Bloglikes - Travel https://www.bloglikes.com/c/travel en-US Thu, 13 Aug 2020 19:37:34 +0000 Sat, 06 Apr 2013 00:00:00 +0000 FeedWriter Allied Hospitality Associations: HFTP and HTNG Offer New Joint Discount for Corporate Members http://www.hospitalitynet.org/news/154000320/4100167.html Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP®) and Hospitality Technology Next Generation (HTNG) are now offering a joint 20 percent discount for companies joining the two associations at once. The specially-designed vendor programs, HFTP's Corporate Allied Sponsorship and HTNG's Industry Partner program, offer companies access to the numerous services offered by the associations, including unique benefits that help boost company recognition.]]> Thu, 13 Aug 2020 12:40:12 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Travel HFTP HTNG s Industry Partner STR: US Hotel Results For Week Ending 8 August http://www.hospitalitynet.org/news/154000320/4100160.html U.S. hotel performance data for the week ending 8 August showed slightly higher occupancy and room rates from the previous week, according to STR.]]> Thu, 13 Aug 2020 11:40:08 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Travel US STR: Canada Hotel Results For Week Ending 8 August http://www.hospitalitynet.org/news/154000320/4100161.html STR data for 2-8 August 2020 shows a continued steady rise in Canada's hotel performance but the same significant level of year-over-year declines.]]> Thu, 13 Aug 2020 11:40:08 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Travel Canada Domestic Business Travel Continues to Trend Toward Recovery http://www.hospitalitynet.org/news/154000320/4100162.html Alexandria, - GBTA member companies worldwide, report an emerging willingness to permit employees to engage in domestic business travel, according to the latest poll conducted between August 5-9, 2020, by the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA).]]> Thu, 13 Aug 2020 11:40:08 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Travel Domestic Business Travel Continues Alexandria GBTA Vacation In Provence: Villages of Roussillon, Lourmarin, and Cucuron http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/IPreferParis/~3/10zAXEKXxSQ/vacation-in-provence-villages-of-roussillon-loumarin-and-cucuron.html ROSSIGNOL-1

As I mentioned on Monday’s blog, we would take morning trips to various villages near the house in Puyvert,

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Rossignol is about 30 minutes by car from Puyvert, and is another village perched on a high hill. It’s known for rock formations of ochre, that produce the rich, warm color used for paint pigment, We caught a glimpse of the ochre deposits in the center of the village. There’s a designated ochre trail you can follow but we opted not to do it because of the impending heat. There’s an Ochre Conservatory which offers tours, classes, and information about the function of ochre. Many of the building facades in Rossignol have an ochre wash on them.  

There was a small market that day offering local specialties and we bought a typical Provencal product, a round straw tray with collapsible netting on top to protect fruits and vegetables from bugs.  

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On Friday is the big, outdoor market in Lourmarin, the next village over from where we were staying. The walk took about 25 minutes on a narrow country road filled with ancient and giant trees, vineyards, and open fields and meadows.  

 

At the entrance to Loumarin is the handsome Chateau de Lourmarin, originally built as a fortress in the 14th century, which then became a chateau for a royal family in the 15th century.  The last owner was a historian and industrialist who bought it in 1920, saving it from demolition, then restoring it and furnishing it. Today the chateau is a museum featuring a fine art collection with 16th to 19th century furniture, engravings, paintings, musical instruments and objets d’art.

The Lourmarin market was vast, covering many streets. An adorable, young French man was selling red and green olive tapenade, and one taste had us swooning and buying enough to last the week. It was the end of the lavender season, so we bought 10 sachets for 10€, and now every nook and cranny of our apartment has the soothing scent of lavender. I buy local soaps wherever I travel, an inexpensive souvenir, and I found a vendor who sold soap produced in the Luberon. I bought six bars for only 2.20€ each, in scents of olive oil, olive oil and lavender, and honey and lavender.  

After the market we strolled to the lively, main street of the village and cooled down with cold Perrier on the rocks with a twist of lemon at a café. Leaving the village, we listened to a jazz trio playing on the street.  

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On Sunday there was a brocante in Cucuron, another village which is a ten-minute drive from us.

