sbe Announces 10 Hotel & Residential Projects in Mexico City

sbe, a leading international hospitality group that develops, manages and operates award-winning global hospitality brands, today announced a partnership with Be Grand and its CEO Nicolas Carrancedo to continue the aggressive expansion of the Mondrian brand with the first-ever Mondrian Hotel & Residences in Mexico City. This property will also be the first of ten sbe-branded properties that sbe and Be Grand will bring to Mexico City and its metropolitan area in the next five years. The se...
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The Future Is Now for LNG as Derivatives Trading Takes Off - Bloomberg

The Future Is Now for LNG as Derivatives Trading Takes Off - Bloomberg:With natural gas demand growing faster than for any other fossil fuel, LNG futures may be finally taking off.Derivatives represented about 2 percent of global LNG production at the beginning of 2017 as an array of contracts around the world struggled to gain traction. But by the end of last year, volumes had grown to almost 23 percent, led by a burgeoning Intercontinental Exchange Inc. contract based on S&P Global Platts’ Jap...
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Winter weather, sort of

On Saturday morning, the temperature dropped just below freezing. That was enough for heavy frost and icy windows, and to make the dirt road out through the vineyard slippery. But we got no snow, just a little rain. I had to be very careful walking the dog. I managed to stay upright, but Tasha slipped on the slick ground and went down. No harm done. A tall stand of pines at the edge of the vineyard just before sunrise. This morning it's raining again, with our morning low well above zero. Janu...
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How Hostelworld Screws Hostel Owners

Posted: 01/21/2019 | January 21st, 2019 I’ve wanted to own a hostel since I first started traveling. During my month on Ko Lipe in 2006, I spent my lazy days on the beach dreaming of opening one in New Zealand with some friends. It was going to be eco-friendly and called “The Greenhouse.” A few years ago, my hostel dream came true when a friend and I opened one called HK Austin in Austin, Texas. Since then, a lot of new hostels have opened in the city, and the competition for guests has heate...
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Ascott Crosses 100,000 Lodging Units Globally With Bumper Signing Of 26 Properties In 18 Cities

CapitaLand's wholly owned lodging business unit, The Ascott Limited (Ascott), has secured contracts for another 26 properties with over 4,600 units across 18 cities and 11 countries. The new additions boost its portfolio to over 100,000 units. This marks a second consecutive year of record growth for Ascott with the addition of over 30,000 units across 189 properties in 2018, making it one of the fastest growing global players in the lodging industry. Ascott has entered the Netherlands ma...
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Japanese Art

The Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris, MAD for short, has been having an exhibit of Japanese art along with how it influenced the world of European art, especially Art Nouveau. Japan was isolated for a long time so when travel there finally started it hit Europe like a wave. There was art from the 1600’s to present, Japanese and French, to see and, as usual, it was really well presented. The walls along the stairs and the stairs themselves had that Japanese feeling. A gorgeous platt...
Tags: Travel, Art, Europe, Japan, Paris, Eiffel Tower, Art Nouveau, Musee des Arts Decoratifs, Musee Arts Decoratif, Nouveau Japan

La Canicule: A Portrait of Travel in Provence

July mornings arrive in Provence like a gentle pouring of milk into a black cup of coffee. The nocturnal meanderings of feral cats and sanglier acquiesce to shaded rest in the brambles and underbrush. Spiders, scorpions, and small lizards man their stations in anticipation of the diurnal insect menagerie which will soon come to life. Day bugs and night bugs: a changing of the guard ceremoniously observed. An hour after sunrise, the heat has settled like a weighted blanket on the recently cool l...
Tags: Travel, Europe, Featured, France, Avignon, Provence, SAULT, A day in the life, How I Travel, Europe Travel Stories, Le Luberon Provence

