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Christmas Back On For Hull Homeless Project After Hotel Cancellation Row

“He said these suggestions were completely untrue and described how guests sent by the project to the Ibis hotel left presents for staff and even asked for a vacuum cleaner to clean up” writes Press Association for huffingtonpost.com. A charity whose booking for 28 homeless people was cancelled by a Hull hotel has said “who says miracles don’t happen” after another city hotel stepped in to help.A Britannia Hotels spokeswoman said the hotel took the decision after it received a call from a woman claiming to be part of the…

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Cairo hospitality market to achieve 7% occupancy growth in 2018: Colliers

“Cairo hospitality market to achieve 7% occupancy growth in 2018, versus the previous year, Colliers International said in its latest Cairo hotel market performance report released in December” writes Nihal Samir for dailynewsegypt.com. Colliers revealed that the GCC remains a strong source market for the Cairo hospitality market absorbing 55% of market share, followed by the domestic market with 23%.According to Colliers, the total tourism spending growth from 2018 to 2022 is estimated to increase at a compound annual growth rate of (CAGR) 16.5%.Colliers International is a global network of…

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Pop star MP Bobi Wine ‘in hiding after police raid’

“The Ugandan pop star turned opposition MP Bobi Wine is in hiding after police raided a hotel he was staying in ahead of a concert, his lawyer has said” writes Agence France-presse for theguardian.com. However he, and his lawyer, said police had launched a raid on his hotel, forcing him into hiding.Last month, a concert was allowed to go ahead only after Wine agreed with the police that it would be a non-political event.During the campaign, Wine’s driver was shot dead when soldiers from the elite presidential guard raided the…

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LVMH to buy Belmond luxury hotel group for $3.2 billion

“French luxury behemoth Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy Friday said it agreed to buy luxury hotel group Belmond in a deal valuing the company at $3.2 billion” writes unknown author for cnbc.com. Belmond owns, partly owns or manages 46 luxury hotels, restaurants, train and river cruise properties. The company posted $140 million in earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization out of $572 million in revenue in the 12-month period ending on Sept 30. Source: cnbc.com Share This:

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LVMH seals $2.6 billion deal for Belmond

“LVMH agreed to pay $25 a share in cash for Belmond, a transaction that values the company’s equity at around $2.6 billion” writes Craig Karmin for marketwatch.com. French luxury-goods company LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton SE said Friday it has agreed to acquire Belmond Ltd., a London-based owner and operator of high-end hotels around the world.The Paris-based luxury-goods company, which owns fashion brands like Fendi and Louis Vuitton and champagne maker Dom Pérignon, is a surprise winner in a highly competitive sale process. The luxury-goods company has the Bulgari hotel…

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It’s increasingly looking like China was behind the massive Marriott data hack

“The U.S. investigation in the Marriott data breach is ongoing and no final conclusion as to who is responsible for the attack has been made” writes Matt Binder for mashable.com. The hackers in the Marriott hotel chain breach used the same cloud hosting service that previous Chinese cyber attacks utilized.However, this valuable personal data has yet to appear for sale on the dark web or other forums where this information is typically traded.The intrusion into Marriott International’s Starwood hotel reservation system shared similarities to previous Chinese-government linked intelligence gathering operations. Source:…

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Chinese hackers linked to Marriott hotel cyberattack: New York Times

“MAR, -0.70% hotel chain has been linked to a Chinese government spy agency, The New York Times reported Tuesday, citing sources” writes Markets Reporter for marketwatch.com. As well, the intelligence-gathering efforts also involved a hack into health insurers and security clearance file on millions of U.S. citizens.A cyberattack on the Marriot International Inc.The spies are believed to work for the Ministry of State Security, and the news comes amid reports the Trump administration could be nearing action on the country’s trade, cyber and economic policies. Source: marketwatch.com Share This:

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Man accused of murdering British backpacker in New Zealand to appear in court as brother gives heartfelt tribute

“Security footage at the hotel, along with a scene investigation at a room there, confirmed that Ms Millane was dead” writes Jonathan Pearlman for telegraph.co.uk. A 26-year-old man will appear court in New Zealand on Monday over the murder of Ms Millane, from Essex, who was last seen with the man entering the CityLife hotel in central Auckland last Saturday at 9.41pm. Source: telegraph.co.uk Share This:

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Missing British backpacker seen with man at hotel before disappearance, say New Zealand police

“Police in New Zealand revealed that a missing British backpacker was seen with a man at a four-star hotel on the night she disappeared, as her father flew to Auckland and issued an emotional appeal for information” writes Jonathan Pearlman for telegraph.co.uk. A search at a room at the hotel is underway. Source: telegraph.co.uk Share This:

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