The brocante was setup around the large, rectangular water basin in the town square, surrounded by big trees. It consisted mostly of stalls and tables with bric-a-brac and antiques and my friend bought a few glass tumblers with the Ricard logo on them for the new house. There was an eclectic array of linens, rugs, paintings, ceramics, sets of china and dishes, and books and cookbooks.  

After the flea market we climbed up to the residential part of the village, again discovering the charm and beauty of the Provence villages.  

The next evening, we returned to the square to have dinner outdoors facing the basin.  

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John and I had coffee outdoors at the pastry shop and café, Gerard Mulot, in Saint Germain des Pres.  

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3 Steps to a Winning Proposal Conversion Strategy | By Ryan Hamilton http://www.hospitalitynet.org/news/154000320/4100159.html By Ryan Hamilton, Co-Founder, SalesAndCatering.com and Bluebuzzard Technology Group]]> Thu, 13 Aug 2020 10:40:09 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Travel Ryan Hamilton Ryan Hamilton Co Founder SalesAndCatering Ripe for Rebound: Contactless Guest Room Technology | By David Millili http://www.hospitalitynet.org/news/154000320/4100158.html Fast forward to the year 2021. You've just arrived at your hotel following a long flight. Using your smartphone, the check-in process is relatively seamless, and you make your way through the lobby towards your room. Approaching the door, you once again reach for your device, tapping through the mobile app to quickly unlock your room and roll your luggage inside. Scanning your surroundings, you make note of the chic, minimalist decor. On the bed lies a neatly packaged robe, which you requested before your arrival, along with a variety of single-use toiletry products, and a set of towels. An eco-friendly bag is provided to place any items which require replacement during your stay. The room also features a minibar and cabinets, which both make use of a UV sanitization system. So starts the post-pandemic journey of the hotel guest room.]]> Thu, 13 Aug 2020 09:40:09 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Travel David Millili TUI’s optimism for 2021 should be noted with caution amid refund confusion and UK's air bridges putting strain on industry recovery, says GlobalData http://www.hospitalitynet.org/news/154000320/4100156.html Following the announcement of TUI's Q3 2020 results,]]> Thu, 13 Aug 2020 09:40:08 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Travel UK GlobalData European, Middle Eastern & African Stocks - Bloomberg #UAE #SaudiArabia #Qatar close http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/MiddleEastFinanceAndInvestmentNews/~3/FjrBpw6E4So/european-middle-eastern-african-stocks_75.html European, Middle Eastern & African Stocks - Bloomberg:
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Behind the Scenes of Cyber HITEC: Meet the HITEC Advisory Council (Part I) http://www.hospitalitynet.org/news/154000320/4100154.html Behind the scenes of every great HITEC is a group of highly knowledgeable industry veterans lending their expertise to the planning and coordination of the conference's education program. These individuals share a deep understanding of the complexities of the hospitality industry, as well as its strengths, challenges and continuous evolution. They take the challenges that often face hospitality professionals and collectively seek the voices that can share sustainable solutions to these challenges.]]> Thu, 13 Aug 2020 07:40:10 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Travel HITEC Ten Ways to Boost Guest Confidence and Increase Loyalty Amid COVID-19 http://www.hospitalitynet.org/news/154000320/4100151.html COVID-19 has caused many to reflect upon the fundamental operations of our global society and our day-to-day lives, including the way we travel. In hospitality, many are wondering how an industry that is so reliant on personal interactions can recover from the crisis and earn back guest confidence.]]> Thu, 13 Aug 2020 07:40:09 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Travel Nobody Asked Me, But… No. 235: Hotel History: Cavallo Point, The Lodge at the Golden Gate (1901) | By Stanley Turkel http://www.hospitalitynet.org/news/154000320/4100152.html Hotel History: Cavallo Point Lodge, Sausalito, California (142 rooms): The history of the spectacular site of the Lodge at the Golden Gate commences with the coastal Miwok Indian tribes who occupied Horseshoe Cove long before there was a Golden Gate Bridge.]]> Thu, 13 Aug 2020 07:40:09 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Travel Golden Gate Miwok Stanley Turkel Horseshoe Cove Cavallo Point Lodge Sausalito California Baby Boomers Deserve Big Attention From Businesses Too | By Linchi Kwok http://www.hospitalitynet.org/news/154000320/4100153.html Jill Filipovic argued in her new book - OK Boomer, Let's Talk: How My Generation Got Left Behind - that millennials have been going through tougher economic circumstances than any other generations since the Great Depression. I am neither a millennial nor a Boomer, but the media coverage about Jill's arguments got my attention.]]> Thu, 13 Aug 2020 07:40:09 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Travel Jill Jill Filipovic Linchi Kwok Middle East Markets: State Street Opens in #Saudi, Hires Abdullah Saleh Bakhrebah - Bloomberg http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/MiddleEastFinanceAndInvestmentNews/~3/K8WJggr2M_M/middle-east-markets-state-street-opens.html Middle East Markets: State Street Opens in Saudi, Hires Abdullah Saleh Bakhrebah - Bloomberg:
State Street Corp. opened its first office in Saudi Arabia and hired Abdullah Saleh Bakhrebah from Ashmore Group Plc as chief executive officer for its operations in the kingdom. 
The Boston-based financial-services firm is entering Saudi Arabia as part of its plans to boost its presence in the Middle East, State Street said in a statement Thursday. It also hired Haifa Al Goufi as Middle East and North Africa chief compliance officer and Hassan Al Khalaf as chief financial officer for the region.
International banks and investment firms including BlackRock Inc., Citigroup Inc. and Credit Suisse Group AG have opened offices in Saudi Arabia or increased their presence as the kingdom diversifies from oil and opens up its capital markets to foreign investors.
“Saudi Arabia itself is a strategically important country for State Street, ” said Jörg Ambrosius, head of Europe, Middle East and Africa. “Having an office here is absolutely vital for us to fulfill our ambitious growth plans for the region.”

