I've got a few errands to run this morning. First up: a haircut. Our stylist was closed for a while because she was having surgery, so I haven't had my hair cut since mid-August. I've been called "scruffy-looking." Time to fix that. After that, the recycling center, the post office, and a stop in the grocery store for a few things that are on sale. What an exciting day ahead! Tall grasses, seasonably brown. [Author: wcs]
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Dubai hotels surpassed 2019 profit level in October

Estimated Dubai gross operating profit per available room (GOPPAR) for October 2021 came in at 159% of the 2019 comparable, according to STR‘s latest monthly P&L data release.
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A tale of two travel sentiments: business remains negative while leisure still upbeat

With employees continuing to return to offices, ongoing vaccination progress, and the reopening of many international borders, the time would seem to be ripe for the return of business travel. Yet, even before the news of Omicron in recent days, there continued to be negative sentiment about the return of this segment whereas pandemic-era leisure travel sentiment remains buoyant.
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U.S. Travel and Tourism Diversity Matters Announce Partnership

The U.S. Travel Association and Tourism Diversity Matters announce a new strategic partnership that will strengthen the association’s focus and support of the industry on issues related to diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) and provide greater access to Tourism Diversity Matters’ subject matter expertise, research and resources.
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RobertDouglas Advises Waterton on the $30-Million Financing for the Acquisition of the Sierra Nevada Resort & Spa in Mammoth Lakes, California

RobertDouglas announced today that it advised Waterton in securing a $30-million, non-recourse senior mortgage for the acquisition and renovation of the Sierra Nevada Resort and Spa in Mammoth Lakes, California. The floating-rate financing was provided by a leading alternative credit manager focused on high-quality, floating-rate debt.
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Forecast Predicts a Massive Increase in Weddings in 2022

Milestone has compiled research on how the virus impacted weddings and events and what the trend looks like for 2022. US weddings are expected to come in at 1,930,000 in 2021 and top 2,500,000 million in 2022. The Washington Post reported that 47% of couples who planned to marry in 2020 postponed their weddings. In 2021 spending averaging $22,500 with 2022 expected to cost $24,300. Source:
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Oil Holds Near $72 After U.S. Crude Stocks Show Slight Dip - Bloomberg

Oil Holds Near $72 After U.S. Crude Stocks Show Slight Dip - Bloomberg Oil held steady as research indicated that existing Covid-19 vaccines are effective against the new virus variant, supporting the outlook for fuel consumption, while U.S. crude supplies saw a slight decrease. Futures in New York held near $72 a barrel on Wednesday. Domestic crude inventories fell 241,000 barrels last week, government data showed -- far less than 3.1-million-barrel decrease the industry-funded American ...
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Meta aka Facebook, consumer behaviour and virtual reality with Jan Starcke

For this episode we met Jan Starcke, Travel Industry Lead at Meta, formerly Facebook. He allowed us some interesting glimpses behind the scenes of his work and told us, what it was like to join Facebook back in 2013, being part of the first one percent of the company. We learned about trends and evolvements emerging in the world of Meta, especially communication apps such as Instagram or virtual reality like Oculus.
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Nobody Asked Me, But… No. 258: Hotel History: The Willard Hotel, Washington, D.C. | By Stanley Turkel

Hotel History: Willard Hotel (394 rooms). The Willard InterContinental Washington, commonly known as the Willard Hotel, is a historic luxury Beaux-Arts hotel located at 1401 Pennsylvania Avenue NW in downtown Washington, D.C. Among its facilities are numerous luxurious guest rooms, several restaurants, the famed Round Robin Bar, the Peacock Alley series of luxury shops, and voluminous function rooms.
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New Hotel Accounting Metrics Designed To Benchmark Sustainability Efforts

In a move to help hoteliers with sustainability efforts, a global committee is working on a way to help them better track their carbon footprint and enact metrics for use industrywide.
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Zoox Smart Data Unveils Advanced Facial Recognition Capabilities With Launch of Zoox Pass

