Travel & Hospitality
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11/14/2019

Record numbers of passengers are expected to travel this upcoming Thanksgiving holiday. Sharon Pinkerton, senior vice president for Airlines for America said that the Sunday after Thanksgiving is projected to be "the single busiest day ever for the US airline industry" with 3.1 million passengers expected to fly. The Transportation Security Administration projects 26.8 million passengers to pass through checkpoints between the Friday before Thanksgiving through the Monday afterward.

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11/14/2019

At least two people have died in Venice as 6 feet of water has flooded 85% of the city, including St. Mark's Square and the cathedral, Ducal Palace and some other historical tourist attractions, where raised platforms now provide a viewing area. Most public transport is still working, but several hotels, which are providing guests with disposable rain boots, lack electricity or enough pumps.

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11/14/2019

HerdX has developed a system that tracks livestock movement and uploads data to blockchain that travels up to the retail level. UPS has partnered with the company to improve traceability, and shoppers can scan a QR code to see verified health and provenance information for meat.

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Feedstuffs FoodLink
11/14/2019

A humanlike robotic baccarat dealer is ready to ship, says China-based LT Game, a subsidiary of Paradise Gaming. Powered by artificial intelligence and combined with a high-definition screen and music, the robot can "steadily and accurately deliver cards," the company says.

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Casino
11/14/2019

New York City's legendary Waldorf Astoria will continue its glamorous history in dramatically new form if its new Chinese owner succeeds with an almost $3 billion gamble. Anbang Insurance Group paid $1.95 billion for the famed property and is spending $1 billion on renovations for 375 upscale condos and 375 hotel rooms.

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11/14/2019

Keeping and satisfying high-quality kitchen staff in a tight labor market requires constant communication and training opportunities, hotel food and beverage directors advise. "Employees stay longer and are inclined to perform better because someone showed them they matter," says Hospitality House executive Marianna Alfa.

11/14/2019

Park Hotels & Resorts and its partners have sold their joint venture interest in the firm that owns the Conrad Dublin hotel in Ireland. The $128 million transaction starts a move by Park to decrease leverage.

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11/14/2019

Cincinnati's Millennium Hotel will close Dec. 31, eliminating 97 jobs and leading to a fate still undecided. The Port of Greater Cincinnati Development Authority is considering purchasing the 872-room downtown property and may demolish it, while business leaders are studying whether to build a new hotel and expanded convention center on the site.

11/14/2019

Connective technology such as voice assistants Alexa and Google is becoming standard in new hotel rooms, but the amenity may be raising privacy and security risks that operators and owners aren't prepared to handle, hospitality services executive Shreyas Patel writes. Meeting these concerns presents sizeable cost issues, he warns.

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Hotel News Now
11/14/2019

Silicon Valley hotels compete across a wide array of amenities, but the focus on innovation is their common denominator. Voice-activated room lighting, high-tech gyms, CBD spa treatments and digital concierge service are among the innovative highlights.

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