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Adnoc Distribution reports 14% drop in Q2 profits - Arabianbusiness http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/MiddleEastFinanceAndInvestmentNews/~3/_kUPb6D2w0s/adnoc-distribution-reports-14-drop-in.html Adnoc Distribution reports 14% drop in Q2 profits - Arabianbusiness:
Adnoc Distribution reported a 14% drop in Q2 net profit, which was largely attributed to lockdown and movement restrictions that resulted in a drop in fuel volumes. 
The fuel and convenience retailer reported a second quarter profit of  AED 511 million ($139m), and revenues of AED3 billion ($816m), down 45% on last year. 
Ahmed Al Shamsi, Acting CEO of Adnoc Distribution, said fuel volumes have recovered since movement restrictions were lifted - 90% in July compared to the same period last year. 
"Despite the challenging market conditions, we have continued to ensure access to our services, and introduced increased convenience. We have seen fuel volumes recover in line with the easing of movement restrictions," Al Shamsi said.

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Aarogya Setu iOS code open sourced on OpenForge on Aug 10 https://www.medianama.com/2020/08/223-aarogya-setu-ios-open-source/ You’re reading it here first: The team behind Aarogya Setu quietly open sourced the iOS version of the app on OpenForge, the government’s own open source platform, on August 10. People can’t raise issues on the platform yet as “pull requests” are currently disabled. MyGov CEO Abhishek Singh told MediaNama about this development earlier this morning.

The repository only has one “commit” right now, from Rajeev Arkvanshi, a senior iOS developer at NeGD. It is not clear how the government will consider issues from people right now.

Unlike the iOS client, the app’s Android client was open sourced on GitHub on May 26 amidst much fanfare and announcement of a bug bounty programme. Singh told us that NIC, the agency in charge of the app, will announce the winners of the Android Bug Bounty Programme soon. In response to our question about whether there will be a similar programme for iOS, Singh said, “I guess so. NIC should be notifying it.” We have reached out to the NIC for more information.

