The lawsuit alleges that Choice Hotels, Hilton, Hyatt, InterContinental, Marriott and Wyndham—and their subsidiary brands—had an anti-competitive agreement from 2015 to 2017 not to use online, branded keyword-search advertising against each other, and it may have affected prices customers paid.
Hotels and resorts are not alone in trying to lure guests into well-being. Cruises—historically known for boundless buffets and other temptations to overindulge—are in the game, too.
The survival of the food chain depends, directly or indirectly, on those busy little pollinators. Did you know the U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates one mouthful in three in our diet depends on them? Yet the vitality of hives continues to be threatened by the phenomenon known as colony collapse disorder, which causes bee populations to plummet.
You’ve probably heard it before. Sitting is the new smoking. That provocative assertion is credited to Mayo Clinic’s Dr. James Levine, whose research led him to famously state, “Sitting is more dangerous than smoking, kills more people than HIV and is more treacherous than parachuting. We are sitting ourselves to death.”
Of all the tools in a meeting planner’s toolbox, team building may be the most treasured. That is because it’s been around forever, but is still used constantly. Yet, that doesn’t mean it always works flawlessly or does the job it was intended for. Among planners and within the business (and not-for-profit) world, there is difference of opinion about how it should be used—and even what can legitimately be called team building and what can’t.
New and improved destinations all over the world that are perfect for groups of different sizes. We go from Israel to Spain to Columbia showcases some of these luxurious international meeting locations.
It began with a purification ceremony before sunrise. Cross-legged, we sat facing the endless ocean, as wavelets lapped Waikiki Beach in Honolulu. The chant began.
One of the comforts of meeting in Hawaii is that while much seems exotic, more is familiar. It’s easy to do business there—same currency, same performance standards, same language—yet oddly challenging as well. Metropolitan bling of Honolulu’s Waikiki, or slow-paced and pastoral Kauai?
Forbes Five Star is rarefied territory, and 27 new hotels are now on it. It may surprise some to know that, as always, the just-announced 2018 ratings are heavily weighted to service standards rather than facility quality.
There I was, on the battle’s front line. My coordinates: room 1664, Parc 55 Hotel, San Francisco. Outside, all seemed calm. In fact, the view was lovely. But inside, I shuddered involuntarily and began to check my gear. Medicine balls, 4 to 6 pounds. Sandbells, 8 to 20 pounds. TRX suspension system. Bosu ball. Powerbands. Yoga mat. More stuff I couldn’t readily identify. And there, dominating and powerful-looking, was the mighty Wattbike, a stationary bicycle used by Olympic athletes.