Thanksgiving 2021

  Thanksgiving 2021 --- Gathering in the kitchen holding hands in a circle to give grace We knew Thanksgiving would be different my brother Marty wasn’t with us.   Each of us took an infamous turkey cookie held it up like a communion wafer Or some would say, a drink ready for a toast. The cookie was part of our family’s tradition that Marty created. silly, a childhood sneaky gesture, cherished, and here we were about to continue without him Reweaving his story into a new tradition- biting their ...
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Monsanto pleads guilty to environmental crimes, Oahu House seat to move to Big Island, officials grapple with record high COVID cases, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Monsanto seed planting in Hawaii PC:Monsanto Facebook page Monsanto enters plea agreement, accepts $12M fine in Hawaii pesticide case. The Monsanto Company pleaded guilty in federal court this morning to two felonies, 30 misdemeanors and agreed to pay a $12 million fine for environmental crimes related to the use of a pesticide on corn fields in Hawaii and illegal storage of a banned pesticide. Star-Advertiser. Reapportionment Commission approves House seat move from Oahu to Hawaii I...
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I've yet to dine in an outdoor dome, and these cozy ones look perfect for those cold winter nights. Winterlust season has been extended at The Westin Bayshore, Vancouver. The popular venue is now taking reservations from February 1 - March 13, 2022.  The five spacious 8x8 domes are constructed with panoramic glass panelling in an intricately designed wooden framework. Insider are lush sheepskin throws, pillows and woodland-inspired decor. They are all equipped with heaters, have ventilation ...
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Craig Kelly’s approach to the pandemic is counter-productive

I’ve made some comments directly about Craig’s approach yesterday. Linking them here:  
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“Rights aren’t ‘rights’ if someone can take them away – they’re privileges.” – George Carlin

This is one of the most important comments in human history. Source
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Royal Caribbean has canceled sailings amid the Omicron wave, and it's a signal the industry's troubles are far from over

Royal Caribbean's Spectrum of the Seas cruise ship docked in Hong Kong in October 2021.Tyrone Siu/Reuters Cruise companies are in rough waters again as COVID-19 cases continue to spike around the world. Royal Caribbean Cruises and Norwegian Cruise Line recently canceled several itineraries. Most cruise ships operating in the US have reported COVID-19 outbreaks in recent weeks. Major cruise lines have begun canceling sailings amid a growing number of COVID-19 cases, and it's a sign tha...
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Oil slips, but set for weekly gain on Kazakh, Libyan concerns | Reuters

Oil slips, but set for weekly gain on Kazakh, Libyan concerns | Reuters Oil prices edged about 1% lower on Friday, as the market weighed supply concerns from the unrest in Kazakhstan and outages in Libya against a U.S. jobs report that missed expectations and its potential impact on Federal Reserve policy.Brent crude fell 49 cents, or 0.6%, to $81.54 a barrel by 1:32 p.m. ET (1832 GMT), while U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude was down 77 cents, or 1%, to $78.69 a barrel.Brent and WTI we...
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Selina Expects to Exceed 2021 Revenue Forecast, Celebrates Record Month of Openings in December with New Locations Across Seven Countries

Selina, the fast-growing lifestyle and experiential hospitality brand targeting Millennial and Gen Z travelers, announced today that it celebrated a record month in December with the opening of six new destinations and the soft launch of an additional six locations. This represents the highest-volume month of openings in the company’s history, at a pace of three per week. Collectively, these new locations add more than 2,800 beds to Selina’s global network of hotels for remote workers and...
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Uruguay’s Atchugarry Museum of Contemporary Art Opens as Country’s First Permanent Contemporary Art Space

Uruguayan coastal resort town Punta del Este is set to open the country’s first sizeable contemporary art museum, the Atchugarry Museum of Contemporary Art (MACA), on Jan. 8, with an inauguration gala celebrating its first exhibitions of the works of Christo and Jeanne-Claude and Argentine artist León Ferrari. Spread over a lush, 90-acre landscape featuring […]
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Alaska Airlines is cutting 10% of its January flights due to 'unprecedented employee sick calls'

