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UNNAMED: Music legend under investigation over alleged sexual assault on younger man…

“The incident is alleged to have happened ten years ago at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Knightsbridge” writes Mike Sullivan for thesun.co.uk. The singer, a household name who is idolised by fans, is accused of groping the man in the toilets at a top Central London hotel.There has been no arrest.” It is understood that there was no complaint made at the time of the alleged incident. Source: thesun.co.uk

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Equipment failure at substation caused fire, power outage

“The equipment failure also caused a power outage in several parts of central Singapore” writes Choo Yun Ting for businessinsider.sg. The door appeared to lead to a room containing power supply equipment, he said. “I was a bit shocked and alarmed.Electricity and gas supply company SP Group later confirmed that equipment failure at the substation serving Carlton Hotel led to an electricity flashover, or an abnormal electrical discharge. Source: businessinsider.sg

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Trumps no longer pursuing new hotels

“Drama also erupted at the Trump hotel in Panama last year over the removal of the Trump name” reports washingtonexaminer.com. With the Trump name seen as polarizing, the president’s company faced local opposition to potential deals in Dallas and St.On Thursday, the company announced that agreement had ended.Since President Trump entered the White House, his company was paid to remove his name from hotels in Toronto and New York.A Trump-branded hotel in Vancouver and a golf course in Dubai, both of which were in the works before Trump was elected,…

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Broadcom co-founder charged with felony drug trafficking after Las Vegas hotel arrest

“The drug trafficking charges stemmed from the amount of controlled substances found, according to the complaint” writes Los Angeles Times for cnbc.com. Broadcom co-founder and former CEO Henry Nicholas was charged Wednesday with felony drug trafficking after he was arrested last summer in a Las Vegas hotel suite with what police said were briefcases full of drugs.Nicholas and a woman who was with him, Ashley Christine Fargo, face five drug trafficking and two drug possession charges in a criminal complaint filed in state court in Las Vegas.Brown said Fargo was…

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‘You’re benefiting a private person, and you’re using the nonprofit to do it’: New evidence emerges of possible wrongdoing by Trump inaugural committee

“Trump’s inaugural committee spent more than $100 million, almost twice the amount spent on the next-most expensive inaugural party, that of Barack Obama in 2009” writes Justin Elliott for businessinsider.com. Ivanka Trump, the president’s daughter and an executive at the Trump Organization at the time, was on the email chain about the Trump hotel event.Federal prosecutors in New York are circling Donald Trump’s inaugural committee as part of a wide-ranging investigation into possible money laundering, illegal contributions, and cash-for-access schemes.A question on the mandatory nonprofit tax return, Form 990, asks…

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TRIP ADVISOR: Travel Websites Have To Change The Way They Work From September – What You Need To Know

“The CMA said it will also write to other hotel booking sites including online travel agents, metasearch engines and hotel chains setting out clear expectations for how they should be complying with consumer protection law” writes Sophie Gallagher for huffingtonpost.com. Pressure selling: Not giving a false impression of the availability or popularity of a hotel or rushing customers into making a booking decision based on incomplete information. Source: huffingtonpost.com

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AmEx’s Fine Hotels and Resorts program offers exclusive benefits to cardholders at luxury hotels around the world — here’s how it works

“The Fine Hotels and Resorts program, or “FHR,” is an exclusive, curated list of hotel properties and resorts around the world” writes David Slotnick for businessinsider.com. When you book a hotel through the Fine Hotels and Resorts program, you’re entitled to a handful of exclusive benefits.Sometimes, FHR hotels offer a free third or fourth night — depending on the property, this can be a huge value. Source: businessinsider.com

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Hotel booking sites forced to end misleading sales tactics

“They are some of the largest hotel booking sites” writes Angela Monaghan for theguardian.com. Andrew Tyrie, the chairman of the regulator, said: “The CMA has taken enforcement action to bring to an end misleading sales tactics, hidden charges and other practices in the online hotel booking market.Hotel booking sites will be forced to make major changes after Britain’s competition watchdog found they routinely engage in pressure selling, mislead consumers over prices and give more prominence to hotels that pay the most commission.The CMA said the pressure tactics used by six…

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Big hotel chains become arms of surveillance state…

“After many on Twitter responded that they didn’t believe the policy would be non-discriminatory or effective at stopping sex trafficking, Marriott deleted the tweet without explanation” writes Elizabeth Nolan Brown for reason.com. Marriott employees all over the world are being trained to help spot sex trafficking at our hotels.”. But the deserved dustup points to a much bigger issue than unusually watchful hotel staff.Marriott International and many other hotel chains have adopted Blue Campaign tactics. Source: reason.com

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The No. 1 hotel in America — but it could cost you $3,000 a night to stay there

“Rounding out the list of the top 5 hotels in America: The Peninsula Chicago (No. 2), the Four Seasons Hotel at The Surf Club, Surfside, Fla. (No. 3), Four Seasons Resort Lanai (No. 4) and the Four Seasons Hotel Chicago (No. 5)” writes Catey Hill for marketwatch.com. Cheney said guests cited Four Seasons hotels for their “customer service, luxurious amenities and elegant guest rooms.” U.S. News also ranked top hotels in Europe, Mexico and the Caribbean.Best hotels in the Caribbean: Plenty of these high-ranking hotels demand rates of $1,000 or…

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