Travel & Hospitality
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11/21/2019

Livia Hengel notes that Relais & Chateaux's 17th-century Palazzo Manfredi is the only five-star hotel with "unparalleled" Colosseum vistas. The comfortable lodgings overlook the Ludus Magnus gladiator training school ruins, and guests will "notice how the light washes the Colosseum in different colors throughout the day -- and [will] be able to admire the splendor of the 2,000-year-old monument without the crowds," Hengel writes.

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11/21/2019

American Airlines is adding eight new routes for summer 2020, including service to Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard from its Philadelphia hub and service between Washington. D.C. and Traverse City, Michigan on Saturdays. "Every year, we evaluate our network and look to create more routes and serve unique destinations whether we're entering new markets like Casablanca or adding more service to places like Traverse City, Mich.," says the airline's Vasu Raja.

11/21/2019

Yelp has launched an "Open to All" filter to help users find businesses that say they don't discriminate based on race, gender identity, religion and many other factors. More than 300,000 businesses are listed as "Open to All," and Yelp hopes more will join as users start employing the filter, which is available starting today.

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11/21/2019

Hotels in the tourist destination of Sonoma County, Calif., took a severe hit last month from wildfires that raged for 13 days. Occupancy rates dropped to 56.5% on Oct. 27 after soaring as high as 95.2% earlier in the month, and average nightly rates plummeted to $161 from a peak of $289.31, according to STR.

11/21/2019

The so-called connected trip, folding in a range of amenities and contingencies, is an emerging arena of competition among hotel booking companies. Booking Holdings and Expedia in particular are boosting investment and hype about connected trips, spurred by the rise of mobile apps and consumer demand for personalization.

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Skift
11/21/2019

Center City Revenue Finance granted a tax break worth more than $45 million to Loews Hotels Holding for a planned $240 million, 500-room convention center hotel in downtown Memphis, Tenn. The 30-year payment-in-lieu-of-taxes, or PILOT, incentive requires state approval.

11/21/2019

A Friday opening has been set for the "ICE! featuring Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" attraction at Gaylord Rockies Resort & Convention Center in Aurora, Colo. The exhibit, which will run through Jan. 5, features full-size ice sculptures from "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" television classic and a two-story ice slide.

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11/21/2019

The sides of United Airlines' new "Star Wars" plane reveals are painted to highlight the "dark" and "light" sides of the Force, which the artist says "leveraged the curve of the fuselage to give the impression of three-dimensionality." The Star Wars-theme continues inside, where seats are decorated with logos of the sides battling for supremacy in the upcoming film "Star Wars: the Rise of Skywalker." United frequent flyers can also celebrate by bidding on experiences such as special screenings and visits to filming locations.

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11/21/2019

FedEx's partnership with the University of Memphis is achieving its goal of boosting employee retention at its package handling hub. Employees can earn a bachelor's degree with a focus on organizational leadership and the company pays the university directly.

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11/21/2019

Hawaiian Airlines will offer passengers on some flights amenities kits that bear Hawaiian designs and are made from sustainable materials. The designs, created by Moloka'i-based brand Kealopiko, represent a coral reef, the bird's nest fern and the relationship between land and sea.