Singh said that the iOS code was released on OpenForge instead of GitHub “because Open Forge is our own thing. In fact, so why not? Open Forge is our GitHub.” When we asked him why the Android source code was also not released on OpenForge, he said, “The technical team had done that but when this [iOS] one was being done, with all the focus on aatma nirbhar and all, when we felt that where should we do that, we felt that if we have out own GitHub, then why go on a Microsoft product and not on a OpenForge. Being as part of Digital India Corporation and as part of NeGD, I felt that Android should have also been done. But anyway, that was done when it was done. But iOS has been done on Open Forge.”

The Aarogya Setu team has been criticised for not engaging with developers on GitHub despite open sourcing the Android code. For instance, the last commit (upload to code from the development team) on GitHub is dated June 1 even though the Android app was last updated on July 8 as per the Play Store. Similarly, the last pull request was closed, that is an issue was resolved, on GitHub on July 16 and before that on June 3, and despite there being 142 open pull requests, only 12 have been closed so far.

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Hotel Quality Lab: Exploring Service Excellence http://www.hospitalitynet.org/news/154000320/4100150.html Against the backdrop of relentlessly evolving consumer demands and technological disruption, what does service quality mean today? What is required to maintain the prerequisite momentum? And how can hoteliers reconcile brand standards with the varying needs and expectations of guests from around the world? Helping us find the answers to these questions and more, Richard Leuenberger, Managing Director of Badrutt's Palace in St. Moritz, joins us on a journey of discovery through service excellence.]]> Thu, 13 Aug 2020 06:40:13 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Travel St Moritz Badrutt Richard Leuenberger How Hotel F&B Pivoted in Response to COVID-19, and What the Future Holds | By Court Williams http://www.hospitalitynet.org/news/154000320/4100144.html Global tourism has been expanding rapidly over the past few decades, and this was a primary factor driving the hospitality industry before the coronavirus outbreak. Growth projected by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), set the expected number of tourist arrivals across the globe at more than 1.5 billion by 2020.COVID-19 had other ideas, however, and 2020 has turned out to be the year everything changed. Hotel food and beverage (F&B) operations are among some of the most-affected industries.]]> Thu, 13 Aug 2020 06:40:12 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Travel World Tourism Organization UNWTO Court Williams Travel Advisors Say Clients Are Booking 2021 Vacations Closer to Home http://www.hospitalitynet.org/news/154000320/4100148.html Generally speaking, travel advisors say they are having a modicum of success booking destinations closer to home, primarily for 2021.]]> Thu, 13 Aug 2020 06:40:12 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Travel Unravelling the claims over Aarogya Setu’s vulnerabilities https://www.medianama.com/2020/08/223-aarogya-setu-security-brigade-vulnerability/ On Wednesday, Security Brigade, an Indian information security company, published a now rescinded blog post detailing how it found certain security vulnerabilities in how Aarogya Setu’s code is managed, and informed CERT-In, NIC CERT (which is different from CERT-In) and the Aarogya Setu team about it, but got no response. This prompted the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology to “widely circulate a statement” denouncing the company that was later retracted, as per a Hindustan Times report. MediaNama has seen a copy of this press release but since it was not released through official channels and we have not been able to independently verify if it was indeed an official press release, we are not publishing it.

MediaNama had also cross-posted Security Brigade’s blog yesterday but took it down at the author’s request.

MyGov CEO calls it ‘unprofessional, unethical’, says Security Brigade was given access to code in March

Abhishek Singh, the CEO of MyGov and NeGD, who has been the face of promoting the app since its launch, told MediaNama that “the initial report that I got last night said that the code and all that they are referring to, is dated March”. He further said, “Actually the whole thing is very, kind of, unprofessional, unethical on behalf of Security Brigade because what NIC, who is heading the initiative of Aarogya Setu, tells me is that Security Brigade was part of the firms which were engaged for doing the security audit through DSCI [Data Security Council of India] before the app was launched in the month of March.” This caused much confusion because when the code of the Android client was open sourced on May 26, at that time, Yash Kadakia, the founder and CTO of Security Brigade, had told MediaNama that his company had been brought in to review the code only one week ahead of the announcement about open sourcing the code and review the code for that purpose (more on that below).

