The future of space travel is starting right now

2020 is off to rocky start, but there are some exciting things happening on the space travel front.Private companies like SpaceX and Boeing have partnered with NASA to get American spacecrafts into space, back to the moon, and onwards to Mars."I think in a hundred years first of all we're going to be celebrating 2020, so 2120 get ready for a big party," says Reisman.
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National Guard to start screening passengers today, state and counties face tough budget choices, masks urged as COVID-19 cases continue to rise, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Staff Sgt. Joey Paulino, 154th Medical Group health services manager passes medical supplies to an awaiting civilian medical representative April 2, 2020, in Honolulu PC:U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Orlando Corpuz Gov. Ige, lawmakers face grim budget scenario with tough choices ahead. It’s tough to plan ahead when the state economy is a shambles, but Gov. David Ige and state lawmakers will have to make tough spending and policy choices for next year, and they don’t have ...
Tags: Travel, Navy, Kaiser Permanente, United States, Hawaii, Kilauea, Pearl Harbor, Department Of Transportation, Waikiki, Kauai, Maui, Doh, Honolulu, Chung, Hawaii County, National Guard

Hospitality Financial Leadership - Shift Your Thinking | By David Lund

We all have predisposed ways that we look at our world and the things, people and circumstances inside of it. It's what makes us human and we either have an open mind or one that's closed. Another way to express this is we either have a fixed mindset or a growth mindset.
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How to Make Working From Home Work for you | By Beatrice Venturini

In his 2017 TED Talk, the British economist Nicholas Bloom jokes of how his mission to encourage working from home (WFH) was initially met with disparaging remarks like "shirking from home", "working…remotely" or simply, "getting paid for not getting dressed". He argued that WFH would save companies money, create more time for productivity and certainly reduce global pollution with less unnecessary travel.
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Rooftops from Paris and Toulouse

As you know, I love to take photos of Paris rooftops. Whenever I am in an apartment, hotel, store, or office in Paris on a high floor with good views, I take photos.   Today it’s two sets of photos, the first from an apartment in the Marais in Paris, the second is from the rooftop of Galeries Lafayette in Toulouse, on a warm, sunny day from last September.   Would love your feedback.   Toulouse    [Author: ...
Tags: Travel, Architecture, Paris, Toulouse, Marais, Galeries Lafayette, Richard Nahem

TechOvation Award Semi-finalists to Present at Virtual Event

Hospitality Technology Next Generation (HTNG), the premier technology solutions association for the hospitality industry, today reveals the ten entries that have been selected to advance as semi-finalists in the next round of the 2020 HTNG TechOvation Award competition.
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Re-Launch of Eye Prefer Paris Book of the Month: The Elegance of the Hedgehog

I realize I haven’t selected a new book for the Eye Prefer Paris Book of the Month since last June. I decided now the perfect was time to re-launch the Eye Prefer Paris Book of the Month, since most people are at home during the lockdown, and have extra time to read.   For April, The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery, translated from French into English, is the enchanting story about the relationship between a concierge at one of the best addresses in Paris in the 7th arrondissem...
Tags: Travel, Amazon, Books, Paris, John Baxter, Richard Nahem, Amazon Click, Eye Prefer Paris Book of the Month, Muriel Barbery

Stay Home Today, #Traveltomorrow

By staying home today, we can travel tomorrow".The hashtag #TravelTomorrow encapsulates this message of solidarity and hope, through which the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) calls for shared responsibility among travellers and the tourism sector around the world to deal with the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.
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Hawaiian recipes to enjoy a taste of Hawaii while staying at home

While we can’t truly travel to Hawaii right now, we can let our tastebuds take us there on a virtual trip. We’ve rounded up some great, simple recipes to get a taste of Hawaii, but from home. It’s the next best thing to being there. Since we don’t have the luxury of shopping around for ingredients at the moment, we tried to focus on recipes that have relatively simple ingredients that may already be in your pantry or to easy find and/or order online. Breakfast Hawaiian Style Pancakes We aim to...
Tags: Travel, Amazon, Tips & Tricks, Hawaii, Duke, Waikiki, Kauai, Maui, Oahu, Dole, Hawaiian, Mai Tai, Paradise Cove Luau, Turtle Bay Resort, Halekulani, General Hawaii

Has #CoronaVirus helped Narendra Modi to discover the virtues of democracy? Or, has ‘The Supreme Leader’ only craftily seized the moment to craft a new persona for himself?

