GBTA Urges EU Governments To Lift Travel Restrictions Between Member States

The Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) – the world’s largest business travel association and worldwide leader in education, research, networking, and advocacy for the industry – is today writing to EU governments calling for strong political impetus, decisive action, and seamless coordination to safely re-open travel across the EU.
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The EU has lifted restrictions for all US travelers, whether they're vaccinated against COVID, or not

European tourists outside the Louvre in Paris. Francois Mori/AP Photo American travelers can start taking European vacations again, whether they're vaccinated or not. The European Council said Friday that member states should "gradually lift the travel restrictions." The list will be reviewed every two weeks, and will be updated as needed, the council said. See more stories on Insider's business page. The European Union has officially lifted all bans against American travelers.In a...
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Accor promotes a holistic approach to wellness

The ongoing global pandemic has only reinforced the importance of wellness in our lives, and the hospitality sector has a major role to play in encouraging people to live better. To coincide with Global Wellness Day, in this article we focus on several of our brands’ wellness offers.
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Industry 4.0: Why People-Centric Leadership Is Key | By Achim Schmitt

We should be putting the interpersonal and human component at the center of our activities as we continue to transition into the digital age across multiple industries, including education. For a long time 'customer-centricity' has been a focal point across industries, but the new digital environment calls for even more people-centric leaders to be a key component in the workplace of the future. Read on to discover why people-centricity is the new must-have skill.
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Europeans’ Travel Sentiment Skyrockets In View Of Vaccine Rollouts And Introduction Of EU Digital Covid Certificate

As Europe opens up after months of lockdowns and restrictions, interest in travel has risen distinctly, with two-thirds of Europeans intending to take a trip by the end of November 2021. Only 15% remain uncertain, and 15% are not willing to travel. This is according to the latest research on “Monitoring Sentiment for Domestic and Intra-European Travel – Wave 7“[1] by the European Travel Commission (ETC), which provides timely insights on the short-term travel intentions and preferences of...
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"Direct Guest Engagement Essential To Capture Travel Demand" Says VP At Ruby Hotels | By Pedro Colaco

With the US fully reopened and Europe steadily easing restrictions, Hotel bookings continue to grow significantly and have exceeded 2019 values, according to our industry research conducted in May 2021. 
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The Sneak

Dinner was ready Chelsea had set the table Yann was opening the wine I turned my back to stir a pot and when I turned around someone had gobbled up the raspberries off the melons.                 [Author: French la Vie]
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The global launch of Mhub by MGM Hotel Brand, brings together for more with a youthful mindset

Diaoyutai MGM Hospitality officially released a new concept entertainment and lifestyle hotel brand – Mhub by MGM, further enriching its brand matrix; at the same time, it laid down the foundation for a choice on the road for the new generation of consumers. With the rise of the "Generation Z" consumers, they are gradually becoming the main travelers.
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Infographic: The real impact of Google Free Booking Links

The direct channel continues to rise and takes a bite out of the OTAs! The share of direct has increased to reach a record level in the first quarter of 2021, representing a third of a hotel’s revenue. In times of crisis, hotels have favoured the Metasearch CPA model which is the least risky business model. And Google Hotel Ads is literally crushing the model. But what about the new Google free booking links? Does this new offer live up to the expectations raised by it?
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WTTC Responds To Latest News From The EU, Advising Member States To Allow For A Return Of U.S. Visitors

Virginia Messina, Senior Vice President WTTC, said: “Today’s announcement from the EU advising member states to begin welcoming back U.S. travel is the latest piece of encouraging news from global leaders as we all work towards revitalising the global Travel & Tourism sector. Reopening pathways for tourism and business between countries within the EU and the U.S. is a significant step in providing a much-needed boost to the economy and job market across all parties involved. With 42% of t...
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The New Realities of Hotel Sales and Marketing | By Robert Gilbert

We know that the pandemic has changed hospitality sales and marketing, but how? In ways that you've probably imagined and others that you might not have. Senior-level hospitality sales and marketing executives - from both brands and hotel management companies (HMCs) - who participated in HSMAI's recent series of Executive Roundtable programs discussed the trends, challenges, and priorities on their radar a full year into this industry-disrupting crisis.
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Sparks Are Flying! MCR Purchases The Home2 Suites By Hilton Evansville Just In Time For The Fourth Of July