Singh, however, reiterated that the company was brought in as one of the six security agencies by NIC in March to perform a security audit on the app before its launch on April 2. He said that the code was shared with these six companies and that Security Brigade had “misused” that access which is not even lice today. He told us that the development team would issue a detailed response later today and the “entire tech team is looking into the entire thing in great detail to point out the exact line-by-line response” [sic].

As per the blog post, Security Brigade had reached out to “senior members of the NIC, NIC CERT & key stakeholders from the Aarogya Setu team” when they discovered the vulnerabilities in June. Singh denied getting any communication from the company. But he added, “If they have sent any email to anyone in NIC, we are getting that verified.”

We have reached out to NIC, NIC CERT and Kadakia for more information. At Singh’s request, we have also sent him a detailed list of questions to answer in detail.

Aarogya Setu’s development team is very diverse: Singh

During the course of our conversation, Singh also told us that the development of this app was not only a a government effort. “We have acknowledged it right on the day the code was developed that a lot of volunteers from the private sector who were involved in the whole project. Auditors were involved. NASSCOM was involved. Private sector companies were involved. It was a joint effort done at a war footing,” he said. In addition, he listed NIC, NITI Aayog, MEITY, IIT Madras and IISc Bangalore.

What did Security Brigade claim?

On June 23, while analysing data from a gov.in scan, something that the company did “to help CERT-In identify and mitigate key risks, data leaks, compromises, etc. across a wide range of Indian Government asset”, it discovered that one of the developers of Aarogya Setu had accidentally published their private Git folder, with plaintext user name and password for the GitHub account, into the public GIT repository. The company leveraged an existing GitHub API to bypass two-factor authentication to access the code repository on Aarogya Setu GitHub account. Through that, it was able to “download the source code for the Aarogya Setu website, Swaraksha portal, back-end APIs, web-services, internal analytics / correlation code, SQS Handler, OTP Service, etc.”

Security Brigade said that these details were “shared with senior members of the NIC, NIC CERT & key stakeholders from the Aarogya Setu team” but the company received no acknowledgement or response from them. “The issue was silently fixed the next day,” the now rescinded blog said.

The source code that Security Brigade got access to shows how a lot of code and data is hosted on privately-controlled, primarily by GoIbibo, AWS servers. The company also found “several secrets such as encryption tokens, passwords, etc hardcoded within the source-code itself”. Moreover, the company said that the private keys to the Google Firebase, a database storage system, which “seems to be used to store information related to users, including the sensitive DID mapping, user status and other details”, at least at the time of publication of the blog post, were still active “nearly 45 days” after the company had disclosed this vulnerability to the authorities.

Govt claims abuse of access in retracted statement

In the unverified “press release”, MEITY said that “Security Brigade has misused their engagement with Aarogya Setu code review and publication of this article is completely unethical and in violation of the terms of engagement with the Project”. As per the Hindustan Times report, the government retracted its statement on August 12 itself.

“If an auditor identifies a vulnerability, they make a responsible disclosure of the vulnerability to the concerned owner of the app/site,” the statement read and claimed that sharing “snippets and screenshots” of the code was a “complete breach of trust”.

“Aarogya Setu users are assured that no user data has been compromised due to the alleged vulnerabilities and the violations by the concerned firm will be dealt with as per law,” the statement read.

What does Security Brigade say?

In response to our questions, Yash Kadakia, founder and CTO of Security Brigade, sent us the following statement:

“Aarogya Setu reached out to 6 organizations and shared their Android source code for review prior to their press conference announcing the bug bounty program.

“Of-course, this Android source code was then made publicly available for all on Github and has absolutely nothing to do with the article we have published.

“The code we had discovered and responsibly reported to NIC was related to other internal components which have not yet been made public. These were accidentally exposed due to their security lapses in the Aarogya Setu infrastructure.

“While we have taken all possible measures to retract and censor any possible sensitive data in our article, we have repeatedly asked relevant stake holders on anything they may find to be sensitive but have no received any official response.

“Moreover I’d like to reiterate that the issue was responsibly reported to the NIC team but no response was received from them.”

What is Security Brigade?

