Souqs in Middle East, North Africa

If it were possible to distill the essence of the Middle East and North Africa into a single experience, it would be a jaunt through the spice-ladened air of a busy souq. Souqs, collections of adjacent vendors often sprawled out over a plaza or multiple semi-enclosed streets, have served as the economic hubs of Middle Eastern metropolises since their first appearance, which some researchers contend was as early as 2,000 BC. Despite the vast distances and imposing geographies separating them...
Tags: Travel, Africa, Jerusalem, Syria, Unesco, Egypt, Middle East, Oman, Jordan, Nizwa Fort, Khan, Muscat, Jupiter, Tunisia, Damascus, Aleppo

The Future Of IoT Is At The Edge | By Ian Millar

One of the most prevalent trends in almost every industry is the internet of things or otherwise known as IoT. What a few years ago seemed futuristic; it is now becoming a reality. The Internet of Things (IoT) refers to the inclusion of connectivity in everyday devices that do not usually count with those capabilities; it allows us to turn appliances "smart" by enabling them to receive, send data and communicate with each other. This will significantly increase the quantity of data availa...
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Ride-hailing polluting more

You might believe that foregoing your own vehicle for a ride-hailing service is beneficial for the environment, but according to a new study, that’s not exactly the case. The Union of Concerned Scientists just released new data that shows ride-hailing trips generate about 69 percent more climate pollution on average than the trips they replace, including public transportation, biking, and walking. According to the report by the Union of Concerned Scientists, “For ride-hailing to contribute t...
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Covid-19 Update

The spread of Covid-19 to more and more countries is clearly shown in this chart. This is intended as an update to the lengthy article about the Covid-19 virus I wrote last week.If you missed that article, it might be a good idea to speed read through that as well to pick out the “news you can use” elements of that.  I’ve also added several hundred words of updated and new content to that article, but it seems better now to have a new article entirely for the new developments in the last week...
Tags: Travel, South Korea, Europe, California, Cdc, China, Nigeria, Uncategorized, US, Iran, Afghanistan, Italy, Northern Italy, Trump, Northern California, Mike Pence

YOTEL, Duetto Enter Tech Partnership

YOTEL, the innovative global hospitality brand for smart, tech savvy travellers, has partnered with Duetto, a leading provider of cloud-based Revenue Strategy applications, to streamline its revenue processes and maximize profitability across its European operations.
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How to keep a Michelin star with the world’s highest staff turnover

EHL's distinguished educational restaurant, Le Berceau des Sens, holds onto its Michelin star for the second year running. A remarkable feat for an establishment whose operational teams of students change every week.
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HVS Market Pulse: Minneapolis-St. Paul Lodging Market Perceptions | By Tanya Pierson & Justin Westad

For this article, we will focus on three major submarkets within the Twin Cities metro area: Minneapolis, St. Paul, and Bloomington. These three cities host the largest inventory of hotel rooms, and each offer their own unique amenities and demand generators necessary for the successful operation of a hotel.
Tags: Travel, Minneapolis, PAUL, Bloomington, Tanya Pierson, Justin Westad

The garden's a mess

It always is this time of year. Winter rains and winds do a number on the yard and vegetable garden. The ground is littered with sticks and twigs, the weeds are thriving, and there is still some trimming to do. I've also got a small collection of junk that needs to go to the dump. You can see the stump of the tall spruce that was just cut down to the right of center in this photo. But I'm looking forward to spring. With four trees now gone, we're going to have a lot more sunlight in places tha...
Tags: Travel, WCS, Garden Flowers Plants

AETHOS Consulting Group Assesses Compensation Trends of Chief Financial Officers in Chain Restaurant Sector

AETHOS Consulting Group, the leader in hospitality-focused human capital advisory, recently published The 2020 Chain Restaurant CFO Report, sharing current compensation information for Chief Financial Officers (CFOs) in the chain restaurant sector. More than 150 data points were collected via a confidential survey and additional information was aggregated from publicly traded restaurant companies. The organizations represent quick-service, casual and fine dining. Any findings are shared a...
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Meliá To Implement Robotic Automation Of Certain Processes After An Agreement With UiPath

Meliá Hotels International is beginning to reap the first fruits of Robotic Process Automation (RPA) together with UiPath and becoming a pioneer in the deployment of RPA technology in the hotel industry. The company has carried out a profound digital transformation of its sales and marketing channels ever since 2016 (with an investment of 140 million euros) and introduced RPA in 2019 as part of a strategy to digitalise its most important processes.
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Travel News: February 27, 2020

Travel Industry Reacts to Coronavirus Spreading Through Europe Travel Pulse With the coronavirus expanding its reach to Europe, agents and tour operators are addressing client concerns about traveling to the destination, particularly Italy and Spain, which along with several other countries have confirmed cases of the viral infection. Generally speaking, they noted that customers are not yet canceling trips. 1 Hotels ‘sustainable luxury’ chain adds San Francisco location SF Gate Two t...
Tags: Travel, Europe, San Francisco, Spain, Virgin Galactic, Italy, News And Deals, Cancun, Embarcadero, Benito Juarez, Union Square Virgin Galactic, CNBC Virgin Galactic, Cancun Travel Pulse Luxury, Francisco Lopez Reyes

