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  • TripAdvisor fined $600,000 for fake reviews Tuesday, 23 Dec 2014 | 11:24 AM ET

    Italy's antitrust authority has fined TripAdvisor 500,000 euros ($600,000) following complaints of improper business practices.

  • A lean Christmas for many laid-off casino workers Tuesday, 23 Dec 2014 | 11:02 AM ET

    ATLANTIC CITY, N.J.— One got her Christmas dinner handed to her a week in advance in foil containers from a union food bank. "It's definitely a tough Christmas this year," said Yomari Blanco, who was laid off in September from the housekeeping job she had at Trump Plaza for 18 years. Two weeks earlier, her husband lost his job when the Showboat Casino Hotel shut down, and he...

  • Gerber Group preps for New Year's Eve  Tuesday, 23 Dec 2014 | 10:50 AM ET

    Scott Gerber, Gerber Group founder, discusses New York real estate and how the nightlife industry is faring in the run-up to New Year's Eve.

  • WILMINGTON, Del., Dec 22- The Trump Taj Mahal, a casino hotel in New Jersey's struggling Atlantic City gambling hub, could stay open for all of 2015 with a $20 million financing package from investor Carl Icahn, lawyers for Trump Entertainment Resorts said on Monday. Atlantic City's fortunes have faded as competition from Pennsylvania and other neighboring...

  • Spain hands out $3B in planet's biggest lottery Monday, 22 Dec 2014 | 4:21 AM ET

    MADRID— Spaniards and Latin American immigrants who bought lottery tickets in an upper middle class Madrid neighborhood hit the jackpot on Monday, cracking open bottles of champagne on the streets as they celebrated winning 400,000- euro payoffs from a 2.5 billion-euro pot of cash divided among thousands of ticketholders. Restaurant employee Joana...

  • What's good for the dollar is good for US tourists Sunday, 21 Dec 2014 | 2:08 PM ET

    The U.S. dollar's increased buying power has presented opportunities for Americans to jet off to more exotic places.

  • Disney hit gets 'Frozen' in time, and on stage Saturday, 20 Dec 2014 | 2:00 PM ET
    Anna and Elsa in DIsney's Frozen On Ice.

    Disney's "Frozen" is still breaking records after more than a year, but in a cooler way—both literal and metaphorical.

  • Icelandair hotel serves cocktail named 'apartheid' Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 2:56 PM ET
    An Icelandair airplane sits on the tarmac as travelers wait for a flight inside the Akureyi Airport, in this April 24, 2010 photo in Akureyi, Iceland.

    A vodka cocktail served in one of Icelandair's hotels was named 'Apartheid.'

  • WASHINGTON— The National Labor Relations Board on Friday designated McDonald's Corp. as a "joint-employer" with franchisees at nearly 14,000 U.S. restaurants, delivering a big win to unions. The board's general counsel's office ruled that the company violated the rights of employees openly seeking better pay and working conditions. It disclosed in July it...

  • The hottest travel trend this holiday: Staycations  Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 8:47 PM ET

    In Asian cities, such as Singapore, people are increasingly opting to holiday close to home, says Abhiram Chowdhry, APAC Vice President at Hotels.com.

  • MGM Resorts and FedEx are big market movers Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 4:26 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily Wednesday on the New York Stock Exchange and the Nasdaq Stock Market:. MGM Resorts International, down 84 cents to $18.01. FedEx Corp., down $6.48 to $167.78.

  • 102K signatures for man trying to save home Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 9:55 AM ET

    Charlie Birnbaum's Change.org petition targets the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority's plan to take the house in the shadow of the closed Revel Casino hotel, which overlooks a large swath of vacant land. Superior Court Judge Julio Mendez ruled last month that the state agency can use eminent domain to seize the house. Robert McNamara, an attorney...

  • Alcohol calorie counts to be on menus by next year Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 12:54 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— Don't want to be confronted with the number of calories in that margarita or craft beer? New menu labeling rules from the Food and Drug Administration will require chain restaurants with 20 or more outlets to list the amount of calories in alcoholic drinks, along with other foods, on menus by next November. "Alcoholic beverages are a key contributor to...

  • Nightclub company Hakkasan to buy The Light Group Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 | 7:00 PM ET

    Hakkasan Group, whose name is affixed to a five-story nightclub and dining experience at the MGM Grand hotel-casino, is buying The Light Group and its 22 nightclubs, day clubs and restaurants. The remaining 10 percent owned by The Light Group's founders is also part of the $36 million price tag. The purchase would add another 22 nightclubs, day clubs and...

  • *Olive Garden 2nd- qtr same-store sales up 0.5 pct. Dec 16- Darden Restaurants Inc, whose entire board was replaced by activist investor Starboard Value LP, reported a 4.9 percent rise in quarterly sales and raised the lower end of its adjusted profit forecast for the full year. Darden said it now expects adjusted profit of $2.25- $2.30 per share from continuing...

  • Dec 16- Darden Restaurants Inc reported a 4.9 percent rise in quarterly sales, helped by higher comparable sales at its flagship Olive Garden chain, and raised the lower end of its adjusted profit forecast for the full year. The company has suffered more than a year of traffic declines at Olive Garden, which accounts for more than half of Darden's overall revenue...

  • Darden Restaurants reports 2Q loss Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 | 4:15 PM ET

    ORLANDO, Fla.— Darden Restaurants Inc. says sales improved at Olive Garden during the fiscal second quarter, helping the company beat market expectations for the period. Analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research were anticipating earnings of 27 cents per share. Revenue from its restaurants open at least a year increased 0.5 percent for Olive Garden,...

  • IHG acquires Kimpton in $430 million deal  Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 | 7:17 AM ET

    Richard Solomons, InterContinental Hotels CEO, discusses IHG's hot hospitality merger with boutique hotel operator Kimpton.

  • LONDON, Dec 16- InterContinental Hotels Group, one of the world's largest hoteliers, has agreed to buy U.S.-focused Kimpton Hotels& Restaurants for $430 million to boost its exposure to the faster-growing boutique hotel sector. IHG, home to the Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn and InterContinenal brands, said on Tuesday that the cash acquisition would be earnings...

  • LONDON, Dec 16- InterContinental Hotels Group, one of the world's largest hoteliers, said it had agreed to acquire U.S.-focused Kimpton Hotels& Restaurants for $430 million to boost its exposure to the boutique hotel space. IHG, home to the Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn and InterContinenal brands, said on Tuesday that the cash acquisition would be earnings enhancing...