Security Brigade is a Mumbai-based, CERT-In empanelled information security consulting firm that was founded in 2006. When Aarogya Setu’s Android client was open sourced on May 26, Kadakia had told MediaNama that the developers of the app had approached the Data Security Council of India to recommend information security firms to look at the app’s code over the week leading up to the open sourcing announcement. Security Brigade was one such firm. “ They didn’t engage just one; they engaged five or 6 separate firms to take this up in parallel. The idea was to get as many eyes on it as possible,” Kadakia had then told us.

At that time, Kadakia had said that the app did not require any significant changes apart from minor changes to the algorithm in use. “They had done a fairly decent job anyway to start with,” he had said. “So everyone reviewed the way the DiD [device ID], what is being uploaded, the privacy aspects of it, what encryption is being used,” he had said.

“But looking at the backend is where the real security implications might come in as well from a general security standpoint, but from a privacy standpoint, it’s the app that matters. … that part is already reasonably covered,” Kadakia had said.

At that time, the code for iOS and backend infrastructure had not been shared with the cybersecurity experts, he had told us. The iOS code was expected to be shared with the experts over the coming week, ahead of the iOS source code release, while backend infrastructure code was to be shared a bit later. At the time, Kadakia was appreciative of the government’s move: “I don’t think the government has really open sourced or released a bug bounty like this before.”

This is a developing story and will be updated accordingly.

***Update (August 13, 2020 6:39 pm): Updated with comments by Abhishek Singh, the CEO of MyGov. Originally published on August 13, 2020 at 3:51 pm.

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Corporate travel firms face ‘challenging’ autumn http://www.hospitalitynet.org/news/154000320/4100145.html The corporate travel sector faces a "challenging" recovery with companies "less eager" to send employees travelling on business than before.]]> Thu, 13 Aug 2020 05:40:10 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Travel Hotels pivoting toward more hybrid meetings http://www.hospitalitynet.org/news/154000320/4100146.html Groups are canceling or postponing their meetings and events due to concerns about COVID-19, but hoteliers are finding creative solutions to use technology to host the event in a safe fashion.]]> Thu, 13 Aug 2020 05:40:10 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Travel Harvard researchers discover a surprising reason why Zoom and Skype won’t kill business travel http://www.hospitalitynet.org/news/154000320/4100147.html It might actually do some good for the world, says a new study out of the Harvard Kennedy School's Growth Lab, which finds a direct link—of causation, not correlation—between a country's incoming business travel and its economic growth. The more business travelers a country received, the better its industrial ventures fared, and the higher its GDP climbed.]]> Thu, 13 Aug 2020 05:40:10 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Travel Harvard Skype Harvard Kennedy School s Growth Lab Counting the Social Costs of Tourism in the COVID-19 Era In Asia http://www.hospitalitynet.org/news/154000320/4100143.html During the COVID-19 pandemic, tourism scholars and practitioners have directed their attention to local communities in tourist destinations, examining their safety and well-being and the costs that they bear due to tourism activities. Yet according to the SHTM's Professor Haiyan Song and Dr Jinah Park and their co-researchers, it is now time to discuss the social costs of tourism during crises. How much are local communities willing to sacrifice to reduce these costs? Analysing local residents' willingness to pay to alleviate public health risk, the researchers explored the situation through an economic lens. Their findings have important implications for the formulation of recovery strategies and policies in destinations affected by COVID-19.]]> Thu, 13 Aug 2020 05:40:10 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Travel Asia Haiyan Song SHTM Social Costs of Tourism Jinah Park WTTC Calls For Leadership From Pm Boris Johnson, And Strong International Coordination To Save The Travel & Tourism Sector And The Global Economy http://www.hospitalitynet.org/news/154000320/4100142.html The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) has urgently called on the UK government for strong leadership and unprecedented international collaboration, to save the struggling Travel & Tourism sector and recover the millions of jobs already impacted.]]> Thu, 13 Aug 2020 05:40:09 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Travel UK Boris Johnson Travel Tourism Wttc World Travel Tourism Council WTTC Travel amp European, Middle Eastern & African Stocks - Bloomberg #UAE #SaudiArabia #Qatar mid-session http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/MiddleEastFinanceAndInvestmentNews/~3/mLMuoU1k-X4/european-middle-eastern-african-stocks_13.html European, Middle Eastern & African Stocks - Bloomberg:
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Aldar CEO Sees Pent-Up Demand for #AbuDhabi Properties - Bloomberg http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/MiddleEastFinanceAndInvestmentNews/~3/ljX0vyV5NoM/aldar-ceo-sees-pent-up-demand-for.html Aldar CEO Sees Pent-Up Demand for Abu Dhabi Properties - Bloomberg:
Talal Al Dhiyebi, chief executive officer at Aldar Properties PJSC, discusses the demand he’s seeing heading into the end of the year, the impact of coronavirus on his business and where he’s seeing growth. He speaks exclusively on “Bloomberg Daybreak: Middle East.” (Source: Bloomberg)