Making Your Website ADA Compliant: What Businesses Need to Know | By Michael Del Gigante

Many businesses fail to take a key thing into account when developing and maintaining their websites: accessibility. Specifically, they don’t consider whether their sites meet the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
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Virus Concerns Hit Shares in Builder of World’s Tallest Tower - Bloomberg

:Dubai’s Emaar group felt the downside of being a proxy for investments in the local exchange as traders rushed to price in the impact of the coronavirus on the city’s real estate, hospitality and retail industries.Shares of Emaar Properties PJSC, developer of the 828-meter (2,716-foot) high Burj Khalifa, slumped 10% this week after more than 230 cases of the virus were confirmed throughout the Middle East. Subsidiaries Emaar Malls and Emaar Development lost 4.7% and 8.4%, respectively. While a...
Tags: Travel, Bloomberg, Iran, Middle East, Shanghai, Dubai, Burj Khalifa, Guangzhou, Emaar Properties, Emaar, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, Emaar Properties PJSC, Emaar Development, Beijing The United Arab Emirates

Highgate Acquires Heavlin Management Company

Highgate, a leading real estate investment and hospitality management company, announced today that it has acquired Heavlin Management Company, LLC ("HMC"), a hotel management company with over 30 years of operating experience headquartered in Chandler, Arizona. Heavlin Management Company oversees nine branded properties throughout Arizona and two independent properties in Alaska. Under the terms of the purchase, Highgate will assume management of all properties in HMC's portfolio.
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Perfect Blue Waters of French Polynesia

The post Perfect Blue Waters of French Polynesia appeared first on LandLopers.
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Christian Louboutin Exhibition(niste)

As a longtime shoe freak, I almost couldn’t contain my excitement when I read about the first ever exhibition about Christian Louboutin. Monday was the press opening and I went to the exhibition space with baited breath. First off, I love the name of the exhibition, Christian Louboutin Exhibition(niste), and the tongue in cheek (iste) on the end is so clever because walking through the show you find out what a showman Louboutin is.   I thought it was an odd choice that the exhibition is i...
Tags: Travel, Fashion, Aretha Franklin, New York Times, Paris, David Lynch, Dita Von Teese, Christian Louboutin, PAUL, Louboutin, Pigalle, Museums/Galleries/Exhibits, Richard Nahem, Musee des Decoratifs, Christian Louboutin Exhibition, Palais de la Port Doree

Why We Cannot Help Calling Ourselves Revenue Managers: Rethinking RM In A Hyper-Personalized Market | By Monica Lira

BENEDETTO CROCE AND REVENUE MANAGEMENT"Why We Cannot Help Calling Ourselves Christians" is a brilliant essay by Italian philosopher Benedetto Croce. The piece illustrates the Christian roots of European culture, and how it affects all of us, both believers and agnostics. Without trying to sound blasphemous, when I talk about revenue management, I like to paraphrase Croce's words. Doesn't RM, in fact, affect the way we do business in hotels, whether we are revenue managers, marketing peopl...
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Travel News: February 28, 2020

Court blocks Heathrow runway project Travel Weekly A U.K. appeals court has blocked a $14 billion plan to build a third runway at capacity-constrained London Heathrow, saying the project was not developed in accordance with Great Britain’s commitment to the Paris Agreement on climate change.  Climate activists have hailed the decision, but Heathrow says it will appeal. The third runway would enable a combined 260,000 more departures and arrivals per year at Heathrow, which is Europe’s mo...
Tags: Travel, Asia, South Korea, Europe, China, Paris, Heathrow, United Airlines, London Heathrow, Hawaiian Airlines, Great Britain, News And Deals, Honolulu, Marriott International, US Airlines, Incheon International Airport

Our House

        Our House   Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young     I'll light the fire You put the flowers in the vase that you bought today Staring at the fire for hours and hours while I listen to you Play your love songs all night long for me, only for me Come to me now and rest your head for just five minutes, everything is good Such a cozy room, the windows are illuminated by the Sunshine through them, fiery gems for you, only for you Our house is ...
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Paris Fashion Week Fall 2020: Ann Demeulemeester

A special bonus posting today.   At the last minute, I was invited to three fashion show for Fashion Week by my friend Diane Pernet, who creates the eponymous fashion blog A Shaded View on Fashion.   Yesterday, it was the Ann Demeulemeester show at the Palais Challiot Theatre on Place Trocadero.   I purposely arrived early to take photos of people attending the show. Just as much fashion happens just outside the runway as the runway itself. In the Instagram age, everyone is eager ...
Tags: Travel, Fashion, Paris, Jane Fonda, Klute, PAUL, Mickey, Ann Demeulemeester, Richard Nahem, Diane Pernet, Palais Challiot Theatre

