The Top 4 Tips for Choosing Vacation Rentals

Vacation rentals are great for those who want to get away, yet still want all of the comforts that home provides. The thing is, there are a lot of vacation rentals out there. And unlike shopping for a home, you rarely get the chance to see a vacation rental in person before committing. So how are you supposed to know which one to choose? The vacation rental you choose can make or break how much you enjoy your trip, so it’s very important to take your time with the decision and to know what...
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This Is the Proper Etiquette for Leaving a Hotel Room

During your vacation, a hotel room is your home away from home, but it’s much better than your actual home because you have fresh sheets every day. Here’s how to properly thank, respect, and compensate the person making that happen.Read more...
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Super bloom chaos in California

When news of a possible super bloom in Southern California was announced earlier this year, some towns, such as Borrego Springs near Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, geared up for mayhem. During the last super bloom in 2017, the town was overwhelmed by an estimated 500,000 flower-peepers, so this year it ordered dozens of portable toilets and dumpsters and took measures to reduce traffic buildup and parking issues. The town of Lake Elsinore, California, however, was not as prepared for the in...
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Hope springs eternal

This is a spring up on the hill behind the house we rented in Le Puy-en-Velay a couple of weeks ago. It's quite a fancy setup, with two flows and stone basins to hold some of the water before it runs out to a stream. We saw a couple of similar springs around, all with the "non-potable, do not drink" symbol. I wonder what, if anything, the water is used for, or if the whole thing is just a remnant from another time. Water springs forth from the ground in the volcanic hills around Le Puy. A spri...
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What to Do When an Airline Damages Your Wheelchair or Scooter

Flying’s difficult as it is, and it can be doubly bad for passengers who use wheelchairs and scooters.Read more...
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Hilton Named to 2019 Fortune Magazine Great Place to Work in Texas List

Great Place to Work® and Fortune magazine have named Hilton as one of the Best Workplaces in Texas. Hilton has come in at #2 - the highest rated hospitality company on the list that recognizes metrics such as respect and fairness in the workplace, opportunities for meaningful work, great colleagues and plans for a future within the organization.
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Hospitality Rate Growth Remains Steady Despite Booking Declines Across North America

TravelClick, an Amadeus company, today released new data from the Company's February 2019 North American Hospitality Review (NAHR). According to this data, average daily rates (ADR) are up 2.7 percent across all travel segments during the first quarter of the year, led by group travel, up 3.8 percent. Similarly, the transient business and transient leisure travel segments are also up 2.1 percent and 2.2 percent, respectively. However, bookings have taken a dip this quarter, down -4.5 perc...
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Rosewood Hotels & Resorts Selects InfoGenesis® POS for its Five-Star Tuscan Resort—Castiglion del Bosco

Agilysys, Inc. (Nasdaq: AGYS), a leading global provider of next-generation hospitality software solutions and services, today announced that Rosewood Castiglion del Bosco resort in Montalcino, Italy has selected the company's InfoGenesis® POS as their point-of-sale solution. Agilysys' InfoGenesis POS will provide the five-star Tuscan resort with faster quality service and streamline the food and beverage process for an enhanced guest experience.
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I Took My Mother-in-law on Safari in Tanzania

Tanzania is a great place to take your Mother-in-law for her bucket list safari, viewing the wildlife and meeting the people in the Serengeti, Tanzania.
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Your Website As ADA’s Latest Frontier | By Larry Mogelonsky

You wouldn't dare build a property nowadays without designated rooms for those who have special needs. All necessary compliances like this are taken in stride by hoteliers, with the appropriate CapEx set aside as a regular part of doing business.
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Geological Wonders and Adventures of Iceland

Iceland is a country of northern lights and geothermal pools. The country was built by volcanic eruptions and earthquakes for more than 20 million years ago because of the Eurasian and American plates that were drifting apart. Iceland is composed of volcanoes and glaciers and is a very prosperous nation with breathtaking islands and fascinating landscape and nature. It is a country that you should visit with your whole family; a country perfect for geologists, and for each and every person who ...
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Travel News: March 21, 2019