An Alaska Airlines plane taking off at JFK.Bruce Bennett/Getty Images Alaska Airlines announced it is cutting about 10% of its January flight departures due to Omicron. The airline said, "unprecedented employee sick calls" have made it difficult to operate reliably. Alaska's flight reductions come a week after JetBlue said it was cutting 1,280 flights due to a surge in sick calls. Alaska Airlines announced Thursday that it is cutting about 10% of its flights through the end of January, ci...
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Nuuanu Valley: Hawaiian history in the hills

Nuuanu Valley on Oahu is one of the most historically significant neighborhoods (or collection of neighborhoods) in all of Hawaii. Its importance goes back to ancient, pre-colonial times, through the establishment of the Kingdom Hawaii and its overthrow a century later in 1893, right through to the present day. The valley begins at the Nuuanu […] The post Nuuanu Valley: Hawaiian history in the hills appeared first on Hawaii Aloha Travel.
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The French grave that doubles as an aphrodisiac

In France, Père-Lachaise cemetery contains a curious tourist attraction that allegedly grants fertility and an increased chance at landing a husband for any woman bold enough to straddle a statue. The grave of Victor Noir, a French journalist from the 19th century, has become famed romantic aid for scores of French women over the years. — Read the rest
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Aloha Friday Photo: Hulopoe Bay at sunset

Mahalo to Russell DeJetley for sharing this superb aerial shot with us for Aloha Friday Photos. Russell’s photo features Hulopoe Bay at sunset. What a spectacular place on the island of Lana’i! Happy Aloha Friday! The post Aloha Friday Photo: Hulopoe Bay at sunset appeared first on Go Visit Hawaii.
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Carsome Said to Draw $300 Million From Temasek-Backed Funds, QIA - Bloomberg

Carsome Said to Draw $300 Million From Temasek-Backed Funds, QIA - Bloomberg Carsome Group, which operates a Southeast Asian used-car online marketplace, has raised almost $300 million in a financing round led by funds linked to Temasek Holdings Pte and Qatar’s sovereign wealth fund, according to people with knowledge of the matter.65 Equity Partners and SeaTown Holdings Pte. -- both backed by Temasek -- and Qatar Investment Authority are among investors that participated in the fundraisin...
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Qatar Airways Finds Success During Pandemic | By Myriam Younes

When the pandemic first hit global travel in 2020, the majority of airlines had no choice but to ground most—if not all—of their fleet. One airline that kept more routes than most operating in these severely restricted times was the Doha-based Qatar Airways. As the world gradually started flying once more, Qatar Airways turned to Expedia Group Media Solutions to help it capitalize on the benefits of having stayed in the skies.
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NewcrestImage to Acquire 9 Arizona Properties From G6 Hospitality

NewcrestImage has reached definitive agreement to purchase nine hotels in Arizona from G6 Hospitality – six branded Motel 6 and three branded Studio 6. The transaction is expected to close in early March.
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10 Legendary Moments In Sidney Poitier's Life That Should Be Celebrated

Sidney Poitier led an enormous life. In addition to being a overwhelmingly awarded actor, he was a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Honor, received knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II, sat on the board of directors at the Walt Disney Company, and served as Bahamian ambassador to Japan, while also serving as the Bahaman ambassador to UNESCO. He passed away on January 6, 2022 at the age of 94 in his home in the Bahamas. On the day of his death, Poitier was the oldest living Oscar winner, as w...
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Hospitality Technology = VALUE in 2022 | By Jonathan Morales

The next evolution of the Hotel Technology department in 2022 will be broken down into one keyword "Value".
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Seven Feathers Casino Resort Partners with Infor Hospitality

Infor, the industry cloud company, today announced that Seven Feathers Casino Resort has selected Infor Hospitality Management Solution (HMS) for its property management system (PMS) and Infor Sales & Catering, a fully integrated, event-management software solution in the cloud. Seven Feathers, one of the fastest-growing destination resorts in the Pacific Northwest region, has decided to standardize its technology approach to help streamline operations and enhance the overall guest experi...
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For #Israel Aerospace Industries, #AbuDhabi hub offers route to soaring global demand for freighter conversions | Aviation – Gulf News

For Israel Aerospace Industries, Abu Dhabi hub offers route to soaring global demand for freighter conversions | Aviation – Gulf News The UAE market will assume a central role in Israel Aerospace Industries’ push for a bigger share of the surging global demand for cargo freighters. The Israeli company already has signed freight conversion agreements with Emirates airline and Abu Dhabi’s Etihad Airways.“The issue of conversion of passenger aircraft to cargo is very ‘in’ right now because the pa...
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STR: U.S. hotel results for week ending 1 January