Celebrate red, white and blue at the Home2! MCR, the country’s 4th-largest hotel owner-operator, expands its Midwest footprint with the acquisition of the 102-room Home2 Suites by Hilton Evansville in Indiana.
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STR: U.S. Hotel Results For Week Ending 12 June

U.S. hotel occupancy reached its highest weekly level since early November 2019, according to STR‘s latest data through 12 June.
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The COVID-19 Crisis Is Reframing Our Understanding Of What Matters (Demian Hodari) | By Demian Hodari

The COVID-19 crisis is unique in many ways, not least of which is that it led the interconnected world of business to experiment with its first global, supply-side disruption. In the hospitality industry, for example, during the first wave of the pandemic (April-May 2020), more than 70 percent of hotels in Europe were closed, international flights were less than 5% compared to the same period in 2019, and restaurants were forced to close and, if lucky, provide takeaway and delivery. The w...
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Silversea Cruises: Reopening & Best Offers

CLICK HERE FOR THE BEST OFFERS Silversea Cruises: Reopening & Best Offers Today, Silversea Luxury Cruises is reopening with some of its best offers ever.  (MONACO — June 18, 2021) Silversea Cruises, the world’s premier ultra-luxury cruise line, will today mark its healthy return to global operations with the maiden voyage of its new flagship,  Silver Moon , from Athens (Piraeus). To learn about the restart of the entire Silversea fleet, please CLICK HERE . SILVER MOON. CLICK FOR A LARGER V...
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More Than 150 Hotels Operated By Meliá Hotels International Worldwide Achieve The TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Award

For yet another year, Meliá Hotels International has received numerous awards from the most important travel review site on the Internet, with 156 hotels receiving the TripAdvisor Travellers' Choice Award, a result of the company's commitment to constantly raising the quality of its hotels to offer the best possible experiences to guests, in spite of the new health and safety measures hotel companies have had to take to adapt to the current circumstances.
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50 Restaurant Marketing Tips

Restaurant marketing is important today more than ever. What’s more, effective marketing techniques can include digital and older strategies. Consider the fact that American restaurant industry sales reached about $800 billion in 2017. How do Restaurants do Marketing? Good restaurant marketing requires constant effort. All of these small business owners need a marketing plan to succeed. It should include food photos and other features. Remember, a good restaurant marketing plan should be uniq...
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MIDEAST STOCKS #Dubai bourse gains, major Gulf markets fall | Reuters

MIDEAST STOCKS Dubai bourse gains, major Gulf markets fall | Reuters Most major stock markets in the Gulf ended lower on Thursday, although the Dubai index was boosted by gains in financial shares.Dubai's main share index (.DMFGI) finished 0.8% higher, buoyed by a 1.8% rise in Emirates NBD Bank (ENBD.DU) and a 0.8% increase in sharia-compliant lender Dubai Islamic Bank (DISB.DU).The United Arab Emirates (UAE) central bank raised its key overnight interest rate by 5 basis points on Thursday...
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When It Comes to Hotel Groups, Everybody's Working for the Weekend

A full recovery of the U.S. hotel sector relies on the return of three sources of room demand: leisure travelers, corporate transient and large industry and private groups.
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Evolution Hospitality Is Managing The Hotel 1000 Seattle

Lighthouse Investments and ESI Ventures with equity financing from Kildare Partners has acquired the Hotel 1000 in Seattle and has selected Evolution Hospitality, the lifestyle operating division of Aimbridge Hospitality, to manage the hotel.
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Barcelona Surprise

Sacha’s Italian Girlfriend is doing an internship at an art gallery in Barcelona (currently she speaks three languages fluently) Sacha flew to Spain yesterday to be with her as their birthdays are within a week of each other and for other obvious reasons. We drove to Spain to surprise him.                  [Author: French la Vie]
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Delta CEO expects business travel to return to pre-pandemic levels July 1