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Middle East Deals: Emirates NBD in Talks to Buy Lebanese Bank’s Egyptian Unit - Bloomberg http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/MiddleEastFinanceAndInvestmentNews/~3/0p0LI8pBZ-c/middle-east-deals-emirates-nbd-in-talks.html Middle East Deals: Emirates NBD in Talks to Buy Lebanese Bank’s Egyptian Unit - Bloomberg:
Emirates NBD PJSC started preliminary talks to buy the Egyptian unit of Lebanese lender Blom Bank SAL after last week’s explosion forced the Beirut-based company to review its strategy.
Discussions are ongoing and there is no certainty that a deal will be completed, Dubai-based Emirates NBD said in a statement on Thursday.
Earlier this month, Blom Bank said it was considering several strategic options, including a sale of its stake in Blom Bank Egypt in response to the depressed outlook for Lebanon’s domestic banking industry. Blom’s Egypt unit has 42 branches and is active in retail and corporate banking, according to its website.
Lebanese banks are struggling to shore up their finances as the Arab nation grapples with its worst economic crisis in decades. The country was already battling soaring inflation, a rapid devaluation of the Lebanese pound and a shrinking economy before the blast ripped through the capital’s port on Aug. 4.

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Middle East News: #Dubai Property Braced for Two More Difficult Years Damac Says - Bloomberg http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/MiddleEastFinanceAndInvestmentNews/~3/khq5bCGJ4Tg/middle-east-news-dubai-property-braced.html Middle East News: Dubai Property Braced for Two More Difficult Years Damac Says - Bloomberg: Damac Properties PJSC expects a “difficult” period of as many as two years for Dubai’s property market as the impact of the coronavirus drags real-estate prices down.
“Travel restrictions impacted the economy and the real estate sector and we will see a difficult market for the coming 18 to 24 months,” Chairman Hussain Sajwani said in the company’s earnings release.
“However, we are optimistic that the lead up to the Dubai Expo at the end of 2021 will allow some of the excess real estate supply be absorbed,” he said. 
The coronavirus aggravated a long property slump in Dubai, where oversupply and economic uncertainty pushed down prices for years. Real estate prices will drop further in the coming months amid subdued demand, S&P Global Ratings and Moody’s Investors Service said in July.

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Middle East Deals: #Dubai’s Shuaa Pauses Some Deals as Virus Brings New Strategy - Bloomberg http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/MiddleEastFinanceAndInvestmentNews/~3/WMQoJ_0vX7Y/middle-east-deals-dubais-shuaa-pauses.html Middle East Deals: Dubai’s Shuaa Pauses Some Deals as Virus Brings New Strategy - Bloomberg:
Shuaa Capital PSC stepped away from some deals as the Dubai-based investment company switched its short-term strategy in the wake of the economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic.
“All the plans have changed” over the past six months, Chief Executive Officer Jassim Alseddiqi said in an interview with Bloomberg TV. The firm is focused on its main businesses and on becoming more efficient, he said.
The company “put off few of the transactions that we have been looking at, in terms of acquisitions or mergers,” but would “revisit opportunities as they come up,” he said.
Shares in Shuaa declined as much as 3.9%, the most since July 29, before paring losses to trade 0.8% down as of 10:55 a.m. in Dubai.

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