SXSW Pitch Finalist: Winding Tree

How Winding Tree works to improve travel bookings. The Forrest Four-Cast: February 27, 2020 Winding Tree has created the world’s first open marketplace for travel.One of 50 finalists for SXSW Pitch 2020, Winding Tree drives the development of open source protocols for the travel industry, starting with ORG.ID, a global registry of business entities that streamlines access to APIs in an automated and secure way without the need for third parties.Last summer, Etihad Airways, the United Arab Emi...
Tags: Travel, Startups, Entrepreneurship, Startup, Earth, United Arab Emirates, Switzerland, Mars, Blockchain, Sxsw, Etihad Airways, Swissport, Hugh Forrest, Hansson, SxSW Pitch, Austin Startups

Saving Grace

  When I was a child during lent my family would gather at my Grandparent' house. My many Aunts, Uncles and forty-some grandchildren combined. We would kneel down together in my Grandparent' living room and pray the rosary. My Grandfather would lead it saying the Hail Marys, and Our Father's in Portuguese, we would follow in English.         Our praying together was like a wave rushing overhead. As if our prayer was something I could touch, hold on to, grab and sail the seas. Over the years I ...
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Choice Hotels Wins Prestigious ATD Award for Enterprise Success Through Talent Development

Choice Hotels International, Inc. (NYSE: CHH), one of the world's largest lodging franchisors, has been named a 2020 BEST Award winner by the Association for Talent Development (ATD). Recognized for its enterprise-wide development programs for both associates and the company's active 60,000 property-level users worldwide, Choice is the only U.S.-based hotel company among this year's honorees and will receive the award during ATD's International Conference & Exposition on May 18, 2020, in ...
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The Middle East’s Hotel Construction Pipeline Counts Essentially Even Year-Over-Year

Analysts at Lodging Econometrics (LE) state in the 2019 year-end report that the hotel construction pipeline in the Middle East stands at 618 projects/178,384 rooms, compared to 622 projects/181,813 rooms at the end of 2018. The pipeline in the Middle East remains strong as room counts have been over 170,000 in every quarter of the past two years. Projects currently under construction are at 357 projects/117,112 rooms. Projects scheduled to start construction in the next 12 months stand a...
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Ennismore to add two new Hoxton hotels to its European portfolio

The Hoxton is expanding further across Europe with two new hotels set to open in Berlin (2022) and Vienna (2023). This comes off the back of a busy period for the hotel brand with five openings across the US (New York, Portland, Chicago and LA) and UK (London) over the past 18 months.
Tags: Travel, Europe, La, Berlin, Vienna, UK London, Hoxton, US New York Portland Chicago

IDeaS Delivers Leading Guidance and Support to Hoteliers Facing COVID-19 Demand Disruption

IDeaS, the world's leading provider of revenue management software and services, has scheduled a webinar for March 10, 2020 as part of its continued efforts to aid its clients and the global hotel industry. The webinar, "COVID-19: Key Market Impacts and Tips to Optimize in Times of Demand Disruption," will be co-produced with STR. As a supplement to the webinar, IDeaS will release an educational travel-restriction recovery guide. To learn more and register, visit
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Coronavirus Threatens to Take $560 Billion Out of Global Corporate Travel Spending

A projected shaving of 37 percent off the forecast for 2020 global corporate travel spending is already a worrisome decline, but the figure could still go higher if the virus outbreak turns into a global pandemic.
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Questex Postpones the International Hospitality Investment Forum (IHIF); Event Rescheduled for May 2020 in Berlin

Due to the global concern regarding COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak, Questex today announces it will postpone the International Hospitality Investment Forum (IHIF), the world's largest and most influential hospitality investment event, and its co-located event Adjacent [email protected] The shows were set to take place next week - 2nd - 4th March 2020 - in Berlin Germany and will be moved to the 4th - 6th of May at the InterContinental Hotel and Pullman hotel respectively.
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Free snowboarding on A Day For Jake

Burton, the snowboard and clothing brand founded by the “father of snowboarding,” announced Wednesday that it will host a memorial for Jake Burton on Friday, March 13. As the man who brought snowboarding to the masses surely would have wanted his memorial to happen, it’s going to take place on slopes all over the world. Thirteen ski resorts will welcome riders with free lift tickets and a commemorative wristband on March 13, in an event dubbed “A Day For Jake.” “Jake Burton Carpenter’s visio...
Tags: Travel, US, Switzerland, Snowboarding, All, Burton, Jake, Zurich Switzerland, Jake Burton Carpenter, Jake Burton, California Big Sky, Montana Copper Mountain, Colorado Stratton, Vermont Snoqualmie, Washington Boyne Mountain, Michigan Resorts

INTELITY Named Official Mobile and In-Room Technology Provider by Forbes Travel Guide

INTELITY®, the provider of hospitality's most comprehensive guest engagement and staff management platform, has been awarded Forbes Travel Guide Brand Official status for the fourth year in a row. Named the luxury hospitality industry's Official Mobile and In-Room Technology Provider by Forbes Travel Guide in 2017, 2018, 2019, and now again in 2020, INTELITY has further solidified its position as the unsurpassed leader in guest experience technology as measured by the highest standards in...
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