Zoox Smart Data (“Zoox”), an international provider of technological solutions that harness big data to build customer profiles from existing Wi-Fi networks, has today announced the launch of Zoox Pass, hospitality’s latest advancement in the field of facial recognition technology. A cloud-based service that seamlessly integrates with Zoox’s big data profile technology, Zoox Pass instant facial recognition is set to provide industry professionals with the enhanced capabilities they need t...
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Winter wild

Wild carrot, that is. This is what becomes of the delicate wild carrot flower (also known as Queen Anne's Lace) in the late fall and winter. I haven't paid enough attention to know if the flower balls up this way as it dies, or if it just never fully opened in the first place. It's still pretty. All of yesterday's errands were accomplished more or less successfully. I now have significantly less hair than I did and it feels great, if not a little chilly. The recycling bins are now empty and re...
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Remington’s Path Forward Into the Boutique and Luxury Hotel Space | By Jarrad Evans

Through the pandemic, we are seeing several interesting industry trends gain momentum, as well as new trends emerging as it relates to the management and positioning of boutique and luxury hotels. Remington is a third-party operator with 85 hotels currently under management or development. Of our 85 hotels, 13 are pure independent with five additional hotels being soft branded lifestyle hotels. We, as well as other hotel operators, are seeing increased interest for our third-party managem...
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How to get Dubai visit visa for a family member

Are you planning to bring your family members to Dubai for a visit? In past few years, the rules for obtaining visit visa for Dubai have become stricter. You need to provide certain documents and pay fees to get Dubai visit visa for your family. Visit visas for immediate family members can be obtained by […] The post How to get Dubai visit visa for a family member appeared first on Dubai Expat Blog.
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The Number One Most Important Technology Platform Every Hotel Should Have in 2022 | By Parminder Batra

When we think about hospitality, we often think about people and places. In many ways, hospitality brands are in the business of creating memories; it is an experiential offering, and it is carefully curated to delight travelers every step of the way.
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A Class Tale: Luxury hotels around the world

As uncertainty and new cases of the Omicron variant increase across the globe, some countries have reimplemented restrictions around travel.
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Fresh Market Research Results Show Where People Plan to Travel in 2022 | By Daniel Diosi

2021 is almost over. It is safe to stay that everyone in the hospitality industry is hopeful that 2022 will bring the much-awaited travel rebound. While some destinations had a great 2021 in terms of tourism, arrivals, room nights, and revenue, other countries are still kept hanging on.
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2022 Top Hospitality Industry Trends | By Dr Jean-Philippe Weisskopf & Philippe Masset

What are the latest trends in the hospitality industry? It goes without saying that the pandemic and ensuing economic downturn greater than the 2008 recession and chaos caused by fluctuation in demand have had a significant impact on hospitality throughout 2020 and 2021 - no doubt with lingering effects. Some innovative responses to this extraordinary situation like attempting to entice patrons back into food and beverage outlets and assure holidaygoers that it is indeed safe to enjoy a h...
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Gulf bourses fall on weak oil prices; #Dubai rises | Reuters

Gulf bourses fall on weak oil prices; Dubai rises | Reuters Most stock markets in the Gulf ended lower on Wednesday, weighed by falling oil prices as investors assessed the impact of the Omicron coronavirus variant on the global economy and fuel demand.Brent crude futures were up 32 cents, or 0.4%, at $75.76 a barrel at 1220 GMT, after earlier falling by more than $1.Saudi Arabia's benchmark index (.TASI) dropped 1.1%, with Al Rajhi Bank (1120.SE) losing 2.3% and Banque Saudi Fransi (105...
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State orders Navy to pause Red Hill operations, state commemorates 80th anniversary of Pearl Harbor bombing, rain soaks the state, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Navy Secretary Carlos Del Toro and Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mike Gilday tour the Red Hill fuel storage facility on Dec. 6, 2021. PC:Office of the Secretary of the Navy State orders Navy to suspend operations at Red Hill, de-fuel underground tanks. In a significant move Monday night, the governor ordered the Navy to empty its Red Hill underground fuel storage tanks amid an investigation into tainted drinking water. Petroleum has been found in the Pearl Harbor-Hickam water system’...
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Remembering Pearl Harbor + Hawaiian Airlines flash sale with fares starting at $62 one way

