Some skylines just take your breath away -- from the oasis-like effect of flying into Las Vegas to the iconic opera house and bridge of Sydney. Rich Thomaselli's bucket list of international skylines also includes Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Shanghai; and Dubai.
When you pass 79,999 pieces of music memorabilia, that 80,000th piece better be good -- and the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino hit the jackpot by winning an auction for Elvis Presley's walnut grand piano, which was painted in 24-karat gold leaf. It's finally on display at the Seminole Hard Rock in Tampa, Fla.
A Celebrity Cruises survey of more than 1,000 Americans revealed that 25% had taken a trip abroad by age 8 and those who traveled when young were 14% more likely to want to interact with non-English speakers. That same cohort also was more receptive to novel experiences, more likely to enjoy new cultures and foods, and more apt to explore a new place.
Lakeith Stanfield will serve as star actor and executive producer for an upcoming movie based on Top Chef contestant Kwame Onwuachi's memoir. "Notes From a Young Black Chef" follows Onwuachi's journey as a person of color working in the fine dining industry.
Elizabeth "Liz" Smith, executive board chair and former CEO of Bloomin' Brands, which oversees franchises such as Outback Steakhouse, says she remained agile in the face of change by eschewing a master plan. "It's the unforeseen detours and unexpected experiences that have been the most instructive and informative for me," she says.
Heavy upfront spending and inexpensive accommodations fuel remarkable and perhaps game-changing growth on the part of newcomers Oyo Homes and Selina. Oyo has yoked advanced technology to expansion in the economy sector that's overlooked by large chains, while Selina woos a new generation of digital nomads with hostel-private room hybrids.
Marriott International and Choice Hotels say they have no intention of serving as detention centers for the Trump administration's threatened multi-city roundup of undocumented immigrants. Administration officials have privately discussed enlisting hotels to handle ICE facilities overflow, according to news reports.
The settlement of a four-year trademark dispute with a former vendor means that several hotels and camp villages at Yosemite National Park will have their original names restored. The Majestic Yosemite Hotel will once again be called the Ahwahnee, and Half Dome Village will reclaim its Camp Curry identity.
A casino hotel along Lake Michigan that was built two decades ago by a Donald Trump company has been closed, and a new, inland location is being eyed. The Majestic Star Casino in Gary, Ind., reportedly suffered from declining business and needed extensive upgrades.
Artificial intelligence is a given for future hospitality management, but many hoteliers worry about channeling its uses and ensuring that human interaction doesn't become subsumed, surveys show. Fewer than one-fourth of those polled at an industry event in April felt their companies had a grasp of AI's nature and potential.
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