Viking Expands European River Fleet With Launch Of Seven New Ships Travel Pulse Viking welcomed the latest additions to its river fleet, with the naming of seven new river ships during a celebration on the Rhine River in Basel, Switzerland. Of the seven ships, six are Viking Longships—Viking Einar, Viking Sigrun, Viking Sigyn, Viking Tir, Viking Ullur and Viking Vali—which will be deployed on Viking’s most popular itineraries on the Rhine, Main and Danube Rivers. The seventh new ship—Viking Hel...
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Hospitality Leadership Solutions Series: The ‘Hospitality X-Factor‘, Foundation Of Long-Term Success | By James Houran & Keith Kefgen

Noted hospitality thought leaders and corporate governance/ performance management experts Kefgen and “Dr. Jim” share common management challenges while providing time-tested, field-tested or just simple “quick-fix” ideas to keep professionals inspired, effective and successful.
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What’s it Like to Travel in Japan?

I thought I had finished writing about Japan, but it turns out I was wrong. My posts about Japan have quickly become my most-read of all time and I’m now starting to receive a hell of a lot of questions about how to make the most of a trip to this wonderful country. I’m diving back into my time in the Land of the Rising Sun, then, and planning on sharing a ton of resources over the next couple of weeks. Up first: what it’s like to travel in Japan! These are my favourite type of blog posts to wri...
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Chinese Tourists Stuck On Tuas Link to Johor Bahru for 8 Hours

What can you do in 8 hours? You can watch Captain Marvel 4 times. You can drive to Penang from KL and back. You can also fly to Japan from KL and it takes 8 hours. On Monday afternoon, a bus filled with Chinese tourists stuck for 8 hours on Tuas Link to Johor Bahru according to Oriental Daily. ( = || []).push({}); Eight hours traffic jam on Tuas Link to Johor Bahru and we read that we need more tourists from Singapore. Singapore arrivals dr...
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Maestro PMS’ Sophisticated Functionality, Commitment to Industry Service Demands Attract More Than 50 New Independent Hospitality Groups in 2018

Maestro PMS, the preferred hotel software solution for independent hotels, luxury resorts, conference centers, and multi-property groups announced that more than 50 independent full-service hotels and resorts joined the Maestro user family in 2018. The Maestro Property Management System, with its suite of 20+ modules on a single database, delivers flexible and scalable deployment options with identical full-featured web browser or windows solutions available in the cloud or on premise.
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Scandic To Expand Two Norwegian Hotels

Scandic has made an agreement with property owner Eiendomsspar to renovate and expand Scandic Helsfyr in Oslo in conjunction with extending the lease agreement. Close to 200 new rooms will be added to the hotel, bringing the number of rooms from 253 to 450 and making Scandic Helsfyr the largest Scandic hotel in Norway. In addition to the new rooms, the conference facilities will be renovated and a new 300 m2 meeting space will be added. The expansion is expected to be completed during 202...
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Weekend getaways: Bainbridge Island makes a ferry good escape plan for families

Want a kid-friendly day trip or weekend getaway that mixes history and adventure, beaches and books? Bainbridge Island, almost forgettably close, is your ticket.
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Omni Hotels and Resorts Partners with IDeaS to Transform Total Property Revenue Performance

Omni Hotels and Resorts will roll out both IDeaS G3 Revenue Management System (RMS) and IDeaS Smart Space, a cloud-based meetings and events strategy application, across its portfolio of 60 distinct luxury hotels and resorts in North America.
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Super Worm Moon last super moon 2019

It’s only mid-March , but 2019 has already been quite the year for Super Moon enthusiasts, with several crazily named celestial events like the Super Snow Moon and Super Blood Wolf Moon. Tonight, stargazers in the northern hemisphere will be treated to a sight that is, according to the scientists who name these things, truly a once-in-a-lifetime event. It’s called the Super Worm Moon, and before you ask, the answer is no — there won’t be hordes of giant, slithering annelids taking over our st...
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Food Halls Are the New Food Courts (With an Authentic Twist) | By Chiara Eckenschwiller

