gyokai tonkotsu broth.
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Oil settles higher on 2022 demand optimism | Reuters

Oil settles higher on 2022 demand optimism | Reuters Oil settled higher on Monday on hopes of further demand recovery in 2022, despite OPEC+ looking set to agree to another output increase and persistent concerns about how rising COVID infections might affect demand.OPEC and its allies, or OPEC+, are expected on Tuesday to agree to the output hike. read moreThe Omicron coronavirus variant has brought record case counts and dampened New Year festivities worldwide, with more than 4,000 flights c...
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Omicron Emergence a Yardstick for the Hotel Industry | By David Eisen

Though the materialization of new coronavirus strains vex, it turns out, the more thrown our way, the better we now appear to cope.
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Most Gulf bourses fall as COVID-19 cases rise | Reuters

Most Gulf bourses fall as COVID-19 cases rise | Reuters Most major stock markets in the Gulf ended lower on Monday amid a surge in COVID-19 cases, although the Qatari index bucked the trend.In Abu Dhabi, the index (.ADI) fell 0.3%, with Alpha Dhabi Holding (ALPHADHABI.AD) retreating 3.9% after the conglomerate said it had bought an additional 17% in developer Aldar Properties (ALDAR.AD) to take its stake to 29.8%. read moreShares of Aldar gained 1%.Dubai's main share index (.DFMGI) lost 0....
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OPEC Picks #Kuwait’s Haitham Al-Ghais as Next Top Diplomat - Bloomberg

OPEC Picks Kuwait’s Haitham Al-Ghais as Next Top Diplomat - Bloomberg Haitham al-Ghais  Photographer: Yasser Al-Zayyat/AFP via Getty Images  OPEC chose veteran Kuwaiti oil executive Haitham al-Ghais to become the organization’s top diplomat, as the group and its allies navigate a delicate recovery from the pandemic.Al-Ghais -- a multilingual technocrat whose three-decade oil industry career includes stints in Beijing and London -- will become Secretary-General in August, taking...
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Low inflation to keep Bank of #Israel on hold for now | Reuters

Low inflation to keep Bank of Israel on hold for now | Reuters The Bank of Israel left its benchmark interest rate (ILINR=ECI) at 0.1% for a 14th straight policy meeting on Monday, and said benign inflation meant it need not hurry to raise rates.In contrast to elsewhere in the West, Israel's inflation is expected to remain low and within an annual target of 1%-3%, helped by the shekel's 26-year high to the dollar that is suppressing import prices."The situation in Israel is different, which al...
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Oil rises above $78 on optimism about 2022 outlook | Reuters

Oil rises above $78 on optimism about 2022 outlook | Reuters Oil rose above $78 a barrel on Monday, supported by tight supply and hopes of a further demand recovery in 2022, despite OPEC+ looking set to agree to a further output increase and concern persisting about the demand impact of rising coronavirus cases.OPEC and its allies, or OPEC+, are expected on Tuesday to agree to the output hike. read more The Omicron coronavirus variant has brought record case counts and dampened New Year festiv...
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#Saudi Aramco awards $2.23bln contract to #AbuDhabi's NPCC | ZAWYA MENA Edition

Saudi Aramco awards $2.23bln contract to Abu Dhabi's NPCC | ZAWYA MENA Edition Saudi Aramco has awarded a contract worth AED 8.2 billion ($2.23 billion) to the Abu Dhabi’s National Petroleum Construction Company (NPCC) for two packages in the Zulf Offshore Field.The project is expected to be executed over three-years.No further details about the project were given in a statement to Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange (ADX) by National Marine Dredging Company PJCS (NMDC) which wholly owns NPCC. [...
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IHCL, in Collaboration with Confederation Of Indian Industry (CII) and EHL, Switzerland, Will Impart Vocational Education to Hospitality Students

Indian Hotels Company (IHCL), Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and EHL Education Group, Switzerland have collaborated to offer a Professional Diploma Program to hospitality industry students at CII’s Vocational Education and Training by EHL (VET by EHL) Learning Centres across India. The 18-month program offering Swiss quality education will include six months of academics at CII accredited institutes and 12 months of hands-on field experience at select IHCL hotels.
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Booking Holdings Completes the Acquisition of Getaroom

Booking Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: BKNG) announced that it has successfully completed its previously announced plan to acquire Getaroom from Court Square Capital Partners for approximately $1.2 billion. Getaroom is a B2B distributor of hotel rooms, and will roll into Booking Holdings' Priceline brand to form a new Strategic Partnerships business unit with the Priceline Partner Network.
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MCR Acquires Stoweflake Mountain Resort & Spa in Stowe, Vermont

Walking in a winter wonderland! MCR — the country’s 4th-largest hotel owner-operator — has acquired the 117-room Stoweflake Mountain Resort & Spa in Stowe, Vermont.
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Vail Resorts Closes its Acquisition of Seven Springs Mountain Resort, Hidden Valley Resort and Laurel Mountain Ski Area in Pittsburgh Area