Across the world—from Britain to Israel, Chile to Bolivia, Hungary to Philippines—political analysts and academics are horrified at the powers elected leaders are accumulating under the cover of #COVID to detain people, close borders, shut down courts, surveil people, prevent assembly and so on. Some of these steps are understandable in the circumstances, but many of the new powers have little to do with the outbreak. *** In many nations, populist leaders have doused themselves in teflon, ...
Tags: Travel, Germany, India, BJP, Narendra Modi, Atlantic, Britain, Philippines, The New York Times, Parliament, Modi, PMO, Varanasi, SAARC, Lok Sabha, Francis Fukuyama

Think Staycations and Cleanliness Theater for COVID Travel | By Larry Mogelonsky

There are two terms to mull over for how the travel will change in the near future and both relate to the heightened sense of agoraphobia and fear of unhygienic spaces. And those hotels that are able to figure out these two terms apply in a post-COVID world will indeed see their occupancies return.
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Counting Costs of Coronavirus Contagion in Middle East: Chart - Bloomberg

Counting Costs of Coronavirus Contagion in Middle East: Chart - Bloomberg:The number of coronavirus cases in the Middle East is rising and the curve is not flattening yet -- cases have doubled in the last week and nearly tripled in less than three weeks. The economic costs have started to show up in the data, according to Bloomberg Economics. The Purchasing Managers’ Index, a gauge of business sentiment, fell sharply in March in the six countries that publish it, and in half of these, it hit a r...
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15,000 U.S. Hotels Sign Up To Support Healthcare Community

The American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) announced today that more than 15,000 hotels have signed up for its new initiative - "Hospitality for Hope" - which identifies hotel properties that have offered to provide temporary housing for emergency and healthcare workers as the COVID-19 public health crisis grows.
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If you're traveling between states, here's where you'll have to self-quarantine

Maine became the latest state to institute requirements for domestic travelers Friday when its governor issued an executive order requiring travelers to the state to self-quarantine for 14 days to lessen the chance of transmitting the coronavirus.
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Hotel TV And The Future – Part One | By James Harrison

It’s clear that Hotel TV has been a moving target over the years. As Darren quite rightly pointed out, there was a point when walking into a Hotel room, and being about to watch the latest movies releases on the Hotel TV was something quite impressive.
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Spring sunrise

At sunrise this past cloudless Sunday morning, the first golden rays came horizontally from the eastern horizon, illuminating some of the woods around us as if from below. It's not often that I see this kind of light, given weather, timing, and other factors. But Sunday was one of those rare days. I had the telephoto lens on the camera. Sunlit acacia tree trunks, 140mm, f/8.0, 1/1000s. The grey tree on the right is a walnut. The rain system moved in pretty much on schedule yesterday. I decided...
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Buzzy luggage startup Away has furloughed half of its staff and laid off 60 employees as the coronavirus continues to crush the travel industry

Buzzy unicorn luggage startup has furloughed about half of its workforce and laid off another 60 corporate employees, a company spokesman confirmed to Business Insider. Away's founders Steph Korey and Jen Rubio announced the cuts in a blog post on Tuesday, which have affected nearly every department at the New York-based company. The news comes on the heels of a bombshell investigation by The Verge in December 2019, which described a problematic workplace culture at the company. Click here for...
Tags: Travel, New York, NFL, Trends, Victoria, Signal, Forerunner Ventures, Accel, Rubio, Jen Rubio, Korey, Steph Korey, Stuart Haselden, Edison Trends, Iris Nova, Lululemon COO

Quore Helps Hotel Properties Transition to Isolation Wards for COVID-19 Patient Overflow

Franklin, Tenn. - (April 7, 2020) - Quore, the leading provider of workflow management and productivity tools for hotels, today announced its Quore Aid Program for any hotel converting its property into a COVID-19 isolation ward or temporary medical facility. Quore has adapted its suite of solutions to allow for adherence to local and national healthcare guidelines to support housing facilities as they determine the right precautions each hotel isolation ward should follow in order to ens...
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"Large numbers of people flocked to popular tourists sites and major cities across China over the country's holiday weekend..."

