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4/15/2021

The increasing number of remote workers who choose to travel to another country has created a niche in the travel industry that hotels and travel advisors are making the most of. WiFi Tribe grew out of Diego Bejarano Gerke's desire to connect with digital nomads who love to travel and says travel advisors should know that logistics is a priority for these travelers.

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4/15/2021

The regime for hotel development adopted by Asheville, N.C., after a 17-month moratorium on new properties includes incentives for sustainability and community sensitivity. Local leaders applaud the voluntary measures, but the impact is in question inasmuch as many hotel firms already follow eco-friendly practices.

4/15/2021

The African-American human resources director for First Hospitality Group asserts that increasing staff and management racial diversity requires creating a conducive workplace climate, not merely meeting numerical goals. "It means teaching people about cultures, differences and how to work together," Janice Parks says.

4/15/2021

Sports betting will be on the agenda during the current legislative session in Louisiana, with several bills already filed to address regulation, licensing fees and tax structure. Most parishes in the state voted to legalize sports betting last November, but issues such as whether bettors need to place bets in person or can wager on a mobile device have yet to be determined.

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4/15/2021

McDonald's has issued new standards to combat discrimination and harassment at both its company-owned restaurants and franchises that encompass retaliation, violence and harassment trainings, annual team surveys and a reporting system for grievances. "When we or our franchisees fall short, we must all have a system in place to address those shortfalls immediately," said CEO Chris Kempczinski.

4/15/2021

The pandemic relief fund created by the Restaurant Workers Community Foundation was successful, in part, because it was transparent about how contributions were used, says co-founder John deBary. In this interview, deBary and executive Steve Ali discuss takeaways from the pandemic relief fund and how RWCF is applying those lessons to a new fund focused on racial justice in the restaurant industry.

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4/15/2021

Air Canada will begin offering refunds to passengers who decided not to fly due to the COVID-19 pandemic or whose flights were canceled. In addition, "in cases where a customer's flight is canceled or rescheduled by more than three hours, we will now offer all customers the choice of receiving a refund, an Air Canada Travel Voucher or the equivalent value in Aeroplan Points with a 65% bonus," said Lucie Guillemette, chief commercial officer.

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4/15/2021

France is an on the verge of banning some short domestic flights that can be taken by train in less than two-and-a-half hours. The measure, which must be approved by the Senate, is an effort to reduce airline emissions.

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4/15/2021

Republican senators from Florida and Alaska have introduced the CRUISE Act, which would revoke the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's "no sail" order that has shut down the cruise industry. They said the CDC's order is negatively affecting a large sector of the tourism industry and hundreds of thousands of workers.

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4/15/2021

Hersha Hospitality Management boosted its portfolio to 140 hotels with the addition of 25 properties comprising 4,000 rooms within the past year. Twenty institutional and long-term owners are in the fold, listing a wide variety of hotel types and price ranges.