OYO launches the 'Scrubbed Clean' program in line with the CDC and AHLA Safe Stay guidelines to combat COVID-19 in North America

OYO Hotels, one of the world's leading hotel chains, has developed the 'Scrubbed Clean' program with a set of recommendations to ensure that all its hotels in the US comply with the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines to ensure health and safety for everyone involved. A clean, safe, and hygienic environment for hotel guests and employees is now more important than ever.
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Star Wars and Leadership

"The Force and the dark side of the force, to me, are the basis of leadership." This quote, in combination with a conversation about leadership, fear, empathy and its relevance to managing people in the Hospitality Industry.
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Travel Uptick: Airlines, Hotels Hope Holiday Weekend Travel Revival Points To COVID-19 Comeback

For a travel industry looking for a glimmer of hope, the latest holiday-week statistics offer some encouragement, with hotels seeing an uptick in room occupancy rates and airlines filling more seats.
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Austerity Experiment in Oil-Rich Gulf May Falter Post-Crisis - Bloomberg

Austerity Experiment in Oil-Rich Gulf May Falter Post-Crisis - Bloomberg:The coronavirus pandemic is hitting Gulf Arab economies hard and emboldening the region’s dynastic rulers to push through unpopular fiscal measures that will impact their citizens. The question now is how long their resolve will last.Saudi Arabia, the Arab world’s largest economy, announced a surprise tripling of value-added-taxes and trimmed allowances for government workers. Oman cut salaries of new state employees. Even ...
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European, Middle Eastern & African Stocks - Bloomberg #UAE #SaudiArabia #Qatar close

European, Middle Eastern & African Stocks - Bloomberg:Updated stock indexes in Europe, Middle East & Africa. Get an overview of major indexes, current values and stock market data in Europe, UK, Germany, Russia & more. [Author: [email protected] (Rupert Neil Bumfrey)]
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Military not quarantined, primary ballots set as filing deadline passes, Chinatown homeless center plans dropped, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Pohakuloa Training Area ©2020 All Hawaii News No quarantine for arriving military, but ‘restriction of movement’ required. U.S. Indo-Pacific Command said the Department of Homeland Security exempted military members traveling on official orders to Hawaii from the state’s quarantine, but the command instituted its own “restriction of movement” — which means service members are prohibited from going out for 14 days except for “essential” trips such as to the grocery store, doctor or pharmac...
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A lot can happen over coffee: politics, business, big money, tax terrorism, scandal, and a happy ending

The juiciest story today is the news that the Karnataka Congress chief D.K. Shiva Kumar’s daughter is to marry the son of the founder of Cafe Coffee Day, the late V.G. Siddhartha. Siddhartha, the son-in-law of former Karnataka chief minister S.M. Krishna, you will remember, killed himself by jumping into a river in Mangalore, in July last year. At least two Bangalore newspapers confirm the rumour of the alliance: The Times of India and Kannada Prabha. And in ToI, Shiva Kumar goes on record an...
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Boating restrictions eased, Maui unemployment rate highest in nation at 35%, George Floyd protests continue, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Sailboat off Keaukaha ©2020 All Hawaii News Boating and water sports restrictions relaxed statewide. Boating and other water sports got the green light to expand activities with some restrictions Wednesday. Hawaii News Now.Hawaii eases restrictions on number of people allowed on commercial, recreational boats. State officials said that up to 10 people may now be on a commercial or recreational boat at a time, effective immediately, due to the easing of emergency restrictions imposed in re...
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STR: Canada Hotel Results For Week Ending 30 May

STR data for 24-30 May 2020 shows Canadian hotel performance up slightly from previous weeks with the same significant level of year-over-year declines.
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Oaky uses ‘downtime’ to release the best converting guest-facing hotel upselling software design so far

Oaky recently launched the new design of its guest-facing upselling software. The goal of revisiting the interface was to further increase upsell and cross-sell conversions from the current rate of 10.8% and provide an even smoother guest experience.
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The summer season begins - Accor is working hard to provide a wide variety of flexible and safe destinations

With the easing of lockdown measures in many destinations, the number of hotels open for business within the Accor network, a global leader in Hospitality, marks a resumption of activity in several of the hospitality industry's markets in May, with a steady increase in the number of hotels reopening their doors in June. Accor anticipates that more than 70% of its global network will reopen by the start of July.
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Accor Launches All Meet Well for Meetings and Events

As a follow-up to the recently launched All Stay Well program, Accor has created an All Meet Well initiative in North and Central America, which specifically outlines protocols and procedures for meetings and events.
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Hyatt Announces Updated Cancellation Policy, Extending Travel Flexibility and Care

Guided by its purpose to care for people so they can be their best, Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE: H) today announced an extension to its cancellation policy that will provide further flexibility as guests start making travel decisions again.
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Fornova Launches Competitive Intelligence Solution To Give Hotels The Edge During the Post-COVID-19 Recovery

Fornova, the leading hospitality and travel intelligence software provider, has launched the next-generation Competitive Intelligence solution to help its customers gain a competitive advantage during the post-COVID-19 recovery.
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STR: U.S. Hotel Results For Week Ending 30 May

STR data ending with 30 May showed another small rise from previous weeks in U.S. hotel performance. Year-over-year declines remained significant although not as severe as the levels recorded previously.
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Centara Unveils “Centara Complete Care” Programme as it Introduces Rigorous Standards in Health and Safety

Centara Hotels & Resorts, Thailand's leading hotel operator, is ramping up its efforts to open its hotels, one step at a time, with the launch of Centara Complete Care. The programme is aimed at instilling confidence among guests at all hotels and resorts in Thailand and internationally as travel restrictions are gradually lifted and markets prepare to travel again post COVID-19.
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Journalist Survey Results Reveal Promising, Postive Travel Outlook

Flight bans and country-wide lockdowns due to COVID-19 have grounded most travel activities around the world - including travel reporting. However, a new survey from FINN Partners of global travel journalists reveals a positive outlook for travel recovery and a return to travel journalism.
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The fundraising marketplace has stabilized. Or has it?