Vail Resorts, Inc. (NYSE: MTN) today announced that the Company has closed on its acquisition of Seven Springs Mountain Resort, Hidden Valley Resort and Laurel Mountain Ski Area in Pennsylvania. The Company purchased the resorts, including the ski areas, a hotel, conference center and other related operations, from Seven Springs Mountain Resort, Inc. and its affiliates for a final purchase price of approximately $118 million, including customary closing purchase price adjustments. Seven S...
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7 hospitality industry trends to watch in 2022

It’s a milestone moment for the hospitality industry. The impact of the pandemic is undeniable, and with that stress comes mega-trends that ripple throughout the industry. Some of these - such as the unique labour market dynamics we are seeing - will level out in time.
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Bibliotherapy and a Possible New Feature for Your Hotel | By Larry Mogelonsky

Who doesn’t love a good book? While you have read one of our many other editorials espousing technology, and its myriad benefits for increasing revenues plus ramping up team productivity, sometimes a great hotel differentiator is a bit more ‘lo-fi’.
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Sonesta Simply Suites and Sonesta Select Each Celebrate their first Anniversary with over 120 Combined Locations Nationwide

Sonesta Simply Suites and Sonesta Select, introduced and managed by Sonesta International Hotels Corporation (Sonesta), one of the fastest growing hotel companies in the U.S., are each celebrating the first anniversary of their launch this month. The two portfolios have accounted for nearly 2,500 new hires in the last 12 months.
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5 of the Best Travel Destinations for Foodies in 2022

According to the 2022 Hilton Trends Report, one of the highlights of travel for self-proclaimed “foodies” is getting the chance to explore the culinary scene in a brand-new city.
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HVS Monday Musings: Indian Hotel Sector – Crystal Gazing Into 2022 | By Mandeep Lamba & Dipti Mohan

2022 will be a critical year for the Indian hotel sector as it continues its uphill journey on the long road to post-COVID recovery. We expect the strong rebound in domestic leisure demand to continue, as people have embraced the new ‘normal’ of travel in the COVID-world, even if Omicron or other variants that may emerge from time-to-time act as temporary bottlenecks in the sector’s recovery. Similarly, the Indian hotel sector has also learned to adapt quickly, think outside the box and e...
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Lodging Interactive Launches Commingle-Plus Premium Customer Engagement Service

Lodging Interactive, award-winning digital marketing, and social media engagement agency exclusively serving the hospitality industry, today announced the launch of its CoMMingle-PLUS customer engagement service for resorts and luxury hotels. CoMMingle-PLUS provides properties with the highest level of guest engagement services 7 days a week with social media marketing, direct social media messaging responses with property escalations, and customized guest review responses for all OTA sit...
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Hotel Staffing Solutions Galore at BLLA 2021 Event

When talent, culture, and vision come together, that’s a powerful blend that touches travelers and communities. Your hotelier lifestyle shines and you bring that sense of belonging that makes you magnetic to people attracted to your passion.
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U.S. Travel Reacts to Lifting of Travel Ban on Southern African Nations

U.S. Travel Association Executive Vice President of Public Affairs and Policy Tori Emerson Barnes issued the following statement on the Biden administration rescinding restrictions on travel from eight southern African nations:
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Hotels & Big-Data | By Sharad Kapur

It is becoming increasingly evident that data and related analytics will continue to play a huge role in every aspect of business. It is estimated that by the year 2025 the data consumption will reach an enormous 180 Zeta Bytes from an average of 64ZB in 2020. The growth driven by the internet stems from an increase in search and in access to the internet. The hospitality industry actively interacts, engages with customers at multiple levels.
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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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Opec+ prepares to meet as oil prices edge higher despite Omicron concerns

Opec+ prepares to meet as oil prices edge higher despite Omicron concerns Opec+, led by Saudi Arabia and Russia, is scheduled to meet on Tuesday as oil prices continued to edge higher, despite demand concerns arising from the worldwide increase in Omicron coronavirus infections.Brent, the global benchmark for two thirds of the world's oil, was up 0.73 per cent to $78.35 per barrel at 10.35am UAE time on Monday, while West Texas Intermediate, the gauge that tracks US crude, was trading 0.76 per...
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Hotel Data Security: Challenges to Address in 2022 | By Robert Braun & Jim Butler

As hotels find new ways to use technology to attract guests and enhance their properties, they need to remain aware of the security challenges these technologies present.
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A Guide to Boutique Hotel Group Marketing Strategy in 2022

As many hotels attempt to chart a course into the uncharted territory of post-pandemic hospitality, Vienna House, the Austrian hotel group that is all about endless exploration, the European zeitgeist, and modern hospitality, has forged ahead, setting an example for others in the industry to follow. The trick to their success? Holding strong to their values of “being yourself, sharing your talent, making it simple, and taking initiative.” These values are certainly visible in their digita...
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Oil Climbs as Libyan Output Falls Ahead of OPEC+ Supply Meeting - Bloomberg

Oil Climbs as Libyan Output Falls Ahead of OPEC+ Supply Meeting - Bloomberg PRICES West Texas Intermediate for February delivery rose 1.4% to $76.25 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange at 10:32 a.m. in London.Brent for March settlement gained 1.5% to $78.95 a barrel on the ICE Futures Europe exchange.Brent’s prompt timespread was 49 cents in backwardation, compared with 30 cents at the start of last month. [Author: [email protected] (Rupert Neil Bumfrey)]
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