Hotels, Restaurants and Leisure


  • SEEHEIM, Germany, July 9- Lufthansa may launch low-cost long-haul flights under a new brand as part of plans by the company's new boss to battle competition from Middle East carriers and no-frills airlines.

  • Crumbs shows risks of being a one-hit wonder Wednesday, 9 Jul 2014 | 6:24 AM ET
    A selection of cupcakes is seen at Crumbs Bake Shop.

    When Crumbs shuttered its remaining stores, it seemed like an abrupt ending for a company that opened a decade ago to ride the wave of popularity of the sugary treat.

  • Charges: Russian stole data from restaurants, zoo Tuesday, 8 Jul 2014 | 5:59 PM ET

    SEATTLE— A Russian man recently arrested on bank fraud and other charges hacked into computers at restaurants in Western Washington, hundreds of other retail businesses, and even the Phoenix Zoo, U.S. authorities allege.

  • Crumbs shows dangers of focusing on single product Tuesday, 8 Jul 2014 | 3:08 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Turns out, being a one-hit wonder is risky. When Crumbs, the New York City- based chain that built its business around cupcakes, shuttered several dozen of its remaining locations on Monday, it seemed like an abrupt ending for a company that opened a decade ago to ride the wave of popularity of the sugary treat sparked by the TV series Sex and The City.

  • Caesars says it will consider offers for Showboat Tuesday, 8 Jul 2014 | 2:56 PM ET

    ATLANTIC CITY, N.J.— The parent company of the Showboat Casino Hotel said Tuesday it would consider selling the property to another casino operator if it made a reasonable offer and could be licensed.

  • Business travel forecast slightly less upbeat Tuesday, 8 Jul 2014 | 7:00 AM ET

    Business travelers spent less money per trip in the second quarter, but it wasn't because prices went down, according to a new report.

  • Hotels are going to the dogs - for your enjoyment Saturday, 5 Jul 2014 | 2:00 PM ET
    At the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, guests can take Mavis, a Lab/Retriever mix or Beau, a Yellow Labrador, for a walk.

    Fluffy pillows might make hotel guests feel welcome, but sometimes face time with a pet is what a road warrior might be craving.

  • July 2- Fast-food titans McDonald's, Taco Bell and KFC are conquering the globe, but they are losing to the likes of In-N-Out Burger, Chipotle Mexican Grill and Chick-fil-A in the United States, according to Consumer Reports' latest fast-food survey.

  • 2 hotels get overhauls in sign of Vegas upswing Wednesday, 2 Jul 2014 | 3:08 AM ET

    LAS VEGAS— Two major Las Vegas resorts will be completely overhauled and rebranded in another sign that the entertainment capital is emerging from its recession doldrums.

  • Burger King sells 'Proud Whopper' in San Francisco Tuesday, 1 Jul 2014 | 6:01 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Burger King is celebrating gay pride with a message on its Whopper wrappers. The marketing effort is part of Burger King's push to connect with customers in a more meaningful way, particularly with the younger individuals fast-food chains are known for courting.

  • July 1- Buyout firm Berkshire Partners LLC is in advanced talks to acquire Portillo's Restaurant Group, the largest privately owned restaurant chain in the U.S. Berkshire Partners has outbid other private equity firms for the Chicago- based restaurant group, the sources said on Tuesday.

  • 5 questions for the man in charge of Holiday Inn Tuesday, 1 Jul 2014 | 11:00 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Richard Solomons sits in one of his hotels, explaining how travelers can't be stereotyped. As CEO of InterContinental Hotels Group— one of the world's largest hotel chains— Solomons, 52, knows a thing or two about beds, showers and the things that make or break a stay. Holiday Inn Express is for short trips where guests want to rest and then go.

  • New owner for former Vegas Hilton where Elvis sang Tuesday, 1 Jul 2014 | 9:01 AM ET

    LAS VEGAS— The storied former Las Vegas Hilton, famous for staging Liberace and more than 800 sold-out Elvis Presley concerts in the 1960 s and 1970 s, has a new name and owner. Florida- based timeshare company Westgate Resorts announced it purchased the LVH hotel from Goldman Sachs and Gramercy Capital and would rename it Westgate Las Vegas Resort& Casino.

  • Cruise ship leaves Seattle again following fire Sunday, 29 Jun 2014 | 4:55 AM ET

    SEATTLE— A cruise ship that returned to Seattle after a fire in its boiler room left the port again on Sunday morning. Holland America says no one was injured in the fire and the Coast Guard has declared the vessel safe to continue on its journey to Alaska.

  • Gloves can now come off in California kitchens Saturday, 28 Jun 2014 | 7:07 PM ET

    SACRAMENTO, Calif.— The gloves are coming off in California kitchens. Forty-one other states have similar prohibitions, and the California law drew no opposition from chain restaurants. Assemblyman Richard Pan, D- Sacramento, authored the original law and also sponsored the repeal measure.

  • IHG's cutting edge innvoation     Friday, 27 Jun 2014 | 10:43 AM ET

    CNBC's Simon Hobbs takes a look inside the InterContinental's first "EVEN" brand hotel, focusing on health and wellness.

  • Still time to get travel bargains for July 4 Friday, 27 Jun 2014 | 9:25 AM ET
    Atlantic City, New Jersey, hosts one of the largest fireworks displays in the United States.

    Hotel and air rates in many destinations are either flat or lower than 2013, but July 4 travel is up for a third year in a row.

  • HotelTonight adds keyless entry, mobile check-in Wednesday, 25 Jun 2014 | 6:48 PM ET
    New features on the HotelTonight app include a keyless room entry option.

    An app-only booking company has added keyless room entry and mobile check-in features for hotel guests.

  • Del Taco is owned by private equity firms that include Goldman Sachs Mezzanine Partners, Charlesbank Capital Partners and Leonard Green& Partners. The owners are working with Piper Jaffray and Goldman Sachs Group Inc on the sale process, the sources said, requesting anonymity because the matter is private.

  • U.S. fast-food chain Del Taco explores sale -sources Wednesday, 25 Jun 2014 | 10:08 AM ET

    The majority of them are in West Coast states including California and Oregon. Goldman Sachs Mezzanine Partners led a new equity infusion into privately held Del Taco in 2010, with existing investors Charlesbank Capital Partners and Leonard Green& Partners also contributing new capital to the recapitalization.