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Cuba taps into high-end luxury tourist market

Havana - In Havana, there's a shop selling a camera for more than $25,000 -- roughly 850 times the average monthly wage in Cuba.

Australia to probe hotel racial profiling claims

Sydney - The Australian government said Friday it was looking into claims that a major hotel chain had been directing staff to check Aboriginal guests into poorer-quality rooms.

Davos flock prays for WEF as rents ascend to heavenly heights

Davos - Pastor Marc Schmed stands in the snow outside his church in the small Swiss ski resort town of Davos, waiting for permission to enter.

Queen of Nice's famed Negresco hotel dies at 95

Nice - The flamboyant owner of the seafront Negresco hotel in the French city of Nice has died at the age of 95, her guardian told AFP on Tuesday, plunging the future of the pink-domed Riviera landmark into uncertainty.

Q&A: Remaining cyber safe when travelling over the Holiday season Special

Douglas Crawford, privacy expert at BestVPN.com, discusses what the Marriott cyber-hack means for the 367 million affected, and how consumers can take better steps in protecting themselves online.

US believes Chinese intelligence behind Marriott hack

Washington - The United States said Wednesday that China was behind the massive hack of data from hotel giant Marriott, part of an ongoing global campaign of cyber-theft run by Beijing.

US believes Chinese intelligence behind Marriott hack

Washington - The United States said Wednesday that China was behind the massive hack of data from hotel giant Marriott, part of an ongoing global campaign of cyber-theft run by Beijing.

US believes Chinese intelligence behind Marriott hack: report

Washington - US investigators believe that Chinese intelligence was behind the massive hack of data on some 500 million guests of hotel giant Marriott, the New York Times reported Wednesday.

Top hotel chains in China apologise after dirty cleaning expose

Bejing - The Ritz-Cartlon and other five-star hotels in China apologised after a video exposing unhygienic cleaning practises went viral online this week in the latest health and safety scandal to rock the country.

How can hospitality brands undergo digital transformation?

Digital transformation in the hospitality industry is a very human-focused effort, with leading brands leveraging technology to cater to the whims and wants of their guests.

Liverpool and Real fans in for Kiev hotel price shock

Kiev - Fancy shelling out 3,500 euros ($4,200) for a night in a budget hotel?Liverpool and Real Madrid fans who do not may end up sleeping rough for the night when they come to Kiev for the Champions League final.

France's Ritz hotel smashes record with furniture sell-off

Paris - Luxury furniture auctioned off by the legendary Ritz hotel in Paris sold for 7.3 million euros ($9 million), a world record in the industry, auction house Artcurial said Saturday.

AI, virtual reality make inroads in tourism sector

Madrid - A hotel room automatically adjusting to the tastes of each guest, virtual reality headsets as brochures: the tourism sector is starting to embrace new technologies, hoping to benefit from lucrative personal data.

China shuts Marriott website over Tibet error, scolds other firms

Authorities in China have shut down Marriott's local website for a week and scolded Delta, Zara and a US medical firm Friday for listing Tibet, Taiwan and Hong Kong as separate countries.

Shanghai probes Marriott hotels over geography gaffe

Authorities in Shanghai are investigating hotel giant Marriott after it triggered an online uproar with a customer questionnaire that listed Chinese-claimed regions such as Tibet and Hong Kong as separate countries.

Barcelona business slumps amid Catalan crisis: group

Barcelona - Sales and bookings in shops and hotels in one of Barcelona's most popular neighbourhoods dipped by up to 30 percent last month amid the region's independence crisis, an industry representative said Thursday.

Rio's Olympic hotel rooms empty one year later

Rio De Janeiro - Rio de Janeiro hotels nearly doubled capacity for the Olympics, but had a problem once sports fans went home: the tourism industry had checked out with them.

Opening of Trump tower in Vancouver met with protests

Ottawa - US President Donald Trump's two sons inaugurated a Trump International Hotel and Tower in Vancouver, Canada as protesters outside chanted "Not in my city.

Barcelona bans new hotels in city centre

Barcelona - The mayor of Barcelona on Friday banned the opening of new hotels in the saturated city centre, to end the flow of locals out of the area due to pressure on housing from the tourism sector.

Capital One teams up with booking app HotelTonight

In keeping up with its tech initiatives, Capital One has teamed up with HotelTonight to give new offers to travelers. HotelTonight is a last-minute booking app that gives travelers discounted rates at thousands of hotels.

Olympic village unfit for habitation says Aussie Olympic team

Rio De Janeiro - Australia's Olympic team was slated to move into Rio de Janeiro's Olympic village on July 21, but instead, they are staying in nearby hotels. It seems the accommodations are not habitable.

Coming to a hotel near you: The robot humanoid receptionist

Berlin - In a hotel not in a galaxy far, far away, a robot bids you welcome as you pull into the driveway.Another hands out the keycard to your room, and a third gives you the password to the wifi network.

Paris's famed Ritz hotel to reopen in June after fire

Paris - The landmark Paris Ritz hotel will reopen in June after major renovations, three months behind schedule because of a fire on its top floor earlier this month, a spokesman said Friday.

Paris New Year hotel reservations slump

Paris - Paris hotels, usually crammed with New Year revellers, have seen New Year reservations plunge 30 percent in the wake of the November 13 attacks, the head of the regional hotel union said Thursday.

French thieves posed as Gulf tourists to steal hotel safes

Paris - Two men have been arrested in France suspected of stealing safes out of a dozen hotel rooms by posing as wealthy Gulf tourists, armed with a chisel and a stethoscope, police said Saturday.

Asian, Saudi owners polish Madrid Ritz's faded glory

Madrid - From a cocktail inspired by Salvador Dali to a piano Frank Sinatra once played for Ava Gardner, Madrid's Ritz hotel has a century's worth of classy artefacts and anecdotes. But its gilded taps and Baroque facade are showing their age.

Billionaire financier Kirk Kerkorian dead: MGM Resorts

New York - Legendary tycoon Kirk Kerkorian, who built iconic Las Vegas resorts and was a major investor in automakers and film studios, died late Monday, MGM Resorts International spokesman Clark Dumont said.

Three in four Brits admit to taking items from hotel rooms Special

Three quarters of all British holidaymakers have taken items from hotel rooms home with them, according to recent research by travel website Holiday Hypermarket.

Dorchester hotel boycott is already biting hard

An article that is talking about the current boycott is gaining support from those such as François-Henri, on the Dorchester chain of hotels.

Photo Essay: Hotels in China Special

China has many cities, and each has a certain sense of style that is reflected in hotels ranging from traditional Chinese to Japanese to Western.
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