U.S. hotel average daily rate (ADR) reached an all-time weekly high, according to STR‘s latest data through 1 January.
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Mobile Technology Transformation is Innovating Mobile Access Solutions | By Markus Boberg

Digital key services existed long before the pandemic hit, but the industry's adoption of mobile-first solutions has been slow. Despite the widespread belief that guests preferred mobile-first experiences, hoteliers hesitated to implement mobile technology like digital key services.
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The Revenue Management Discipline’s Need to Adapt and Not “Go Back to Normal” | By Mailys Pensivy

During COVID-19, ownership groups and management companies took organizational decisions that impacted the effectiveness of Revenue Management. As business ramps up and we observe changes in the segmentation and channel mix, we need to quickly shift gears, and not just to how it was before. A deep dive in our labor model and our approach to Revenue Management systems is key to effectively support the discipline and increase hotel revenues on the long term.
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Ori’s partnership with Marriott hotels, announced at CES this week

The two brands will be working together as part of Marriott's Design Lab to completely reimagine space, transforming the way customers experience travel. Integrating Ori products and technology into Marriott guest rooms will allow travelers flexibility and adaptability and new kinds of rooms and experiences. This is the first large hospitality partnership for Ori, marking a new era in transformable space in the industry. 
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2022 Travel Escapes Inspired by the Chinese Zodiac

Chinese New Year 2022 will be celebrated on 1 February and while we say goodbye to the year of the Ox, 2022 welcomes in the year of the Tiger, an animal sign known to be brave, confident and thrill seeking. To celebrate Chinese New Year and the Year of the Tiger, we have delved into our endorsement data* to select destinations for each Chinese zodiac sign that are most recommended by real travelers and have matched these insights with the typical characteristics and personality traits of ...
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How to reduce your hotel's OTA commissions | By Tom Brown

Oh no, not another blog about OTAs, I hear you cry. Well, yes. And with good reason. Under 30s make over 80% of their travel bookings online, with OTAs scooping up a huge number of them. The problem, as you well know, is that this means a hefty amount of revenue goes from your pocket to theirs in the form of commission.
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Why workers are fleeing the hospitality sector

Restaurant and hotel bosses have had a tough year. Some 700,000 hospitality workers threw in the towel on average each month in the past year. Bars, cafés and eateries are 1.3m workers short relative to the 16.9m employed before covid-19. On January 4th the Bureau of Labour Statistics reported that a record 4.5m Americans quit their jobs in November, 9% up on a month earlier. The quit rate in leisure and hospitality jumped by a percentage point, to 6.4%. Uncertainty from the Omicron varia...
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Oil Set for Third Weekly Advance as Market Tightens on Outages - Bloomberg

Oil Set for Third Weekly Advance as Market Tightens on Outages - Bloomberg PRICES West Texas Intermediate for February delivery rose 1% to $80.25 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange at 9:44 a.m. London time after climbing 2.1% on Thursday.Prices are up 6.7% this week.Brent for March settlement was 0.9% higher at $82.69 a barrel on the ICE Futures Europe exchange.Backwardation in Brent’s prompt timespread was at 76 cents, compared with 43 cents a week earlier. [Author...
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Trading volumes on DFM and ADX expected to jump with new working week

Trading volumes on DFM and ADX expected to jump with new working week Trading volumes on both the Dubai Financial Market and Abu Dhabi Securities Exchanges are expected to surge in the coming days as both bourses switch to a Monday-to-Friday trading week in line with most global markets.Both the DFM and ADX said they would operate from 10am to 3pm from Monday to Friday, following the UAE government's move last month to change the weekend from Friday and Saturday to Saturday and Sunday.Today is...
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All of the 91 US cruises currently at sea have confirmed or suspected COVID-19 on board, the CDC says

Norwegian has canceled some upcoming cruises "due to ongoing travel restrictions."Norwegian Cruise Line All 91 US cruises currently at sea have at least one COVID-19 case on board, according to the CDC. They're all being either investigated or observed by the CDC. Cruise lines are canceling voyages amid rising coronavirus cases among passengers and crew. All 91 US cruises currently at sea have confirmed or suspected COVID-19 cases on board, according to the Centers for Disease Control and...
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