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5/25/2017

Marriott has risen in the Forbes Global 2000 rankings to become the world's largest hotel chain, with a market value of $35 billion. After Marriott acquired Starwood in 2016, it increased its holdings to more than 6,000 hotels in 122 countries.

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5/25/2017

New facials at Ireland's spas can address skin problems, such as spots or fine lines, in time for summer. For tired skin and fine lines, turn to the celebrity favorite Anne McDevitt in Dublin for the Eminence Organic Signature Facial featuring Hungarian massage techniques, hot and cold herbal masks and blackhead extraction.

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Her.ie (Ireland)
5/25/2017

Hossegor, a small beach town on the southwestern coast of France, is perfect for the surfing crowd. The town is the site of international surfing competitions, and visitors can take a surfing class and shop for beachwear at surf-shop outlets.

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5/25/2017

Despite hurdles including terrorism, rising US interest rates and high property values, the climate for hotel mergers and acquisitions is better than in recent months, some experts say. The first quarter saw higher revenues per room year-over-year, according to STR, and various other positives are encouraging investment.

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5/25/2017

The Department of Homeland Security has confirmed that the electronics ban will not be expanded to include flights leaving the US. In addition, the Transportation Security Administration is working on new screening procedures specifically for tablets and laptops at checkpoints.

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Travel Market Report
5/25/2017

Holland America will offer cruises between Florida and Cuba starting Dec. 22, which will include visits to Cienfuegos and Havana. The Veendam ship's itineraries will include seven- to 12-night voyages.

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5/25/2017

The UK is on "critical" alert after the recent bombing in Manchester, but the attack's effect on tourism in Britain is not clear. "This kind of incident has a big emotional impact on people," said Patrick Surry of the travel firm Hopper.

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5/25/2017

Those who are best at what they do are committed to practicing their skills and overcoming setbacks with fervor, Mike Marchev writes. Making mistakes is part of the process, but you cannot allow them to keep you from bouncing back and continuing to practice.

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5/25/2017

The luxury travel market is showing no signs of slowing down and agents are capitalizing on this trend. They are becoming business-savvy in selling upscale trips and increasing their knowledge by building supplier relationships, completing numerous on-site inspections and doing more travel research, said Susan Ferrell of Travel Experts.

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Travel Market Report
5/25/2017

A solid track record and creativity are keys to securing financing for independent hotels in these challenging times, executives observed at a recent gathering. In terms of profitability, independents may suffer less from the next downturn than in the past compared to brands, said Mary Beth Cutshall of Hospitality Ventures Management Group.

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