Russ Heddleston Contributor Share on Twitter Russ is the co-founder and CEO of DocSend. He was previously a product manager at Facebook, where he arrived via the acquisition of his startup, and has held roles at Dropbox, Greystripe and Trulia. Follow him here: @rheddleston and @docsend More posts by this contributor What the last 2 months of fundraising tells us about the future When is it time ...
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Mood Media Launches CleanShield Solutions, a New Suite of Sophisticated Germicidal Protection & Advanced Cleaning Offerings

Mood Media, the world's leading in-store media solutions company dedicated to elevating the Customer Experience, today announced the introduction of a new suite of sophisticated germicidal protection and advanced cleaning offerings called CleanShield Solutions. Positioned as an integral part of the "new normal" that brands must now consider when evaluating all aspects of their Customer Experience, the Company has partnered with best-in-class sanitization manufacturers - including PURO™ UV...
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Zoom end-to-end encryption only for business, enterprise customers; company to shore up its own data centre capacity

Going ahead, Zoom will increase the capacities of its own data centres, double down on new use cases that include education, telemedicine, and tele-health, expand hiring plans for the rest of the year, and invest in R&D to focus on security, CEO Eric Yuan and CFO Kelly Steckelberg said in Q1FY20 earnings call earlier this morning (IST). Given the spate of security incidents related to Zoom, Yuan said that the company’s top priority is to “keep the service up, double down, triple down on the priv...
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Marriott Opens All Hotels In China, Sees Steady U.S. Recovery: Ceo

Marriott International (MAR.O) has reopened all its hotels in China and is seeing a steady recovery in the United States, its biggest market, Chief Executive Officer Arne Sorenson said on Monday.
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COVID-19: Winning Back Trust And Creating Safe-Havens Through Effective Communication

The key to building and regaining trust with your stakeholders, employees and customers is to be transparent and keep communication channels open. Here are a few tips on what to think about when it comes to your communication strategy.
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Interisland quarantine to be lifted, while trans-Pacific travel quarantine remains in effect

We continue to keep on the look out for signs of Hawaii reopening tourism. While we don’t have any specific dates yet, there’s some progress in that the interisland quarantine will be lifted and the governor says he’ll announce more next week about reopening tourism. Interisland quarantine to be lifted June 16, 2020 This week, Gov. Ige announced that the mandatory 14-day quarantine for interisland travelers will be lifted Tuesday, June 16, 2020. New passenger screening procedures will be impl...
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Maestro PMS Announces Webinars to Guide Operators and Hoteliers Toward a Touchless Guest Journey

Maestro PMS will host free 1-hour webinars Tuesday, June 16, 2020 at 1pm ET and June 17 at 11amET. Operators and hoteliers will learn what mobile, online and touchless tools are available in the Maestro PMS system that support an overall property strategy for a more touchless guest experience. Anyone may attend. The Maestro Touchless Guest Journey and Mobile Tools support a safer guest engagement process.
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Malham Cove and Gordale Scar May 2020

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Middle East News: #SaudiArabia Redraws Customs Policy With Consumers to Bear Costs - Bloomberg

Middle East News: Saudi Arabia Lifts Duties on Meat, Vegetables - Bloomberg:Saudi Arabia is raising a raft of customs fees in another policy revamp that could hurt consumer spending at a time when it’s already down. The new levies, set to come into effect June 10, will be applied to a 74-page list of imported products, from dairy, meat and vegetables to rugs, police cars and building materials, according to a document released by the customs authority.Fee increases differ for each item, ranging ...
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The First 100 Days | By Adam Knight

As we start to understand our new normal, there's an opportunity for savvy managers and business owners to outline an action plan that will launch them out of their current situation and provide the momentum needed to be successful in our new normal.It wasn't until Franklin D. Roosevelt took office in 1933 that a president's first 100 days became a topic of discussion. After inauguration, he moved quickly to pass 15 major pieces of legislation. This level of productivity was unheard of at...
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Autumn is the New Summer for 2020 | By Larry Mogelonsky

Holed up in isolation like most of the rest of the world, my wife turns to me after dinner one evening and says, "After all this, we need a vacation!" No doubt these words ring true for many others currently going a bit stir crazy, but the real question is how will hotel brands capitalize upon this prediction?
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European, Middle Eastern & African Stocks - Bloomberg #UAE #SaudiArabia #Qatar mid-session

European, Middle Eastern & African Stocks - Bloomberg:Updated stock indexes in Europe, Middle East & Africa. Get an overview of major indexes, current values and stock market data in Europe, UK, Germany, Russia & more. [Author: [email protected] (Rupert Neil Bumfrey)]
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Wordless Wednesday: Nature’s Candy

Snap! A cocktail made with gin & peas. Korean Fried Broccoli Mushroom. Portobello mousse with pears and cherry compote. Beet. Salt-roasted with beet cake. Broccoli Dogs. Smoked & grilled stalks with kraut & mustard sauce. Brussels Sprout Tacos. Mexican bistek seasoning, served on a sizzling stone with lettuce wraps and accompaniments. Chocolate Espresso. Chocolate with mushroom espresso pudding. Dirt Candy 86 Allen Street New York, NY 10002 The post Wordless Wednesday: Nature’s Candy appe...
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