An aerial view of Pearl Harbor as seen on a Magnum Helicopter tour. Today is Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day. This year marks the 80th anniversary of the surprise attack. It’s a time to reflect upon the bravery and sacrifices on this “date which will live in infamy” as Franklin D. Roosevelt so solemnly said. — Hawaiian Airlines announced a flash sale that’s truly incredible — fares starting at $62 one-way to/from Hawaii! Tickets must be booked by the end of today for travel dates between January...
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Southwest Airlines is adding 3 new and 12 returning routes in its latest network expansion — see the full list

A Southwest Airlines Boeing 737-7H4 jet taxis to the gate.KAMIL KRZACZYNSKI/AFP via Getty Images Southwest Airlines is adding 3 new and 12 returning routes with a focus on summer destinations. The schedule includes resumed flights to Havana, Cuba, which the company already serves from Tampa. The airline is anticipating a busy 2022 and profitable quarter four as travel demand increases. Southwest Airlines is offering customers the "gift of travel" with 15 new and returning routes as part of it...
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Pioneer in luxury travel, InterContinental, unveils immersive art installation celebrating 75 years of exploring the world

In celebration of its 75th anniversary, InterContinental Hotels & Resorts today unveils ‘The Elegance of Worldliness’, an exciting new art installation in collaboration with up-and-coming British artist Claire Luxton. More than an exploration of beauty and colour, the campaign is a celebration of travel, wanderlust, and time, inspired by distinctive InterContinental destinations around the world, and the glamour and exhilaration that comes with discovery.
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UNWTO Calls Against Blanket Travel Restrictions

The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) of the United Nations calls out against the introduction of blanket restrictions on travel, as witnessed in recent days. This call echoes the concerns raised by UNWTO Members during the 24th UNWTO General Assembly (30 November–3 December). Countries from all global regions expressed their solidarity with Southern African states, calling for the immediate lifting of travel bans imposed on specific countries and for freedom of international travel to b...
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Oil Prices Extend Relief Rally With Omicron Concerns Subsiding - Bloomberg

Oil Prices Extend Relief Rally With Omicron Concerns Subsiding - Bloomberg Oil extended gains on optimism that the omicron virus variant may not be as severe as feared, easing concern over the demand outlook.West Texas Intermediate traded near $72 a barrel, while the global benchmark Brent hovered around $75, as equity markets rallied. Initial data indicates that the surge in cases hasn’t overwhelmed hospital so far, and mobility statistics show little evidence of a significant hit to gl...
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Peachtree Hotel Group Continues Growth Strategy with the Acquisition of Two Hotels

Peachtree Hotel Group ("Peachtree") announced the acquisitions of the 207-key AC Hotel Miami Aventura and the 233-key Aloft Miami Aventura, in Aventura, Fla., which is part of the Miami metropolitan area. Peachtree Hospitality Management ("PHM"), a division of Peachtree, will operate the properties.
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Global Hotel Company Builds Guest-Experience Mobile App to Boost Revenues, Efficiencies, Satisfaction and More

Eurobuilding Hotels Group (EHG) has entered the technology development business. The small, but highly effective, global hotel company has made available to the industry, after several years of development, its web-based mobile app that facilitates everything guests may need along their journey, from reservation to review™, and without the need for guests to download an app. GuestHub is the solution that boosts a hotel’s bottom line by taking better care of guests. It places guest-request...
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Baird/STR Hotel Stock Index fell 7.6% in November

The Baird/STR Hotel Stock Index fell 7.6% in November to a level of 5,099. Year to date through the first 11 months of 2021, the stock index was up 11.5%.
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ITB Berlin and IPK International: Worldwide huge desire to travel

The findings of a recent survey conducted by IPK International show a renewed increase in people’s travel intentions. Currently, 80 per cent of respondents worldwide are planning international trips over the next 12 months. Sun and beach holidays are in demand, but also city breaks and holidays close to nature. Europeans’ preferred destinations are their common favourites: Spain, Italy and Germany. Although more and more people want to travel, the latest findings continue to reflect worri...
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Queensgate Investments completes Generator US refinancing with Apollo

Queensgate Investments has successfully completed a refinancing of two of its Generator Group lifestyle hotels in the US for circa $55 million with funds managed by Apollo (NYSE: APO).
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