"... despite warnings from health authorities that the risk posed by the coronavirus pandemic remains far from over. Images from the Huangshan mountain park in Anhui province on Saturday April 4 showed thousands of people crammed together, many wearing face masks, eager to experience the great outdoors after months of travel restrictions and strict lockdown measures. A similar story played out in the capital Beijing, with locals flocking to the city's parks and open spaces...."CNN reports.What's...
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Horwath HTL Sentiment Survey: India Hotel Market And The Impact Of COVID-19

Horwath HTL India has conducted a sentiment survey of the Indian hotel industry leaders and hotel managers to understand the depth of the impact of COVID-19 crisis, mitigating measures applied to limit the fallout and the areas requiring supportive measures. The assessment is provided in this sentiment survey report.
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#Qatar Looks to Raise More Than $5 Billion With ‘Dream’ Eurobond - Bloomberg

Qatar Looks to Raise More Than $5 Billion With ‘Dream’ Eurobond - Bloomberg:Qatar, the world’s biggest exporter of liquefied natural gas, is selling a Eurobond to bolster its finances, as developing-nation borrowers start to issue again following last month’s turmoil in global markets.The Gulf monarchy, rated AA- by S&P Global Ratings, is marketing five-, 10- and 30-year notes and aiming to raise more than $5 billion, said people with knowledge of the matter, who asked not to be identified.The g...
Tags: Travel, Hong Kong, Israel, Qatar, Gulf, Rupert Neil Bumfrey, Carl Wong, Avenue Asset Management Ltd

The Rise of Chatbots in Hospitality for Revamping the Guest Experience | By Robert Reitknecht

The rise of speech- and text-based assistants has hugely impacted the way customers want to communicate and be serviced by brands, especially in hospitality. In a 2018 study conducted by Humley, more than two-thirds of Americans said they would like to use chatbots to improve their online travel experience. As a global market expected to reach $1.25 billion by 2025 with a healthy public outlook (only 11% of customers negatively view the technology ), hotels should seriously consider how c...
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Silver Lake, Sixth Street Partners Invest $1 Billion in Airbnb

Airbnb announced today that Silver Lake and Sixth Street Partners will invest $1 billion in Airbnb in a combination of debt and equity securities. The new resources will support Airbnb's ongoing work to invest over the long term in its community of hosts who share their homes and experiences, as well as the work to serve all stakeholders in the Airbnb community.
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Aramco’s Bondholders Get Dragged Down by #Saudi Oil-Price War - Bloomberg

Aramco’s Bondholders Get Dragged Down by Saudi Oil-Price War - Bloomberg:The oil-price war isn’t doing any favors for Saudi Aramco’s bondholders one year on from the state-owned company’s debut on international capital markets.Trumpeted at the time as one of the most anticipated offerings of the year, the $12 billion of bonds have just clocked an 8.2% loss in March, their worst ever monthly performance, as crude prices more than halved. The outlook isn’t good either. Baltimore-based T. Rowe Pric...
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Could Big Data Help us Manage the Lockdown Better? | By Reza Etemad-Sajadi

Given that the coronavirus spreads as the population circulates, the only solution in the near term is to impose stay-at-home measures so the number of hospitalizations doesn't explode, pushing hospital workers and equipment to breaking point.
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Recovery from COVID-19 in Spain | By Sophie Perret

Half of all global tourism arrivals historically come to Europe; and, within Europe, Spain enjoys a disproportionate share of this visitation, with more than 80 million visiting the country yearly. Whilst the COVID-19 pandemic ravages Europe and takes a particularly heavy toll in Spain, it is important to evaluate how the reliance of this country on international visitation might shape the recovery of its two main urban markets once the pandemic subsides.
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Study: School Closures May Only Have Small Effect On Stopping Coronavirus

(CNN) — Schools around the world have been shut to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus, but one team of scientists is questioning whether the havoc the closures are causing to millions of people is actually worth it — suggesting that the impact on the pandemic might be smaller than previously thought. A new study by researchers at University College London said recent modeling studies of Covid-19 suggest that school closures alone would prevent only 2% to 4% of deaths — far fewer than ot...
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Canceling Travel Due To COVID-19? 6 Things You Need To Know

It's no surprise that COVID-19 has resulted in such a detrimental impact on the travel and tourism industry as a whole. As a result, many travelers now are dealing with a new set of stressful scenarios when canceling and postponing their travel plans.
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A New Normal in Travel Post COVID-19

Mauricio Prieto, a.k.a. the Travel Tech Essentialist, published an interesting survey on the impact of COVID-19 in our industry, accessible here.
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Horwath HTL Sentiment Survey: Philippines Hotels & Resorts And The Impact Of COVID-19

This sentiment survey was conducted by Horwath HTL Singapore, in conjunction with Tajara Hospitality to gauge the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on hotels and resorts across the Philippines. The survey received 72 responses (49 hotels and 23 resorts), representing 11,032 rooms.
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