The travel industry has been stopped short by the coronavirus pandemic but as the nation recovers, Delta Air Lines CEO Ed Bastian said he expects travel to bounce back to normal.
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101 Kissa, Chippendale

101 Kissa is a bright, modern, sunny cafe on the corner of Meagher and Abercrombie streets in Chippendale. It has a large, dog-friendly outdoor section and a menu full of Japanese Asian Australian Fusion cafe fare. There's a jumbo lobster and scallop roll, curry chicken karaage panini and their signature butterfly pea flower rice with lobster, scallop and eel tamagoyaki with blue fried rice.
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"at your library" in the north island eagle: booklists: hidden gems of fiction

Booklists: Hidden Gems of FictionHere’s a list of 10 so-called literary novels. These are great reads that will move you, make you think, and maybe make you sad when they end. Here are ten novels that could be called hidden gems.Title: White TeethAuthor: Zadie SmithA big mix of characters of many generations, ages, and backgrounds, all living in northwest London. Friendship, love, war, and just about everything else. One of the most talked-about debut novels ever, written when Smith was only 25....
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EIG-led consortium closes $12.4 bln Aramco pipelines deal | Reuters

EIG-led consortium closes $12.4 bln Aramco pipelines deal | Reuters U.S.-based EIG Global Energy Partners said on Friday a consortium it led has closed a deal to buy 49% of Saudi oil producer Aramco's (2222.SE) pipelines business for $12.4 billion.EIG said the co-investment process for the deal attracted a global group of investors from China, Saudi Arabia, Korea, the United Arab Emirates and the United States.It included Abu Dhabi's Mubadala Investment Company, Silk Road Fund, Hassana and Sam...
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Creditors to Sell $463 Million of Air Berlin and Alitalia Claims - Bloomberg

Creditors to Sell $463 Million of Air Berlin and Alitalia Claims - Bloomberg A group of creditors that bought Etihad Airways PJSC-linked bonds are preparing to auction $463 million of claims against insolvent airlines Alitalia and Air Berlin to recover some of their investment.The trustee of bonds issued by EA Partners I and II -- two special purpose entities set up by the Abu Dhabi-based carrier -- hired Barclays Bank Plc to arrange the sale, according to a statement. Potential buyers will be...
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Oil falls from multi-year highs on firmer dollar, hike in UK COVID cases | Reuters

Oil falls from multi-year highs on firmer dollar, hike in UK COVID cases | Reuters Crude oil prices fell nearly 2% from their highest level in years on Thursday as the dollar strengthened after the U.S. Federal Reserve signaled it might raise interest rates as soon as 2023.Oil demand worries resurfaced after new coronavirus cases jumped in Britain, while supply concerns over the return of Iranian barrels also weighed on the market.Traders, however, said Friday'spresidential elections in Iran c...
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Where is everyone? Covid and Brexit empty the Normandy seaside

The resort of Saint-Valery on the Bay of the Somme normally sees thousands of British and Belgian visitors, but this year its restaurants and hotels are half-emptyWith the approach of the summer holidays, the two French seaside towns of Saint-Valery-sur-Somme and Le Crotoy would normally be gearing up for the annual wave of tourists from neighbouring Belgium and, above all, from the UK.The resorts sit opposite each other across the majestic Bay of the Somme, a wetland of shifting sands and tides...
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"at your library" in the north island eagle: booklists: hidden gems of historical fiction

Booklists: Hidden Gems of Historical FictionHere’s a booklist you may want to save: historical fiction. This genre brings history to life, by letting readers view it through the eyes of ordinary people. Sometimes there’s a romance or mystery set against a backdrop of an earlier time. Often there’s a mix of historical figures and fictional characters. Beyond the very popular titles, such as Kristin Hannah’s The Nightingale and Margaret Atwood’s Alias Grace (both terrific reads!) here are 10 title...
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BUTTERY Celeriac & Potato Mash!

You get the best of both worlds with this incredible celeriac and potato mash. Celeriac makes this delicious mash less carby but upps the flavour. It is made creamy with cream, butter, garlic and is garnished with chives. I hope you'll try this version of mashed potato at least once - this is a pushy recipe Dear Reader!
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