The Hump

“The hump” was a military aerial supply route from Northern India to China, over and through the Himalayan Mountains, that allied pilots flew during WWII. It was, and is, widely considered to be one of the most harrowing and deadly flights in aviation history. I recall reading one airman’s story of watching two planes explode right in front of him. Twenty of his friends died within minutes of each other. This was on takeoff. The most notable plane that flew the hump, the Curtiss C46 Com...
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Tell Us Your Best Albuquerque Travel Tips and Living Advice

Hack Your City goes to Albuquerque, New Mexico this week, and we’d be happy if we spent the whole time talking about the city’s annual International Balloon Fiesta. But there’s more to Albuquerque than its shiny, candy-colored hot air balloons. What else can you tell us about visiting and living in the city where…Read more...
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On the Beach to launch direct integration with Emirates

On the Beach has become the UK’s first online travel agent to launch a direct integration with Emirates through Online B2B, the airline’s NDC API.
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HVS Asia Pacific Hospitality Newsletter - Week Ending 18 January 2019

Worldwide Hotels Group Wins Club Street Hotel Site Bid with SGD562 Million in Singapore
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Trip to Turkey- Capadoccia Part Two

Since you loved my article and blog about Capadoccia, Turkey last week, I thought I would treat you to another series of photos. Do you have some favorites? I'm thrilled to have an article about my Eye Prefer Paris exhibition on February 5 in World Travel blog Please don't forget to ...
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Inn at Harbor Shores to Implement Full INTELITY Platfrom

INTELITY™, the global travel industry's first and most powerful enterprise guest engagement and staff management platform, announced today that The Inn at Harbor Shores will be implementing its expansive hospitality platform, marking INTELITY's first property in Michigan.
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Hospitality Financial Leadership Bring Multi-Tasking to an End for Hotel Leaders | By David Lund

I am going to begin this piece with a quote because I know there is BIG TIME pushback on the idea of multi-tasking. Being so popular in our modern work society the idea of multi-tasking is more than a fad, more than say IMU (Individual Business Units) or MBWA (Management By Walking Around). These are two of my personal all-time favorite business practices. In the hotel business, we need to be able to differentiate between when it is appropriate to do more than one thing at a time and when...
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STR: U.S. hotel industry posts another record year in 2018

The U.S. hotel industry registered record-breaking performance during 2018, according to data from STR. Compared with 2017:
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Ways to save money on travel

To travel is one of the great pleasures of life, but it doesn’t come cheap. With a bit of planning and flexibility there are ways to save on your travels, saving you thousands in the process. Here some are some ways you can save money for travel before you go, and while you are on the road. Sell your car If you are thinking of going on a long-term round-the-world trip, you might be better off selling your car. If your car is old and you’ve been meaning to get a new one, then this would be an id...
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Time to Speak Up: The Achilles Heel of Industry Corporate Governance Structures | By Thomas Mielke

We are living in politically interesting times; what happens across the globe in the various Houses of Parliament and the Houses of Representatives has obvious and direct consequences on the economies and us "little people." Avoiding any political discussion, what we witnessed in 2017 and 2018 on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean, for example, can be described as a political farce - marred with false truths, accusations and superficial and unchallenged "debate." The word debate is within q...
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Are You Ready to Embrace the Van Life?

So you love adventure and the great outdoors, you’ve been camping, you’ve even hired a camper van, but you want more… You think you’re ready to get your own camper van!? Well, I’m not surprised. Personally, I’m too fond of my homecomfrts, but if you plan it well, your camper can be very homely, plus van conversions and the so called “van life” seem to be the only way to go lately. So, here are some things to consider before packing your life into a vehicle and hitting the road. Do you have the ...
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What to Gift an International Mama – Mia Toro Luggage

Presents! Who will agree with me, this is always a topic of controversy: Either because we simply have too much stuff and do we really need more? Or because you don’t want someone to spend money on a totally useless gift and then be upset that they wasted the money on that rather than spend it wisely, or simply ask you what you want. Or how about gifting yourself something that you truly love and want (not necessarily need) and everyone thinks of that as a taboo thing to do. And, instead of buy...
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Marriott International Has Trained 500,000 Hotel Workers to Recognize the Signs of Human Trafficking

