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6/26/2017

A mobile app called Recharge, created by a California entrepreneur, allows travelers and locals alike to rent hotel rooms by the minute for an unscheduled rest, shower or time to regroup. CEO Manny Bamfo has drawn investment from JetBlue Technology Ventures and plans to take the venture to all major US cities, and perhaps abroad.

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6/26/2017

Stickman Tribe's Marcos Cain says creating spaces for "Instagram moments" is important to each project. He cites the area around the swimming pool at the Fairmont Fujairah.

6/26/2017

Holland America Line is investing $300 million into renovating its ships, and the ms Westerdam has received several upgrades. The new features include expanded dining options, 25 additional staterooms, and new suite decorations and furnishings.

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Holland America Line
6/26/2017

Air Canada's inaugural flight connecting Montreal and Tel Aviv included Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai among its passengers. Air Canada has offered flights connecting Toronto and Tel Aviv for the past two decades.

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6/26/2017

Indonesia's island of Java is less popular with tourists than neighboring Bali, but the island boasts some exciting gems. Travelers can wander near the smoldering volcano Mount Bromo, tour Borobudur, the world's largest Buddhist monument; and learn about Java's volcanic history at the Merapi Museum Center.

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6/26/2017

Staying within your comfort zone could stifle your potential and prevent you from taking healthy risks, Richard Earls writes. Challenge yourself and look for ways to progress, instead of letting yourself get stuck in a comfortable situation.

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Richard Earls
6/26/2017

An agency's GDS contract may demand that agents process a minimum of 90% of their GDS bookings via that system or face a penalty. But if agents are pushed to use an alternative system, they should check the precise wording of the contract's 90% clause to see if they will face a fine.

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Mark Pestronk
6/26/2017

The Staybridge Suites hotel in the Texas Medical Center in Houston has been sold for an undisclosed amount. The 120-room hotel will be the first in Texas for St. Louis-based Midas Hospitality.

6/26/2017

All hotel employees in Connecticut are to receive training in detection of human trafficking under a new state law, the first of its kind in the US. A coalition of groups including Marriott International developed the curriculum for the free training, which 165 workers have completed so far.

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Skift
6/26/2017

When the first total solar eclipse since 1918 comes to North America on Aug. 21, Alaska Airlines will charter a special flight for select astronomy enthusiasts to get a rare view from 35,000 feet.

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KIRO-TV (Seattle)