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  • HK & Shanghai Hotels is cautiously optimistic for 2017

    Clement Kwok, CEO of HSH, addresses the dip in profits amid a difficult operating environment in Hong Kong.

  • Tourists take pictures in Times Square on December 11, 2013 in New York City.

    The U.S. business and leisure travel sector continued to perform well in 2016, however the WTTC suggests inbound travel looks less certain going forward.

  • LOS ANGELES, March 17- McDonald's Corp investors will vote soon on whether to give the franchisees who operate most of the fast-food chain's restaurants the opportunity to elect a board member, the proponent of a shareholder proposal said on Friday. "We think franchisees should be in the room when the company's most important decisions about operating and...

  • Another robot-staffed hotel opens in Japan

    Dinosaur receptionists were on standby as a second hotel staffed mostly by robots opened in Tokyo this week.

  • CHICAGO, March 15- McDonald's Corp has begun testing its long-awaited U.S. mobile ordering app, with the goal of avoiding the kinds of service hiccups that have haunted digital debuts by companies such as Starbucks Corp. Digital ordering has been challenging for many restaurant chains and their customers. "We can't impact the speed or the quality of our food," Jim...

  • CHICAGO, March 14- McDonald's Corp this month will begin testing its long-awaited U.S. mobile ordering app with the goal of avoiding the kinds of service hiccups that have haunted digital debuts by companies such as Starbucks Corp. Digital ordering has been challenging for many restaurant chains and their customers. "We can't impact the speed or the quality of...

  • March 13- Restaurant operator Ruby Tuesday Inc said on Monday it would explore strategic alternatives, including a potential sale or merger, sending its shares up after the bell. The Maryville, Tennessee based-company's shares rose about 14 percent to $1.99 in extended trading. The company, which has a market capitalization of about $106 million, also expects...

  • March 13- Restaurant operator Ruby Tuesday Inc said on Monday it would explore strategic alternatives, including a potential sale or merger sending its shares up after the bell. The company's shares rose about 14 percent to $1.99 in extended trading. The company, which also expects third-quarter comparable sales to decline 4 percent, retained UBS as its...

  • BEIJING/ HONG KONG, March 10- After a spending spree stretching from hotels to electronics distribution in 2016, Chinese conglomerate HNA Group says it is now investing in financial services, betting on asset managers and consumer finance for growth at home and overseas. The moves reflect a broader push by China into financial services globally as Beijing...

  • SAN FRANCISCO, March 7- Airbnb, the leading online marketplace for short-term lodging, on Tuesday invited some of the owners of properties listed on its service, known as hosts, to attend executive board meetings and offered them more direct contact with its chief executive, in an attempt to give the people vital to the company's success a greater say in how it is...

  • IHG CEO Richard Solomons says he hasn’t seen an impact of Donald Trump’s travel ban on the business yet, while commenting on performance in certain markets.

  • Difficult if Brexit impacts workers’ rights: IHG CEO

    IHG chief executive Richard Solomons talks about the company’s share price movement, inflation and the impact of Brexit on the hotelier.

  • BERLIN, March 6- Hotels group Marriott International is planning to speed up the expansion of brands acquired in the takeover of rival Starwood, and is not ruling out further additions to its portfolio, its chief executive said on Monday. "We are concerned about whether national policies around travel roll out in a way that is harmful to our business and economies,"...

  • A pedestrian pulls luggage behind him as he walks outside a Marriott hotel in New York.

    Marriott plans to open up to one hotel per day in the U.S. in the coming year despite President Trump’s controversial travel ban.

  • Look at impact of Trump's travel ban every day

    Marriott International CEO Arne Sorenson explains why U.S President Donald Trump's travel ban has not significantly affected his business as yet.

  • CHICAGO, March 1- McDonald's Corp on Wednesday announced a push to embrace apps aimed at speeding up service at drive-thrus, which account for about 70 percent of its U.S. business, as the fast-food chain looks to woo back diners. As part of the push for greater convenience in the United States, which contributes more operating income than any other global market,...

  • CHICAGO, March 1- McDonald's Corp on Wednesday announced a push to embrace apps aimed at speeding up service at drive-thrus, which account for about 70 percent of its U.S. business, as the fast-food chain looks to woo back diners. As part of the push for greater convenience in the United States, which contributes more operating income than any other global market,...

  • NEW YORK, March 1- Burgeoning interest and investment in flexible workspaces is pushing a small corner of the commercial real estate market into the corporate mainstream, and drawing one top executive from Asia to help expand his company's U.S. operations. Servcorp, an Australia- based rival to WeWork, believes the market is ripe for expansion and is sending its...

  • CHICAGO, March 1- McDonald's Corp later this year will give U.S. customers the opportunity to order and pay via their cell phones as it fights to win back customers lost to other fast-food rivals. McDonald's will make so-called "mobile order and pay" available at all of its roughly 14,000 U.S. restaurants, Chris Kempczinski, president of McDonald's USA, said at the...

  • Feb 24- Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc, owner of the Waldorf Astoria hotel chain, said on Friday it would buy back up to $1 billion of its shares, and that it would change its corporate name to' Hilton Inc', effective March 6. Hilton's board also declared a quarterly dividend of 15 cents per share, payable on March 31. Based on Thursday's closing price of $57.21, Hilton can...