Hotels, Restaurants and Leisure


  • NEW YORK, April 15- U.S. fast food workers fighting for better wages enlisted students, healthcare workers and racial justice activists to swell the ranks of rallies set for Wednesday in 230 cities. The latest wave of protests to press for pay increases to $15 an hour was expected to kick off in New York at dawn outside a McDonald's in Brooklyn, pick up momentum...

  • Time to travel to Europe: CEO   Wednesday, 15 Apr 2015 | 2:30 AM ET
    Time to travel to Europe: CEO

    Orbitz Worldwide CEO, Barney Harford, says it's the year for U.S. travellers to travel to Europe, thanks to the strong dollar.

  • Dining at Olive Garden is about to change Tuesday, 14 Apr 2015 | 1:04 PM ET
    Austen Mulinder, CEO of Ziosk.

    Ziosk is aiming to improve the customer experience by allowing guests to order and pay through table-top tablets at casual-dining restaurants.

  • MIAMI— They want it fresh. And most importantly, they don't want it to taste like it's good for them. I don't go out to restaurants to give stuff up; I go to restaurants to be tantalized, " Greg Dollarhyde, CEO of Santa Monica-based chain Veggie Grill, said by way of summarizing the typical consumer.

  • NEW YORK— Today's traveler faces a bewildering choice of hotel brands with similar-sounding and confusing names. There's Hyatt Regency, Park Hyatt, Grand Hyatt, Hyatt House, Hyatt Place and, coming soon, Hyatt Centric. People knew what Holiday Inn, Hilton, Hyatt or Marriott meant.

  • Starbucks college plan like 'teaching man to fish' Saturday, 11 Apr 2015 | 11:00 AM ET

    Starbucks' decision to pay for a four year degree is better than a pay hike, Georgetown University's Nicole Smith said.

  • Movie men propose Russian fast-food alternative chain Saturday, 11 Apr 2015 | 6:30 AM ET

    The move by Nikita Mikhalkov and Andrei Konchalovsky, who are brothers, comes amid growing animosity toward the West, especially the United States, over the conflict in Ukraine. Konchalovsky spent years in the United States and his Hollywood films include "Tango and Cash." As tensions with the United States grew in the Ukraine crisis, several McDonald's outlets...

  • Yum's upmarket China diner seeks recipe for revival Friday, 10 Apr 2015 | 9:26 PM ET

    SHANGHAI, April 11- Dimmed lights and colonial-style balconies give little indication that trendy Shanghai eatery Atto Primo is part of global fast-food giant Yum Brands Inc, owner of the KFC and Pizza Hut brands. Yum's same-store sales at its nearly 7,000 restaurants in China, the firm's biggest market for revenue and profit, fell 16 percent in the last quarter...

  • GE and Gap Imports are big market movers Friday, 10 Apr 2015 | 4:43 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily Friday on the New York Stock Exchange and the Nasdaq Stock Market:. General Electric Co., up $2.78 to $28.51. The Gap Inc., down $1.59 to $41.14.

  • New golf association's mantra: 'Face it, you suck' Friday, 10 Apr 2015 | 1:02 PM ET
    The Mediocre Golf Association: You’ll never win the Green Jacket, but that doesn’t mean you can’t be a winner.

    "We are striving to be the best that we can achieve, but the best that we can achieve is at a mediocre level," says the MGA's co-founder.

  • Inside the 'Divorce Hotel'   Friday, 10 Apr 2015 | 9:00 AM ET
    Inside the 'Divorce Hotel'

    A hotel in Saratoga Springs, NY, will let couples check in married on Friday, check out divorced on Sunday. Jane Wells has the story.

  • LOS ANGELES, April 10- Carolin Wood, an artist and graduate student from Brooklyn's trendy Greenpoint neighborhood, has a secret that she keeps from her husband and some foodie friends. Once a month, she takes her two young children to McDonald's for inexpensive breakfasts or ice cream. To lure back consumers, McDonald's Corp's new Chief Executive Steve...

  • Hotel deals in Asia will kill it this year Wednesday, 8 Apr 2015 | 6:35 PM ET
    A room in South Korea's Lotte Hotel.

    Holidaymakers eyeing a trip to Asia this year now have an additional reason to start booking: Cheap hotel deals.

  • Frisch's Restaurants posts 3Q profit Wednesday, 8 Apr 2015 | 9:03 AM ET

    CINCINNATI _ Frisch's Restaurants Inc. on Wednesday reported fiscal third-quarter net income of $2.3 million. Frisch's Restaurants shares have risen nearly 3 percent since the beginning of the year. Keywords: Frisch's Restaurants, Earnings Report.

  • YOUR MONEY-How much is your hotel loyalty worth? Wednesday, 8 Apr 2015 | 8:00 AM ET

    In about 20 years of traveling, he has stayed 1,079 nights in Marriott International Inc hotels, where he expects- and receives- a certain level of service, says the 51- year-old sales manager for Oregon- based Tec Laboratories. Hilton and Marriott have by far the most popular hotel loyalty programs, according to a 2014 study by MMGY Global, and Wyndham unveiled a...

  • ATLANTIC CITY, N.J.— Here's a rare instance of Atlantic City's rash of casino closures actually bringing good news to the industry. Four casinos— The Atlantic Club, Showboat, Revel and Trump Plaza— closed last year. "The eight operating casinos reported higher gaming and total revenues last year, as well as increased third party sales and hotel occupancy," said Matt...

  • NEW YORK— Business travelers are bypassing the taxi queue with greater frequency, choosing instead ride-hailing services like Uber Technologies. That's more than tripled from the 14 percent of rides that Uber had just over a year ago in January 2014. "While we often see noteworthy market shifts— leading restaurant chains and hotels exchanging leadership...

  • April 6- Starbucks Corp is expanding its employee college tuition assistance program to cover the entire cost of getting an online bachelor's degree, the chief executive of the coffee chain said on Monday. The enhanced tuition reimbursement program from Starbucks comes at a time when an improving U.S. labor market is forcing major restaurant chains and...

  • U.S. restaurant chain Bojangles' files for IPO Monday, 6 Apr 2015 | 5:31 PM ET

    April 6- Bojangles' Inc, a chicken-and-biscuits restaurant chain in the United States, filed with the country's regulators for an initial public offering of its common stock. The filing had a nominal fundraising target of $100 million. The amount of money a company says it plans to raise in its first IPO filing is used to calculate registration fees.

  • Tesla and Mattel are big market movers Monday, 6 Apr 2015 | 5:13 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily Monday on the New York Stock Exchange and the Nasdaq Stock Market:. Garmin Ltd., up 23 cents to $46.71. Shares of the GPS maker fell to a 52- week low earlier in the day as a Citi analyst said Garmin's smartwatches will face increasing competition.