Food halls are everywhere nowadays, from Florence's Mercato Centrale to Lisbon's Time Out Mercado da Ribeira, there is a good chance you stumbled upon one of these gigantic cafeteria-style public markets, where - under the same roof - you can taste different types of foods, see different chefs at work and even buy groceries. Food halls are doing more than just serving meals to hungry locals and tourists: they are designed as a curated experience, where guests can not only enjoy top-notch ...
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History of popular condiments

Condiments can make or break a meal. They’re the addition that saves a dry sandwich and the extra touch that spices up a bit of sushi. No matter what you’re eating, there always seems to be a condiment on the side that is there to at least improve a dish, if not save it entirely. It’s something that has been done throughout history — something that’s immediately clear as soon as you take a deeper look at where your favorite condiments come from. This is how your favorite condiments came to do...
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Is it Worth Doing an MBA Foundation course: The Answers You Need and More

If you’re planning on getting into an MBA program, you’ve probably asked yourself is it worth doing an MBA foundation course? Planning out your educational path can be stressful as these are the decisions that will affect the rest of your life. Don’t let this stress put you out though. The critical thing to do is to get the right information before making any decisions. Deciding whether or not to take this course is a matter of how prepared you want to be. If you want to have a solid basis ...
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Want Snow? Try These Winter Activities in Quebec

“I’m sorry folks, but we are unable to land because the runway needs to be cleared off. We’ll be diverting to Montreal until they can get the snow cleared and will try again,” our pilot explained. My trip to Quebec actually started by getting delayed by the snow. I was tired and sad as my chance to stay in the Ice Hotel was slipping away with this blustery bad news, but when you go to a destination specifically for snowy winter activities, you actually kind of like hearing that there is too much...
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Albania uses movie “Taken”

Albania’s newest tourism campaign is tackling the country’s negative stigma head-on. Taken, a 2008 movie starring Liam Neeson, has given the world the impression that Albania is a haven for organized crime and kidnappers, and the country’s tourism bureau wants to put an end to it — in a hilarious way. In the movie, Liam Neeson’s daughter is kidnapped by Albanian human traffickers and sold into the sex trade. The “Taken By Albania” tourism initiative is all about promoting the country’s gorge...
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HSMAI Honors Greater New York as Chapter of the Year

The HSMAI Greater New York Chapter was named Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International 2017-2018 Chapter of the Year at HSMAI's annual Mike Leven Leadership Conference at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs. The Chapter of the Year winner and the "Chapter Best of the Best" award recipients were honored at the conference.
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Berthe Weill... again

Berthe Weill , honoured again, and once more thanks to my friend Marianne Le Morvan, and of course also thanks to the initiative to create a new little garden, neighbour to the Picasso Museum. People were asked to choose which name to give to this garden… and the choice was Berthe Weill. I don’t think anybody would have thought of her if it wasn’t for Marianne Le Morvan, who has made it a task to honour this lady, the gallerist who was the first to sell a Picasso in Paris, the first to sell a...
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The British Ambassador To Spain Meets The Executive Vice President And Ceo Of Meliá In Palma

In a further demonstration of the interest the British Government has always shown in British tourism in Spain, and particularly in the Balearic Islands, yesterday the senior British diplomat in Spain visited the headquarters of Meliá Hotels International, one of the largest Spanish travel companies with a longstanding presence in popular destinations for British tourists such as Palmanova or Magaluf.
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Iberostar Launches Voice Bookings with ‘Google Assistant’

Iberostar Hotels & Resorts has launched an innovative option enabling guests to book rooms through voice commands thanks to an integration with Google Assistant. This is a major step forward for customers, who, from now on, will be able to explore this option from their assistant-enabled devices using voice search. When a customer says, "Hey Google, I want to book a room at," followed by the name of an Iberostar hotel, its location and the desired dates, Google will provide the details o...
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Most bizarre theme parks in world

If you want a traditional and predictable family vacation, head to Disney World, ride the teacups, and leave with a few mouse-ear hats. However, if you want an experience that isn’t all princesses and cartoon animals, there are plenty of bizarre amusement parks out there to satisfy your craving. From the explicit Loveland in South Korea to Lithuania’s Išgyvenimo Drama, a Soviet-themed park that gives visitors a brutal taste of life in the former USSR, these seven parks might not be the happie...
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