Marriott International today announced that, as of this month, it has successfully trained 500,000 hotel workers to spot the signs of human trafficking in its hotels and how to respond if they do, marking a watershed moment in the global fight against this multinational crime.
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Hotels Talk On Social Media…but Are They Actually Listening? | By Dave Spector

Each week we share one impactful hotel marketing tactic that you can implement immediately to drive more conversions and more revenue.
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Meliá Hotels International Signs An International Agreement With The IUF To Help Prevent Sexual Harassment

Meliá Hotels International and the IUF (International Union of Food, Agriculture, Hotel, Restaurant, Catering, Tobacco and Allied Workers' Associations) signed an international agreement today to help prevent sexual harassment.
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The Cassis Home Renovation: The Stairwell

    The Cassis Home is in a building from the 1900s in the center of Cassis, but the stone walls date further back, possibly the building was two dwellings that merged into one. Part of the interesting discoveries made when renovating an old place comes from underneath the layers of previous renovations. Point in question is when we started to renovate the stairwell. The two upper staircases, the top staircase leads to a terrace with a panoramic view of Cassis and the second staircase leads to...
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Empowering Front-line Service Employees: One Size Does Not Fit All | By Dr. Steffen Raub

Empowerment of front-line service employees has oftentimes been presented as a panacea. Empower your employees and great service and guest satisfaction will follow, or so the mantra goes…
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US$30 billion worth of hotels to be built in MENA by 2023

Dubai, UAE. 21 January, 2019. The Arabian Hotel Investment Conference (AHIC) 2019 has released the second annual AHIC Hotel Investment Forecast, which reveals that close to US$30 billion worth of hotel construction contracts will be awarded in the Middle East and North Africa between now and 2023.
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Revinate Unveils New Guide to Help Hoteliers Navigate Loyalty Marketing

Revinate, the software as a service (SaaS) company that helps hotels transform guest data into revenue, announced today the launch of the 2019 Guide to Hotel Loyalty, a new free resource that aims to help hoteliers navigate the ever-changing loyalty landscape and determine the best strategy for driving repeat bookings.
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When I made the galette des rois earlier this month, I had some pâte feuilletée (flaky pastry) left over. I froze it to use another time, and that time was Sunday. I decided to thaw the dough and roll it out to make some croissants. Six little croissants fresh out of the oven. I was able to make six croissants, but they were small. I probably should have made only four, but no matter. I also wonder if I didn't roll them too tightly, since the insides weren't as flaky as they might have been....
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STR: U.S. hotel performance for December 2018

The U.S. hotel industry reported positive results in the three key performance metrics during December 2018, according to data from STR. In a year-over-year comparison with December 2017, the industry posted the following:
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Week 7: Desert Attacks in Tucson (+ stunning cactus scenery)

“Shh Savannah. Listen to that” She was incessantly talking again and I couldn’t quite make it out. It was a weird mixture of howling and yelping and we’d heard a similar sound earlier in the trail but had no idea what it was. “I think that might be a coyote. How cool is that? Keep an eye out for it Savannah” We kept walking. Craig and Kalyra were no match for my long legs and had fallen behind. Savannah always wanting to be by my side manages to keep up. We were on the switchbacks determined to...
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Virgin Atlantic and Others Buy Flybe, Delay Its Demise

I don’t know what it is about regional airline acquisitions being so complicated, but we have a new champion. Flybe is a large regional airline based in the United Kingdom, and it has been looking for a good strategy for years. It now thinks it has found one… as Virgin Atlantic. Virgin is teaming up with another regional airline and a hedge fund to save Flybe from the grave. Will it work? It’s an uphill battle. Technically, it’s Connect Airways that will be buying Flybe, but Connect Airw...
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